Feeds:
Posts
Comments

Posts Tagged ‘sightseeing’

Black Bear on the River

This picture was taken in Sequoia/ Kings Canyon National Park in California. The parks are absolutely gorgeous and definitely worth visiting. Both parks have a lot to offer, including; a plethora of wildlife, tons of hiking trails, camp sites, lodges, cabins, and fantastic scenery. The parks are SUPER impressive no matter where you’re from, but if you’ve never seen a giant sequoia (redwood) before, then prepare to be amazed. We went during the summer this year and we saw tons of animals, including this Black Bear (and seven others). There are easy trails and trails for backpackers, and the people who work at rangers stations are really helpful if you have questions. Just a reminder, if you’re going to be hiking here to bring the appropriate footwear and outdoor gear for the type of hike you’re going on!

Advertisements

Read Full Post »

IMG_0352IMG_0349

These pictures were taken in the cemetery of a synagogue in the Jewish Quarter (Josefov) of Prague. The Jewish quarter is an interesting area to visit, there are 6 synagogues that you can visit, and a Jewish Museum. The area has a really interesting history too; it was sort of the center of Jewish living in Prague, starting around the 13th century. The area has a really mixed history, in my mind this district stands as a testament to the survival of the Jewish culture in the face of adversity. I really like that this area has maintained its cultural identity through time as well, and you can really see the layers of different eras here. The graveyard is really cool, but if you are visiting this area (as with any other place you visit) remember to be respectful of the rules here: make sure if you are visiting synagogues that you cover your shoulders, and yarmulkes are provided for men to cover their heads while visiting the religious sites. Also, just a heads up, if you want to take pictures in this cemetery you have to pay, but it’s not expensive at all, and i’m pretty sure the proceeds go towards maintaining this historical site. Also when you are here, if you can, try to find a good restaurant! The place we went to was overpriced (we didn’t have a lot of options, most places were closed on the day we went) but you can get a killer bowl of matzo ball soup here!

Also, in case anyone was curious, placing stones on the headstone is a Jewish tradition. Apparently the exact origin of this tradition isn’t know but it’s thought that the act is symbolic to show the presence of a loved one visiting the grave site, and that the deceased individual has not been forgotten. And I think the candle is a Yahrzeit Candle, which is burned in memory of a deceased person.

Read Full Post »

This picture was taken on Museum Island in Berlin, Germany. This island (not an island exactly, its surrounded by a little water way, which seems more like a moat) houses a few of the (many) amazing museums that Berlin has to offer. The island is great because it has a lot of places to visit in very close proximity to each other. Because this area is pretty highly touristed there are also lots of restaurants, cafes, and places to shop around for the typical tourist stuff like Berlin teeshirts and Ampleman merchandise. We also found a little craft fair area not to far from here, so the area really has a lot to offer.

Read Full Post »

This photo was taken in Paris, France. We spent a large part of the day just hanging out on the large grassy lawns in front of the Eiffel Tower. The tower is absolutely beautiful, and it’s never something you get tired of seeing. The area around the tower has a lot of little tourist shops and Crepe and soda Kiosks. It’s a really nice place to just hang out and spend a relaxing afternoon.

 

Read Full Post »

 

This picture was taken in the tiny underground chapel in the Wieliczka Salt Mine just outside of Krakow, Poland. The mine is really cool, and this is only a tiny chapel, which, while still beautiful, is not quite as impressive as the larger one which has lots of statues carved from salt in the mines. This chapel, like the other, has a lovely chandelier made from salt crystals! The mines are cool, and are absolutely worth a visit!

Read Full Post »

 

This photograph was taken at the Pergamon Museum in Berlin, Germany. The museum has a lot of really cool stuff, and this part of the exhibits was particularly cool, and really well set up. The museum is seriously busy though, so get there EARLY! We ran to get our place in line, and we probably waited 20 minutes at least. Plus, when you beat the crowds a bit you have more time to look at the exhibits for as long as you like. Another suggestion, eat before you go! We ate there, but the food was kinda pricey (as per usual with museum shops and restaurants)

Read Full Post »

 

One of the MANY famous pieces housed by the Louvre Museum. This absolutely fantastic museum has SO MUCH to see, enough, in fact, that if you spent only 9 seconds at every piece in the museum you would be in the museum for about 2 1/2 months (that’s without stopping to eat or sleep). ¬†This is a statue of the Goddess Nike, this is also the home of two other incredibly famous ladies; the Mona Lisa and the Venus De Milo. If you are visiting the museum go to the Lion’s Gate entrance; its a MUCH shorter line, trust me, it’s worth the time it takes to find it. It took us less than 10 minutes to purchase our tickets and get into the museum.

Read Full Post »

Older Posts »