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KRIS AND TOM’S STORY

After a 30-year career in publishing, Tom Bartel and Kristin Henning shed their last publication, their house, and most of their possessions. In 2010, they gave their dog to their daughter and set out on a journey to see the world. Kris and Tom combine a love of culture with a love for the outdoors. Their travels vary between long stays in such cultural cities as London, Barcelona, Rome, and Beijing, detours to UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and spurts of hiking or biking in Europe, Australia, Asia, or through the National Parks of the United States.

Travel Past 50 reflects Kris and Tom’s appreciation of international cultures and active soft adventure. They’ve hiked in Spain, biked in Brittany, trekked through the Guatemalan jungle, and crawled over the glaciers of Patagonia. They’ve also spent months in London going to the theater, a summer in Rome studying Latin, three months in Florence studying art history, and have visited nearly every major museum and church in Europe. It’s a diverse curriculum, and one we hope you’ll like.

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Pyramid and Temple, Uxmal, Yucatan

Uxmal, one of the Mayan cities along the "Ruta Puuc" in the Central Yucatan is one of the best restored and preserved of the Mayan sites. The visibility of the layout of the city, enhanced by extensive restoration, is perhaps [...]

Covered Stele, Cobá, Yucatán, Mexico

The Mayan ruins at Cobá differ from most of the others available for tour in the Yucatán in that they've been completely overrun by jungle. In this picture, there's even a full grown tree coming out of the middle of [...]

Guard House, Tulum, Yucatán, Mexico

Tulum was a smaller Mayan city on the Caribbean coast of the Yucatán Peninsula. It sits on small cliffs overlooking the sea, and is ringed by a wall, which features a few guard houses along its length. Tulum served as [...]

Merida: Beers, Beets, and Mayan Language Lessons

Miguel and Alberto in the plaza. Alberto spoke a little English; Miguel spoke Cuba Libre. Traveling, especially how we do it, can be a bit of a drudge sometimes. When we’re actually moving, which is to say when [...]

By | April 28, 2013|Mexico, North America, Our Travel Life|4 Comments

Cenote Multún-Ha, Cobá, Yucatán

Another couple of photos from the Cenote of Multún-Ha, near Cobá, Yucatán. Those rocks on the lower left of the photo are actually under about three meters of water. That's how clear the water is, and how still it was [...]

Cenote Wall, Multun-Ha, Cobá, Yucatán, Mexico

The limstone wall of the Cenote Multun-Ha, with the impossibly clear blue green water. You could see all the way to the bottom, in some spots 30 meters deep. Since we've been in the Yucatán, the almost unanimous [...]

By | April 26, 2013|Mexico, North America, Unesco World Heritage Sites|5 Comments