Second time in the USA and I’m thinking what to do and see there, and of course, Grand Canyon National Park was in my mind all the time. I went to NJ and NY, and Grand Canyon seemed quite far. But I did my research and realized it’s not impossible. If there’s a will, there’s a way, they say.
When planning to visit Grand Canyon think seriously about driving or picking a tour, the time you have to spend there, your budget, your travel companions preferences and your “to see list”.
Pacific breeze and the warm touch of sun, palm trees, active seafront, and countless murals were the first things to see in the city of angels, Los Angeles. It was late November, on a Thursday morning, but to me, it looked like an endless summer resort. I started my short stay in Venice area, which now I realize was the best area I could pick: relatively close to the beach, nice to walk among small and nice houses, with a lot of plants in the yards.
One of the biggest street art “galleries”, a huge open-air collection of street art is in NYC Brooklyn, more specific the area known as Bushwick Collective. This area expanded a lot in recent years, and Brooklyn is the most representative neighborhood for this type of art in New York. You will notice many murals spread in Manhattan streets as well, but this is a sort of organized area where local or international artists paint, spray or decorate.
Traveling in the United States from Eastern Europe takes a lot of time and money, and it involves some differences you may not be used to. In 2 weeks, 5 states, 3 time zones, I noticed a few details you may find interesting or useful for a first trip.
I was sure I’d love Ålesund as soon as I saw the vivid architecture. Buildings details and colorful ornaments draw a lot of attention. Actually, this is how Alesund is known: the Art Nouveau town, which was destroyed by a fire in 1904.
We reached Norway through Ålesund and this is a good starting point to see the Sunnmøre area and Geirangerfjord, the Unesco site.
West Norway is about unique landscapes that can take your breath away and I totally recommend to visit. The ocean, the fjords, the hills and mountains that surround low land villages and the mirror effect of the water will make every photographer envy your spot. This is what I imagine when I think about this Nordic country.
Ski in the Dolomites area in the Italian Alps was on my bucket list since previous years, so nothing could have stopped me to go there. Not even a bad knee, a hard to manage luggage or a long way back.
My most vivid memories about Tel Aviv were the smell of the food, spices and striking different views in the streets. It is a contrast among noisy, busy markets and messy streets opposite to Bauhaus neighborhoods, promenade along the beachside and skyscrapers. In Tel Aviv, you will set eyes on beautiful architecture and modern museums and plenty of art galleries, but you will encounter the oriental on many corners.
My first hour in Israel was actually a true Tel Aviv tour by night. Although it sounds like a touristic route, it was only a wrong bus that led to this adventure. From the airport, we took the train, and immediately after I’ve left the train station I saw the local bus arriving. I desperately ran to catch it and my friends had to follow me closely. It didn’t cross my mind to check the destination once I stepped in the bus. We bought the tickets and then I realized our destination was the other way around!
It was April when I saw the Alps for the first time, in Val Thorens, France. Also, it was the first time skiing or better say, learning the basics.
Never ever before had I put the boots on, so imagine I didn’t know how to ski, to snowplow or just to stay up with the ski on. I was pretty excited and in 4 days I was trying the red slopes.