Visiting San Francisco is always special for me. It is one of the most unique places in the World. We were heading there from Lake Tahoe. There are not too many food options in the Golden Gate National Park so we decided to grab something before. There was beautiful weather, dry, sunshine, in the 80's. The lunch was really enjoyable outdoors.
Not more than 20 minutes drive from there we arrived to Golden Gate. What we got there was over our expectations. There was fog, mist strong winds and the temperature is the lover 50' . Because I wasn't prepared for such weather i had to put on 2-3 shirts to keep myself somehow warm.
This surprise is what I love about San Fran. I'm here for the 3rd time but i always forgot that being summer or winter there is always wind and temperatures in the 60's.
Luckily on the second day I had the chance to take several shots from all the angels of Golden Gate.
Because I missed sunrise, I could not take any valuable shots in great light. For this reason I have to promise that i return to this amazing place on the West Coast.
What is your favorite place in San Francisco?
If you take of the beaten path between Sacramento and San Francisco and take the longer drive over the mountains to Napa Valley you can stop by for a few minutes at this engineering masterpiece. The beautiful rolling hills and curvy roads makes this long rode a driving experience. I would choose this anytime over following up a truck on the highway. Not to mention that you can stop at some of the famous and recognized wineries in just half an hour drive in Napa Valley.
What makes this dam unique and special is the overflow design. There is 25-30 ft diameter channel which prevents too high water levels. When there is too much water in the reservoir it look like a giant sinkhole in middle of a beautiful lake.
I wish I could use my drone here, but unfortunately it's forbidden.
It's always nice to remember one of the greatest parties of my life. This is my second post about the carnival in Rio. I hope I can transfer to your living room or cellphone a hint of this magical atmosphere which surrounds Sapucai. Too many words. Let the photos talk.
About 2 hours drive West from Reno Nevada you arrive to an abandoned valley where there are no trees there are no bushes or even grass. It's a really cool drive as you go along the 2 lane road straight as long as you can see. Beside the roadway there are thousands of names, hearts, love messages build from stones. This make he drive really exciting. There is no traffic but seems that there are many people driving by that are. I guess if you want to build your own name or your sweethearts you have to bring stones with you or steel from a previously made name because as long as I could see from the road wasn't any laying around. There is a weird atmosphere because you can barely see any traffic but all those names around you make you feel surrounded by people.
When I arrived to the actual park everything made sens. Thousands of RVs were parking around the Sand Mountain. I could not imagine the actual size. It's a huge sand playground. Hundreds of little sand buggies are going up and down jumping over of this huge sand monument. For our luck we were there for Easter Weekend which is the busiest weekend of the year. From distance it looked like a huge festival. For a few seconds I thought that I arrived to Burning Man.
If you have the chance don't miss the opportunity to stop by for a few selfies.
50 minutes drive from Reno NV and approximately 2 hours of drive from Sacramento CA there is a crystal clean freshwater lake between 9000 ft high mountains. There is not bad time to visit Lake Tahoe. During the summer we can enjoy the cooling waves in its beaches on the North (line Sand Beach). During the winter we can slide along the dozens of different ski slopes around.
The following photos were taken in April. The water was still super cold but during the day the weather was perfect for hiking.
The ski slopes are still busy not surprising with the 10' of snow on its slopes.
About same distance from the two giants Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paolo, Paraty is the living history book. Paraty was an important trade spot between Brazil and Portugal. This was the main port from where the gold from the Brazilian state of Mines Gerais was transported to Portugal. This economic significance cased high development of infrastructure and architecture. Paraty has the largest number of Portuguese style buildings outside of Europe.
Paraty is also known for its Cachaca distilleries. Nothing can describe this better than the fact that in the early times this signature Brazilian drink was called Paraty. Cachaca is the main base of the famous Brazilian cocktail Capirinha.
I was blessed to visit the World biggest Carnival in Rio de Janeiro. The best samba schools of Rio are showing their performance along the 750m long stip in front of 90k supporters in the famous Sambadrome and in front of millions over the TV.
The event starts at 9 pm and the last samba school finishes long after sunrise. Thousands of words aren't enough to describe the atmosphere of the Sambadrome. With the following pictures I try to show the passion, enthusiasm and dedication of these people who are preparing for half a year for their one hour show.
I was so excited when I booked my ticket for a winter escape from Washington DC. We flew to Fort Lauderdale from where we rented a car and hit the famous US Route 1 South to the Southernmost Point of the continental USA.
This 4 hour long scenic route meanders along the beautiful Caribbean islands the Keys. Along the road we can see beaches, tiki bars (you have to try these if you didn't before), restaurants and impressive holiday mansions.
After a fun a scenic drive we arrived to Key West. The first think I noticed and was really fun that the entire island is full of free range chicken. These little guys came with the Cuban immigrants in the previous centuries. After farming and wasn't as attractive and the popular cock-fight became illegal in the United States they let the chicken free. Now they are protected and wherever you go along the island you can meet them.
Some touristy things to do:
- the beaches are not as impressive but if you are here during the winter when the other parts of the US is under snow it can be really beautiful
- visit the Hemingway house - definitely worth to join a tour because you can hear cool stories about his life
- bars, bars, bars......
- seafood :)
Its Tuesday morning. I have plenty of time to add another blog post because I'm waiting at the DMV to renew my DL.
The idea of the lookup series came last fall during Thanksgiving. I was visiting a good friend in Pittsburgh. Being several times in Steelers Town I already saw the landmarks. I was wondering around downtown and try to capture something which I didn't pay attention before. Being a beautiful morning I looked up on the sky and which was covered with puffy clouds and it was reflected by the all glass buildings and I knew that I have to capture this beauty. Since then if I am indoors or outdoor I always look up too see this perspective which is often forgotten by everyday traveler or photographer. Looking up or looking down, around, behind can make the difference between a good photo and a great photo. If we want to make better photos or to stand out from the crowd we have to make these small efforts to take different photos. :)
After my Trip to Malta (i'll tell more about my visit in another post) i arrived to Nantes. Being really rainy day we were looking for indoor activities. If you are in Nantes the Machines of the Isle of Nantes is a must visit. These steampunk machines are revealing the WIld WIld west movie in the middle of France. There have several exhibits and they tour around the country with their inventions.
The photos in the end are some pictures from Nantes and the famous Passage Pommeraye which hosts several famous beauty and fashion stores.
Photos taken during my travels in the US and abroad. Enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed being at the locations