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Sunday, March 18, 2018

Places to visit in New Jersey - Exchange Place

From My Diary

So adding on the next chapter to his New Jersey travel diary after an amazing experience of Atlantic City, this time the Explorer was quite excited to capture the breathtaking view of the majestic skyline of Manhattan in his lens.
Yes, there is a place in Jersey City, NJ from where you can capture the stunning sight of the skyscrapers, which are standing there with an aura of pride.
The place is called “Exchange Place”.

Check out the post on the Top 10 things to do in Atlantic City

Exchange Place is a district of Downtown Jersey City, New Jersey which is home to a lot of financial companies as they have their office here. Situated at the foot of Montgomery Street at the Hudson River, it is easily accessible by PATH.
The main attraction of Exchange Place is the Waterfront from where you can have a panoramic view of the Manhattan Skyline.

This place is free of cost.
You can access the complete broadwalk without paying a single penny.

This place is accessible through bus, train and ferries, but the most preferred option is train as you have the PATH station right in front. Take the red or green PATH train from the WTC for just $2.75. It's so worth it for just one stop away.

There are a lot of food trucks around where you can get plenty of wide options to choose from.
Also Starbucks and Dunkin Donuts are nearby to grab your daily dose of coffee.
If you love Indian food, check out the plethora of restaurants situated at the Newark Ave which offer variety of delicious Indian dishes.
And for special occasions, Hyatt Regency located on the Hudson River is the best option.

Now it is time for some gyan from the Explorer Lens
1. There is no parking facility at the broadwalk but there are free parking spots on the roadside just a mile away.
2. The Broadway has benches where you can sit and have an amazing time with family, friends or someone special enjoying the view of the skyline. A surprise date can be on the cards here ;)
3. There is enough space for the photographers to place their tripods so get one when you plan a visit.

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Top 10 things to do in Miami..!!

From My Diary

One of the top beach destinations in the world, among the best places to enjoy your nightlife and famous water sports location is how we know this city.
With an average of 16+ million tourists a year, Miami holds the title of one of the most happening and visited places in the world.

Someone visiting USA will definitely plan a trip to Florida to visit Miami and Orlando.
So for everyone who are planning to visit Miami here are 10 things to do from the team, Explorer Lens.
Before that a free tip from us, normally people book a luxury resort or hotel and end up staying in it only in the night for sleeping as they are busy exploring different spots and doing various activities in the city. So if you don’t have plans to stay a complete day in the resort or hotel enjoying its various amenities, book via Airbnb where you can rent a room, flat or even villa at affordable rates.

So coming back to the top 10 things to do in Miami -:

1. There are various kinds of racing which are famous in the world.
    From Car to Camel racing, Bike to Horse racing, each one has its own charm.
    The racing world has everything one can ask for, money, babes and thrill to be precise.
    Few miles from Miami lies Gulfstream Park which houses a horse racetrack and
    county-approved casino in Hallandale Beach.
    You have plenty of things to try your luck while sipping on a beer and treating your taste buds
     with multinational cuisines.

2. Whether you are a party animal, a nature lover or a family person, there is a beach in Miami for
    everyone. Most of the Miami beaches have clear turquoise water and white pristine sand which
    makes them the best places to stroll around and enjoy the waves of the sea.

    It is difficult to visit all of them but some of the famous ones which shouldn’t be missed are
    a) South Beach
    b) Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park
    c) Virginia Beach and if you are fine visiting a nude beach, Haulover Beach is the one for you.
    At every beach there is limited parking so find a paid to park place even if you have to walk a bit.

3.  Miami is not only about beaches but also it is home to some great history.
     One of such places is Vizcaya Museum & Gardens which is known for its artwork and beautiful
     gardens. The villa's museum contains more than seventy rooms of distinctive architectural 
     interiors decorated with numerous antiques, with an emphasis on 15th through early 19th-century 
      European decorative art and furnishings. The garden is also quite beautiful and well maintained.

4. If you are an art lover, especially street art this is the place to be at.
    Wynwood Walls in Miami features work of world’s greatest street art and graffiti artists.
    This is a place where you can enjoy with your friends, family or as a couple too.

5.  Everglades National Park lies in the vicinity of Miami and is a must visit place if you are a
     wildlife lover. There are guided airboat tours which takes you through the main attraction areas of
     Everglades which are home to hundreds of alligators, snakes, turtles, deer, monkeys and 

Pic Credit - Here

6.  If you are in the southern part of Florida there are various Water Activities that you can try.
      Right from snookering, parasailing, jet skiing, kayaking, scuba diving to boat rides, there are a lot
      of options to try and experience. Key West offers the best water sports in Florida and is just a 4
      hours’ drive from Miami.
      There are many players in the watersports and boat tour business in Key West but the best ones as
      per us are – Sebago Watersports, Fury Water Adventures and Sunset Watersports.

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7.   Somersaulting dolphins, energetic sea lions and huge killer whales are what interest you than 
       Miami Seaquarium is your place. If you are a marine life lover you will definitely have the time
       of your life.
       With eight marine animal shows and presentations and lot of other exhibits this place is definitely
       fun for any age group.

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8. You are a nature lover, especially someone who loves to visit parks and gardens than 
    Miami Beach Botanical Garden is where you should be heading to.
    This 2.6-acre urban greenspace showcases Florida native plants and trees, with garden subsets
    including a Japanese garden, edible garden and water garden.

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9. Now here is something for all the party animals as we are going to discuss about Miami’ nightlife.
    There is a famous saying that as the sun goes down places like Vegas and Miami comes to life.
     With hundreds of dance clubs, rooftop bars and lounges, live music venues, LGBT clubs
     and comedy clubs, there is plenty to groove on but it is not always easy to get in the door.
     If you are not a riche rich who can afford to a reserve table in the top clubs, there are lot of off-
      beat clubs where you can have a gala time. 
     Most of them are in vicinity of the South beach or Bayfront Park.

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10. Bayfront Park is one of the top places in Downtown of Miami to hop on to some great food and
      go footloose on the salsa beats in a beautiful waterfront setting. This festival marketplace also
      features an amphitheater which host various concerts round the year.

If you are a spiritual person, we also have a lot of churches around that you can visit.

Lastly if you have some spares days, do visit the top notch theme parks of Orlando and Kennedy Space Center which are just a 4-5 hours’ drive from Miami.

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Miami Beyond Beaches - Vizcaya Museum & Gardens

From My Diary
One of the top beach destinations in the world is how we know this place.
Let’s give you a hint; it is situated in the country of opportunities, USA.
If Miami is what you thought, you are correct.

Miami is famous for beaches, babes and booze.
But there is another side to it which is mostly not explored by many.
In my last post, I talked about the magic walls of Miami - Wynwood Walls.
In this post, I am going to tell you about another place known for its artwork and beautiful gardens – Vizcaya Museum and Gardens.

The Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, previously known as Villa Vizcaya, is the former villa and estate of businessman James Deering, of the Deering McCormick-International Harvester fortune.

The estate is a total of 50 acres of which 10 acres consist of the garden and 40 acres is just forest area.
The garden is quite beautiful and well maintained.

The villa's museum contains more than seventy rooms of distinctive architectural interiors decorated with numerous antiques, with an emphasis on 15th through early 19th-century European decorative art and furnishings

Timings: Vizcaya is open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. except for Tuesdays.

Cost: The ticket cost is $18 for adults and $6 for children between 6-12 years. It is free for children less than 5 years.

ExplorerLens Gyan -
1. It will take at least 3 hours to explore the complete museum and garden so plan your visit accordingly.
2. There is free parking at the venue.
3. The place provides a good opportunity for pre-wedding shots.
Here is the photo-walk of the place. Hope you enjoy the pics J

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Magic Wall of Miami - Wynwood Walls

From My Diary

These days my exploration is taking me to a lot of awesome places, magical might be more appropriate.
First one was Magic Gardens in Philadelphia which is one of the most beautiful works of art, especially from the waste material that I have seen till date.
You can check out my post on the same here

This time it was Miami where I witnessed another excellent work of art, Wynwood Walls.
It is one of its kinds in the world which features work of world’s greatest street art and graffiti artists.
You will find a collection of huge, colorful and beautiful murals made by the best in the world.

Though it is mostly outdoor, there is also an indoor art gallery which showcases work from local and international artists.

There are also exhibitions and workshops which happen on a frequent basis.
Not to forget ample of restaurants and food junctions around to treat your taste buds.

Entry Fees – It’s free J
Timings – 10:30 – 12:00 a.m.

ExplorerLens Gyan -
1. Parking is not available at the venue but there are a good number of public parking options nearby.
2. Though it’s open till 12:00 a.m. but a wise choice is to visit the place a couple of hours before sunset when the walls are well illuminated with sunlight. This provides a good option for photographers.
3. Also, explore the lanes in the vicinity where you can find some more spectacular artwork.

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Hidden Gem of Philadelphia - Magic Gardens

From My Diary

Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens is a masterpiece of art and creativity.
This place is a hidden gem in Philadelphia which many people are not aware of.

The 3000 square foot art gallery space was created by famous mosaic artist Isaiah Zagar in 2002.
It is the largest work produced by him till date and displays his amazingly unique and creative artwork. There are also a lot of workshops and tours held on a regular basis.

Timings - It is open from Wednesday to Monday, 11:00 am to 6:00 p.m. Tuesday is closed.

Entry Fee - There is a nominal ticket of $10 for an adult which goes into maintaining the garden.

ExplorerLens Gyan -
1. There is no parking at the venue so please check for public parking nearby.
2. The place looks better in the evening so please plan your travel accordingly so that you
    can click some pics after sunset.
3. Take some food and water with you as there is no cafe inside.
4. Don't go during the peak winter time when it snows as the basement art space of the garden
    might be closed.

Enough of gyan.
So let's show you this place through a lens of an explorer and for that I present to you the photo-walk -:

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