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Central Park, New York – surprising discovery

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Central Park was opened in 1857 and since then it has become one of the most recognized places in NYC.  I can’t count how many times I’ve seen it in films no wonder it is considered as one of the most frequently filmed park in the world. This is an amazing place that looks even more amazing from the bird’s eye view. Central Park turned out to be a big surprise for me, especially one place I hadn’t read about in any of the guidebooks before going to NYC (believe me, I did my

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Coney Island – spooky funfair and incubators on the promenade

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Sometimes it happens that when being in New York, the only thing you just want is to quit this city and go… just to the beach. The optimal solution is just an hour trip from Manhattan (Q subway line) to Coney Island, located at the southern end of Brooklyn. Getting off at Ocean Parkway station I have only a few minutes of walk to the famous beach. First glance, it looks similar to other kinds of beaches – promenade, sand, water… However, I see a few things that make this place unique during low

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San Gennaro, Little Italia and Chinese vibes in SoHo NYC

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It was a beautiful September morning, while eating breakfast I started checking Manhattan’s map to organise a sightseeing plan. I actually didn’t have any specific plans for that day, I just wanted to go around the city, watch people and take a couple of pics, okay, I admit, maybe not a couple, but at least hundred photos 😉 While browsing the google map, suddenly my attention was caught by a purple spot in place of some streets in southern Manhattan, more specifically around SoHo. Well, what is SoHo actually?SoHo is an acronym used by

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Na Pali from the air – a story of two flights

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How did it happen that I landed on board of a helicopter to watch the wonderful Na Pali cliffs, actually on board of two helicopters? The larger part of the Hawaiian island of Kaua’i is not available from land due to inaccessible mountains. That’s why a helicopter trip is the best option to see the whole island. When you look at photos from Hawaii, you can get the impression that there’s always a great sunny weather. However, the location of the archipelago in the middle of the ocean and the mountainous terrain make a

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Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum – New York from the aircraft carrier deck

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I’ve always liked visiting places and museums of a military character. I love getting back to my visit in Pearl Harbour or crawling through the tunnels in the former Vietnamese Demilitarized Zone. Therefore, I won’t even try to describe my reaction when browsing tourist attractions in NYC, I saw a picture of USS Intrepid aircraft carrier. What happened next when I read that Intrepid is just one of the many exhibits at the Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum, you can only guess 😉 Intrepid had been in service since World War II (1943)  until 1974. Apparently,

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Washington D.C – Arlington, a short visit to the cemetery….

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I visited Washington on a one-day trip from New York. I wanted to see the capital of the United States for a long time, actually for three reasons which are not entirely obvious. Most visitors here mainly head towards the White House, Capitol and The Washington Monument. My goal was primarily to visit Arlington National Cemetery, the Pentagon and the Center. Steven F. Udvar-Hazy. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to visit the last point due to the fact that it’s outside Washington. On the other hand, I have an excuse to get back there. Washington

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New Yorkers – What is it like to live in New York City?

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It’s only my second post about New York, which I visited over six months ago. Actually, it’s hard for me to say why, because it was one of my best solo trips. This time I will not write about tourist hotspots that are widely described in countless guidebooks. I will write about it another time 😉 This post will be about New Yorkers. I was in NYC around a week and it’s way too short time to know the life in this city, that’s why I will present my subjective observations. I won’t hide

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Girl on a Trail, New York for a song!

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New York is considered one of the most expensive cities in the world. After a week’s holidays in the “Capital of the world”, I admit it’s so damn expensive. However, it doesn’t mean that you have to lose your shirt to see this city. On the contrary, a large number of attractions is available there for a few dollars or even free of charge. Drink on the roof Entrance to the terraces of New York skyscrapers can be pricey, on average it costs 40 $. You need around spare 120$ to visit viewing platforms

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Na Pali part I – Hawaiian cliffs, doplhins and barking sands

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In the area of the green Hawaiian island of Kaua’i you can find a hidden treasure – Nā Pali Coast State Park. The name Nā Pali in Hawaiian means in cliffs, so you can figure out what is the main its attraction. The 17-mile cliff coast stretches from Ke’e Beach to Polihale Beach. Nā Pali cliffs are reportedly among the highest in the world and reach more than 1000 meters above the turquoise waters of the Pacific. They have been shaped over the centuries through erosion activities, like many caves along the coast. Nā

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Pearl Harbor – “AIR RAID PEARL HARBOR THIS IS NO DRILL.”

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When I booked a flight for a month’s stay in Hawaii I didn’t have even an American Visa, let alone a travel plan, but I had one pleace on my must-see list, it was Pearl Harbor. As I wrote before, Hawaii islands aren’t cheap, so also the tickets to this famous base are expensive. Passport to Pearl Harbor – a ticket to explore all places costs $72, but in my opinion, this place is really worth every given buck. Pearl Harbor is located on the Hawaiian Islands, in Pearl City which is close to

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Hawaii – Big Island is getting bigger and bigger…

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When I landed at the Kailua Kona airport, located in Hawaiian Big Island, I felt like being a part of Apollo mission. I was surprised that after only 40-minute flight I saw totally different reality. Sandy beaches from O’ahu Island were replaced by rocks and black sand. Lushy, verdant Hawaiian vegetation gave place to the apocalyptic, volcanic landscape which seemed to have no end. The culprit of this is Kilauea – one of the most active volcanoes on earth. At first sight it looks inconspicuously because on the contrary to other volcanoes it has

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Hawaii – paradise lost?

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Everyone can agree that Hawaii is perfect direction for holiday. Crystal- clear water, beautiful beaches, waterfalls, cliffs, canyons, lush vegetation, outgoing people, all of these capture the imagination. The prospect of living in paradise Islands seems like a dream come true, but is it really a good idea?   Cottage with the views of … What is the average cost of renting a studio, well… in O’ahu you must be prepared for average expenses reaching from 700 $ to  $ 1200 $ a month or more depending on the location and standard. The cost

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