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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
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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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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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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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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
Atlanta, a major city in the American Southeast and a capital of Georgia, has got a great deal of things to offer for its visitors. And while those famous and somewhat unique attractions - World of Coca Cola, Georgia Aquarium and CNN Studio Tours - should probably end up in your bucket list, especially if you travel with kids, there are places in Atlanta that you can see and experience 100% free of charge. Check out a new article on my travel blog simonsulyma.com
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Atlanta, a major city in the American Southeast and a capital of Georgia, has got a great deal of things to offer for its visitors. And while those famous and somewhat unique attractions - World of Coca Cola, Georgia Aquarium and CNN Studio Tours - should probably end up in your bucket list, especially if you travel with kids, there are places in Atlanta that you can see and experience 100% free of charge. Check out a new article on my travel blog simonsulyma.com #atlanta  #georgia  #usa  - See more pictures and read more stories on my travel blog simonsulyma.com
In my previous article I started sharing with you my hut-to-hut hiking experience in the Presidential Range in the White Mountains, New Hampshire. Today, I'm continuing my story and will cover the second and the third days of the hike. This part of the trip was much more relaxing overall comparing to the first day when we had to conquer the summit of Mount Washington. However a thick morning fog on the day two made us get lost on Mount Monroe. And that was a bit scary!
#mountwashington #presidentials #whitemountains #newhampshire #nh
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In my previous article I started sharing with you my hut-to-hut hiking experience in the Presidential Range in the White Mountains, New Hampshire. Today, I'm continuing my story and will cover the second and the third days of the hike. This part of the trip was much more relaxing overall comparing to the first day when we had to conquer the summit of Mount Washington. However a thick morning fog on the day two made us get lost on Mount Monroe. And that was a bit scary! #mountwashington  #presidentials  #whitemountains  #newhampshire  #nh  - See more pictures and read more stories on my travel blog simonsulyma.com
Hiking from hut to hut in the Presidential Range in central New Hampshire is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience. This area of the White Mountains is remarkable in many ways. Its scenery rivals that of national parks in the Western North America and its treeless alpine tundra seems world away from hustle and bustle of the nearest big cities such as Boston or Montreal. Mount Washington, the tallest peak of the Presidential Range, is known to be the most dangerous small mountain in the world due its strong winds and unpredictable weather. Come explore the Presidential Range of the White Mountains, and your memories will certainly last for the rest of your life.
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Hiking from hut to hut in the Presidential Range in central New Hampshire is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience. This area of the White Mountains is remarkable in many ways. Its scenery rivals that of national parks in the Western North America and its treeless alpine tundra seems world away from hustle and bustle of the nearest big cities such as Boston or Montreal. Mount Washington, the tallest peak of the Presidential Range, is known to be the most dangerous small mountain in the world due its strong winds and unpredictable weather. Come explore the Presidential Range of the White Mountains, and your memories will certainly last for the rest of your life. #mountwashington  #presidentials  #whitemountains  #newhampshire  #nh  - See more pictures and read more stories on my travel blog simonsulyma.com
I've known about BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Atlanta, Georgia for a few years now as this is the largest Hindu temple outside of India. But little did I realize what a beautiful place it in fact is. As I know almost nothing about Hinduism and its different branches (Swaminarayan is one of them), I can't really speak about the mandir as a spiritual place, but it definitely is divine for those who come to worship there.
#baps #mandir #atlanta #georgia
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I've known about BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Atlanta, Georgia for a few years now as this is the largest Hindu temple outside of India. But little did I realize what a beautiful place it in fact is. As I know almost nothing about Hinduism and its different branches (Swaminarayan is one of them), I can't really speak about the mandir as a spiritual place, but it definitely is divine for those who come to worship there. #baps  #mandir  #atlanta  #georgia  - See more picture and read more stories on my travel blog simonsulyma.com
Although the human history in North America dates back at least ten millennia, very little cultural heritage has been preserved over the years, and what's left mostly comes in a form of languages, traditions and legends of aboriginal people. So unlike Asia, Middle East or Europe, very few archeological sites from pre-Columbian North America have lasted till our days. And even after the European settlers arrived, this has not changed much, so newer buildings would just replace the old ones. Agreed that this approach helps a town or a city always look young and fresh, but what about keeping a historical heritage? This way, nothing is going to become old enough to be preserved. So I'm really surprised that an abandoned brick factory in Toronto, a long-time eye sore rather than a historical place, has not only been preserved, but also restored and transformed in an environmental centre and a geotourism destination known far beyond Toronto city limits.
#evergreencanada #evergreen #evergreenbricks #toronto#donvalleycablecar #donvalley #ontario #ontariotravel #ontariotourism#canada
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Although the human history in North America dates back at least ten millennia, very little cultural heritage has been preserved over the years, and what's left mostly comes in a form of languages, traditions and legends of aboriginal people. So unlike Asia, Middle East or Europe, very few archeological sites from pre-Columbian North America have lasted till our days. And even after the European settlers arrived, this has not changed much, so newer buildings would just replace the old ones. Agreed that this approach helps a town or a city always look young and fresh, but what about keeping a historical heritage? This way, nothing is going to become old enough to be preserved. So I'm really surprised that an abandoned brick factory in Toronto, a long-time eye sore rather than a historical place, has not only been preserved, but also restored and transformed in an environmental centre and a geotourism destination known far beyond Toronto city limits. #evergreencanada  #evergreen  #evergreenbricks  #toronto #donvalleycablecar  #donvalley  #ontario  #ontariotravel  #ontariotourism #canada  - See more pictures and read more stories on my travel blog simonsulyma.com