Tag: First Impression

Padua, Italy – photos and first impressions

Padova, Italy - Sculputures line up the main square in Padova. Padova lies about on hour drive from Venice in Northern Italy. It is very easy to reach Padova from the A4 motorway and we just followed the signs to the main square in Padova. We arrived in Padova, Italy on a very hot day in August. We did whatever we could to escape the heat. Even though we didn't have much time to walk around we enjoyed Padova, Italy very much. The amazing Pratto della Valle square fascinated us with all many and beautiful sculptures.

Genoa, Italy – photos and first impressions

Genova,Italy - Old port of Genoa with old buildings in the background.Italy is a large country. You can drive for many hours to reach certain famous tourist destinations. It is really cool then, when you are able to find some cool places to stop on the way. While Genoa is a famous tourist attraction in its own right, we only had time to treat it as a rest stop on our way to the French Riviera. We were only able to spend about three hours in Genoa, but we were really impressed by how the city and the port looked. Read on to see some cool travel pictures from Genoa, Italy.

Cambridge, England – photos and first impressions

When visiting a major tourist attraction, most people only see the “big” things. It's understandable because not everyone has the luxury of spending a lot of time in a great place. However, most tourist attractions have a lot more to offer than what one can visit in a few hours. Cambridge, England is no exception to the rule. While the town is full of tourist buses that come for a day trip from London, Cambrige yields it's beauty to those who want to slow down and explore the city. Take a look at this beauty in my travel gallery from my first encounter with Cambrige, England.

London, England – travel photos and first impressions

It's impossible to describe London in an article, let alone in a few pictures. I have lots of pictures and thoughts from my recent visits to London, England, but it is very hard to put it all together concisely. I will however, start writing bits and pieces that will provide very valuable information for Americans traveling to London, England. The first article is just a gallery of pictures from my first trip to London, England. In the future I will add valuable tips for visiting London, England.

Oso Flaco Lake, California – photos and first impressions

Oso Flaco Lake is a hidden natural gem. Oso Flaco lake is hidden in the Pismo Dunes Natural Preserve and it is surrounded by farm land. Situated about 30 minutes south of Pismo Beach and about 10 minutes north of the small town of Guadelupe, Oso Flaco Lake is hard to find. There is only one small street sign on Cabrillo Highway. If you don’t know what you’re looking for, you will definitely miss it. Once you get to the sign there is another five to ten minutes drive through farm lands until you get to the Oso Flaco park. But what a beautiful place Oso Flaco Lake is! It is nestled among sand dunes and the state has built a beautiful walkway that goes almost over the entire lake. Then you can continue walking all the way to the ocean. You get an amazing view at the end of the walkway. It’s just a beautiful place!

Buellton, California – photos and first impressions

Buellton, California - Ostriches eating vigurously at Ostrich Land in Buellton.Buellton is many times confused with Solvang, California. On the one hand, there is good reason for them to be confused simply because they are very close to one another. On the other hand, Solvang and Buellton are very different based on the tourist attractions they both offer. While Solvang provides great European architecture and feel while Buellton is a small California town right by the freeway. Regardless of the differences, Buellton makes a great rest stop if you’re driving on the 101 freeway and you want your family to take a break from driving. Read on to find out what to see in Buellton.

Avila Beach, California travel photos and first impressions

Avila Beach, California - View of the beach and rugged cliffs surrounding Avila Beach.Avila Beach is another hidden jewel of the California Central Coast. It is hidden in the San Luis Obispo Bay and if you don’t go there on purpose, you will never see it. Avila Pretty is well hidden from the 101 freeway by a beautiful forest and some very tall hills. These hills provide amazing views of the ocean and of San Luis Obispo Bay. For now, I’m only posting a few pictures from Avila beach but pretty soon I’ll post my detailed Avila Beach travel guide. Enjoy my pictures from Avila Beach for now.

Pismo Beach, California travel photos and first impressions

Pismo Beach, California - View of the city of Pismo Beach from the beach itself.Pismo Beach is one of those hidden tourist jewels that is within easy reach but bypassed many times by tourists. The California coast is just beautiful off the 101 freeway in the Pismo Beach area. The fact that many larger tourist attractions like San Luis Obisbo and Hearst Castle are so close, most tourists just pass by Pismo Beach on their way up north. What a mistake! Pismo Beach is just an amazing stop even if you have only few hours to spare. Pretty soon I'll post my detailed Pismo Beach travel guide, but for now enjoy more pictures from Pismo Beach.

Yosemite National Park travel pictures and first impressions

Thumbnail of Yosemite Valley seen from Yosemite Falls trail. I usually take every chance I get to go to Yosemite National Park. My cousin from Switzerland came to visit us and he agreed to go see Yosemite National Park for two days. Even though he lives next to the Swiss Alps, he still enjoyed the hikes and views in Yosemite. I’ll write more about visiting Yosemite, but for now enjoy the travel pictures from Yosemite: Vernal and Nevada falls, Yosemite falls and an older gallery containing Tuolumne Meadows.

Lake Tahoe, California travel photos and first impressions

Thumbnail of tour boat at Emerald Bay in Lake Tahoe. We finally got to visit Lake Tahoe, California. Both my wife and I were dreaming about being able to visit Lake Tahoe for a long long time. With a toddler and a newborn we kept thinking that it will be a while before we could enjoy some time at Lake Tahoe. However, in the middle of September, we attended a wedding for some good friends of ours in Sacramento and then we decided to go visit Lake Tahoe since it’s only one hour away from Sacramento. It was well worth the effort. There is a lot to write about Lake Tahoe, but for now enjoy only the Lake Tahoe photo galleries.

Sighisoara, Romania travel photos and first impressions

Sighisoara, Romania - Old defense tower. We have visited Sighisoara in September 2007 but it took me a long time to actually post pictures from our trip. We loved Sighisoara, even though they were still doing lots of building and fixing up. The old fortress on the hill is the main attraction but even the city at the bottom of the hill is very nice to stroll through. You can read more about this mysterious city in my travel destination guide for Sighisoara, Romania in my See more pictures

Point Mugu, California travel photos and first impressions

Point Mugu, California. I went with my daughter to the beach one weekend. She really wanted to go see “sharks” at the beach. So, we did go to the beach but didn’t see any sharks…which was good. We did see lots of pelicans and one sea lion swimming very close to shore. That was really cool! I decided that we could go to the Point Mugu beach since we haven’t gone there in a long time. We had a great time ! I’ll write more about Point Mugu in another post, but for now take a look at my pictures.
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Hesperia, California – travel photos from Silverwood Lake

Silverwood Lake Thumbnail Silverwood Lake in Hesperia California is well known for many things: great picnic areas, stunning natural beauty and amazing fishing. We only got to stop at a vista point overlooking the lake. I wish we would have had more time to visit the lake this time. I have only visited Silverwood Lake once before…a few years ago and I was impressed by how blue and clean the water was. See more pictures. Also you can read my travel destination guide for Silverwood Lake and Wrightwood.

Santa Barbara, California – travel pictures from Santa Barbara Zoo

Parrot at the Santa Barbara Zoo I am finally able to put together a gallery of travel pictures for Santa Barbara Zoo. We have visited a couple of times since the beginning of the year and we loved it every time. We just love visiting Santa Barbara Zoo…I think it’s the greatest day trip for small children in Southern California. If you haven’t visited this place, then make it a point to visit it. You will not be disappointed. Read my travel destination guide for Santa Barbara Zoo. See more pictures

Grand Canyon National Park – photos and first impressions from South Rim

Grand Canyon National Park - ThumbnailWe visited Grand Canyon National Park as part of our Las Vegas trip. Actually, this was the last part of our trip. After a stop at Hoover Dam we kept on going through the desert all the way to Williams Arizona. After spending the night there, we visited the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. I struggled with taking pictures and not being able to capture the vastness of the Grand Canyon. I found it very difficult to be purposeful in taking great pictures. One has to go visit and enjoy the view…the entire view.
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Hoover Dam travel photos and first impressions

Hoover Dam, Nevada - Thumbnail. When we visited Las Vegas, we decided to drive all the way to the Grand Canyon. On the way to the Grand Canyon we have stopped at Hoover Dam…of course we did! It’s was right on our way from Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon. This was a good opportunity to stretch our legs a little and see some breathtaking views of the Colorado River and of the Hoover Dam. See more pictures from Hoover Dam.

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