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"There are two ways to live: you can live as if nothing is a miracle; you can live as if everything is a miracle." - Albert Einstein  _  Is this a miracle?  _  The Loretto Chapel in Santa Fe New Mexico was built between 1873-1878. The French architect seemed to overlook one important feature - access to the elevated choir loft. After the architect suddenly died a mysterious carpenter arrived in town and offered to build a staircase. Using non-native wood crude tools and warm water he built…

"There are two ways to live: you can live as if nothing is a miracle; you can live as if everything is a miracle." - Albert Einstein _ Is this a miracle? _ The Loretto Chapel in Santa Fe New Mexico was built between 1873-1878. The French architect seemed to overlook one important feature - access to the elevated choir loft. After the architect suddenly died a mysterious carpenter arrived in town and offered to build a staircase. Using non-native wood crude tools and warm water he built…

Chichen Itza Mexico - May 2013 (2 of 14)  _  Stairway to heaven.  _ "Life is a series of steps. Things are done gradually. Once in a while there is a giant step but most of the time we are taking small seemingly insignificant steps on the stairway of life." - Ralph Ransom  _  #mexico  #yucatan  #7wonders

Chichen Itza Mexico - May 2013 (2 of 14) _ Stairway to heaven. _ "Life is a series of steps. Things are done gradually. Once in a while there is a giant step but most of the time we are taking small seemingly insignificant steps on the stairway of life." - Ralph Ransom _ #mexico #yucatan #7wonders

"You've done it before and you can do it now. See the positive possibilities. Redirect the substantial energy of your frustration and turn it into positive effective unstoppable determination." - Ralph Marston  _  Part of the famous Asakusa Temple - Tokyo's biggest. #japan  _  But this shot is different to every other shot I've taken in the last 3 years... This was my final photo.   Seconds after taking this shot my trusty Canon 70D DSLR suffered a failed shutter mechanism. After almost…

"You've done it before and you can do it now. See the positive possibilities. Redirect the substantial energy of your frustration and turn it into positive effective unstoppable determination." - Ralph Marston _ Part of the famous Asakusa Temple - Tokyo's biggest. #japan _ But this shot is different to every other shot I've taken in the last 3 years... This was my final photo. Seconds after taking this shot my trusty Canon 70D DSLR suffered a failed shutter mechanism. After almost…

"You are a mirror of yourself in others. Whatever you want give. Be the best reflection of yourself." - Karen A. Baquiran  _  Reflections.  _  In the small coastal town of Lorne Victoria Australia. Along the Great Ocean Road.  _  #reflection  #awesome_earthpix

Be the best reflection of yourself. _ In the small coastal town of Lorne Victoria Australia. Along the Great Ocean Road.

"Your mind will answer most questions if you learn to relax and wait for the answer." - William S. Burroughs  _  After all that hard work voting today in the US you deserve a break. Time to put your feet up.  _  Erin was at @liveaquacancun last weekend with @travelocity for #gnomadsummit16  I have to admit I'm a little jealous. How about you?  _  #mexico

"Your mind will answer most questions if you learn to relax and wait for the answer." - William S. Burroughs _ After all that hard work voting today in the US you deserve a break. Time to put your feet up. _ Erin was at @liveaquacancun last weekend with @travelocity for #gnomadsummit16 I have to admit I'm a little jealous. How about you? _ #mexico

This is SPARTA!!! _  Ah no. This is Canyonlands National Park near Moab Utah.  _  No need to fight for a good view around here.   _  It seems like only yesterday but we were in Moab exactly 2 months ago. Since then we've been on a side-trip to Florida a 1-week RV trip around Arizona & Utah a 1-week road trip through Northern California and a 2-week road trip through New Brunswick & Nova Scotia Canada. Phew!  Now we're ready for a well-deserved break putting our feet up in Playa del Carmen…

This is SPARTA!!! _ Ah no. This is Canyonlands National Park near Moab Utah. _ No need to fight for a good view around here. _ It seems like only yesterday but we were in Moab exactly 2 months ago. Since then we've been on a side-trip to Florida a 1-week RV trip around Arizona & Utah a 1-week road trip through Northern California and a 2-week road trip through New Brunswick & Nova Scotia Canada. Phew! Now we're ready for a well-deserved break putting our feet up in Playa del Carmen…

Inspired by our recent road trip along Alberta’s Icefield Parkway, we’ve compiled the 9 best stops. You’ll find jaw-dropping landscapes, breathtaking mountains, serene lakes, majestic glaciers and whimsical waterfalls. Get your daily dose of travel inspiration right here.

Icefields Parkway: The Most Scenic Drive On Earth

"The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they dont have any."  Alice Walker  _  Chillin' at the Blue Hole this week in Georgetown Texas. This town is home to the most beautiful town square in Texas. You have to check out this place located about half an hour north of Austin.  _  If you're following us on Facebook or Instagram Stories and having trouble keeping up where we are don't worry. So are we!  _  I was in Japan just over a week ago then in BC Canada Erin took a…

"The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they dont have any." Alice Walker _ Chillin' at the Blue Hole this week in Georgetown Texas. This town is home to the most beautiful town square in Texas. You have to check out this place located about half an hour north of Austin. _ If you're following us on Facebook or Instagram Stories and having trouble keeping up where we are don't worry. So are we! _ I was in Japan just over a week ago then in BC Canada Erin took a…

"The vision must be followed by the venture. It is not enough to stare up the steps - we must step up the stairs." - Vance Havner  _  Stepping stones to the door of our villa in Ubud Bali.  _  We spent a total of 4 months in Bali in 2015. It's our home away from home. If you're thinking about a trip there we have plenty of articles about beautiful Bali on travelwithbender.com.  _  Would you like to see what happens behind-the-scenes in our daily travels? Follow us on Snapchat…

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Even photographers need a holiday.  _  Chillin today on Isla Holbox in Mexico.  _  Living up to my high expectations - absolutely stunning! Thanks to Erin for taking this shot of me with my Samsung Galaxy S7.  _  #amazingplacestovisit  #beachesnresorts

_ Chillin today on Isla Holbox in Mexico. _ Living up to my high expectations - absolutely stunning! Thanks to Erin for taking this shot of me with my Samsung Galaxy _

"I learned that courage was not the absence of fear but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid but he who conquers that fear." - Nelson Mandela  _  Arc de Triomphe at the western end of the Champs-Élysées in Paris. It's one of the most famous landmarks in the city.  _  Around this 50 m (164 ft) high landmark are twelve radiating avenues which attests to its prominence and historical significance. The arc was commissioned after the victory at Austerlitz by…

"I learned that courage was not the absence of fear but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid but he who conquers that fear." - Nelson Mandela _ Arc de Triomphe at the western end of the Champs-Élysées in Paris. It's one of the most famous landmarks in the city. _ Around this 50 m (164 ft) high landmark are twelve radiating avenues which attests to its prominence and historical significance. The arc was commissioned after the victory at Austerlitz by…

"We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop." -  Mother Teresa  _  Today we went swimming with whale sharks off the coast of Isla Mujeres Mexico.  _  These gentle giants feed on plankton in the warm Caribbean Sea. Apart from their eating habits surprisingly little is known about them.  _  Our tour guide was very respectful to the creatures and their environment. Extreme care was taken at every step of the…

"We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop." - Mother Teresa _ Today we went swimming with whale sharks off the coast of Isla Mujeres Mexico. _ These gentle giants feed on plankton in the warm Caribbean Sea. Apart from their eating habits surprisingly little is known about them. _ Our tour guide was very respectful to the creatures and their environment. Extreme care was taken at every step of the…

Watching the sunset over Jimbaran Bay in Bali Indonesia.  _  Beach views from Intercontinental Bali are gorgeous day after day. Come for the buffet... stay for the sunset.  _  What would you be drinking if you were sitting here?  _  If you're interested in this resort for your next vacation to Bali check out the link in my bio @travelwithbender.  _  We're currently exploring Nashville Tennessee the hallowed home of country music. I love using our @tepwireless for unlimited Internet access on…

Watching the sunset over Jimbaran Bay in Bali Indonesia. _ Beach views from Intercontinental Bali are gorgeous day after day. Come for the buffet... stay for the sunset. _ What would you be drinking if you were sitting here? _ If you're interested in this resort for your next vacation to Bali check out the link in my bio @travelwithbender. _ We're currently exploring Nashville Tennessee the hallowed home of country music. I love using our @tepwireless for unlimited Internet access on…

"We keep moving forward opening new doors and doing new things because we're curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths." - Walt Disney  _  Perspectives.  _  Walking through an indoor shopping arcade in Santa Fe New Mexico.  #newmexico

"We keep moving forward opening new doors and doing new things because we're curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths. _ Walking through an indoor shopping arcade in Santa Fe New Mexico. by travelwithbender

With the summer travel season coming up where do you want to go?  _  This is the Carnival Inspiration docked in Ensenada Mexico . I was on the Carnival Miracle for a 15 day cruise to Hawaii with a last stop in Mexico . _  That was an amazing cruise and if you'd like some tips for cruising I've just published a few articles on travelwithbender.com that will help you on your way.  _  #cruisingcarnival  @Carnival

With the summer travel season coming up where do you want to go? _ This is the Carnival Inspiration docked in Ensenada Mexico . I was on the Carnival Miracle for a 15 day cruise to Hawaii with a last stop in Mexico . _ That was an amazing cruise and if you'd like some tips for cruising I've just published a few articles on travelwithbender.com that will help you on your way. _ #cruisingcarnival @Carnival

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