Travel Tips


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What's your name? Daniella

Where do you live? San Juan, Puerto Rico

5 Places to go in San Juan:

  1. Old San Juan: see the colorful houses, walk the cobblestone streets and fly a kite at El Morro.
  2. Condado: great nightlife and restaurants.
  3. Go up in the mountains to Guavate, where you can try Lechón and other traditional food
  4. Take a ferry to Culebra and visit Playa Flamenco, one of the most beautiful beaches in the world
  5. Have some drinks at La Placita de Santurce. 

Favorite City: Ciudad de México, México

5 Places to go in Ciudad de México:

  1. Visit el Zócalo and buy local art from the street vendors or get an “Aztec Limpia” for good luck
  2. Go to Teotihuacán and climb up the Sun and Moon pyramids
  3. Eat churros any time of the day at Churrería El Moro, they open 24/7!
  4. Spend an afternoon at Xochimilco sailing on a Trajinera and drinking tequila while listening to mariachis
  5. Have a dinner experience at Pujol one of the best restaurants in the world.

Travel Tip: Always bring an external battery for your phone.

around eco travel tips list of San Juan Puerto Rico and Ciudad de Mexico

 

What's your name? Alberto

Where do you live? Miami, Florida

5 Places to go in Miami:

  1. The Wharf:  outdoor space with food trucks and bar, you can either go during the day for a relaxing afternoon and enjoy the happy hour or go at night and party.
  2. Sugar Bar at the East Hotel: Beautiful Rooftop Bar (Probably the Highest Rooftop Bar in Miami) with amazing views of the Miami City. 
  3. River Oyster Bar: Great Seafood and Bar, must try the grilled octopus. 
  4. Wyndwood: This is the place where Art, food, drinks and the cool crowd meets a completely different side of Miami
  5. Lagniappe: Not your typical wine bar, outdoor garden with live music and food. 

Favorite City (So Far): Cape Town, South Africa

5 Places to go in Cape Town:

  1. Lion's Head: Hike or Drive up the mountain, bring a blanket, favorite drink, friends to watch an amazing sunset
  2. 12 Apostle Hotel: One of the best Brunch I've ever been with an amazing waterfront view inside a beautiful hotel. 
  3. Constantia, Cape Town; Go Wine tasting for an afternoon in the beautiful suburb of Cape Town. 
  4. Boulders Beach: Interact with the Penguins, they roam free! you can swim (if you like icy water), sunbath, sit among them. 
  5. Victoria Wharf; It one of the most iconic/recognizable locations of Cape Town SA, shopping, fishing, dining, etc all at the wharf.  

Travel Tip: For international trips remember to bring a power plug travel adapter w/ USB port and always carry a backup battery.

Around Eco travel tips for Miami, Florida and Cape Town, South Africa

What's your name? Carolina

Where do you live? New York City

5 Places to go in New York:

  1. Westlight rooftop: Trendy rooftop, amazing views of the city, great drinks, food, and vibes.
  2. Classic harbor sailing: Best way to see the five boroughs in a few hours, or simply get away for the day, live jazz, and good wines.
  3. St Anselm steakhouse: superb steak, grilled seafood, rustic vibe, local, simple and seasonal menu. Love their grilled sardines.
  4.  Union Square farmers market: Meet your farmers, gets the best local produce, meats, cheeses,  wines, and bourbon.
  5.  Aire Ancient Baths: Recharge at this oasis of peace and tranquility in the middle of the chaos of NYC.

Favorite City (So Far): Bacoli, Italy

5 Places to go in Bacoli

  1. 1. Stay at Villa Gervasio and wake up to the fantastic view of the Pozzuoli golf, and the islands of Ischia and Procida
  2. Learn how to make the best buffalo mozzarella, ricotta and all cheeses from the region of Campania at Ponte a Mare
  3. Visit Napoli Centro, Napoli Sotteranea, and Quartieri Spagnoli to learn about the beautiful history of Naples
  4. Must visit chalet Ciro ( Napoli Centro) for the best Graffa, gelato, and coffee 
  5. Ristorante la Fescina: ( Quarto) Best gastronomical experience, farm to table and phenomenal list of wines  

Travel Tip: Always bring your dancing shoes, and if traveling to Europe bring a plug adapter.

Around Eco travel tips for New York City, USA and Bacoli, Italy

 

Watsons Bay

Watson Bay, Sydney afternoon shot by Around Eco

#travelstories There’s a lot to love about Watsons Bay. Located on the South Head peninsula in Sydney’s east, it’s Australia’s oldest fishing village.

The clifftops of the Gap Bluff walking track will have you marveling at the vast ocean as you walk by the spot where the full-rigged passenger ship the Dunbar shipwrecked in 1857.

South Head Heritage Trail takes you to the historic red and white striped Hornby Lighthouse, built-in 1858 after the Dunbar sank. You can spot whales from South Head between May and November during their annual migration.

If you are visiting Sydney, stop by Watsons Bay. You aren’t going to regret it.

 Story credit: sydney.com/destinations  

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 The Bastei

The Bastei picture

#travelstories The Bastei is a rock formation towering 194 meters above the Elbe River in the Elbe Sandstone Mountains of Germany. Reaching a height of 305 meters above sea level, the jagged rocks of the Bastei were formed by water erosion over one million years ago. They are situated near Rathen, not far from Pirna southeast of the city of Dresden, and are the major landmark of the Saxon Switzerland National Park.

The spa town of Rathen is the main base for visiting the Bastei. The Bastei has been a tourist attraction for over 200 years. Definitely a place to check out!

History (source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bastei)

The very name Bastei ("bastion") indicates the inclusion of the steep, towering rocks in the old defensive ring around Neurathen Castle. In 1592 the rock is first mentioned by Matthias Oeder in the course of the first state survey by the Electorate of Saxony as Pastey. As the region of Saxon Switzerland was explored and developed for tourism, the Bastei rocks became one of its first tourist attractions. Its lookout point was first referred to in travel literature in 1798 in a publication by Christian August Gottlob Eberhard. One of the first walking guides who took visitors to the Bastei was Carl Heinrich Nicolai, who wrote in 1801: "What depth of feeling it pours into the soul! You can stand here for a long time without being finished with it (…) it is so difficult to tear yourself away from this spot."

To begin with, the Bastei was only comparatively easily accessible from Wehlen and Lohmen. Numerous artists reached the Bastei over the so-called Painter's Path, the Malerweg. Caspar David Friedrich painted his famous picture Felsenpartie im Elbsandsteingebirge ("Rocks in the Elbe Sandstone Mountains") based on the Bastei. Ludwig Richter also sketched the Bastei. From Rathen, access used to be more difficult; but in 1814 a staircase with 487 steps was laid that climbed out of the Wehlgrund valley past the Vogeltelle to the rocks.

At Pentecost in 1812, the Lohmen butcher, Pietzsch, started the first catering services for visitors to the Bastei. From two simple huts, he sold bread, butter, beer, brandy, coffee, and milk. Two years later a kitchen and a cellar were built below one of the rock overhangs and the lookout point was fitted with a railing. In February 1816, Pietzsch was given a license to sell spirits; unfortunately, the modest huts he had built were destroyed in a fire in September that same year. In June 1819, August von Goethe reported: "Friendly huts and good service with coffee, double beer, spirits and fresh bread and butter really revived the tired wanderer ...".[1] In 1820, the spirit license went to the Rathen judge (Erblehnrichter), Schedlich.

The development of the Bastei was given significant impetus in 1826. That year, the first solid inn building was erected with overnight accommodation, based on plans by Gottlob Friedrich Thormeyer. From then on the old huts acted as night quarters for the walking guides. The first bridge, called Bastei Bridge (Basteibrücke), was built of wood over the deep clefts of the Mardertelle, linking the outer rock shelf of the Bastei with the Steinschleuder and Neurathener Felsentor rocks. In 1851, the wooden bridge was replaced by a sandstone bridge, due to the steady increase in visitors, that is still standing today. It is 76.5 m long and its seven arches span a ravine 40 m deep.

At the end of the 19th century, the Bastei finally developed into the main attraction of Saxon Switzerland. The existing inn was completely converted and extended in 1893/94. A high-pressure water main was laid to it in 1895 and a telephone line in 1897. Around 1900, plans were laid for the construction of a mountain railway from the Elbe Valley to the Bastei, but these did not come to fruition. Even today a ravine southwest of the Bastei is known as the Eisenbahngründel ("Little Railway Valley"). At the beginning of the 20th century, the Bastei road was widened to handle the growing motorization.

After 1945 the number of visitors increased sharply again, especially at weekends and public holidays, as the Bastei became a place of mass tourism. Between 1975 and 1979 the former inn was replaced by a large, new building, later a hotel. 

Sydney Harbour

Sydney Harbor overlooking the Sydney Opera House shot by Around Eco

Sydney Harbour is commonly referred to as the most beautiful natural harbor in the world.

The 240 kilometers of shoreline encompasses approximately 54 square kilometers of water, which translates to an enormous area for exploration and discovery.

The Sydney Harbour Bridge, also affectionately known as the 'Coathanger', was opened on March 19th 1932 by Premier Jack Lang, after six years of construction. Made of steel the bridge contains 6 million hand-driven rivets. The surface area that requires painting is equal to about the surface area of 60 sports fields. The Bridge has huge hinges to absorb the expansion caused by the hot Sydney sun. You will see them on either side of the bridge at the footings of the Pylons.

Story credit: sydney.com.au and sydneyharbourbridge.info 

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