Welcome to Travel Notes & Beyond, a collection of travel stories, photos and personal opinions focusing on less known travel destinations. This is where you can also learn about culture, history, food and more, and hopefully get inspired, informed and engaged. I am an award-winning travel writer and passionate photographer living in Southern California. Growing up, Read More
The Czech Republic’s capital has always been considered one of the most beautiful cities in the world, so it comes to no surprise that millions of visitors flock to Prague every year. The city has a great deal of attractions –some more famous than others– but all equally worth visiting at least once in a lifetime. Here are some of the most visited sites in Prague:
If there is one landmark that visitors will remember Prague for is most likely Charles Bridge. The 600 year-old bridge over the River Vltava was commissioned by King Charles IV in 1357, replacing the Judith Bridge which was destroyed by a flood in 1342. Read More
This year’s unusually wet winter has been a curse in many parts of the United States, but not in California. After years of drought, California’s usually lifeless and arid-looking desert has been magically transformed into a stunning landscape of colorful wildflowers. This extraordinary desert ‘super bloom’ is something quite rare in this barren area. Most of the time, California doesn’t get enough rain, so desert blooms are usually small or inexistant. But this year the desert looks like it has been painted with with color. There is yellow, purple, red, blue and even green in the brown desert.
Living in Southern California means being part of one of the world’s most vibrant and exciting cultural landscapes. From visual arts, home decor and fashion, to music festivals, opera and jazz, you get a wide variety of events that can keep you busy year round. Among these cultural events there is one that often passes unnoticed, despite its 85 years of continuity and absolute uniqueness: the Festival of Arts and Pageant of the Masters at Laguna Beach. Most visitors of California come to Laguna Beach for the beautiful beaches, fancy boutiques, art galleries and great restaurants, but very few ever heard of the living pictures, a live performance that takes you can’t see anywhere else in the world but here.
It all began the early Depression years when the small art town on the shores of the Pacific was doing pretty poorly. 1932 the community began looking for ways to attract visitors to Laguna Beach and possibly interest them in buying art from the local artists. A festival of arts with a parade was proposed, all in support of creating a place where the local artists could sell their art. Read More