Penguin Feeding at Sumida Aquarium Tokyo Skytee

Five fabulous minutes of penguin feeding time at the Sumida Aquarium in Tokyo Japan at the Tokyo Skytree. During Penguin Feeding time the staff feeds each penguin a measured amount of fish. Just the perfect amount of fish for each penguin.

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Amazing Living Statues in Spain

Spain has some of the most amazing living statues that I’ve seen in all of my travels. These people take the concept of living statue to a whole new level! It’s like their life or something!

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AC Hotel National Harbor Review

I stayed at the AC Hotel National Harbor for 2 nights and did a video review of the hotel grounds and a king bed room.

If you’d like to see what the what the hotel and room looks like then check out the video here:

The AC Hotel National Harbor is located in the National Harbor complex, in Maryland, right across the Potomac River from Alexandria, VA. The hotel is approximately 10 miles to Washington DC.
Valet parking directly in front of the hotel is $35/day, or self-parking is available in any of the National Harbor parking garages for $18/day. I did the self parking, because I don’t mind walking a block… but the annoying thing about the self parking is that since the parking is not paid for through the hotel, you have to pay every time you go in or out of the parking garage.

The hotel definitely has a European feel to it – not the feel of a typical Marriott. When you walk in the front door of the hotel, there’s a small bell-boy podium, two elevators, and a staircase. That’s it on the first floor. Guests need to take the elevator or the stairs up to the second floor to the “lounge bar” where the check-in desk is.

Upon check-in I was recognized as a Platinum member, and offered 400 points, plus any single food or drink item from the marketplace (except alcohol). I asked about breakfast, the price is $15 for a continental breakfast, no free breakfast for golds or platinum members here. I couldn’t tell you how the breakfast is, I had McDonald’s just down the street for breakfast instead.

In addition to the lounge bar, and breakfast, the second floor also has some meeting rooms, and a small but nicely put together gym.
Now on to the room — When you walk in, the first thing you see is a rather odd exposed closest. It looks like something maybe purchased from IKEA. To the left of the closest is the bathroom sink, and beyond a sliding glass mirrored door, the toilet and a shower. So you basically walk in to the room and you are “in” the closest and bathroom. Just a bit weird.

Beyond the closest/bathroom is the “bed” part of the room. The bed part of the room was nicely put together. The bed was comfortable. The desk had a neat view out the window. There was a small refrigerator under the desk. The front-desk staff told me there would be two complimentary bottles of water in the room… well not in mine. The floors were hard-wood… not really my favorite. I like carpet – easier on the feet.

Some oddities in the room: No clocks, no tissue/Kleenex box.
The walls seem really thin… I could hear almost every door close from the hallway. Light sleepers beware!

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Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park

A guide for visiting the Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park in Aliso Viejo, CA. This is also a test of 4K video from my new Sony FDR-AX33 camcorder and ECM-W1M wireless microphone.

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Plachutta Restaurant in Vienna Austria

A review of the Plachutta Restaurant in Vienna Austria. Plachutta is known for having some of the best Wiener Schnitzel and Tafelspitz in Vienna. Wiener Schnitzel is very thin Veal that has been breaded and deep fried. Tafelspitz is boiled beef in broth served with horseradish. Tafelspitz is considered to be the national dish of Austria.

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Space Jesus in Salt Lake City

A travel guide for visiting the Space Jesus statue in Salt Lake City Utah. Space Jesus is located in the North Visitor’s Center in Temple Square. The status is known as Space Jesus because of the space painting adorning the walls of the atrium where this Jesus statue is displayed.

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Park City Marriott Review

I stayed at the Park City Marriott in Park City Utah for 2 nights and did a video review of the hotel grounds and a two queen bed room.

If you’d like to see what the what the hotel and room looks like then check out the video here:

The hotel is located in the Prospector Square in Park City, approximately two miles from Park City Main Street and the Park City Mountain Resort. There are a couple of shops and restaurants in walking distance, but you’d be best served with a car if you’re staying here. The hotel is served by the free Park City Winter Bus, which stops directly in front of the hotel.

The hotel has 4 floors with 192 guestrooms. It is built around a indoor pool atrium — half the rooms have outside, and half the rooms face inside to the pool. If you’re looking for a room that you can get some fresh air, ask for a room that faces outside.

The hotel lobby has a cozy feel to it with a few couches place in front of a large fireplace. Guests are provided with complimentary cookies, hot chocolate, and apple-cider in the afternoon (around 4pm). There’s a coffee shop selling Starbucks coffee, two restaurants, and a ski-shop also on the lobby level.

Breakfast for Gold and Platinum members is provided in the Concierge Lounge 7 days a week from 6:30am – 9am. The concierge lounge is quite small, and can get crowded at the “peak” 8:30am breakfast time.

The room itself was a pretty standard comfy Marriott room. My only complaint is that the air conditioning didn’t really work in my room at all — so it was quite hot. I tried opening the balcony door to get some fresh air, but those free Park City buses drove by every 15 minutes, which made my sleeping not so easy.

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Hyatt Escala Lodge Park City Review

I stayed at the Hyatt Escala Lodge in Park City Utah for 1 night and did a video review of the hotel grounds and a two queen bed room.

If you’d like to see what the what the hotel and room looks like then check out the video here:

The Hyatt Escala Lodge is located at the top of the Canyons Park City Resort. There’s a small ski lift right next door the hotel. It’s just a short five minute walk to the Canyons main “village” and main lifts.

The Hyatt Escala Lodge is composed of three buildings. Two of the buildings are connected via inside corridor. The main lobby is in the Wasatch Building. Valet Parking and Free Underground Self Parking are available.

The lobby has a nice seating area in front of a fireplace. Also in the lobby is a quick-serve restaurant and the hotel’s sit down restaurant. There is a small “business center” with one computer. Next to the elevators is a “DVD-Now” kiosk where you can pick-up free DVDs to watch in-room.

The gym is on the smallish side, but it is very clean and well equipped with windows facing out to the pool area. There is a very nice heated pool and two heated spas. Sitting in the big round hot spa was one of the highlights of my stay. The gym area also includes a Sauna and a Steam Room.

We stayed in room 338A, of the middle building. It was on the top floor, with loft style ceilings. The room itself was a nice large size. Two comfortable beds. A pretty lame excuse of a desk, but I assume most people aren’t here for a work. There was a “mini-kitchen” area with a Sub-Zero mini-fridge, microwave, and sink. The bathroom was large with a separate tub and glassed in shower. Overall a very nice room.

I’d definitely consider staying here again on a trip to Park City.

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Park City Canyons Resort Village

A travel guide for visiting the Park City Canyons Resort Village in Park City Utah. The Park City Canyons Resort Village is a neat base area with restaurants, shops, and a really fun Cabriolet lift to bring you up from the parking area to the Village.

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Park City Alpine Coaster and Flying Eagle Zip Line

A travel guide for riding the Alpine Coaster and the Flying Eagle Zip Line at the Park City Mountain Resort in Park City Utah. The Alpine Coaster is a wonderfully “low-tech” coaster that takes riders on a wild ride through the ski-slopes. With a combo ticket you can ride the Flying Eagle Zip Line as well!

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