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Las Vegas is unlike any other city in the world. It's a mixture of elegance and grandness as well es weirdness and addiction. In any way it won't leave you indifferent. In this post I want to talk about our days spent within the city. Actually, the part of the city where the strip is located is called Paradise and not Las Vegas, as many people wrongly think. Anyway, it pulled us in and chewed us up and we loved every second of it. You could spend so much time here and discover something new each day. The city at night is a special sight and if the exteriors are too shiny and bright, then you can escape into the glitzy and stylish interiors of the hotels and casinos. I hope you will enjoy our time spent there, as much as we did.

We had a great time in San Francisco, but the wanderlust (and road trip plan) kept calling out to us, and so we had to continue. What better place to venture out next then the luring Yosemite National Park, located in the Sierra mountain range. Taking the Route 120 East kept us on our way to Mammoth Lakes, the ultimate destination on this day. Of course this was the road that would also take us to Las Vegas, but more on that later.

Before we depart from San Francisco, there is one more stop I have to make, and that is the Japanese Tea Garden, located inside the Golden Gate Park (which is actually a huge area, and you will find universities and other objects inside the park). The Tea Garden is more intimate and private, and while we loved exploring the busy city life of San Francisco, it was a welcome change to enter this zen zone.

While the start of November had been warm and freakishly sunny, this past weekend the weather started to turn, and a more appropriate seasonal display reared its head. Autumn is almost gone, rains and winds from the north are ruling the lands. It's at this time where the comfort of the home is so important. But I also like to go out as much as I can and take in the seasonal change. It won't be long until festive lights and decorations hang inside my home, but until then I want to revel in the beauty of the dark side.

Alcatraz Island is located in the San Francisco Bay. On it you will find the most notorious prison in the world: the Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary. It operated from 1934 to 1963 and it was constructed for prisoners who continuously caused trouble in other federal prisons. Alcatraz housed some 1576 of America's most ruthless criminals including Al Capone, Robert Franklin Stroud (the "Birdman of Alcatraz"), George "Machine Gun" Kelly, Alvin "Creepy" Karpis (who served more time at Alcatraz than any other inmate), and many others. As we learned (and saw on Alcatraz) the island was also home to the warden and prison staff as well as their families. So come join us for a visit to "the Rock".

The Golden Gate Bridge is the ultimate landmark of San Francisco. Even people who don't know much about San Francisco, know about it. We visited the Bridge on our second day in the city and I wanted to make sure we saw plenty of it and from various places. Obviously we also saw the bridge while on the ferry boat to Alcatraz, but it's far away in that case. In this post I want to talk about the best places to view the Golden Gate Bridge from, that will delight you and also give you great photo opportunities.

Best Places to view the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco

We have arrived in the first big city of our road trip: San Francisco. After having spent 2 days driving north up the Pacific Coast Highway, we left the comfort of the Pacific ocean (even though we did still see it) and headed into the city. While we technically spent four days there, two of them were fully spent within the city, while the other two were spent traveling in and out of it. This meant that I had to come up with a plan on how to explore San Francisco (or at least all the major sights) in that time.

When autumn is in full swing here in South Europe certain fruits show their heads and when they are ripe you know by tasting them what season it is. From pomegranates, tangerines, figs and persimmons, this is the time of year when you can get them cheap and ripe. We like to eat them just as they are, but also like to make dishes with them. You can buy organic pomegranate syrup at almost any corner and I love to make my Sunny Morning cocktail with it. It's so nice to use fruits of the season. I like to freeze them as well for future use when the time comes. I am looking forward to your shares this week!

I have said it numerous times before, but I'll gladly repeat it again here: I love lighthouses. Until now I never got to visit a traditional lighthouse with a big light tower and located in a picturesque fashion on cliffs as it overlooks the ocean. Luckily for me, such a gem was to be found on the Pacific Coast Highway. This was our last stop for the day and it was the perfect time for a visit. The lighthouse is an hour drive away for San Francisco, our first big destination of the road trip. But first let's say goodbye to a wonderful day spent driving on the Pacific Coast Highway, here on the cliffs of the Pigeon Point Lighthouse.

There are only two more posts until we arrive to our first big city San Francisco, and the first one of them is our excursion through Big Sur. It's a sparsely populated region of the Central Coast of California. The name "Big Sur" is derived from the original Spanish-language "el sur grande", meaning "the big south", or from "el paĆ­s grande del sur", "the big country of the south". We visited a couple of places here that I want to show you.

Two places that we really enjoyed on our road trip through the USA (but it has to be said that we really enjoyed it all) were Morro Bay and the Elephant Seal Vista Point. Morro Bay because it was a much needed resting place after a whole day of road tripping, and Elephant Seal Vista Point because of the wonderful animals there.

Autumn is producing colder and darker days here, and with that a dragging sense of unaccomplished. When work finishes up we are only left with one or two hours of daytime and then the darkness swoops over. I try to make the best of it though, from bringing light to the home or trying to venture out as much as possible. As of late, editing the enormous USA travel series is almost a full time job in itself. I do try to appreciate every day of autumn though, for it won't last as long, and even colder and darker days of winter will be here soon.

Our road trip along the Pacific Coast Highway continues in this second part of the USA travel series, and this time we welcome you to join us in Pismo Beach. You know, before we departed on this trip I had read that the drive along the Pacific coast on California Route 1 was considered to be one of the most scenic drives in the world, and I can now see why.

After we departed Santa Barbara in the previous part, the road took as inland for a while. We stopped in Santa Maria, but only to buy some water in a Walmart, so I didn't take my camera out. Still, even roaming the outside mall of Santa Maria was a different experience then we would have here. Eventually the road took us to Pismo Beach, and, as the name suggests, back to the open sea and beaches of the Pacific.

When we decided to venture out into the United States, the idea came out of the notion that we had been traveling through Europe for a very long time now. Even though you will find amazing cities here in Europe, after a couple of years you'll want to explore something different. I suggested that we should do a road trip through California, Nevada and Arizona, and once we had everything in place our journey began. We had a one-stop flight from Belgrade, through Amsterdam until we eventually arrived at Los Angeles Airport (LAX) on October 18th.

The first stop on the first day of our USA Road Trip was in Santa Barbara, a lovely little city which is just a two hour drive away from Los Angeles. As we pulled into town we were immediately charmed by its flair and sights. Here you will find the Stearns Wharf, which is an old fashioned pier that offers restaurants, shops and many sightseeing spots. Of course the rest of the town is great as well. Let me share our experiences from the start of a long road trip down the Pacific Highway.

The past two weeks have been very tumultuous and overwhelming. After having traveled a third of the globe for my road trip across Southwest USA, I am back home now. Strangely it feels like I have never left, but also like I have missed out on so much. First off I somehow, through magic really, kept the blog alive for the past 14 days, even though I had no time at all. The "Through My Lens" post were pre-done, but the rest was shot and written on my phone during the travel.

Now the real work starts. Last night I imported all of the footage from the trip to my PC. All wonderful 120 GB of it. They resulted in 2200 images and over 5 hours of video footage, taken with the Canon camera. I don't even know where to start with the editing...I guess at the beginning. Catching up with other blogs will have to be done as well, so you can expect my visits soon. Again, thank you all for being so patient with me and visiting here over the past two weeks.

Real work is also back, as I'm in the office, trying to catch up there as well. But I don't want this post to be too negative - we had a great time in the USA. You will see it. I want to bring the experience to you as best as I can, and hopefully I can start it soon (like this Friday maybe :)

On that note, I'm back to work, all kinds of it. See you soon with the fruits of my labor.
Blagaj is one of the most popular spots outside of Mostar. The caves in here are especially interesting, since this is the spring of the Buna river. This is the river spring in close up. Underground caves lie behind this entrance. It's interesting to notice the steep cliffs with trees and other plants growing in some places, as well as other entrances to caves further above. I hope you will enjoy these shots, and link up your own below.

We had a great day today in Disneyland Park in Anaheim, California, where everything was festively decorated for Halloween. The top halloween attraction was the Haunted House featuring sights out of the movie "The Nightmare before Christmas" which was combined with a halloween theme. Of course I will write about Disneyland in detail and give you some tips on how to survive it in one day. For now here are a few shots from the festively decorated Main Street USA. I wish everbody that celebrates a Happy Halloween. We'll be spending Halloween in Los Angeles on the last day of our USA Road Trip. On Sunday we'll be catching our flight back home...

It's our final day in Las Vegas. We are departing for Los Angeles tomorrow, but before we move on, I wanted to share some sights from Vegas first - the Ceaser's Palace to be exact.

The days can be grey and cloudy during the fall season as well, so it's always nice to look for interesting opportunities for photography outside of the usual landscapes. So for today's "Through My Lens" I decided to share some of my favorite texture and details shots. Of course you can link up anything you want, the only requirement is that the images were taken through your lens o course :)

Our road trip is in full swing and we are halfway through our journey across Southwestern USA. We have been to San Francisco where we stayed for four days and then moved inland to Yosemite National Park. I want to keep most of the sights hidden for now, since our big travel series will be up once I come home, but I also didn't want to go cold turkey here. That's why I decided to share some images from our drive through the Sierra mountain range.