Sightseeing Guides and Trips

Trips
Tian'anmen Square Photo
Tian'anmen Gate Photo
Monument to the People's Heroes Photo
National Centre for the Performing Arts Photo
Tiananmen Square sunset walk
by kozik on Oct 23, 2013
Beijing, Beijing, China
Sightseeing | 1.7 miles
My short visit to Beijing was almost over, my meetings were completed, and I had a short 60 minutes to do some sight seeing.  My host had to leave for Shanghai,  and I was left with our nice driver, who agreed to drop me off at Tiananmen Square for one hour.  I was looking forward to this! The traffic along Chang'an Avenue was really heavy and he couldn't park close, so  he found...
Tour bus over the bridge Photo
The de Young Photo
Jammin on Haight Photo
Transamerica Building Photo
City Tour by Hop-on / Hop-off bus. Golden Gate Bridge, Haight Ashbury, Hayes Valley, Union Square, Little Italy
by kozik on Oct 05, 2013
Fishermans Wharf, California, United States
Sightseeing | 19.8 miles
After yesterday's bike ride over the Golden Gate Bridge, yours truely was hobbled.  While not serious, I need to stay off my feet.  For our second day in San Francisco we opted to take the Hop-on / Hop-off tour of the city.  I swore I'd never take one of those double-decker  buses, and now here I am taking one, and in the end, it worked out great, I learned alot and the...
Palacio de Bellas Artes Photo
Torre Latinoamericana Photo
Mexican independence day Photo
Church of San Francisco Photo
Walk Centro Histórico of Ciudad de México -- Palacio de Bellas Artes to Zócalo
by kozik on Sep 10, 2013
Mexico City, Federal District, Mexico
Sightseeing | 2.2 miles
After our first day of meetings in Mexico City, I got a ride over to the Historic Center and went for walk.  I started at the Palacio de Bellas Artes, the beautiful Art Nouveau opera house, walk east on Calle de Tacuba to the Zócalo / Plaza de la Constitución.  I briefly saw the historic plaza.  I then walked back to the opera house via the famous Calle Madero pedestrian shopping street. Along...
Sea Mosque Photo
Tel Aviv City scape Photo
Arab Hebrew Theatre of Jaffa Photo
Jaffa Clock Tower Photo
We were in Tel Aviv for a week's worth of business meetings.  After our last meeting, we took a pre-dinner ride over to Old Jaffa for a brief walking tour.Our hotel is located in Tel Aviv, right on the Mediterranean.  From our hotel we can faintly see the clock tower from St. Peter's Church and the Minaret of Al-Bahr Mosque / Sea Mosque.  Even though our hotel and Jaffa are both on...
Church of the Nativity Photo
Entrance to the Grotto of the Nativity Photo
Star of the Nativity Photo
Church of St. Catherine Photo
Bethlehem - Church of the Nativity
by kozik on Mar 04, 2013
Bethlehem, Palestine
Sightseeing | 5.7 miles
Our tour of Bethlehem started at the Gilo-Bethlehem Checkpoint at the Palestinian Territories border.  A taxi driver met us and drove for a little while, then we picked up our tour guide, then we drove and parked in Manger Square, right in front of the Church of the Nativity  with the spire from the nearby Mosque of Omar visible.Church of the Nativity.  We entered through the Door of Humility, we walked through the...
Dome of the Rock Photo
Western Wall Photo
King David Photo
Church of the Holy Sepulchre Photo
Old City of Jerusalem - Jewish, Muslim, Christian and Armenian Quarters
by kozik on Mar 04, 2013
Old City of Jerusalem, Jerusalem, Israel
Sightseeing | 5.7 miles
I was in Tel Aviv on business and for my first day, my host arranged with the hotel for me to take a semi-private tour of the Old City of Jerusalem.Our guide met three of us in the lobby of our hotel.  We drove to Jerusalem. For our first stop he took us to Mount Scopus.  It's on the northeast side of Jerusalem, looking down on the Old City.  From there, he...
River Leie Photo
Gravensteen Castle Photo
St Niklaaskerk Photo
Sint-Veerleplein Photo
Gent Centrum Walk - Gravensteen Castle, Graslei and Korenlei Streets, River Leie
by kozik on Jan 05, 2013
Ghent, East Flanders, Belgium
Sightseeing | 17.1 miles
For our last full day in Belgium, we have a road trip planned for Ghent.We are staying near Brussels central train station, Gare de Bruxelles-Central; we bought tickets last night and took an early train to Ghent.  We got off at the Gent-Sint-Pieters station and started our day.To get to Gent centrum, the historic center, it's kind of  too far to walk.  So, following tips from the guide books, we took a...
Swans Photo
Groenerei  at Meestraat Photo
Bruges Coat of Arms Photo
Rozenhoedkaai Photo
Bruges - Markt, Burg, Rozenhoedkaai, and Groenerei, Dijver, Bakkersrei Canals
by kozik on Jan 04, 2013
Bruges, Flanders, Belgium
Sightseeing | 10.5 miles
For Day 3 of our family vacation to Belgium, we took the train from our hotel in Brussels to Bruges, where we wandered our way through a wonderful medieval picture book of a city.We got off at the train, followed the signs to the historic center -- about a 15 minute walk.  We started at the Markt, then we  wondered along Sint-Jansstraat to Boomgaardstraat to the Langestraat bridge over the Sint-Annarei canal....
Magritte's This is not a pipe Photo
Pieter Bruegel I Photo
Chris, Liz, Cathie, Mike and Liane Photo
Atomium Photo
Brussels - Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts, Musée Magritte and Atomium
by kozik on Jan 03, 2013
City of Brussels, Brussels, Belgium
Sightseeing | 18.0 miles
For our 2nd day in Belgium, our plan for the day is to tour Brussels.  We  started with breakfast in a nice place called Mokafe located in the historic Galeries Saint-Hubert.  We then walked up the Mont des Arts hill to the Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts.  We first visited the Musée Magritte, which featuring the surrealist art work of René Magritte. Then we went over to the Musée d'Art Ancien -- featuring masterpieces from 15th...
L'Hôtel de Ville / Stadhuis Photo
Cathedral SS. Michael and Gudula Photo
Mont des Arts Gardin Photo
La Maison du roi Photo
Brussels Walk Centre-Ville -- Grand Place, Mannekin Pis, Cathedral SS. Michael and Gudula, Mont des Arts
by kozik on Jan 02, 2013
City of Brussels, Brussels, Belgium
Sightseeing | 7.5 miles
Bonne Année!  Happy New Year!  Late on Jan 1, we left on a family vacation for Belgium.  We spent 4 days in Brussels, with two day trips to Bruges and Ghent.  This trip report is for Day 1 of our vacation.We arrived at the Brussels airport mid morning then took the train to our hotel. The hotel is just across the square from the Brussels Central Station.  We checked in, and went...
Sugarloaf Mountain Photo
Cristo Redentor Photo
Sugarloaf Mountain Photo
Sunset Photo
Rio de Janeiro Tourist - Cristo Redentor/Christ the Redeemer, Sugarloaf Mountain / Pão de Açúcar
by kozik on Oct 06, 2012
Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Sightseeing | 49 miles
I was in Rio on business for the week.  On the day of the arrival, my host took a group of us on a site seeing tour of the city, featuring the famous Christ statue, Christ the Redeemer, and the iconic Sugarloaf Mountain.  Our driver picked up at our hotel on the Avenida Das Americas and the first stop was Cristo Redentor.Cristo Redentor.  The statue is at the base of the Corcovado...
Driving in Medellin Photo
Sante Fe Mall (green roof) Photo
Feria de las Flores Photo
View of Medellin from Office Tower Photo
Medellin - Feria de Las Flores and Fashion Week
by kozik on Jul 27, 2012
Medellin, Antioquia, Colombia
Sightseeing | 40 miles
I was visiting Medellin, Colombia on business for a day of meetings.  The usual hotel near our offices was booked, so I stayed at the further away, but nicer InterContinental Hotel.  It turned out the week was a very busy one: Fashion Week Colombiamoda was ending and the Flower Festival / Feria de Las Flores was starting, so I was lucky to get a room.My stay was very short and I had...
Mona Lisa Photo
Caravaggio Photo
Pyramide du Louvre Photo
Rose Window Photo
Paris Tourist - Musée du Louvre and La Sainte-Chapelle
by kozik on Jun 28, 2012
Paris, Île-de-France, France
Sightseeing | 10.1 miles
For my last day in Paris, my plans suddenly changed with an early morning phone call from my airline... my return flight home was canceled and the earliest available flight was 24 hours later. So, I had nearly a full day in Paris, with nothing planned -- this was a good thing.  I quickly packed up my camera and headed to the Musée du Louvre.From my hotel near La Tour Eiffel, I...
Pont d'Iéna Photo
Arc de Triomphe Photo
Jeanne d'Arc Photo
Place des Vosges Photo
Paris Walk - Pont d'Iéna, Arc de Triomphe, Champs-Élysées, Obélisque de Louxor, Pyramide du Louvre, Place des Vosges
by kozik on Jun 25, 2012
Paris, Île-de-France, France
Sightseeing | 13.1 miles
I was in Paris for two days of meetings. The morning after my flight landed I had an afternoon to go for a walk.  From my hotel near the Tour Eiffel, I crossed the Seine River at the Pont d'Iéna bridge, walked the river up to the Pont de l'Alma bridge, where I turned left and headed North along Avenue George up to the Arc de Triomphe.From there, I walked South East...
Neues Rathaus and Mariensäule Photo
Hofgarten Photo
Treasury Photo
Asamkirche Photo
Munich Aldtstadt Walk - Marienplatz, Frauenkirche, Residenz and Löwenbräukeller!
by kozik on May 13, 2012
Munich, Bavaria, Germany
Sightseeing | 14.4 miles
For the last two days of our Barvarian vacation, we stayed in the historic city center of Munich, the Altstadt.  We picked the Bayerischer Hof Hotel.  The hotel is right next to all the historic Munich city center.  Our walking tour started at Marienplatz, just a couple of blocks away.  We saw Neues Rathaus / New Town Hall, Altes Rathaus / Old Town Hall, Mariensäule / Marian Column,  Frauenkirche, Michaelskirche, Theatinerkirche, Odeonsplatz,...
Allgäuer Stüberl Photo
Neuschwanstein Photo
Hohenschangau Photo
Pöllatschlucht Gorge Photo
Tour Schloss Hohenschwangau and Neuschwanstein Castles
by kozik on May 13, 2012
Schwangau, Bayern, Germany
Sightseeing | 5.6 miles
For the pinacle of our Bavarian vacation, we are touring the Neuschwantein and Hohenschwangau Castles.  We are doing guided tours for both castles.The star of the tour is the fairy-tale beautiful Neuschwanstein Castle.  It was designed by King Ludwig II of Bavaria.  Its exterior was the design inspiration for the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World.   It's an emotional experience to see the castle for the first time nestled in the...
St Mang Basilica Photo
Baumgarten Photo
Hohes Schloß Photo
Reichenstraße, Füssen Photo
Füssen Altstadt Walk - Reichenstraße, Hohes Schloß, Baumgarten, and Lech River
by kozik on May 12, 2012
Füssen, Bavaria, Germany
Sightseeing | 4.0 miles
For the next stop in our vacation to Bavaria, we are visiting the Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau castles.  We are really excited to be here; we've wanted to see these castles and tour this region of the Romantische Straße / Romantic Road for years.  Well, when it came time to book hotels, the hotels in the town of Hohenschwangau were booked.  This is a very popular tourist destination, and it wasn't surprising.  For...
Driving A8 Photo
Rathaus Photo
Hohensalzburg Castle Photo
Sternbrau Photo
Salzburg Walk Alt Stadt – Hohensalzburg Castle, Salzburger Dom Cathedral, Getreidegasse, and Mirabellgarten
by kozik on May 10, 2012
Salzburg, Salzburg, Austria
Sightseeing | 15.3 miles
We are in Bavaria for a short vacation.  Our flight landed in Munich and we drove to Salzburg where we spent two nights visiting the delightful the Alt Stadt / old city part of Salzburg.      We arrived mid day, checked into our hotel and went sightseeing right away.   We crossed the Salzach River, walking over  the Makartsteg pedestrian bridge to the beautiful, baroque Altstadt / old city. We didn’t even get half way over the bridge before...
Mucha Window Photo
Changing of the guard Photo
St Nicholas Church Photo
Old Town  Hall Photo
Prague - Prague Castle / Pražský hrad, Lesser Town / Malá Strana, and Charles Bridge / Karluv most
by kozik on Jan 24, 2012
Prague, Prague, Czech Republic
Sightseeing | 9.7 miles
Our mission for the day is to cross the Vltava River to see the Prague Castle /  Pražský hrad and the surrounding Lesser Town / Malá Strana area. We started the morning at a Tobacco Shoppe on Kaprova. We bought two 90 minute tickets for the tram up the hill to the castle. We crossed the Mánes Bridge / Mánesuv most and queued at the Malostranská Tram stop at the Klárov park (look...
Astronomical Clock Photo
Old Town Square Photo
Old Jewish Cemetery Photo
Powder Tower Photo
Prague - walk Old Town / Staré Město, Jewish Quarter/Josefov, Náměstí Republiky
by kozik on Jan 23, 2012
Prague, Prague, Czech Republic
Sightseeing | 11.8 miles
Back in Prague with my sister!We arrived by train from Bratislava just after 12:00noon and took a taxi to our hotel near the Old Town Square / Staroměstské náměstí.  We checked into our hotel and went for walk through the Old Town area. We saw many of the landmark historic buildings:  Kostel sv. Mikuláse / St. Nicholas Church, Týnský Chrám / Týn Church, Palác Kinských / Kinský Palace, Jan Hus Memorial, Pražský orloj...

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