After more than 24 hours flying across continents, arriving to a beautiful comfortable hotel is a treat. But if you’re welcomed by a smiley person and French macarons at reception, then it’s even better! This is how we reached The Payne Mansion in San Francisco’s Sutter Street. A stunning building … more »
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USA & Puerto Rico
Some call it “the land of dreams”, and we are on a mission to find out why!
Whether it is thanks to something positive or negative, the USA never ceases to amaze us. We have done several trips in the country, from urban stays in New York City, Chicago, New Orleans or San Francisco, to nature oriented adventures in the National Parks, Hawaii and Puerto Rico. We even got married in Las Vegas!
These are some of our best travel stories, inspired by hours of driving around the USA, listening to local music, watching American movies and a few too many burgers:
- In San Francisco: a walking tour of the Tenderloin
- Bienvenidos to The Mission District in San Francisco
- Demystifying Car Rentals in the USA
- Deja-vu Travels in New York
- Williamsburg Flea Market: where hipsters rejoice
- Little Portugal in Newark
- The USA in my Mouth
- USA’s National Parks on a Budget
In Hawaii, we experienced a different side of the USA. In fact, depending on the setting, you’d almost forget these islands are a part of the same country. We tried stand up paddle for the first time in Maui and stayed at the most incredible tree house inside a volcano in Big Island. We’d love to go back one day!
Our latest trip to the US took us to Puerto Rico. During our entire stay in this beautiful territory, we couldn’t help but think how Puerto Ricans get the raw end of the deal when it comes to being American. They are neither here nor there, as they are limited by rules crafted in the mainland, yet they do not get to enjoy all the same rights folks in the continent do. Politics aside, we had an incredible time exploring the stunning coast of Puerto Rico and getting serendipitously lost and found in random charming towns.
There is no other place on earth that I have seen more empty spaces with breathtaking vistas than the USA. This big continental country has some of the most mind blowing views that the world can offer. Welcome to Glacier National Park. With rivers, lakes, mountains, and forests to keep … more »
The freezing temperatures in Santiago de Chile right now remind me of the road-trip we took last year in the USA. It was all sunny and bright in California, but the moment we drove to Glacier National Park in Montana, that changed! It was spring and the sun was clearly … more »
As someone who runs a travel blog exchange, I come across new blogs everyday. But it is not everyday that I stop and read through them with such interest and find myself to be amazed. This has happened recently when I stumbled upon Curb Free with Cory Lee. Cory is … more »
To my disappointment, we didn’t see Yogi Bear when we visited Yellowstone. I guess he doesn’t like the cold weather and, let’s face it, things were pretty icy out there when we headed towards this National Park during our USA road-trip. On today’s photo we feature the Yellowstone Lake, that … more »
When we traveled around New York City, we couldn’t miss out on Brooklyn. After all, movies and TV shows have made the other side of the bridge in NYC so popular, that we were curious to see by ourselves. To say that Brooklyn is happening is an understatement. Whatever scene … more »
We’ve rented cars around the world – Dubai, Oman, Brazil, Spain, etc. However, this time around – for our trip in the US, our car rental needed some serious research. Why, do you ask? Insurance Car rentals in the US become really complicated because of insurance requirements. Ordinarily, a … more »
One of the highlights of our drive down Highway 101 was a detour that we took through Redwood National Park in California. On our way down from Florence to Eureka, we ended up stopping many times to take pictures with these massive giants! The California redwoods are so old and … more »
This is Montana! You see endless ranches flowing over hills and dales, cows grazing in open spaces and the absolutely pristine American countryside. There’s a little road snaking along and you see magnificent clouds descending so low that you could almost reach up and touch them. We were driving from … more »
This post is about my experience applying for a US visa. Well, to begin with, I have to say that I got my US visa in 2009, so some of the things I mention here may be outdated. I was living in Dubai when I applied for a US visa, … more »