Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas everyone, and soon to be a happy new year. I just wanted to write this blog post to tell you what christmas means to me. For me, and I know this might be a little bit corny, Christmas is about spending time with family and friends. Ya, I do enjoy giving and receiving gifts, but Christmas is a time when family members and friends come home to see each other, and although I might not always feel like spending time with them, Christmas helps me realize how lucky I am to have a happy and healthy family that cares about me. I hope you all have had a wonderful Christmas and a happy holiday season. I'll see you soon with a blog about my adventure to Florence, and if you need to contact me, either leave a comment or send me an email: Lastly, don't forget to follow me on bloglovin.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Seven Spectacular Days in Rome

My Adventure
Hello everyone!
As you may have read in my previous blog, Rome is where I began my European adventure. My family and I spent six days there, and it was my favorite place as far as entertainment and history. On the first day in Rome, we arrived on our plane after fifteen hours of travel, and we didn't feel like doing much due to the jet lag, so we decided to rest up in preparation for the big things we had coming. After our “nap,” which lasted about 3 hours, we went out to explore the city. We went and ate lunch and then we went to see the Pantheon because it was right outside of our hotel. It was extremely crowded (just like all of the other tourist attractions in Rome). After exploring for a few hours, we went back to the hotel and prepared for dinner. We ate dinner just down the street from out hotel, and then decided to just go back to the hotel and sleep so that we could be ready for the next day which we knew was probably the most adventurous day in Rome. 

We woke up early the next morning, because we had to eat breakfast before we went on our tour. We quickly ate, and then scurried out of the hotel to meet up with our tour guide who was located right outside of the Roman Colosseum. Although the day started by frantically getting ready, we quickly calmed ourselves down to admire how incredible the Colosseum really was. We walked through the Colosseum and continued our tour amongst the amazing structures of the Romans. We stopped here and there to admire some of the magnificent buildings, but after a few hours, our tour came to an end. We decided that since we were far away from our hotel, it would be a good time to explore, so we ate lunch, and then went out to explore on our own. We visited a few churches and stopped in some shops along the way, but once it came closer to evening time, we decided to head back to the hotel, and get some sleep, since we were still extremely jet lagged from two days before.

We awoke at around 5:30 AM the next morning in preparation for another tour that we had scheduled. We gave ourselves enough time to get ready and be out the door so we wouldn't be rushed, and we arrived at The Vatican just in time for our tour. The great thing about this tour is that it started before The Vatican opened, so we were able to see everything in its full effect, which was amazing. The tour took us into The Vatican, through the Sistine Chapel, and back out to St. Peter’s Basilica. It was an amazing tour, and it was so much to take in in one day, but the experience is unforgettable! After much exploration of those areas, we walked downtown in the direction of our hotel, in search of something to eat. We had a late lunch at a small cafe in downtown Rome, and then headed back to our hotel, where we spent the rest of our night walking around the area and looking for interesting places that we could explore on a later date.

The next day, we were able to sleep in which was a relief after two days of nonstop exploration. We got a late start, and were out the door at around 9:30. We had breakfast, and then set off for Trevi Fountain. When we arrived after a few minutes of walking, we were shocked to see that it was under construction, and so we weren’t able to completely see it, because it was blocked off! We decided to keep moving, and not waste any time, so my family and I got a taxi and took it over to the park. We heard that there were some great activities available in the park, and so we went on a walk through the park in search for such activities. We rented out a five-person bike, and drove it through the beautiful park. We took pictures on the way and just admired the beautiful passageways covered by trees and elegant plants. We stayed at the park until later that evening, ate dinner, and then went to bed.

The next morning, we ate breakfast, and then wrote down a few possibilities for interesting places to visit. After asking many locals, and getting different opinions, we decided that the best place to go would be the Trastevere, which was a town about 15 minutes away from where we were staying that contained many different cultures and lots of interesting shops. We got ready to leave, and got a taxi to the Trastevere. It was extremely crowded, and it reminded me of a busy city like New York, but without the large buildings. We started off by checking out some of the local shops and cafes and chose the places where we would eat. We then took some time to explore some of the well-known buildings and monuments. It was interesting to see how each part of the town was “split up” in terms of cultural and religious practices. As it reached evening time, we strolled over to the restaurant that we had selected earlier, and ate a delicious meal. We were stuffed, and so we decided to walk to our hotel, and go to bed.

We woke up, on the last day in Rome, with no exact plans. We went through what we had done in the past few days, and decided that we enjoyed the bike ride in the park the most, and that we wanted to go do that again. We packed up most of our things, so we wouldn't have to do it all that night, and headed off to the park. We rode a bike around the park again, and found an amazing view over the entire city of Rome, and left after lunch to walk around and enjoy our last night. We went to dinner very early, and talked about all of the fun things that we had during the first six days of our month long adventure. After dinner, we walked around the city for about an hour, and then went to bed.
Early the next morning, I woke up to take pictures of the Pantheon when nobody was there, and then got about another hour of sleep before we got ready to leave. We all got up at around 7:00, packed up our remaining items, and left Rome on a train on our way to Florence.

Florence will be my next blog post. Expect that to come out next Monday, at around the same time as this blog, maybe a little bit earlier. If you enjoy this blog, please let me know by liking this blog post, following me, or leaving a comment. To contact me, my email is You can follow me on Instagram at alexryan33, and you can follow me on blogloving at this link: Thank you so much. Talk to you next week!

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Friday, August 1, 2014

Europe Adventure Overview

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I just recently returned from my family vacation to Europe. I was gone for three and a half weeks, and traveled all across the western side of Europe. My adventure began in Rome, which was probably my favorite city as far as history and entertainment. We spent six days there, and then took a train to Florence. For me, Florence was probably my least favorite location that we visited, but it was still an amazing sight to see. My favorite part of Florence was the gelato. It was the best gelato place that we ate at whilst in Europe (and we had gelato almost every night). After spending two days in Florence, we took another train to Venice, and a water taxi to our hotel. We stayed in Venice for three days. Venice was the most unique place that we visited. It is considered an island, although it is still connected to the mainland. There were no cars allowed in Venice, and the streets were used for people to get around by walking, so the only form of transportation was to take a boat through the extensive labyrinth of waterways. After our stay in Venice, we left Italy altogether, and took an overnight train to Germany.

We arrived in Munich, Germany on the overnight train early the next morning, and spent three days in Munich. On the second day, we spent the whole day in Salzburg, Austria on a very entertaining and scenic tour. In Munich we spent a lot of time in the beer gardens which were practically the public hangout locations for the locals, which were very crazy. We took a train on the next day to Switzerland

Before we arrived in Switzerland, we took a quick detour to some of the castles that were on the way to Switzerland. The castles were stunningly beautiful and they overlooked some of the small towns. After our stop at the castles, we continued to Switzerland, which to me was definitely the most beautiful place. We stayed in a small town in Switzerland called Wengen. We spent five days in Switzerland going on amazing nature hikes and relaxing. We woke up early to catch a train after our stay in Switzerland. Our next and final stop was Paris, France.

The train ride to Paris was two hours and we arrived in Paris in the late morning. It gave us lots of time to get to our apartment, get settled, and go explore Paris. We spent a total of five days in Paris. During those five days, we took a few tours, explored Paris on bikes, and relaxed. 

By the time we were done with this vacation, we were definitely ready to come home, but it was the most entertaining and eye opening vacation that I had ever experienced. The many different cultures that we experienced helped me realize the diversity of Europe and just see how unique it truly is. 

This is just a brief overview of the trip, but there will be more detailed descriptions of each location that I traveled to in separate blogs, as well as many more pictures to share with you. Each one of these blogs will be coming in the next few weeks. Expect my next blog in a few days. Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram at: alexryan33 and if you have any questions, my email is: If you have any recommendations for me, please leave them in the comments down below.

Thank you so much for reading, and I will talk to you later this week.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Sin City - (Las Vegas)

Hello Everyone!
Here are some of the pictures that I promised you from my trip to Las Vegas. It was such an interesting place to stay. There was always so much going on, and the shops and hotels were constantly crowded. It was definitely one of the most diverse places that I had ever visited, but it was great to get a feel for the different culture.

I hope you enjoyed the photos, and don't forget to leave recommendations in the comments below for blogs that you want me to do in the future. Also, I have an instagram account that you can follow me on if you want to see the pictures that I have taken (alexryan3399). If you have any questions for me, you can email me (
Thanks for reading, and I will talk to you later.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Recent Adventures

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Sorry it has been so long, I have been really busy with school, and I just recently when to Las Vegas, but I am back and here is a blog post of just some random photos that I have taken in the past month or so. I hope you enjoy...

So there are just a few photos from my adventures. As I said earlier, I just got back from Las Vegas, so some time in the near future, I will be posting a blog with some pictures that I took while I was in Vegas. I hope yo enjoyed this, and don't forget to give me some suggestions for blogs that you want me to do in the future. Leave those suggestions down in the comments.

If you have anything that you want to ask me or talk to me about, my email is:
See you later this week!!

Saturday, May 17, 2014


Hey Everyone!
Sorry its been so long. I haven't had the chance to post something for a while because I don't have too many photos to share quite yet, but there will be a whole bunch more coming in the near future. Also, I have finals coming up for school, so I have been pretty busy with studying. Anyway, here are some of the pictures that I have chosen for todays blog post.

These are just some photos from around my house, and also from my trip to Mississippi and New Orleans. If you haven't seen the pictures that I posted from New Orleans and Mississippi, you should definitely check those out in my previous blog posts.

I hope you enjoy these, and keep an eye out for at least one blog post next week. Also, If you have any recommendations for me, leave those recommendations down in the comments below. I am always open to new ideas, and please tell your friends about me if you like my pictures, because I love to see new people visiting my blog. 
I hope you enjoy these pictures, and I will talk to you later this week.

Friday, May 9, 2014

New Orleans Photos

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I'm back with some pictures from my trip to New Orleans like I promised. These are just a few of my favorite pictures that were taken on the trip. I really enjoyed the area, and the weather was perfect almost every day. The one thing that I disliked about the trip, was the fact that New Orleans was so crazy! There were always things going on, and it was hard to get through some of the streets because of the activity, but it was great to experience a new culture.

If you have read my previous blog post, you most likely know that my goal is to post blogs every Tuesday and Friday if I have the opportunity. I am always looking for challenges and/or creative things to post on my blog. If you have any recommendations, please let me know in the comments section. 
This summer, I will be traveling quite a bit, so I will be posting blogs as much as I can to keep you updated on some of my travels. I will be going to California for a little bit, and then later on in the summer, I will be traveling with my family to Europe which I am really excited for! I will definitely keep you posted.
Don't forget to leave comments, and I will talk to you soon.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Mississippi Photos

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Here are some of the pictures that I took from my trip to Mississippi. I really enjoyed this trip because of the natural surroundings. It was the perfect place to take pictures. These are just a few of the many pictures that I took on the trip. 

I had a really great experience in Mississippi. I would definitely recommend it to you if you are looking for a great place to take photos or just have a good time with your friends and/or family. It is very calm and has many diverse cultures.

My new plan is to post blogs on Tuesdays and Fridays (if I have the chance). The next blog that I will be posting will be up some time this friday, and it will include some pictures that I took on my trip to New Orleans, so be on the lookout for that. Also, don't forget to comment any suggestions that you may have for me. I am open to anything that you guys want me to do. You can give me a challenge or just something fun/creative. I look forward to talking to you later this week. Also, if you like my blog, tell your friends about it. I would love to talk to you about photography or any other topic, so let me know what you think in the comments.

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Welcome to my Blog

Hello everyone! Welcome to my blog. My name is Alex Ryan, and I am a photographer and soon to be videographer from Arizona in the United States of America. I am writing this blog to inform you of some of the things to look forward to. I enjoy traveling, so you will be seeing pictures of my adventures. I plan on beginning with just photos of my adventures, but I am hoping that in the future I can post things such as tutorials or anything else that you guys ask me to do. I also plan on vlogging about my adventures over the summer.

I have been wanting to start a blog for a while, so it is really exciting to finally get started. I have gotten lots of inspiration over the past few months that has pushed me to start blogging. Some of the people that I enjoy listening to and reading about are Zoe Sugg (Zoella), Joseph Sugg (Thatcher Joe), and Marcus Butler. 

I plan on blogging about once or twice a week with some of the pictures from my adventures or any of the suggestions that you guys have for me. If you would like, please leave a comment about some of the things that you would like me to blog about in the future.