A trip down to San Francisco’s hills

After a long flight from Copenhagen (11 hours), we landed in the beautiful Bay Area with bright blue sky and sunny (not always like that). Hello San Francisco!

I stayed at the hotel Marriott Union Square at 480 Sutter Street which was 2 minutes walking to the city centre. I was living at the 21st floor so I had a nice view from my hotel room window.

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I was there with Kasper but because he was there with work I had most of the daytime by myself. It was actually nice walking around enjoying the city.

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The best part about any trip is the time we get to explore the amazing areas of a city. There’s nothing that makes me feel more alive and excited than discovering something new, getting to know new people and a new culture better. For me that is what travelling is about. It is somehow the only thing you can actually  purchase that enriches you even more as you gain and cultivate knowledge from different cultures and from the world. Somehow it really opens up your eyes for  many delightful things.

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We spent 6 days out there and I got to see part of the city, shop and enjoy walking up and down the hills of San Francisco.

Some of my destinations were; walking through Chinatown, which it is the oldest and largest of its kind in North America; Took a ride on the city’s famous cable cars; visited the car cable museum; visited shopping malls and classic American shops like forever 21, Macy’s, DSW (the designer shoe land); tried amazing seafood and walked across the Golden Gate Bridge (the most iconic landmark in San Francisco).

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Unfortunately the Museum of Modern Art is closed for improvement and reconstruction, so I was not able to see some of the local art pieces from this museum. I also did not had the chance to visit the Alcatraz prison as I had to buy the ticket days in advance (I went there and the next tickets available were for 26th June), so whenever you going to San Francisco and would like to visit the prison, I recommend that you book or buy tickets in advance. It is also possible, if you are really lucky, to purchase tickets very early morning like 7:30, from people that had cancelled but I would not relay on that because the tickets are limited.

Overall, I had such a great time out there and I would definitely like to go back there again. The city has its charm and magic somehow.

What about you, where is your next destination?

With love,

Noe

 

 

12 point goes to…Austria!

Yesterday night was such an exciting evening at the B&W Hallerne where in front of thousands of people in the arena and millions of people on TV, Conchita Wurst “the bearded lady,” from Austria won the Eurovision Song Contest with the song Rise Like A Phoenix!

I was watching it together with some of my good friends at home but it was still an exciting evening. I thought that most of the music this year was not so good but I definitely think that it was really well deserved.

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Conchita Wurst won with 290 points with the message of room for diversity while The Nederlands got the 2nd place with 238 votes, which was one of my favourites as well.

So, that means that next year the Eurovision will take place in Austria! Yeah!

Vienna is for sure one of my favourite cities in the world! It feels like going back to history and living in a dream city with so much cultural and artistic attractions. Back in 2012 I went to Vienna and had such an amazing trip, so this could be a great excuse for me to go back there.

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I want to share some pictures and tips from my amazing trip with you.

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If there is any single place on the globe that can be described as the historical centre of classical music, that place is Vienna. Most of the greatest and classic composers from all times like: Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert comes from Vienna. Definitely a city of musicians!

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When I was there I went to State Opera House and watch my first Opera ever. It was Tosca one of the best classic opera from all times from Puccini. I loved it! If you ever go to Austria you have to go to Opera. It is a must!

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I off course had to try the most famous traditional Austrian dish called Wiener Schnitzel at Figlmueller restaurant. (The best restaurant in town!)http://www.figlmueller.at/en/about.html

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There are so many attractions and places to see and to experience that it is almost impossible to state everything all in a single post but some of the places i had been which are worth to go are: Museums Quartier, Museum Albertina, Schonbrunn Zoo (the oldest zoo in the world- where you can see Pandas), Schonbrunn Pallace, Madame tussauds, flea markets, shopping street, St. Stephen’s Cathedral, Orchestras among other amazing places..

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It is so easy to drive around with public transport as well 😉

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Finally, no trip to Vienna is complete without a ride on the 19th-century Riesenrad or giant ferris wheel that features in ‘The Third Man’.

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I Wish that one day you get the opportunity to visit Austria 😉 so maybe see you there in 2015 for the Eurovision?

With love,

Noe

http://www.wien.info/en/sightseeing/sights/must-sees