Tag: Landmarks

A walk through history and mystery at Stonehenge, England

After visiting London we decided to explore Stonehenge on our way to Bath. After driving more than an hour, I was excited to see this place, but I also didn’t know what to expect from this experience. When we started to get bored in the car (especially the kids) the beautiful landscape of Salisbury Plain showed up delighting our eyes. Not much later after, the monument of Stonehenge appeared. Some people will call it just a pile of rocks or a ghost from the past. But for sure, the reason we were there was to find out for ourselves what Stonehenge is.

Versailles, France surrounds you in history

The Palace of Versailles is the most popular tourist attraction in France. Some people say that Versailles is overrated, but I say that it is an amazing place to visit, especially for the first time. The combination of great history with beautiful gardens makes the place beautiful to visit. In the summer it is very crowded so make sure you stick with the main things that are worth your time. Read on to find out about the things that I think are worth visiting at Versailles.

Oso Flaco Lake, California is a surprising place among sand dunes

The sand dunes around Pismo Beach are barren and suitable only for ATVs and “four wheelin”. However, there is one natural gem, hidden right between sand dunes. This gem is a fresh water lake called Oso Flaco Lake. Oso Flaco means Skinny Bear in Spanish. Oso Flaco Lake was discovered by Spanish conquistadors way back in the 19th century while they were scouting the California coast. Today, Oso Falco Lake has been turned into a well preserved and well cared for park which is very surprising to the visitor.

Hiking the Upper Yosemite Falls Trail

Yosemite Falls thumbnailYosemite National Park is my favorite national park. I go there every time I get a chance. Most of the times I visit Yosemite National Park in the early summer or spring. This is usually the best time to see the waterfalls at full capacity. But how about the winter? I got a chance to visit Yosemite National Park in mid-November and while there was not much water in the waterfalls, I enjoyed the different colors of the trees due to changing seasons. One of my favorite trails in Yosemite National Park is the Yosemite Falls trail. Read on to find out about my experience hiking this trail and to see some great pictures.

Los Angeles, California – A day trip to UCLA is educational for the whole family

UCLA We have visited UCLA in the winter on a sunny December day. Even though the day was short, we had a great time. I always like visiting the UCLA campus, regardless if it’s summer or winter, school day or weekend…I just love it. Maybe it’s because I graduated from UCLA myself…yeah it’s because of that. However, I believe anyone can enjoy visiting the campus for a day, including your children.

Santa Barbara, California – Santa Barbara Zoo is the perfect family day trip

Flamingos at the Santa Barbara Zoo in Santa Barbara, California.If there is one place that children always like to visit it is the zoo. No matter how small or large, any zoo is a cool place for children. Animals are just very interesting for children. However, if on top of that you add the ocean and a wonderful sunny climate then you get the greatest place for children to visit. Well, there is such a place and it’s called the Santa Barbara, Zoo. This is arguably my favorite family destination of all the Southern California day trip destinations.

San Simeon, California – Hearst Castle is a beautiful castle with an ocean view

Hearst Castle, CaliforniaHearst Castle is one of the few buildings in America that bears the name “Castle”. We just don't have castles here like they have in Europe. Castles are a thing of the past and especially in California we don't have old buildings except for the few old missions that are scattered along the coast. I know I am exaggerating a little but not too much. So, just the name Hearst Castle becomes interesting almost immediately to the tourist.

San Francisco, California – Alcatraz island is mysterious

Alcatraz-IslandAs I think of mysterious places in California, Alcatraz Island comes to mind right away. The scene of many movies and known as “The Rock”, Alcatraz Island is a mysterious place. It is so close to shore and yet far enough. It’s interesting to read about the escape attempts that have made Alcatraz Island famous…history has not recorded any successful escape attempts. All those that have at least made it into the water have drowned on their way to the San Francisco coast. Enveloped in mystery and many times in fog, Alcatraz Island attracts the visitor.

Famous arches of triumph across Europe

Who said that only the French have an Arch of Triumph? Well there is another one in Bucharest, Romania…it’s a little smaller…but it is called the Arch of Triumph and serves the same purpose as the original Arch of Triumph in Paris, France. The Romanian military uses the Arch of Triumph in Bucharest as the focal point for their yearly parade, just like the French military marches on Champs d’Elysees on France National Day on July 14th.

Paris, France – Is the Eiffel Tower overrated ?

Eiffel Tower, Paris, FranceParis was my first destination when I first had the opportunity to travel to Europe! This is my favorite city…I just love Paris! Ok, ok…enough said about Paris…but how about the Eiffel Tower? Some people may suggest that it’s not worth visiting, but I disagree completely. I believe the Eiffel Tower is worth all the effort and cash required for climbing all the way to the top. So is the Eiffel Tower overrated ?

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