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Instead of Blue Lagoon in Iceland, I Went to…

When I wanted to experience soaking in thermal waters in Iceland, I was not searching for a spa environment with towels and robes and drinks — nor was I looking to spend at least $59.00 for the privilege of doing so — which meant that the famed Blue Lagoon was out in terms of a destination for me. Even the Secret Lagoon — which is less expensive than the Blue Lagoon — did not fit the bill.

Iceland is dotted with smaller thermal pools — many of them which are natural. One of those pools is called…

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Why I Did Not Go Into the Blue Lagoon in Iceland

I have heard a lot about the Blue Lagoon in Iceland and how it is apparently a destination on the list of anyone who visits Iceland — especially as it is one of the most visited destinations in Iceland — and is located only approximately 12 miles from Keflavik International Airport, which is a drive of 20 minutes or so…

…but as I was doing my research…

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An Auk-ward Moment of Remembrance in Iceland

Within walking distance of the oldest lighthouse in Iceland, I visited Valahnúkamöl Cliffs; and what caught my eye initially had me think that I spotted a joke of some kind — but it was no joke at all. In fact, it was rather serious.

Amidst the vast other worldly landscape of rocky brown sand — part of it used as a makeshift lot where cars are randomly parked with no rhyme or reason — by the rough sea was a green sculpture which stood alone.

The green sculpture was that of a…

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Why I Was Unimpressed With the Airbus A350-900 Aircraft Operated by Delta Air Lines

While researching how I was going to travel from Atlanta to Amsterdam during a sale through which I was going to save on the amount of SkyMiles which I was required to redeem, I noticed that one of the options was to stop off in Detroit, from which the new flagship Airbus A350 would depart — and as I had never flown as a passenger on that aircraft which Delta Air Lines took delivery only last year, I…

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And As the Full Moon Rises Over Medina of Fes in Morocco…

…the sun sets to usher in the cooler night air; but the noises in this ancient part of the city continue: vendors hawking their wares; the motor bikes ripping through the narrow stone “streets”; the children playing; the beating of a drum not long after one of several public prayers permeates the city; a siren or two wailing off in the distance.

I am almost down to my last…

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My First Stay at a Canopy by Hilton Hotel — and The Verdict Is…

The grand opening of the Canopy by Hilton Reykjavik City Centre on Sunday, June 5, 2016 also marked the worldwide debut of the first hotel property of the Canopy brand — and I had the opportunity to stay in one of its 110 guest rooms during my first night in Iceland after a day of exploring the southern peninsula of the country.

This is probably the most extensive and detailed review of a Canopy by Hilton hotel property — which includes at least…

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A Penis Museum in Iceland? No Thanks

As I was driving west on Laugavegur in Reykjavik, I noticed a sign for The Icelandic Phallological Museum on the left. Wait a minute, I thought to myself. Is this actually a museum displaying…penises?!?

I parked the car and walked up to the building; and sure enough…

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Reykjanesviti: The Oldest Lighthouse in Iceland

Dating back to 1908 and serving both Reykjavík and Keflavík, Reykjanesviti is the oldest lighthouse in Iceland — and at only one kilometer, the distance from Gunnuhver Hot Springs near Möðruvallavegur is short enough that one can walk between the two places instead of drive.

Looming on Bæjarfell hill over the landscape of the Reykjanes peninsula, Reykjanesviti is constructed out of concrete; but…

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