Category: USA

Barbary coast

San Francisco is a city born in the gold rush. Within a short time it went from a small town of some 1.000 people to the biggest city on the West coast. On March 28, 1776, the Spanish established the Presidio of San Francisco, an then built the Mission San Francisco de Asís, what is today Mission Dolores. Some years…

Power of the hug

We’ve all been in a position when we simply needed a hug. From a friend or family member, or heck, sometimes even just a random stranger. As humans, we know the power of the hug. It relaxes, releases hormones, relieves tensions and stress. Even just a single hug does. So now think about getting dozens of them. Which is what…

San Francisco, California

My San Francisco story

This winter, I celebrated another travel anniversary. My 20th visit to San Francisco, since 2007. Not bad, for nine years. My love story with the city by the bay started some time in 2005. A friend had recommended to me the Tales of the city books by Armistead Maupin. I hadn’t heard of them, but he talked about it with such…

Imperial

It is build to impress. I walked along the National Mall in Washington, from the White House to the Monument over to the World War II Memorial, the reflecting pond and the Lincoln Memorial. I skipped the sides, and I had no time to walk it all the way back over to the Capitol, currently being renovated…. It’s just too…

Atlanta High Museum of Art

Just a few pictures from the highly entertaining High Museum of Art in Atlanta simply called ‘the High’, a modern museum complex housing different exhibitions and a great permanent collection. I spent a couple of hours in there, walking through the different buildings, some designed by Renzo Piano and sporting an amazing ceiling that let in a great, natural light.…

Martin Luther King Jr.

I didn’t know he was a son of Atlanta. Actually, I realized, I didn’t know that much about him, at all, except his fight against segregation and for human rights, and a vague memory of his ‘I have a dream’ speech that we read in English major in high school. So I reserved half a day to visit the Martin…

Iconic

I guess few items in the world are universally recognized like a Coke bottle. Of all the logos and products, from the golden arches of MacDonald’s, to the bitten apple or the Mercedes star, the Coke bottle is probably the one that most people, if they have ever somehow been exposed to western culture and advertising, would instantly recognize. I’d…

Atlanta

I made it safe and sound to Atlanta, after a short 2h flight from Fort Lauderdale, with no tropical hurricane in sight, thank God. Atlanta’s Airport is so huge – it’s the busiest airport in the US and the world, with more than 96 million passengers and a whopping 868.359 take-offs and landings! Can you believe that number??? It took a…

Tropical Rainstorms

First stop on my trip was Florida, Fort Lauderdale to be precise. After an easy and uneventful flight, I realized when I got my car that the days in Florida might not go ahead as planned. The clerk at the Avis station at Miami International Airport tried to convince me to upgrade my small car to an SUV, or even better,…