Downtown L.A. used to be a dirt hole, and for sure in some corners it still is. But downtown also has an up- and coming hipster scene. The art district with its galleries (like the Swiss "Hauser & Wirth"), lots of hipster coffee shops and overpriced hipster boutiques. That all basically two blocks away from … Continue reading Up and coming: Downtown L.A.
I love this street! Packed with little boutique stores, special food stores - so much to see, so many "typical L.A. stuff". I think I spend almost an hour in a "luxury" supermarket and could not stop being amazed about all the products. And even more - the prices... Who the f*** needs "Organic Parasite … Continue reading In Venice on Abbot Kinney
OMG!!!! I always wanted to go to New Orleans, but it's never been "along the way". So "only" being 3 hours away by car in Pensacola... it was more than tempting to make the detour via New Orleans. And, despite of all that boring extra driving (the highway there is mega boring), it was so … Continue reading Hey, let’s go to New Orleans!
2.850m above sea level in the middle of Andean mountains and volcano's: there is Quito, the capital of Ecuador. The highest capital in the world (La Paz in Bolivia is much higher at 3.600/4.000m - but it is not the capital of Bolivia). My last stop on my Ecuador travel and I spend almost 3 … Continue reading Quito – highest capital in the Andes
La Florestra is a nice residential area, filled with lots of street-art, nice cozy cafés. Happy to experience this area and stroll through the streets, since this is not at all typical for South American cities. I enjoyed a very nice 3 hour walking tour and got so much insights into Quito, La Florestra, a … Continue reading Street-art in Quito’s La Floresta
A very picturesque city in the southern part of Ecuador is Cuenca. Located at 2.500 m after descending from the Southern Central Highlands, just about 40 min from Cajas National Park. Gorgeous old houses, cathedral and various churches.Cuenca is the “home” of the Panama hat. I really did not know, that the hat origins in … Continue reading Beautiful city Cuenca and the “Panama” hat
I was not sure whether to continue directly to Cuenca or to integrate a one night stop in Ecuador's largest city Guayaquil (2.69 mio). Curiosity (of course) won, so I stayed overnight. The afternoon I spent walking the Malecon 2000 - a waterfront, mentioned in every tourist attraction guide and at the end of the … Continue reading Guayaquil stopover
This is La Paz, seat of government of Bolivia - but not the capital! (this is Sucre). Located at an elevation between 4.600m (El Alto) and 3.600m, beautifully carved into the mountains, connected by 4 teleferico (cable cars) lines, great views, on of the most impressive cemeteries with views overlooking the city, but also one … Continue reading La Paz: City carved in high andean mountains
Color the city! Streetart in Bogota's Centro Historico La Candelaria.