A few years ago, while studying in primary, my only obsession was to looking at my cheat sheet without being seen by the language teacher and happily copy while my companions had gone to bed at two o'clock in the morning studying for the final. If you had asked me then what I though of libraries, I'd have said they were the closest thing to a torture chamber. Yet now, years later, I find them wonderful cultural centers which invite you into a world of knowledge and science sprinkled with nostalgia and the great sages of the 19th century, the fathers of modern development. You can find it all right on 5th Avenue, the center of the world!
This fresh air at this pier can't be found in many places. It's like someone had managed to clean the air. It really awakens the child in you. It enjoyed it without thinking that the next day I would not be there. It's like opening your eyes and finding you're in a different world, perhaps somewhere more innocent.
This is a large part of Miami, known as the Art Deco District. Virtually all the buildings by the sea are hotels, all built in the Art Deco style. There are old classic cars parked in front, adding to the charm. The perfect place to go for a walk, sight see, shop or just play in the sand. You can see where Gianni Versace lived on Ocean Drive; his house now belongs to a hotel. I recommend that you hire a bike to get around; you'll find plenty of spots to pick one up on the South Beach waterfront, and it costs $6 an hour.
The Sunday Gospel services in Harlem (a safe neighborhood) are a must. In Harlem is home to a primarily black community and there are many Baptist congregations which gather every Sunday for religious services in which the entire community comes together for religious Gospel songs. Some churches you can visit: Abyssinian Baptist Church, the usual church (located at 138th Street 132W); Canaan Baptist Church (located at No. 116 street 130W); Antioch Church (no. 515W 125th Street); Bethel Gospel Assembly (no. 26E Street 120). It is advisable to modestly dressed out of respect for the faithful because to them it is a very special celebration. Tourists often sit at the back of the church, both to let the front pews open and to leave before the end if you want. You can usually use camcorders and cameras (but respectfully), and although the entrance is usually free, you should offer a donation (the show is worth it).
The alternatives to enjoy the panorama of the Chicago skyline are Willis Tower and the John Hancock Center. I chose the latter for two reasons. One is that on the 95th floor at the Signature Room, you can dine on a balcony overlooking the city with views unlike anything you can imagine. And the second is that from the JHC one can also admire what was the former Sears Tower. The landscape is breathtaking. The view changes when it becomes dusk, and you can see thousands of small lights like stars, it is the most impressive skyline in Chicago. I highly recommended it.
Here you can see the name of the 54.000 killed soldiers in action during Vietnam war. All politicians should visit this place to see why war should be always the last option. The Vietnam memorial is a place you must visit in Washington.
Chicago is one of my favorite cities to visit, every time I vacation there... It's an amazing experience. There's so many wonderful things to see and photograph! Here's some photos from my most recent trip.
This is the most interesting part of New Orleans,here you can see the buildings built by the Spanish and French more than two centuries go. Do not forget to walk after 6 pm on Bourbon St. The atmosphere is amazing. It must be seen to be believed.
The Library of Congress is situated one block away from the Capitol and is of the largest libraries in the world by volume containing documentation. The congress offers guided tours of the library in which they explain its history, but it´s easy to go inside yourself only to walk around and see the building from the inside, which is really worth it. I'm not sure if it was a temporary exhibition or permanent, but when I went they were doing a re-constitution of the personal library of Thomas Jefferson, the 3rd president of the USA.
I'm Sylvester Stallone's number one fan. Rocky I, II, III, etc. were the best movies I've ever seen in my life. It was incredible to see the statue that influenced those movies, and everyone runs up the stairs to the museum, and when they get to the top they jump around like in the movie. It's really funny.
The Freedom Trail is a 4 kilometre pedestrian route delineated by a red line. It starts on the Boston Commons, and passes by known landmarks like Copp's Hill Burying Ground and Old North Church. The tour traces the city's history, and interactively, to make it more enjoyable.
Of the 38 bridges spanning the Chicago River as it passes through the city of the same name, the most famous is undoubtedly the Michigan Avenue bridge. Not only was it one of the technical marvels of its time, but its construction marked the historic moment when Chicago began to spread northward. The extension of Michigan Avenue across the bridge meant the birth of the legendary stretch of earth known as the Magnificent Mile. Like other bridges in Chicago, Michigan Avenue can be shut down, although it is difficult to agree on a good time for this because you have to temporarily cut off one of the main arteries of the city). In spring it's open to make way for the boats that spend the winter in inland lakes, and in the fall they do the opposite. The Michigan Avenue Bridge is considered to be a historical monument and is one of the four or five things you absolutely must visit while passing through Chicago.