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California Routes: Reno to Lake Tahoe

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This route that takes us to the south of Lake Tahoe has a distance of 58 miles (1 hour and 15 minutes approximately). The arrival at Lake Tahoe is a succession of curves with spectacular views of the largest freshwater lake in the US, this area in winter is the center of the sky, but in summer it is just as I arrive since the lake has a large number of Incredible (artificial) beaches where you can swim, do water sports or trekking.
Lake Tahoe is among the State of Nevada and the State of California, this dividing line between the two states is known as Stateline. The area facing the State of Nevada is full of casinos, (something that spoils the landscape a lot, frankly dispensable) and the area facing the State of California is where the largest number of beaches and areas where you can do a large number of water activities.

The main street is Hwy 50, this is where you will see almost all the hotels, shops and leisure activities, this area is close to the Stateline. In Heavenly Village, there are a large number of restaurants, shops, and cinemas, food rush hours are preferably avoidable. If you want to have spectacular views of the lake, from here you can take the Heavenly Gondola (15-minute ride).

If you go by car, you can do a route around the entire circumference of the lake in 2-3 days. Some of the stops that I liked the most were in the south and west of the lake (the eastern area is much less exploited and has less activity). The best beaches south of the lake are Pope Beach, Kiva Beach, Baldwin Beach, or Lakeside Beach, all of these have an approximate cost of $ 6 per person per day, any of them are worth it, they are located on Hwy 89 (Emerald Bay Rd).
Another spectacular lake that is in the south of Lake Tahoe is Fallen Leaf Lake, where you can do trekking routes or just take a drive (much better than the first option), and next to it is Tallac Historic.

In the Southwest area of ​​the lake is Emerald Bay, a true spectacle of nature, from here you will have incredible views of the lake, one of the mandatory stops is Inspiration Point, avoid rush hours by all means (11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 00 hours) to make them stop and enjoy the atmosphere because hopefully, you will take a photo with unknown people and elbows.


In the Northwest area of ​​the lake, there is Tahoe City, it is interesting to make a stop and take a walk along the main street, the interest is more architectural and aesthetic of the buildings that there are than what you can find commercially, quite expensive for true. Take advantage of the fact that you go up here to spend half a day at Donner Memorial Park, in this park is Donner Lake where you can various water activities (the average cost of an hour by canoe and/or water bike is around $ 20).
In addition to the beaches, it is highly recommended to do a trekking route, you have several on the south and west shore of Lake Tahoe :

Difficulty – Moderate

  1. Grass Lake (4 miles)
  2. Lake Aloha (12 miles)
  3. Mt Tallac Via Glen Alpine trail (12 miles)
  4. Mt Tallc Via Mt. Tallc Trail (10 miles)
  5. Cascade Falls (1.5 miles)
  6. Eagle Falls to Eagle Lake (2 miles)
  7. Lake Genevieve (9 miles)
  8. Rubicon Point Trail (6 miles)
  9. Vikingsholm Trail (2 miles)
  10. Granite Lake (2 miles)

Difficulty – Easy

  1. Lam Watah Trail (2 miles)

Almost all of these routes depart from the Emerald Bay area, being able to go through the Cascade and Eagle lakes. The north and west of the lake also have cool routes :

Difultad – Moderate

  1. Tahoe Meadows Trail (2 miles)
  2. Chimney Beach (1.2 miles)
  3. Brockway Summit to Martis Peak (10 miles)
  4. Secret Cove (0.5 miles)
  5. Marlette Lake (10 miles)
  6. Prey Meadows – Skunk Harbor (3 miles)
  7. TRT – North from Spooner Lake (10 miles)
  8. TRT – South to Genoa Peak (8 miles)

Difficulty – Easy

  1. Spooner Lake (2 miles)
  2. Stateline Lookout (1 mile)

Difficulty – High

  1. Mt. Rose Summit (12 miles), for this route you have to be very well prepared physically.

For activities like rafting in Tahoe City you can go to Truckee River Rafting; If you want to rent bikes at Willard’s Sport Shop ( Tahoe City), Anderson’s Bike Rentals and Camp Richardson (in South Lake Tahoe), and West Shore Sports (Homewood), you can find prices from $ 10 per hour to $ 30 per day. And if you have time to spare, a cruise is a very good option, almost all of them depart from the south of the lake, some of the companies that manage cruises: Action Watersports, Camp Richardson, Lakeside Marina, Safari Rose Yacht Cruises Tahoe Bleu Wave Cruises.\

Getting to Lake Tahoe is one of the best options on your route through California, it is well worth spending a few days here.

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Prague: Monuments and Shopping Route

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Prague is an ideal city to spend a long weekend or a long weekend, it is a city that lets you see and walk for three days, without the feeling that you have left something to see, yes, you likely want to repeat once you know her. I leave you the best places that you cannot miss if you come to this city.

Staré Město Prague

The first thing you can do is visit Old Town Square, the truth is that it is a beautiful square. Inside this square, you will find the Church of Our Lady of Týn, the Church of Saint Nicholas (there is another with the same name in Malá Strana), and the Old Town Hall.

One of the main attractions of the square is in the Old Town Hall, which is where the Astronomical Clock, the Josef Mánes Calendar, and the animated figures are located, all of which are together, and every hour on the dot the Parade of the figures in the upper windows of the Astronomical Clock.

You can go up to the Clock Tower, the price is around 60 crowns (€ 2.4) and allows you to see the views of the square and the main monuments of the city. You have to avoid rush hours since otherwise it is quite heavy and you do not enjoy the views.

Leaving the square you arrive at the Torre de la Polvora, this tower is one of the oldest in the city and frankly beautiful. If we want to leave Staré Město and pass Malá Strana, you will have to go through the Charles Bridge.

Malá Strana (Little Town)

The Charles Bridge consists of 30 statues in its 500 meters of length, from here you have really beautiful views of the Castle and the Hradčany area.

You cannot miss the Little Town Square (Malostranské náměstí), the Church of Saint Nicholas (it costs 80 crowns to enter, approximately € 3.2) is the maximum exponent of the Baroque and truly a luxury, in the afternoons/evenings they give concerts inside and the Church of Our Lady of Victory.

In good weather I recommend that you make a stop at the Island of Kampa, it is a garden with a lot of life, nearby is the Prior Mill and the John Lenon Wall. If you want to do a walking excursion, you can go up to Mount Petřín, which is where the Petřín Tower is located, it is one of the most famous viewpoints in the city.

In this area, you can make a stop for a good pizza and a beer at St. Nicholas Café in Tržiště 10, at night they have live music (it is quite common in cafes and restaurants in Prague), or also in the most known Malého Glena in Karmeliska 23, where they have typical food or the handy burgers and salads, at night it is a good place to enjoy a live jazz concert.

Nove Mesto (The New Town)

This area of ​​the city is probably less interesting from an architectural and tranquility point of view since it is like many of the great European capitals (large avenues, shopping centers, restaurants, etc.), however, it is interesting to visit it to be able to walk around the Wenceslas (measured 750m long and 60 wide).

As you walk through the square, it is curious to see the many fast food stalls that are there and the queues that are mounted. A menu of “Hot dog” with its typical sausages plus a glass of Coca-Cola, can cost 110 crowns.
Crowning the Square is the National Museum of Prague (Národní Muzeum), whose interior is frankly beautiful.

Other places of interest if you see that you go early are the State Opera, the National Theater and the Communist Museum, by the way, very small, but in it, you can see the political history of the Czech Republic of the last century (20th), this museum is located on the first floor at Na příkopě 10 street.

Jewish Quarter (Josejov)

This neighborhood can be accessed from Paris Street (Parizska), it is one of the exits that can be taken from the Old Town Square. In this street, you can find the most expensive shops in Prague (YSL, Gucci, Prada, D&G, etc), but what is really interesting about this street is its architecture, and you can only enjoy it if you look up.

The interest of this neighborhood is through the different synagogues ( there are a total of 6: Maisel SynagogueSpanish Synagogue, Old-New SynagogueKlausen SynagogueSigoga High, and Pinkas Synagogue ) and the Old Jewish Cemetery in Prague. Through this tour (no more than three hours, as long as you don’t stop at each of the panels with their descriptions) you can learn how a Jewish community functioned.

Undoubtedly, during the tour, the most impressive thing is the Old Cemetery and the Spanish Synagogue, whose decoration is Moorish, and the exhibition is centered on manuscripts, posters, and photographs about Jews in the last decades.

As a general rule, people will buy tickets at the box office that is next to the Old Cemetery, I recommend that if there is a long queue, don’t waste time and buy tickets at any of the synagogues in the neighborhood.

Shopping

Walking through the city you will realize that the stores are very focused on tourists, with which the prices are even more expensive than here in Spain, but even with all that, it is worth making the following stops:

If you like vintage , visit the Malostranské Starozitnictví antique shop at Nerudova 51 (Malá Strana). You can find real silver jewelry ( brooches, rings, earrings, necklaces, and countless antiques) from the 19th and 20th centuries at very affordable prices (for example a 19th-century silver brooch can cost up to € 25), the owner and Your child can speak English perfectly.

You can also find vintage clothing stores in Vladislavova at number 17, you have to enter an interior square, and here is Quasimodo Vintage Fashion. It is a small store with very affordable prices that can vary from € 30 to € 50 to change for a dress.

Shops in  Prague

Other interesting addresses are Retro and Vintage Clothes at Michalska 18,  Art Deco Galerie at Michaska 21,  Bric a Brac at Týnská 7 or  Phase 2 Boutique at Tržiště 8. Almost all of them have signature clothing at affordable prices.

Prague: Monuments and Shopping Route

Finally, visit the Leeda fashion store in Bartolomejská 1, it has some very fun and quite colorful proposals, according to its website, it tries to reflect contemporary design, architecture, music, and cinema, and the truth is that it does not they are wrong.

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Budapest: Route of Bars, Brunch, Cafes and Ruin Pubs

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Whether you are looking at what to do in Budapest or if you already have it very clear, do not miss out on enjoying a beer, brunch, or cake in the following places, they are mythical of this incredible city. Some of them are far apart, but you can enjoy them throughout the day on the following route.

Csendes Vintage Bar & Café ( Budapest, Ferenczy István u. 5, 1053 Hungary ). District V

This bar is perfect for a stopover if you are going to drop into the most famous shopping street in the city,  Váci Utca (along with the ornamental Andrassy Avenue ). You can enjoy a very quiet environment, surrounded by the most curious gadgets you can imagine or utensils that have passed away (for example, a bathtub split in half that acts as an armchair). It is not expensive to eat or have a beer, as a reference, these are the prices that are managed: the pint of beer is at € 2 (624 Ft), a salad € 4.5 (1490 Ft) or a plate of pasta € 5 (1590 Ft).

You can get there by metro, the stop is M3 Ferenciek here (it is a 4-minute walk from  Centrál Kávéház ). It is open from Monday to Sunday. From Monday to Romans 10:00 to 2:00  am the Saturday and Sunday from 14:00 to 2:00 PM.

Centrál Kávéház (Budapest, Károlyi utca 9, 1053 Hungary). District V

An alternative to the  Csendes Vintage Bar & Café is this legendary cafe-style art nouveau marble tables, which are open from Monday to Sunday from 8:00 to 23:00. You can enjoy their desserts for € 2-€ 3 (recommended the Sacher cake  ), breakfasts for € 9 (2950 Ft), their à la carte menus for € 8 (2190 Ft). It is full of tourists, but the atmosphere is very relaxed and you will be surrounded by photographs of Hungarian writers and poets.

You can get here by metro, the stop is the M3 Ferenciek there (as is the  Csendes Vintage Bar & Café). It is a very good alternative to get out of the tourist bustle of Váci street.

Szimpla Kert (Budapest, Kazinczy u. 14, 1075 Hungary). District V

Almost certainly have never been to a place like this, the entrance and says it all, are known as pubs in ruins (Ruin bar, ruin pubs ) is in the city, it is considered one of the most important ( together with the Púder ), you can come to just have a beer (pints cost 619 Ft, € 2 change), eat (the average price of a salad is € 4.50 or a main dish for € 5 change) or enjoy their concerts live (you can see their programming here ). The place itself is very curious, it is full of rooms (it even has a souvenir shop ) and vintage decoration. It opens every day of the week, but most interestingly, it closes at 4:00 AM and on Sundays at 5:00 AM.

You can get here by metro, the closest stop is the M2 Astoria. Other Ruin Pubs in Budapest that you can put on your list to visit can be found here.

Gundel (Budapest, Gundel Károly út 4, 1146 Hungary). District XIV

You cannot leave the city without trying Sunday brunch in this place with a certain ancestry for Aquincenses (or Budapians). This brunch is a buffet with a great representation of Hungarian cuisine, based on cold meats, consommés (mainly pumpkin and duck), salads, meats, and a very careful selection of desserts. It is open on Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., and it will cost you € 30 per person.

The quality and care with which they prepare each of the dishes are well worth a visit. You can book online and you will receive the confirmation of the reservation in the mail.

You can get here on foot (it’s 30 minutes as a reference from the Sofitel hotel). The M1 metro line Hősök Tere stop or by bus also H paradasök Tere stop (with the name of the large square that will be impossible not to see). It is within what is known as City Park, a wooded area with the Vajdahunyad castle very close.

After brunch, you can take the opportunity to visit the Kunsthalle  (contemporary art collection) and Szépművészeti (Fine Arts, closed until February 16, 2016, for renovation) museums, as well as the impressive Hősök Tere square, take an incredible walk through the City Park gardens, and if the weather is nice, go to the Széchenyi baths (Állatkerti art. 9-11).

From here, I recommend that you go down to the center again along Avenida Andrássy út, but this time, walking (it is lined with very well-preserved palaces, many of them are used as embassies), visit the Opera (in Andrássy út 22, has toured for tourists for € 12 to change), or something more alternative, stop by the Miniversum museum   (Andrássy út 12) of scale models at 1: 100 with the representation of the main places of Budapest and Hungary, Austria and Germany.

It is made in such a way that you can interact with the model (you can direct traffic on some streets) and with interactive screens.

If you come with children, it is a great plan. It has very long hours during the week, including weekends, and its prices for adults are 2400 Ft – € 7.75 to change.

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Xochimilco Mágico and its Trajineras

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Xochimilco Mágico

Probably going to the channels of Xochimilco Mágico if you are in Mexico DF is an option that you should not miss to be able to enjoy the music of the mariachis, the festive atmosphere, and the ride on a trajineraXochimilco  (area formed by canals and chinampas ) have been declared a World Heritage Site (1987).

Xochimilco Mágico

These canals are to the south of the city and you can get there by public transport, take the subway at the Taxqueña station (a light train leaves from here) to the Embarcadero stop, once here, ask the residents of the area for what They tell you how to get to the trajineras. The main piers are Nativitas and Cuernanco.

Renting a trajinera to tour the canals is the next step you will have to take. At the pier, you will have to negotiate the price and the route (as a general rule, the price is for the barge not for the number of people, they are rented by the hour, including their ‘skipper’, it is advisable to negotiate well).

These barges are unmistakable, strikingly decorated with (women’s) names and large typefaces.

Xochimilco Mágico

Renting a trajinera

During the tour of the canals, you can rent groups of mariachis to get on your boat or play alongside yours. You can bring your own supplies, but it is much more fun to buy from the street vendors that plow through the canals in their barges.

It is mandatory to drink a  Michelada  (try the one made with beer, lemon, Worcestershire sauce, Maggi or soy), TequilaEnchiladas Tacos Quesadillas Tlacoyos (they are thick oval and long tortillas, prepared with masa corn and stuffed with various ingredients), the ears of corn and the Elotes (or corn), everything is cooked at the moment.

To make the ‘technical stops’, on the banks of the canals there are several embarcadores with public toilets (all cost 10 pesos).

Enchiladas

Island of the Dolls

During the tour, remind the ‘patron’ of the Trajinera to pass you by the Island of the Dolls, this chinampa has been decorated by Julián Santa Ana Barrera (the person in charge for years of collecting the dolls that decorate the island) to doll base collected from landfills with the aim of ” scare away the fright “, they are hanging from trees and houses, and of course they do not leave you indifferent, it is quite gloomy and with a macabre atmosphere.

Island of the Dolls

Xochimilco Mágico is an ideal place to go on weekends , although it is also the time where you will see more people, but above all, the most fun is to see the revelry that is in other trajineras , whether they are led by families, bachelorette parties or tourists. .

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