Road Trip to Washington D.C.

April 2015

It's early April and it's still -10 degree celsius in Toronto. We thought that's a perfect reason to pack up and drive down to somewhere with more reasonable Spring weather to spend the long weekend. I have never been to the capital of our neighbour United States and it's one of the cities that are within the 10-hour one-way drive circle from Toronto so the choice was made without effort. We also planned to see the famous cherry blossom in Washington D.C.. It turned out that the 18-hour drive was well worth it for the 20 degree celsius gain. The route we took from Toronto to Washington was charming with a mixture of late winter and early spring scenes. Although Spring also came late in Washington and the cherry trees have just started to bloom, we had a great time museum hopping and people watching in the city.  

 

Points of Interest:

  • Downtown Washington
  • National Mall
  • United States Capitol
  • Tidal Basin
  • Washington Monument
  • Lincoln Memorial
  • The White House
  • National Gallery of Art
  • Hirshhorn Museum
  • Eastern Market 

Discover Los Angeles - despite its nightlife

"I love Los Angeles, and I love Hollywood. They're beautiful. Everybody's plastic, but I love plastic. I want to be plastic." - Andy Warhol 

January 2015

There's something about Los Angeles that makes the city quite distinguishable in pictures. It might be the ubiquitous palm trees. It might be the dreamy sky with just the right touch of blue and pink, sometimes orange. It might be its long beaches with golden sands. It might be the obvious Hollywood sign.

In fact, I have fun in the city just hunting for different angles to capture this world-famous letter sign and a hike up to the sign through Beachwood Drive is highly recommended. If you decided to hike up, stop by the Beachwood Cafe for a cappuccino or a cold beer and get your water and snacks at the Beachwood Market - the cashier I met there was a super nice guy. Say hello for me if you see him. There's a bus that takes you right at that corner (N. Beachwood Dr. & Westshire Dr.). A hike from there to the back of the sign is about 60 minutes and you'll get a great view of the city, back and front. 

Last but not the least, don't forget to visit a few museums and galleries. I visited MOCA where Andy Warhol's Shadow was being exhibited but other than that the place was disappointingly small. I fell in love with The Getty and was very pleased with LACMA. If I only have time for one museum I will revisit the Getty and if I am in the area (there's a Farmers Market nearby) I will drop by LACMA again (the cafe there serves great coffee and croissants).

I really didn't mean to write so much but apparently LA had gotten me quite excited. I had a lot of nice walks, good food and a relaxing time in the city. I was even lucky enough to see it rained twice (my Airbnb host told me that raining was rare in Los Angeles). 

Now let the images do the talking.

 

Points of Interest:

  • Downtown Los Angeles
  • West hollywood
  • Beverly Hill
  • Sunset Boulevard
  • Hollywood Sign
  • Long Beach
  • Santa Monica
  • MOCA LA
  • The Getty Museum
  • Los Angeles County Museum of Art
  • Urban Light at LACMA
  • The Original Farmers Market

USA West Coast Road Trip - The Magnificent Scenic Drive from Utah to Arizona

"Certainly, travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living." - Mary Ritter Beard 

January 2015

This is a personal photo story of an unforgettable trip.

It's one of those trips that you know you will forever remember. It's one of those trips that you're so afraid your memory might fail you on the little details so you have your camera ready the entire time for the small moments and real emotions. 

I planned for this road trip to the USA West Coast with my four girl friends from different places overseas. These are friends from 15 years ago, one of them I actually only got to reunite with the first time in 15 years. These are friends that every time you get to see, no matter how rarely that happens, you realize that distant never sets you apart but brings you closer. These are friends that would laugh hard at your stupid jokes and cry with you (usually when some or all of you are drunk). 

Together, we drove on the scenic route form Vegas to Zion Canyon National Park; we climbed the magnificent Angel's Land (where in order to save my camera I almost fell off the cliff); we joined the tour to the Lower Antelope Canyon; we waited for the sunset at Horseshoe Bend and woke up the next morning to see the sunrise over Lake Power; we were amazed by what the Grand Canyon had to offered and before we knew it hiking in this natural wonder of the world; finally before we headed to Los Angeles, we stopped by the Historic Route 66 for breakfast. 

I will post a separate entry for our fun time in LA.

I hope you enjoy these images and if you need any travel tips to these places please don't hesitate to shoot me a note. I love sharing travelling insights and I definitely encourage you to visit these places.

 

Points of Interest:

  • Vegas, Utah
  • Zion Canyon, Utah
  • Angel's Landing, Zion Canyon National Park, Utah
  • Lower Antelope Canyon, Page, Arizona
  • Horseshoe Bend, Page, Arizona
  • Lake Powell, Page, Arizona
  • Grand Canyon, Arizona
  • Historic Route 66, Arizona

Discover Cleveland - a decent surprise

"To me, photography is an art of observation. It's about finding something interesting in an ordinary place. I've found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them." - Elliott Erwitt 

December 2014

If there is one thing that photography has taught me it's that beauty is everywhere. We just have to see it.

Everyone's surprised by the idea of having a holiday road trip to Cleveland. "What is to see there?" The city has gotten a bad rap over the years. To be honest, we just want to get away to somewhere new and close to Toronto. Lucky for me, there is never a bad place for photography. I indulged myself in all the small cultural and historic details the city offers for street and urban photography. I was blown away by places like the Cleveland Museum of Art. In summery, we had a fun time.

Enjoy the photos. Click on the links for more information on the specific areas. See the city for yourself when you have a chance!

Last but not the least for my fellow Canadians while you are down there don't forget the $5 20 nuggets deal from McDonald's and enjoy the more affordable alcohol (Great Lakes Brewing is right across the West Side Market if that's something interests you).

 

Points of Interest:

  • Downtown Cleveland
  • Ohio City
  • West Side Market
  • Cleveland Museum of Art
  • Playhouse Square