Silence in Bali

News flash of the century! Tonight I, Tawna Brown, am heading to Bali Silent Retreat for 6 nights! No talking (minimal), no electricity, no wine, no coffee…. just peace and quiet, healthy vegetarian local food, yoga, meditation, rice fields, Balinese massages…. Can you imagine?

For those of you who (really) know me, this will surely come as quite the surprise. Me, not talking for 5 days?? And I can’t even work on my computer (nothing …

luggage contents for round the world travel

Packing for World Travel

Preparing for a round-the-world journey is no easy feat, especially for a Virgo photographer (who tends to overanalyze things and has difficult with making decisions)! Luggage choice and what to pack was quite the challenge for me…but somehow I managed to get things together.

I’ve traveled a lot in the past, but not this extensive; packing for a 10-month journey is not the same as a 10-day holiday. I’ve been traveling for 2.5 weeks thus …

Around The World Travel Photography

The big wait has ended! I am now “free” for one whole year and will soon be departing on an epic 10-month self-guided photography adventure around the world.  This will be a time to explore, experience, learn, grow, and transform.  I welcome you to join me on this life-changing journey and I hope my stories and photography will inspire you to travel and go beyond your comfort zone.  (For a background story on how I …

Rainbow Room, Rockefeller Center

Rainbow Room – Sunday Brunch at New York’s Most Iconic Restaurant

Elegance, breathtaking views and culinary delights. I am in heaven and I don’t want to leave this magical place…Dining at the newly reopened Rainbow Room, 800 feet above ground on the 65th floor of the Rockefeller Center, you are promised a taste of the high life, both literally and figuratively speaking, all without needing to break the bank. This is one of those experiences that will never leave your memory.

Your name will join …

New York City PhotoPlus and Photo Walk

My recent visit to New York City (10th time!) was the most memorable of all (as a photographer)! While previous visits were memorable in their own right, this one was filled with several events and circumstances which made me pause, reflect and relish in the moment more than ever before. I will focus here on just one particular area of interest…What made this so memorable as a photographer? Read on…

I was in New York …

Aurora Borealis

Aurora Borealis – Spirits in the Sky

Witnessing the Aurora Borealis is a magical experience, no matter where you are. In Yellowknife, Northwest Territories – Canada, the Aurora Borealis (aka “northern lights” in the northern hemisphere) appear at night time (this is pretty obvious), and generally between the months of late August to March. I won’t attempt to get into the scientific explanation of this natural phenomena, just know that it’s something that you have got to experience in your lifetime.

Having …

An Italian Wedding in Italy

Imagine, being immersed in the festivities of an Italian wedding in Italy, surrounded by wine, food, family, friends, and love….all the while not knowing a single person other than the groom, and not knowing the Italian language.

This was the primary reason for my 3rd visit to Italy. I traveled a distance of approximately 7,180km to attend my friend Andrea’s wedding. The wedding took place in a part of Italy that I had not …

Soccer Tuscany Cup - Italy

Tuscany Cup Victory Game for Cartagine59 Football Team

Tawna in Action at Tuscany Cup - final game for Cartagine59 football team

When in Florence, do as the Florentines…. instead of spending the day standing in long lineups for museums and finding my way through crowds of thousands of people, I did something quite different….I had the opportunity to attend the final match of the Tuscany Cup Championship (calcio/football/soccer) between teams “Cartagine 1959” and “Casellina.” The game was held in Montelupo outside of Florence, Italy, on May 17, 2014.

But… I wasn’t simply a spectator at the …

Manarola, Cinque Terre sunset

Que Sera Sera in Italia

woman in Manarola sunBuongiorno from the Italian Riviera!  I’ve been in Italy for 5 nights so far: 1 in Genova; 3 in Manarola (Cinque Terre), and now I’m in La Spezia (Liguria region of northern Italy), and I’ve visited other towns in between. All I can say is WOW…and this is only the beginning of my 2.5 weeks in Italy.  I’ve decided to take my time wherever I am and wherever I go and just enjoy being here. I’m …

Italian Adventures Coming Up…

Ciao my friends!

I am departing to bella Italia tomorrow (for 2.5 weeks)! The reason for this particular visit is because my Italian friend is getting married, in La Spezia; how could I not travel across the world to go to an Italian wedding in Italy?! I must apologize for writing this post without any photos, but I just wanted to give you an advance preview of where I’m going, so that you can join …

woman drinking wine in Tuscany

Thoughts about Traveling Around the World for a Year

The countdown is on…April 1, 2015 is when I will begin my year-long journey around the world, taking me to wherever my heart and camera desires (finances permitting!)

When that time comes, it will have been just over 4 years in the making. In late 2010, I took a giant leap of faith and signed up for a “deferred leave plan” that is available through my employer, which is basically a forced savings plan.  This …