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My favourites from The USA

With Tandrani

October, 2023

        mbarking on my inaugural journey across the United States, my travel blog serves as a chronicle of my                           first-time exploration of two captivating cities: San Francisco and New York.


Each destination promises a unique tapestry of experiences, from the glitz and glamour of the dazzling Las Vegas Strip to the pulsating energy of the Big Apple and the picturesque charm of San Francisco's iconic landmarks.   Join me as I delve into the diverse cultural tapestries, culinary delights, and vibrant atmospheres that define these metropolises, sharing the thrills, insights, and discoveries of a newcomer's perspective across these incredible American cities.


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Tram in China Town, SFO

 Memorable moments in SFO. 


The iconic Golden Gate Bridge stands proudly as the city's symbol, offering breathtaking views and a sense of awe.

The diverse neighborhoods, from the vibrant streets of Chinatown to the bohemian spirit of Haight-Ashbury, create a tapestry of cultures and experiences.

San Francisco's charm lies not just in its iconic landmarks but in the spirit of acceptance, creativity, and the welcoming embrace it extends

to all who visit. 

Nestled in Northern California, this vibrant metropolis is renowned for its iconic landmarks such as the Golden Gate Bridge, steep rolling hills

 and the historic cable cars that traverse its bustling streets. Glistening like a jewel against the cerulean canvas of the Bay Area, the city's iconic Golden Gate Bridge stands as a testament to both engineering prowess and timeless beauty and each painted house in a whimsical colour mirror the vibrancy of the city's spirit. San Francisco's culinary scene is an eclectic fusion of flavours, reflecting its multicultural population.

Its fiery vermilion hue at sunset, seems to capture the very essence of passion that San Francisco exudes. As day turns into night, the city

transforms into a canvas of twinkling lights, mirroring the starry skies above.With a fascinating history and a reputation for progressive values,

San Francisco beckons explorers to uncover its treasures.

San Francisco is a vibrant city with plenty to offer for a first-time solo traveler 

Here are a few recommendations of the best spots in the city if you only have two days like me.


Consider staying at a reputable hotel in Union Square, near Fisherman's Wharf, or in the Embarcadero area for convenient access to

public transport and major attractions.

My absolute favourite : Pali Hotel : Don't be fooled by its 3 star rating, this is in an excellent choice stay as this boutique property delivers what

it stands for- '100 years of hospitality'. The rooms are beautiful and spacious and the best part- it's right next to the Union square.


San Francisco has an extensive public transportation system. Consider getting a Muni Passport or a Clipper Card for easy access to buses,

trams, and the famous cable cars.

Since I only had two days here, my absolute first choice was to get an orientation of the city, to get a birds eye view from top of the

hop on-hop off.

I had an excellent guide who gave us a plethora of  interesting insights about the city on the go.

Like did you know ?

  • The electric TV was invented in San Francisco

  • It’s no secret that San Francisco is known for its foggy weather. While its origin is unclear, locals have been known to refer to the fog as Karl, who even has an instagram account (Karlthefog)

  • The birth of the blue jean was in San Francisco (Levi Strauss and Jacob Davis invented denim jeans during the time of the Gold Rush, when they realized there was a need for durable yet comfortable clothes for miners.)

  • It’s home to the second-largest Chinatown outside of Asia (makes upto 24 blocks)


Sights not to miss:

  • Golden Gate Bridge: An iconic symbol of San Francisco, this beautiful suspension bridge offers stunning views and various vantage points. You can walk, bike, or drive across it.

  • Alcatraz Island: Visit the infamous former prison located on an island in the San Francisco Bay. Take a ferry to explore the history and hear stories about its former inmates.

  • Fisherman's Wharf: A bustling waterfront area with shops, seafood restaurants, street performers, and attractions like Pier 39, known for its sea lions.

  • Lombard Street: Often called the "Crookedest Street in the World," Lombard Street features a steep, winding section with beautiful gardens and a view of the city.

  • Chinatown: Explore the oldest and one of the most vibrant Chinatowns in North America. It offers markets, restaurants, and cultural experiences.

  • Cable Cars: Take a ride on San Francisco's iconic cable cars for a classic and scenic tour of the city's hills and streets.

  • Palace of Fine Arts: A stunning structure in the Marina District, featuring a rotunda and lagoon, great for photography and leisurely walks.

     Note : Remember to check the opening hours and any specific requirements for attractions due to the possibility of changes in schedules or restrictions.

    The city's allure lies not only in its stunning vistas and vibrant atmosphere but also in its reputation as a hub of progressive thought and social  change, making it an enduring symbol of creativity and free-spirited individualism.





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New York City, a canvas of romance and excitement, unveiled its charm before my very eyes, promising an unforgettable journey      through its bustling streets and timeless beauty.


As I stepped into the heart of New York City for the very first time, I found myself enveloped in a vibrant symphony of urban grandeur. The city welcomed me with a kaleidoscope of sights and sounds that seemed to dance harmoniously amid the bustling streets. Towering skyscrapers reached for the sky, their reflective surfaces capturing the spirit of a city that never sleeps.

The air was filled with the energetic pulse of a metropolis alive with possibilities. The aroma of freshly brewed coffee mixed with the scent of anticipation, creating an intoxicating blend that whispered promises of adventure and discovery. The rhythm of the city was palpable, beating in sync with the dreams and aspirations of the millions who call this iconic place home.

In the heart of the world, beneath the canopy of a thousand twinkling lights, lies a city that breathes poetry—a metropolis that echoes with the rhythm of countless beating hearts. New York, a realm where love finds its place amidst the towering skyscrapers, the serenade of honking taxis, and the symphony of bustling streets.

As dusk descends, the city transforms into an enchanting dreamscape. The skyline, adorned with a tapestry of illuminated buildings, resembles a galaxy born of human ambition and creative prowess. The city pulses with an energy that ignites passion, mirrored in the vibrant arts scene, the dazzling Broadway shows, and the intimate jazz clubs that hum with melodies of love and desire. From the intimate cafés in Greenwich Village to the panoramic views atop the High Line, every corner of this city resonates with the symphony of love—expressed in whispered promises, stolen glances, and embraces against the city's breathtaking panorama.

New York, a labyrinth of diverse neighbourhoods, each with its own personality and allure, invites to explore, discover, and create our own story within the city's narrative. The twinkling city lights, the architectural marvels, and the vibrant cultural tapestry all blend into the magic of romance in the city that never sleeps.

Get Inspired.

Let these snapshots be your invitation to set off on your own American adventure, to witness and capture moments that will linger in your memory for a lifetime. Welcome to my visual love letter to the land of opportunity and endless exploration—welcome to America.

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