America the place to be
by Jctravel1983 on December 11, 2010
At six thirty the alarm off, because Disneyland opens its gates at eight o'clock. The trip to Disneyland takes about a good half hour from the hotel and the airport. The morning was still in full swing. So we do have several times been in the traffic jams. Arriving at Disney was seeing the biggest Parking space lot of I have ever seen. It’s a parking garage 6 floor high, well no panic in not finding a parking space.Trains take you to the entrance of both parks and Downtown Disney. Once through the checkpoint we had security check at one of the many ticket booths where one of the many elderly women to speak to us and therefore making some needed money next to her pathetic state pension. No wonderful entrance as the one in Paris with left the 50 year old Disneyland av. and to the right a younger Disney’s California adventure. Once in the station you end up in a very cozy Town Square. The buildings are however different from the ones in Paris. Whether this is realistic I do not know. Disneyland Paris Main Street is just incredibly themed and feels much richer. Main Street in Disneyland feels more cozy, and old-fashioned, what became clear that that applies to a park. Some buildings such as the Game Gallery and the Cinema are a relief to see in a Disneyland Main Street. And I am amazed that they actually are not in Paris, as a Main Street has simply need a cinema and a gallery game.The first country we visited was Adventureland. The change from Plaza to Adventureland is very abrupt. On the left you will find once the home of the Tiki Birds (an attraction on both days we have not visited, I was already not a fan of Disney World, despite the rich history around it). Besides the Enchanted Tiki Room you have the the Jungle Cruise. Wait five minutes and we were in a boat. For us we had a very enthusiastic guide explaining with the requisite jokes. For the ride itself is not that great, though they are very well dressed, but that guide will do the trick. They all tell the new world wonder 'the back of a waterfall! "But you can do like that, and routinely do. On to the next attraction. Indiana Jones and the Temple of the Forbidden Eye. Yes. Finally. After so many years to have wanting to see this attraction. The Indiana Jones Adventure is just WOW. The queue is very long and the boarding station is one of a kind. The ride itself contains a few things could be better (I still love not blacklight effects and scenes). But some scenes are great, woosh, bumpy, ... The music is fantastic and very well found some effects such as the rolling ball at the end. The ride is really bumpy, but the many differences between journeys I have not much noticed.What we have done after all attractions in order I cannot tell. So I will briefly go trough the classics. Haunted Mansion was fun to see the original. Phantom Manor in Paris is still better for me. Especially lacking a solid soundtrack, along with a story. An absolute surprise, however, was Pirates of the Caribbean. I had expected an outdated Pirates compared to the one in Paris but I forgot how much fun it was and this one is longer and some better scenes.This version in its overall better. Better overall theme, no ceiling, etc. Only downside is the long queue.
In America you have many separate lakes. One is Mono Lake, located in California. This lake is more than one million years ago. During my trip to America I have seen Mono Lake.Mono LakeMono Lake is located in California, near the town of Lee Vining and Highway 395. Mono Lake is one of the oldest lakes throughout North America. Particularly striking are the limestone towers on the shore of the lake. These are also called Tufta's. In the lake are two islands with a volcanic soil. These islands are called climate Island. The Negit Paoha Island in Mono Lake may reach over 35 degrees in summer. In winter there is a lot cooler.Origins of tufta'sThe water of Mono Lake is very salty. This is because over the years that it is much more salt and minerals in the lake. The only way the water gets away from the lake is by evaporation, causing the salt behind in the lake. The water of Mono Lake is more than 8 times as salty as seawater. Underneath the lake are the fresh water sources. This fresh water mixes with salt water. In the fresh water is a lot of calcium and this creates towers in the form of limestone. It takes years until a tower is created. Most Tufta are over two hundred to three hundred years old.Animals in Mono LakeIn Mono Lake are more than over eighty different species of birds, especially in the summertime you will encounter many. There also lives in Mono Lake a special type of fly, the Alkali flies. These flies have adapted to the salt water, but also to the many birds that live there. Therefore, an alkali fly will never come towards you, they have just learned to always fly away. In the water, millions of tiny shrimp that have adapted to the salt water. The flies and shrimp are food for many birds in the lake. Living around the lake are several species, including salamanders, rodents, insects and snakes.Things to do in Mono LakeMono Lake has many places you can visit the lake a closer view.South Tufta AreaThe most popular part of Mono Lake's South Tufta Area. You have to pay $ 3 admission. Children under 18 are allowed to go free. You can see a large number Tufta's and very close to the lake. On these photographers are always lots to see who would make a nice photo.Old MarinaFrom Old Marina have a view of a few large Tufta's. You also have a good view of the two islands in the lake.Country ParkCountry Park is a place that lies somewhere between the trees. You can have a short walk along a wooden path where you reach the shore. From here you have a good view of the Tufta's. While walking on the wooden path to the natural beauty you see around Mono Lake. Admission here is $ 3 per person, children under 18 get in for free. Nearby are toilets available and you also have a few picnic tables.Navy BeachFrom Navy Beach are many canoe and kayak trips organized during the summer months. There are relatively few Tufta's see.Information CenterIn the information center you can find the necessary information about Mono Lake. There are lots of nice souvenirs. Also you can buy informative books.Visitor CenterJust as the Visitor Center Information Center provides the necessary information about Mono Lake. Here you can watch a film about Mono Lake and there is also a photo exhibition on the lake view.EatingNearby dining options are just a few. From these places you have a nice view of Mono Lake. You pay in most places in America about $ 3 for a slice of pizza. I personally found the prices a bit disappointing, especially given the not very high quality of the food. But the view of the lake was very beautiful.My opinionDuring my visit to Mono Lake, I only went to the South Tufta Area and I've seen everything from a distance. At South Tufta Area you have a very clear view of the Tufta, which really are very special to see. You may have difficulty imagining of it if you do not have seen. Some Tufta's even on dry land, so you can conclude that the lake was first a lot bigger. Also very nice is that in South Tufta area can get very close to the birds living there. You also see the Akali flies up close, what a very special experience. There are an awful lot of these flies, but they are definitely not around you and even a swarm of flies go away when you come running. A small downside was that I was not really a lot of birds seen. There live more than eighty, but I've really only seen gulls.Mono Lake is not suitable for a whole day to spend. Yet it is surely worth while to visit and see. It's a special place, thanks to the many Tufta's in the lake. Not the nicest place I've seen during my trip in America, but certainly not a disappointment. About the price is nothing wrong to say. For only $ 3 dollars you can enter. Unfortunately there are few facilities in the area, and the facilities there are also immediately very expensive. Want some food? Travel a little further, or bring your own food.
by Jctravel1983 on December 14, 2010
The Golden Gate Bridge. This must-see that deserves attention, so this is it! When we where touring through America it was something we just wanted to see while being in San Francisco. It’s always something you see and hear about on television and is of these things that you need to see it for yourself. BackgroundThe Golden Gate Bridge connects San Francisco with Marin County. In 1916 a proposal for the construction of the bridge was launched, but it took until 1937 before the bridge officially opened. At the time of deployment it was the longest suspension bridge in the world. Today the bridge is still a very respectable ninth place and is the second longest suspension bridge in the U.S..The bridge, at the request of the people of San Francisco, painted International Orange in color instead of the more common gray or silver colors, giving it the bridge a more characteristic appearance.The bridgeDuring my stay in San Francisco, I could see the bridge from my balcony. What a luxury! It is an unmistakable landmark, and from various points in San Francisco you have a breathtaking view of the bridge and the ocean.The distinctive design allows the bridge calling elegant, and the surroundings are just beautiful. The road surface is connected by cables with two pillars.You can explore the bridge by foot, by bike, segway car. I would recommend themselves by bike (these are to rent in the tourist area near the pier), which gives you a much better impression of the bridge when you drive by car. Moreover you have the ability to stop whenever you want. Problem is that cyclists are riding two directions on one side of the bridge, so you should watch yourself a bit. By car the way you pay $ 6 toll, while traffic to the north is free.Another possibility is to take the boat at sunset under the bridge. Also, I highly recommend this-it's a wonderful, refreshing experience, which helped in my case that not only the captain told us many interesting facts, but also had a healthy dose of humor. For $ 10 it was definitely worth it!CostBy foot or bike is free to visit the bridge, while a car ride south will cost you $ 6. A boat trip is $ 10. The view of this amazing bridge however costs nothing, zilch, nada!ConclusionIf you're in San Francisco, you can hardly not go to the Golden Gate Bridge. The bridge is world famous, for good reason! Take the time and visit the bridge by bicycle and enjoy one of the most beautiful structures that man has made.
by Jctravel1983 on December 18, 2010
When visiting America one of the trips that stood out for me was a visit to the Six Flags Magic Mountain. It was something I always wanted to go since I read stories about it and have seen it on television. It also seemed like a great break from the more cultural things on our trip. We have been at the one in Europe and of course wanted to see the difference of the one in America.The entranceSix Flags is well known over the western world and I think this one is the most famous. The park has some fairly unique roller coasters that we wanted to visit. We were recommended to book our tickets online and this way to got a 50% discount! Certainly not bad and you don’t have to stand in any queues to get tickets. The parking starts already in a very Six Flags America style.The trip from the parking lot to the entrance is just like Disneyland with a train. Only this train runs for twenty years and might break into two during the ride. At the entrance there are roughly about thirty metal detectors. ParkAfter the entrance we immediately sprinted to X. What's so special about this coaster? Well it is the only 4 D coaster in the world. The boxes are beside the tracks and can turn around their own axis. This can lead to quite sickening state of mind, but was lucky enough not the case. X was a kick. We sat on the first row so we had a clear view of descent of the steep fall to say the least. The waiting was something half hour. When we got outside there was a staff member with a loudspeaker to shout that the queue was three hours now. The loading went really slow.Then we went for a little ride. Pipe system as a water slide at Center Parcs but then with two people in a rubber boat. Oh and I thought it wouldn’t be busy, but I was wrong and we stood here for good half hour. But what followed was one of the most entertaining attractions that I've ever done. At every turn drifting a whole blob of water came in the rubber boat with the requisite bluster and shouting and screaming as a result. We were completely wet, down to my underwear and my socks. PriceThe prices of a ticket are around 60 dollars according now to their website. I can’t really remember how much we paid when we were there. I think it’s quite a lot but then on the other hand you are guaranteed of a whole day of fun and entertainment.Restaurants Through the whole park are more than enough restaurant and other places to eat. We had a simple hamburger with frites and later on a slice of pizza with some soft drink. The prices are fair enough and can’t remember that they were extremely high. ToiletsThrough the whole parks are plenty toilets to be found. The toilets are neat and clean and some even smelled fresh but I think they were just cleaned. ConclusionA day of fun! We had a beautiful warm day so getting wet in some of the attraction wasn’t a big problem and we were dry quick enough. There are a lot of attraction and too many to tell about but I think their website gives a pretty good idea. We had a great day and lots of fun. The only downside is sometimes the long queues before an attraction but I can’t really say that’s any different with any other park. You get used to it. A great and would love to go back!
by Jctravel1983 on October 26, 2012
Starbucks has been around for many of years and really put themselves out there as the number one coffee brand. Not only in America but troughout the world more and more Starbucks coffee shops are opening. The dark green logo is truly an integral part of most American cities and thus one to visit when you are on holiday.Although it suprised me to see a Starbucks outside of America a few years ago, now it’s certainly nothing new. You can go to Bangkok or Amsterdam and find several in the city. What I love is that the staff has to speak English and the menu is mostly the same. Also the way they prepare the coffee is the same, guarantering the quality of the coffee which is very important.As I was in America I surely made quiet a few visits to Starbucks. The set up is always the same and you can order at the beginning of the counter and then go to the register while the staff is preparing your coffee. When you paid you get your receipt and you can go to the end of the counter were the coffee is normally ready within the minute depending on what you ordered. I love how they sometimes sound your name and before you walk off with a delicious coffee.Starbucks doens’t just offer coffee but they have expended there products and offer juices, water, patries and sandwhiches. I have to say I find most products overpriced and normally just stick to coffee. Starbucks is certainly one of my favourite brands and even now writing about it makes me graving for a cup of coffee right now!
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