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Back to NYC during the snowstorm – Di ritorno a New York con Hercules

Back to NYC during the snowstorm – Di ritorno a New York con Hercules

By on Jan 4, 2014 in New York - Manhattan, Philadelphia, Travel journal | 0 comments

On January, the 3rd – 2014 This is what I saw from my window today. It’s too cold today…the wheater forecast told the snowstorm (called “Hercules”) is over NYC and US north-east right now. I’m afraid I’m leaving, because I’m not sure I’ll be able to reach New York. -12 Celsius, feeling like -20. Something incredible. I had to catch the local subway, commuting in Ciy Hall to reach the Railway station. Everything is covered by the snow, no cars in the street. And so windy! Would the bus come to pick me up? One more time, this cities are too much…even for the degrees! The Megabus.com bus finally came (for further information about the bus, please have a look to my previous post), and I could “defrost” myself onboard. Brrrrrr I finally started the trip in a strange landscape, with not so many people nor car in the street. To be honest, as I was warm inside it was a nice trip, with a very special view as well. Just arrived in NYC, I needed a hot soup and I had a gluten free one at the Lincoln Center Visitor Center (David Rubenstein Atrium). I took a potato soup, too spicy maybe but nice. I liked it. Moreover, the Atrium has got a wide space with seats, with free access and free wifi. Whether you want to get out or not, it was no possible to afford the wheater today. Needed to get back home soon! Today’s soundtrack: Nuvole e Lenzuola –...

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Hanging out in Philly – A passeggio per Philadelphia

Hanging out in Philly – A passeggio per Philadelphia

By on Jan 4, 2014 in Philadelphia, Travel journal | 0 comments

On January, the 2nd – 2014 When you’re guided by a local citizen, hanging out in a city is always a good experience. And you can appreciate a different taste, a different point of view maybe. Even if you cannot see everything you wish. While visiting the Christ Church, the oldest church in the region, my though went to the concept of history US people have compared to the Italian point of view: a very ancient monument here can have less than 200 years. But they’re able to look after of it and maximise its value through maintenance as well as touristic activities. Elfreth’s Alley is the most ancient street in town. It seems like an European street – I should say a British one, actually. There is also a small museum opened during weekends, wheater and volunteers permitting…but I had no chance to get in. Then I went to the Betsy Ross House, the house of the lady who made the American flag first. Getting on with the previous though, this is the perfect example of how far is the American cultural promotion expertise from the Italian one. A brief story of the lady and the historical context she lived in. Then, a lady dressed up like Betty and talking about her life told me something about the flag. That’s it! 5$ to get in. I should compare this example to some Italian ones, more interesting but less structured about the way to attire tourists. It was too cold to keep on walking. So it was time to get something warm at the Buddakan Restaurant. Asian cuisine, a giant Buddha in the main hall…although this, it’s an elegant and fashion place in the centre of Philadelphia. They also have a gluten free menu, and it was nice. I took a miso soup to defrost me, then a fried rice with shrimps and tai-basil. Delicious! Then, we tried to have a walk around the Benjamin Franklyn post office. Not so much to see, to be honest. But inside it was warm! On the way back home, it started snowing…not a simple snowfall, a snowstorm actually! The one is investing the whole US north-east. And I’m not sure I’ll be...

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A travel while travelling – Verso Philadelphia

A travel while travelling – Verso Philadelphia

By on Jan 2, 2014 in New York - Manhattan, Philadelphia, Travel journal | 0 comments

On the first day of the year, I found myself starting a special travel into the travel, getting to Philadelphia to visit a part of my family I’ve never met before. I got a ticket from NYC on Megabus.com, a bus company I know since I was travelling throughout United Kingdom a couple of years ago. It’s a low cost company with very good prices, depending on the time when you get the ticket before travelling. Since it’s a very well known company, you need to get the departure stop at least half an hour before the departure timing if you want to reach a good seat. The trip to Philly (as they call Philadelphia) was good. It took two hours and a half and I arrived on time, in spite of the celebration they had in town on the first day of the year. Moreover, the bus had wifi onboard, which was good to keep in touch with some friends of mine while travelling. Finally, I travelled until Delaware by car, to have a dinner with one of my cousins and their family (it’s also mine, actually) 🙂 . And this is the best sunset I saw since I was here. Good! Today’s soundtrack: Street life – Neri per caso...

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