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My followers know how passionate I am about different subway systems in the world. I would always prefer riding a train over taking a cab if time permits, and truly believe that a subway is the best way to grasp a real city. After living in North America for quite some time and visiting a number of big cities across the globe, I'm always fascinated how good the subway system in my home city Kyiv is. And let there be no air conditioning and public washrooms, trains are too short and too crowded at rush hour, the Metropolitan, as it's called, deserves to be named the most punctual subway system in the world.
#kyiv #metro #ukraine
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My followers know how passionate I am about different subway systems in the world. I would always prefer riding a train over taking a cab if time permits, and truly believe that a subway is the best way to grasp a real city. After living in North America for quite some time and visiting a number of big cities across the globe, I'm always fascinated how good the subway system in my home city Kyiv is. And let there be no air conditioning and public washrooms, trains are too short and too crowded at rush hour, the Metropolitan, as it's called, deserves to be named the most punctual subway system in the world. #kyiv  #metro  #ukraine  - See more pictures and read more stories on my travel blog simonsulyma.com
Everyone agreed that September was the hottest month in 2017 in Ontario, Canada. The last weekend was particularly cruel - the mercury was predicted to reach +38 C / 100 F with humidex in Toronto. Clearly, that's kind of weather you don't want to spend in the city, so we decided to head as farther north as possible without exhausting ourselves too much with a long driving. Restoule Provincial Park seemed like a good option considering that not many people would drive 4.5 hours from Toronto to get away from the nasty heat.
#ontarioparks #ontariotourism #ontario #canada
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Everyone agreed that September was the hottest month in 2017 in Ontario, Canada. The last weekend was particularly cruel - the mercury was predicted to reach +38 C / 100 F with humidex in Toronto. Clearly, that's kind of weather you don't want to spend in the city, so we decided to head as farther north as possible without exhausting ourselves too much with a long driving. Restoule Provincial Park seemed like a good option considering that not many people would drive 4.5 hours from Toronto to get away from the nasty heat. #ontarioparks  #ontariotourism  #ontario  #canada  - See more pictures and read more stories on my travel blog simonsulyma.com
Spending a relatively short stopover at the Riga's airport can be daunting, but you won't be disappointed if you chose to explore the city instead. Even 4 hours between the flights was enough for me to take a quick glimpse of this dazzling city and want to come back. A friend of mine, who was born and raised in Riga, once said that he would consider Vilnius, Tallinn and then Riga in the descending order in terms of beauty and charm. But having visited Vilnius, Lithuania, I would argue that Riga appears to be more alluring that its "elder brother" - Vilnius.
#riga #latvia #baltics
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Spending a relatively short stopover at the Riga's airport can be daunting, but you won't be disappointed if you chose to explore the city instead. Even 4 hours between the flights was enough for me to take a quick glimpse of this dazzling city and want to come back. A friend of mine, who was born and raised in Riga, once said that he would consider Vilnius, Tallinn and then Riga in the descending order in terms of beauty and charm. But having visited Vilnius, Lithuania, I would argue that Riga appears to be more alluring that its "elder brother" - Vilnius. #riga  #latvia  #baltics  - See more pictures and read more stories on my travel blog simonsulyma.com
No river in the United States has had more historical and economical significance than Mississipi River. The "working river" as it's often called for being the main transport artery to move grain and coal over the past 200 years, has also been used as a western frontier of the British colonies and early USA. Mississipi River is a widely used continental divide between the East and the West, and I often hear people say "west of Mississipi" or "east of Mississipi". #mississipi #minnesota #wisconsin #greatriver #scenicdrives
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No river in the United States has had more historical and economical significance than Mississipi River. The "working river" as it's often called for being the main transport artery to move grain and coal over the past 200 years, has also been used as a western frontier of the British colonies and early USA. Mississipi River is a widely used continental divide between the East and the West, and I often hear people say "west of Mississipi" or "east of Mississipi". #mississipi  #minnesota  #wisconsin  #greatriver  #scenicdrives  - See more pictures and read more stories on my travel blog simonsulyma.com
When visiting a new city or a new country, I bet you try to avoid sketchy places. But even if you happen to get or stay there, you would not normally take any pictures of that place. Why? Because it's a human nature that you want to bring good memories and show your friends and family that you've been somewhere they kept seeing on glossy postcards. Who bothers with some outskirts of Barcelona, Vienna or Paris? Almost no one. But I believe that a picture is a great storyteller, and not all stories have to be perfect to be interesting. So that's why I want to show you one of the many outskirts of my native city Kyiv, far from sleek and picture-perfect city centre.
#kyiv #ukraine
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When visiting a new city or a new country, I bet you try to avoid sketchy places. But even if you happen to get or stay there, you would not normally take any pictures of that place. Why? Because it's a human nature that you want to bring good memories and show your friends and family that you've been somewhere they kept seeing on glossy postcards. Who bothers with some outskirts of Barcelona, Vienna or Paris? Almost no one. But I believe that a picture is a great storyteller, and not all stories have to be perfect to be interesting. So that's why I want to show you one of the many outskirts of my native city Kyiv, far from sleek and picture-perfect city centre. #kyiv  #ukraine  - See more pictures and read more stories on my travel blog simonsulyma.com
Despite its extreme natural beauty, Bruce Peninsula National Park with its adjacent town of Tobermory can no longer be fully enjoyed due to massive crowds of tourists. Located just three hours north of Toronto, the park provides easy gateway for city-dwellers and attracts thousands of tourists on summer weekends. Not only is it busy and noisy, but also the mass tourism is simply not sustainable for the region. For instance, Tobermory does not have a centralized drinking water supply, parking is extremely limited and littering is becoming a big problem. So if you, like me, want to enjoy the nature of beautiful Northern Bruce Peninsula, and not other people, go to Lion's Head instead of Tobermory and hike arguably the best part of 885 km / 550 mile-long Bruce trail.
#brucepeninsula #DiscoverON #ontario #ontarioparks #ontariohiking #niagaraescarpment #unesco
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Despite its extreme natural beauty, Bruce Peninsula National Park with its adjacent town of Tobermory can no longer be fully enjoyed due to massive crowds of tourists. Located just three hours north of Toronto, the park provides easy gateway for city-dwellers and attracts thousands of tourists on summer weekends. Not only is it busy and noisy, but also the mass tourism is simply not sustainable for the region. For instance, Tobermory does not have a centralized drinking water supply, parking is extremely limited and littering is becoming a big problem. So if you, like me, want to enjoy the nature of beautiful Northern Bruce Peninsula, and not other people, go to Lion's Head instead of Tobermory and hike arguably the best part of 885 km / 550 mile-long Bruce trail. #brucepeninsula  #DiscoverON  #ontario  #ontarioparks  #ontariohiking  #niagaraescarpment  #unesco  - See more pictures and read more stories at my travel blog simonsulyma.com
How long does it take to turn from a local to a tourist in your own native city? In my case, it took me a bit over six years since the moment I moved to Canada and said goodbye to Kyiv, the city where I was born and raised. I've been back several times over the past six years spending about two days each time, but this year I felt like I wanted to explore my native city, much like tourists do when they happen to get to a new place. It's a mixed feeling, because I still have very vivid memories of Kyiv and often see its people, its streets and beautiful buildings and churches in my dreams, but this time around I clearly realized that I no longer belong there and the place I call home is somewhere else.
#kyiv #ukraine
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See more pictures and read more stories on my travel blog simonsulyma.com
How long does it take to turn from a local to a tourist in your own native city? In my case, it took me a bit over six years since the moment I moved to Canada and said goodbye to Kyiv, the city where I was born and raised. I've been back several times over the past six years spending about two days each time, but this year I felt like I wanted to explore my native city, much like tourists do when they happen to get to a new place. It's a mixed feeling, because I still have very vivid memories of Kyiv and often see its people, its streets and beautiful buildings and churches in my dreams, but this time around I clearly realized that I no longer belong there and the place I call home is somewhere else. #kyiv  #ukraine  - See more pictures and read more stories on my travel blog simonsulyma.com
You still have a few weeks left to visit MosaïCanada 150 - a collection of 33 chef d'oeuvres made of plants commemorating Canada's 150th Anniversary. The exhibition is hosted in Gatineau, Quebec in Jacques-Cartier Park. The admission is free and it's the 'must-see' while in Canada's Capital region.
#gatineau #quebec #mosaicanada #ottawa
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You still have a few weeks left to visit MosaïCanada 150 - a collection of 33 chef d'oeuvres made of plants commemorating Canada's 150th Anniversary. The exhibition is hosted in Gatineau, Quebec in Jacques-Cartier Park. The admission is free and it's the 'must-see' while in Canada's Capital region. #gatineau  #quebec  #mosaicanada  #ottawa  - See more pictures and read more stories on my travel blog simonsulyma.com
I found out about Atlanta when I was a kid because of 1996 Summer Olympic Games. As with many cities across the world, Olympics, World Expo or similar events help grow the economy for the host city and bring millions of tourists during and, hopefully, after the event. However, long before a host city welcomes its first mass tourist, it usually spends a great deal of money to improve the infrastructure to be able to accommodate all guests. This normally includes building a rapid public transit, and I thought Atlanta was no exception and built its subway system (quite good, by the way) before 1996 Summer Olympics. Was I right? #marta #atlanta #georgia
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I found out about Atlanta when I was a kid because of 1996 Summer Olympic Games. As with many cities across the world, Olympics, World Expo or similar events help grow the economy for the host city and bring millions of tourists during and, hopefully, after the event. However, long before a host city welcomes its first mass tourist, it usually spends a great deal of money to improve the infrastructure to be able to accommodate all guests. This normally includes building a rapid public transit, and I thought Atlanta was no exception and built its subway system (quite good, by the way) before 1996 Summer Olympics. Was I right? #marta  #atlanta  #georgia  - See more pictures and read more stories on my travel blog simonsulyma.com
Gatineau and Ottawa sit on the northern and southern banks of the Ottawa River respectively and make the capital of Canada. But how similar or distinct are they? Well, very much distinct, like the provinces they are in - Quebec and Ontario. Gatineau is much smaller city and often overlooked under the shade of its 'big brother' Ottawa. This spring alone, Gatineau made the national headlines due to the widespread flood, but usually visitors rarely go beyond the Canadian Museum of History and Jacques Cartier Park. The latter offers the best view of Parliament Hill across the river as well as hosts one of the most famous winter festivals in Canada - Winterlude. But there are other places in Gatineau, lesser known yet still worth visiting.#gatineau #quebec
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Gatineau and Ottawa sit on the northern and southern banks of the Ottawa River respectively and make the capital of Canada. But how similar or distinct are they? Well, very much distinct, like the provinces they are in - Quebec and Ontario. Gatineau is much smaller city and often overlooked under the shade of its 'big brother' Ottawa. This spring alone, Gatineau made the national headlines due to the widespread flood, but usually visitors rarely go beyond the Canadian Museum of History and Jacques Cartier Park. The latter offers the best view of Parliament Hill across the river as well as hosts one of the most famous winter festivals in Canada - Winterlude. But there are other places in Gatineau, lesser known yet still worth visiting.#gatineau  #quebec  - See more pictures and read more stories on my travel blog simonsulyma.com
Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Yale University, Connecticut. You've got to be inside to truly experience this unusual and magical place. I can't attest how rare these books are, but they are definitely old. Imagine this place in early 1700s with no Internet and easy and fast connection to the rest of the world. Reading books was the only way for most of the people in remote North America to learn, discover, experience that huge and unknown outside world.
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Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Yale University, Connecticut. You've got to be inside to truly experience this unusual and magical place. I can't attest how rare these books are, but they are definitely old. Imagine this place in early 1700s with no Internet and easy and fast connection to the rest of the world. Reading books was the only way for most of the people in remote North America to learn, discover, experience that huge and unknown outside world. - See more pictures and read more stories on my travel blog simonsulyma.com
Connecticut has been one of few states in the American East that I haven't had a chance to visit. Although it's literally located on the outskirts of New York City, my paths have never crossed the Connecticut state line before. So when the right opportunity came to either explore New York City again, or to go see some other places, I picked Connecticut without further hesitation. Actually, for those visiting New York City, Connecticut is a perfect day trip which blends everything New England has to offer: the ocean, rolling mountains, coastal villages, covered bridges, and old colonial buildings with wooden window shutters.
#connecticut
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Connecticut has been one of few states in the American East that I haven't had a chance to visit. Although it's literally located on the outskirts of New York City, my paths have never crossed the Connecticut state line before. So when the right opportunity came to either explore New York City again, or to go see some other places, I picked Connecticut without further hesitation. Actually, for those visiting New York City, Connecticut is a perfect day trip which blends everything New England has to offer: the ocean, rolling mountains, coastal villages, covered bridges, and old colonial buildings with wooden window shutters. #connecticut  - See more pictures and read more stories on my travel blog www.simonsulyma.com
It's hard to say when the best time is to visit MacGregor Point Provincial Park, but I know for a fact that the late spring / early summer is definitely a perfect time to do so. Not only is it not crowded as the beach season has not started, but also there are almost no mosquito and black flies that could be quite nasty in this area. MacGregor Point Provincial Park sits on the eastern shore of beautiful Lake Huron just south of Port Elgin, Ontario and is open year-around. The park gets pretty busy in the summer attracting beach-goers. It also becomes a mecca for cross-country skiers in the winter. Both the spring and the fall have many things to offer, too. #DiscoverON #ontario #ontarioparks
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It's hard to say when the best time is to visit MacGregor Point Provincial Park, but I know for a fact that the late spring / early summer is definitely a perfect time to do so. Not only is it not crowded as the beach season has not started, but also there are almost no mosquito and black flies that could be quite nasty in this area. MacGregor Point Provincial Park sits on the eastern shore of beautiful Lake Huron just south of Port Elgin, Ontario and is open year-around. The park gets pretty busy in the summer attracting beach-goers. It also becomes a mecca for cross-country skiers in the winter. Both the spring and the fall have many things to offer, too. #DiscoverON  #ontario  #ontarioparks  - See more pictures and read more stories on my travel blog simonsulyma.com
What is the best place to celebrate Canada Day? Of course, in its capital city - Ottawa! Despite large crowds, long lines, overcast clouds with occasional rain, the celebration of Canada's 150th anniversary was fantastic and indeed very patriotic. Just look at how many people were wearing white and red - thousands!
#ottawa #ontario #canada #canadaday #canada150
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What is the best place to celebrate Canada Day? Of course, in its capital city - Ottawa! Despite large crowds, long lines, overcast clouds with occasional rain, the celebration of Canada's 150th anniversary was fantastic and indeed very patriotic. Just look at how many people were wearing white and red - thousands! #ottawa  #ontario  #canada  #canadaday  #canada150  - See more picture and read more stories on my travel blog simonsulyma.com
It's been my second encounter with Newark, the biggest city in New Jersey, and I don't think I ever want to come back again. It's very neglected, dirty and dangerous city which I would even compare with Detroit when it comes to my overall experience. Newark is probably hated by most of its residents despite being a short subway ride from Manhattan, New York which, in my humble opinion, gives people an unprecedented access to countless of opportunities that New York offers in terms of work and leisure. 
#newark #nj #newjersey
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It's been my second encounter with Newark, the biggest city in New Jersey, and I don't think I ever want to come back again. It's very neglected, dirty and dangerous city which I would even compare with Detroit when it comes to my overall experience. Newark is probably hated by most of its residents despite being a short subway ride from Manhattan, New York which, in my humble opinion, gives people an unprecedented access to countless of opportunities that New York offers in terms of work and leisure. #newark  #nj  #newjersey  - See more picture and read more stories on my travel blog simonsulyma.com.
Just east of Atlanta, Georgia lies one of the most dramatic places in all American Southeast - Stone Mountain. Born deep underground under an enormous heat and pressure, this solid piece of quartz monzonite rock dominates a relatively flat landscape. Although technically a part of the Appalachian Mountains, Stone Mountain is quite far away from its parent mountain range. There is also a less famous side of this place that brings a lot of controversy there: in 1915, it became a birthplace of the second iteration of Ku Klux Klan that would later become a source of hate, crime and violence directed to different minorities in the US, especially black people. To commemorate that dark event, a huge rock relief depicting the leaders of the Confederacy was carved at the Stone Mountain's north face.
#stonemountain #atlanta #georgia #usa
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Just east of Atlanta, Georgia lies one of the most dramatic places in all American Southeast - Stone Mountain. Born deep underground under an enormous heat and pressure, this solid piece of quartz monzonite rock dominates a relatively flat landscape. Although technically a part of the Appalachian Mountains, Stone Mountain is quite far away from its parent mountain range. There is also a less famous side of this place that brings a lot of controversy there: in 1915, it became a birthplace of the second iteration of Ku Klux Klan that would later become a source of hate, crime and violence directed to different minorities in the US, especially black people. To commemorate that dark event, a huge rock relief depicting the leaders of the Confederacy was carved at the Stone Mountain's north face. #stonemountain  #atlanta  #georgia  #usa  - See more pictures and read more stories on my travel blog simonsulyma.com
Whenever I find myself in a big city, I try to use an underground railroad widely known as a subway or a metro. Why? Because it's a cheap and reliable mode of transportation. Also, it's hard to get lost (at least I haven't yet) whether it's a smaller city like Minsk or Tbilisi, or a gigantic metropolis like New York, Istanbul or Seoul. But the number one reason I like to use an underground railroad is because that's the best way to get to know a city you're in - its people, its vibe, its failures, its successes. It's a mirror of a city's real face you cannot hide behind shiny facades or tall fences. I decided to kick off a series of articles about underground systems in different cities across the world, and the London Underground or simply the Tube would be the first one of them.
#london #tube #uk
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See more pictures and read more stories on my travel blog simonsulyma.com
Whenever I find myself in a big city, I try to use an underground railroad widely known as a subway or a metro. Why? Because it's a cheap and reliable mode of transportation. Also, it's hard to get lost (at least I haven't yet) whether it's a smaller city like Minsk or Tbilisi, or a gigantic metropolis like New York, Istanbul or Seoul. But the number one reason I like to use an underground railroad is because that's the best way to get to know a city you're in - its people, its vibe, its failures, its successes. It's a mirror of a city's real face you cannot hide behind shiny facades or tall fences. I decided to kick off a series of articles about underground systems in different cities across the world, and the London Underground or simply the Tube would be the first one of them. #london  #tube  #uk  - See more pictures and read more stories on my travel blog simonsulyma.com
Looking for things to do on a rainy weekend in early May? Why not trying a hike at a local forest? But before hitting the road, make sure you dress in layers to keep you warm and dry and don't forget to wear your rain boots and rain jacket, so you can fully enjoy your hike. I can almost guarantee that you will have the forest for yourself, or maybe share it with very few people. For those who live in Greater Toronto, I recommend you try Rockwood Conservation Area, a beautiful place just about an hour drive from Toronto.
#rockwood #guelph #ontario #travelontario #grandriver
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See more pictures and read more stories on my travel blog simonslyma.com
Looking for things to do on a rainy weekend in early May? Why not trying a hike at a local forest? But before hitting the road, make sure you dress in layers to keep you warm and dry and don't forget to wear your rain boots and rain jacket, so you can fully enjoy your hike. I can almost guarantee that you will have the forest for yourself, or maybe share it with very few people. For those who live in Greater Toronto, I recommend you try Rockwood Conservation Area, a beautiful place just about an hour drive from Toronto. #rockwood  #guelph  #ontario  #travelontario  #grandriver  - See more pictures and read more stories on my travel blog simonslyma.com