Welcome to Photos by Martin!

Inside, you'll find pictures and travel stories from around the world, including Africa, Asia, Europe, North America and South America.

You can browse through photo galleries for each country or take a look at some of my favorite pictures in various categories, such as landscapes, people and wildlife.  Many of the pictures include notes so you can read more about the particular photograph or location, and I’ve also written a few stories based on my travel experiences.

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Ethiopia Gallery
Explore the source of the Blue Nile at Lake Tana, witness ancient religious ceremonies in Lalibela, and trek through the spectacular Simien mountains in this online gallery of Ethiopia.

The Great Namche Pizza Conspiracy
In a remote mountain village in the heart of Nepal, Martin discovers that things aren’t always as they seem when he inadvertently uncovers an international conspiracy.

Rain, Snow, and a Group of Chilean High School Girls
At the southern tip of Chile, Martin sets out to trek the Torres del Paine Circuit and learns, the hard way, why Patagonia is notorious for some of the worst weather in the world.


Find your true love at the love market in Sapa, watch a water puppet performance in Hanoi's old quarter, and explore the main streets and back roads of Vietnam in this online gallery.

Seven Days
in Tibet

On the road from Kathmandu to Lhasa, Martin discovers that the modern Tibet is a fascinating land of contrasts where nightclubs outnumber monasteries and nomads carry cell phones.

Greek Islands Gallery
Set sail with Sean Connery, dance the night away in Mykonos, and watch the sun set over Santorini in this online gallery of the Greek Islands.

Explore the colorful souks of Fez and Marrakesh, watch the sunrise over the Sahara desert, discover ancient kasbahs and Berber villages, travel to a desert oasis, and trek the High Atlas mountains in this online gallery.


Hike down the Lost Coast to a deserted Pacific beach, explore Point Reyes and Tomales Bay by kayak, discover the spectacular cliffs of Big Sur, and take in the full panorama of San Francisco in this online gallery.

Rafting the Zambezi River
Floating down the Zambezi river in an inflatable rubber raft, Martin suddenly feels a little uneasy as he ponders the name of the approaching rapid—Stairway to Heaven.

Africa by Bus, Boat, Train, and Truck
Join Martin as he travels from Nairobi to Cape Town—climb Mt. Kilimanjaro, raft the Zambezi river, and listen to lions roar around the campfire in this online gallery. 

Peru Gallery
Trek the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, wander the narrow cobblestone streets of Cusco, explore the lush Sacred Valley, and fly over the mysterious Nasca lines in this online gallery.

A Tortured Traveler
Follow Agnes into the home of Luisa and Alfredo in Central Havana, where she discovers that the discomforts of travel can sometimes have unexpected rewards.

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