{Escape to…} Prague Part I

At the beginning of our 6 months European Adventure we (my husband and I) visited Prague. It is very beautiful and enchanting city. I’ve been in Prague couple of times and I really love this wonderful city. I recommend it to everyone who travels to Europe.

Enjoy the slideshow part 1 of 3. To see the pictures click on them and the slideshow will start. Enjoy.

{Escape to…} Big Sur and San Francisco

In 2010 I decided to go for a weekend  road trip to SanFrancisco.  So on one Friday morning my friend and I hit the road. I t was the longest drive I ever did. We have decided to take Highway 1 through Big Sur. Really beautiful road with such an amazing views. I think that everyone should take that ride at least once in their lifetime. Next month my husband will experience this for the first time. I know he will love it. Since we went in June the weather was very foggy which you will see in my pictures.

Ania Archer Blog, Big Sur

Ania Archer Blog, Big Sur

One of the stops we took on our way was Bixby Creek Bridge. It is considered as the most famous and most beautiful among all the Big Sur’s bridges and it is one of the most photographed features on the West Coast. Bixby Bridge located in Monterey County was opened in 1932. It is an reinforced concrete open-spandrel arch bridge.  Its total length is 714 feet (218 m), and it is 280 feet (85 m) high. That is impressive.

Ania Archer Blog, Big Sur, Bixby Creek Bridge

We also stopped by the Rocky Creek Bridge.

Ania Archer Blog, Rocky Creek Bridge

Ania Archer Blog, Rocky Creek Bridge

Don’t look down if you are afraid of heights!

Ania Archer Blog, Big Sur

Ania Archer Blog, Big Sur

It took us about 12 hours to get from San Diego to San Francisco. We were exhausted at the end of the day.

Next day we explored San Francisco by car. It was much fun.

Ania Archer Photography, San Francisco

Ania Archer Photography, San Francisco

Ania Archer Photography, San Francisco

This Orthodox Church got my attention right away.

Ania Archer Photography, San Francisco

This photo below is definitely one of my favorites.

Ania Archer Photography, San Francisco

Transamerica Pyramid (picture above) is the tallest skyscraper in San Francisco (850 ft = 260 m) and Sentinel Building/Columbus Tower (picture below) built in 1907 .

Ania Archer Photography, San Francisco

Of course I couldn’t miss seeing the Golden Gate Bridge. This is what I saw. Oh, foggy days.

Ania Archer Photography, San Francisco

But night view on the bridge was just perfect.

Ania Archer Photography, San Francisco

What would you like to see in San Francisco?

We are getting ready for our next road trip and we will definitely spend one day in SF so do you have any recommendations what to see? where to go?

{Escape to…} Los Angeles

In 2007 I came to the States for the first time, and I thought it will be my last time as well. I have never been so wrong as that time. One of the destinations during my USA adventure was Los Angeles. I planned to stay in LA for 7 days, but after 3 days when I saw all what I wanted to see I left to San Diego – but this is story for another post.  I have been in LA for 4 days and day and a half of that was pouring. It almost never rains in LA and it was one of the biggest rains I’ve seen. It didn’t stop me from seeing what I wanted though.

Ania Archer Photography, Hollywood Sign

 I hiked to see the Hollywood Sign – I know it is nothing impressive but definitely worth seeing.

Ania Archer Photography, Hollywood

Ania Archer Photography, Walk of Fame

Of course I wondered on the Walk of Fame in search of some cool stars 🙂

Ania Archer Photography, Beverly Hills

I could not miss going to see Beverly Hills as well.  As a teenager I watched  “Beverly Hills 90210” so I just had to go there and see what is it all about.

Ania Archer Photography, Beverly Hills

Ania Archer Photography, Los Angeles

The first night I took a guided tour organized by the hostel I stayed  at to see Los Angeles panorama. Seeing this big city  glowing in the dark made a big impression on me. Ania Archer Photography, Santa Monica

Santa Monica – oh yeah! Beach this is what life is all about. Ok, maybe not all about but definitely I had fun.

Ania Archer Photography, Santa Monica

Ania Archer Photography, Santa Monica

Ania Archer Photography, Santa Monica

Ania Archer Photography, Santa Monica

One more confession: I watched a lot of “Baywatch” back in the day. Oh all those dreamy lifeguards.

Ania Archer Photography, Santa Monica

Ania Archer Photography, Santa Monica

Ania Archer Photography, Santa Monica

Los Angeles is definitely very interesting and entertaining place but it never had a chance to steal my heart. I like coming back there but it is not my favorite place for sure.

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{Escape to…} Las Vegas

One of the places I have visited in 2007 during my American Adventure was Vegas. It was actually the first city on my agenda. I flew from Minnesota where it became a little bit cold at that time of the year for sunny hot Vegas. I stayed in the USA Hostel, which is located near Fremont Street. It was a pretty fun experience. I stayed for 4 days. On one of those days I went to see the Grand Canyon. The first night I enjoyed the Fremont Street Experience.

Ania Archer Photography, Las Vegas

The next 2 days I spent exploring the Las Vegas Strip. It was an unforgettable experience for someone like me. I couldn’t decide where I wanted to go and what I wanted to see. I picked up a tourist map and marked the places I wanted to go.

On my list I had:

Flamingo – Wildlife Habitat

Ania Archer Photography, Las Vegas

Ania Archer Photography, Las Vegas

Bellagio – Conservatory

Ania Archer Photography, Las Vegas

M&M’s World

Ania Archer Photography, Las Vegas

Bellagio Fountains

Ania Archer Photography, Las Vegas

Stratosphere – I run out of time to do this one, and other places I will come across.

Ania Archer Photography, Las Vegas

Ania Archer Photography, Las Vegas

Ania Archer Photography, Las Vegas

Ania Archer Photography, Las Vegas

Ania Archer Photography, Las Vegas

Ania Archer Photography, Las Vegas

Ania Archer Photography, Las Vegas
Ania Archer Photography, Las Vegas

Believe or not but this is my first picture of a palm tree ever!

One of the places I had no idea existed was the Mirage: Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat. While admiring Zigfried’s white tigers I heard an announcement about a dolphin store which for me music to my ears. Dolphins are my favorite critters in the world (next to other favorite species). So I went in search of that Dolphin store and found my self at the Dolphin Habitat. I loved it. It is unforgettable experience for me. It was the first time in my life I have seen real dolphins. It was one of the two happiest days during my American Adventure.

Ania Archer Photography, Las Vegas

Ania Archer Photography, Las Vegas

I had a really fun time, and met lots of great people from around the world. While being there I definitely felt like I was in another world. A world I have never thought I will find myself in. Since then, I’ve visited Vegas  2 more times already and have always found new places to explore. I’m pretty sure I will share them with you in the near future.

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{Escape to…} Grand Canyon

In 2007  I took the journey of my life (I named it  My American Adventure). I came to the U.S for the summer as a part of a student exchange program. I lived and worked in Minnesota for 3 months. While enjoying my time in the 10000 Lakes Area I planed a one month trip around the country.  One of the stops on my way was the Grand Canyon. That day my travel dream came true. And it was better than I thought it will be.  It was an incredible experience to see one of the greatest natural creations this world has to offer.

Ania Archer, Grand Canyon,

I do love sharing facts about things I’m passionate. Here are some facts about Grand Canyon.

The Grand Canyon was formed by the Colorado River, which flows west through the canyon and averages about 300 feet width, 100 feet in depth and flows at an average speed of four miles per hour. Took 3-6 million years to form; erosion continues to alter its contours.

Ania Archer, Grand Canyon,

Ania Archer, Grand Canyon,

The Grand Canyon is 18 miles wide. At average the Canyon is 5,000 ft deep. The Grand Canyon is 227 miles long. The Canyon takes up 1,218,376 acres of land. The Canyon is on a tilt the north rim is 1200 ft higher than the south rim. The Grand Canyon below Yavapai point is 2,400 feet above sea level, about 4,500 feet below the South Rim and 5,400 feet below the North Rim for an average depth of about one mile. At the deepest part of the canyon is 6,000 vertical feet. The Grand Canyon is NOT the biggest canyon in the world. Barranca de Cabre in Northern Mexico and Hell’s Canyon in Idaho are deeper.

Ania Archer, Grand Canyon

Ania Archer, Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon National Park is populated by five Indian tribes: The Hopi, Navajo, Havasupai, Paiute and Hualapai. There is a diverse population of life in the canyon, where over 1,500 plant, 355 bird, 89 mammalian, 47 reptile, 9 amphibian, and 17 fish species are found. The canyon offers a nearly undisturbed natural habitat through a range of elevations from desert to mountain forests on the rims. Among all these creatures there are some that need our help to survive. Thes are only a few endangered wildlife species: Bald Eagle, Peregrine Falcon, California Condor, California Brown Pelican, Big Horn Sheep, Humpback Chub, Relict Leopard Frog. Endangered plant species Brady Pincushion Cactus and Sentry Milkvetch.

Ania Archer, Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon is located in Mountain Time Zone and never changes to daylight Savings Time, so much of the year the time is the same as in California.

Ania Archer, Grand Canyon

Ania Archer, Hoover Dam

{Escape to…} The U.S. – Trip of my life “The American Adventure”

In 2007 was the first time I visited States. I came here for a student exchange program. I spend 3 months working at a resort in  beautiful Minnesota, known as the “Land of 10000 Lakes“. The resort I lived at  is located between two beautiful lakes in the middle of the forest, far from big cities and crowds.  Surrounded by wild nature, warm weather and great people made  my summer unforgettable.

Ania Archer Welcome Bear

Minnesota

During those 3 months spent in the wilderness I planed trip of my life (at least at that moment in my life it was  journey of my life).

I devided my trip in a 4 parts:

1. Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon,

Ania Archer, Fremont Street

Fremont Street, Las Vegas

Ania Archer Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon

2. Los Angeles and San Diego,

Ania Archer Hollywood Sign

Hollywood Sign

Ania Archer Sea World

Sea World, San Diego

3. Miami South Beach,

Ania Archer, Miami

Miami

4. New York and Niagara Falls.

Ania Archer Statue of Liberty

Statue of Liberty

Ania Archer, Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls

I will tell you more about all this places and share pictures in near future.

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