United States

John F. Kennedy International Airport

John F. Kennedy International Airport (IATA: JFK, ICAO: KJFK, FAA LID: JFK) is a major international airport located near South Ozone Park in the borough of Queens in New York City, United States, 12 miles (20 km) southeast of Lower Manhattan. It is the busiest international air passenger gateway into the United States, the fifth busiest airport in the United States and the busiest...

The Empire State Building & Observation Deck Tour

OK, this finally is off from my bucket list. Here is the tip I would give to myself - buy "skip the lines" tickets to avoid long hours waiting in the lanes.  it started to remind me my dear Georgia after the second hour of waiting in the lanes and hugging with Italian family to sing Bella Ciao. Amazing. Paid a visit to the Empire State Building, January 5, 2017 The Empire State Building is a 102-story skyscraper located on Fifth Avenue between West 33rd...

INNSIDE New York NoMad Hotel Review

From the footsteps of mount Kazbegi in Rooms Hotel (Georgia) to the footsteps of the Empire State Building in New York city - that's how I could describe in short our hotel choice during the holiday season of 2016/2017 We booked Hotel Innside by Melia in New York city after our return from Philadelphia, for a 4 day sat and paid about USD 600. This sophisticated hotel in the NoMad neighborhood of Manhattan features on-site luxury dining and contemporary accommodations. Madison Square...

La Quinta Inn & Suites Secaucus Meadowlands

La Quinta Inn & Suites Secaucus Meadowlands was our first hotel in United States, during our latest trip here. We booked this hotel as a secret deal on hotwire, as we wanted to get a reasonable price for a hotel with easy access to the Manhattan, New York city. Our booking price was about USD 140 per night here. Once our reservation was confirmed, it turned out to be located in the New Jersey, we paid for a limo service about $140 to get here from JFK airport, after a long flight, see:...

How To Open A Bank Account in U.S., As A Non-resident Non - citizen, Wells Fargo Bank

Long story short - after the long and painful check operations, originally sent from the U.S., and redemption in Georgia (or probably in any country except USA), which takes at least some 40 working days and huge bank fees for check procedures - I decided enough is enough, I'm going to the United States and I will open a bank account there, in order to receive direct payments to my bank account instead of checks. Yes, there are companies in U.S. which sends checks instead of direct payments...

Central Park, New York City

Central Park is an urban park in Manhattan, New York City. Central Park is the most visited urban park in the United States, with about 40 million visitors yearly, also it's one of the most filmed locations in the world. Central Park should be on every travelers, going to the NYC, bucket list, I first visited it in the Spring 2012, and was really amazed of an elegant urban/nature solutions in the middle of... New York. At the end of 2016 I had a chance...

Travel To The United States Without Visa - Visa Waiver Program / ESTA

Citizens or nationals of select 38 countries and territories (see list bellow) are eligible to travel visa free to the United States of America under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP). In total I have traveled three times to the United States and all three times I have entered the US using VWP. Just recently I traveled for the third time to the US and I had to renew (apply for new) ESTA In this article I will list information on how to obtain ESTA online and how much it actually costs. If...

Median Household Income in US by State 2014

After reviewing minimum and average salaries in member states of European Union, I decided to take a look on US average wages -  and compare all 50 American States + D.C. It was easier to come up with idea than actually get data, as it turns out in US they prefer more count household income rather per-capita. So the closest data I found worth of comparing - median household income. Which, basically means following - Median income is the amount that divides the income...

New Orleans - Most Unique in United States

I'm continuing to summarize my memories from my latest trip to US back in Summer of 2013. Finally we have arrived at the city I probably like a lot - New Orleans. City of alternative cuisine, Jazz birthplace a lot of Voodoo and ... most interesting emotions from US. Although we spent some week or even more here, we actually settled in a another much smaller and much quiet town of Gretna. We did spent our nights at Gretna while our days were spent in New Orleans. Palm Tree in New...

Walking Around Downtown Atlanta, GA

We enjoyed our stay in Downtown Atlanta for some 3 days (nights) back in Summer 2013. During our short 3 days stay here we visited World of Coca Cola Museum and CNN Center and did a lot of walking around city.  As well I took a few pictures in Downtown Atlanta. Downtown Atlanta, GA Author of this blog captured at Rest in Downtown Atlanta Cyclists in Downtown Atlanta Seems Atlanta is cyclist friendly city and that is a good reason to return here. Hard Rock cafe in Downtown Atlanta...

Inside CNN Studio Tour at CNN Center in Atlanta, Ga

Turns out that Atlanta, GA is home not only for World of Coca Cola museum, but this city also hosts a CNN Center and you can actually book an inside tour here: The Inside CNN Studio Tour is a 50-minute walking tour that descends 8 flights of stairs. Elevator assisted tours are available at 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., and 4:30 p.m. These tours tend to sell out quickly so reservations are highly recommended.  Pricing: Inside CNN Atlanta offers a once-in-a-lifetime view of the global...

World of Coca Cola Museum in Atlanta, GA

It was a damned hot day when we arrived to Atlanta, Georgia. After a few hour rest in our motel we decided to explore what's interesting nearby our location, and turned out that museum "World of Coca Cola" were among the closest tourist attractions. So we started to walk (don't walk when it's + 108 Fahrenheit outside). And here you go - some pictures back from 2013. World of Coca Cola Museum in Atlanta, Georgia Aquarium at World of Coca Cola View to Down Town Atlanta World of Coca Cola...

Thunderstorm in Downtown Knoxville, Tennessee

We stayed in Knoxville for some 3 nights, since our motel was located pretty far away from Downtown Knoxville we traveled here by Public Transport (for a surprise they have a one). Since we didn't know much  (except Megabus is heading here) about Knoxville, we opened Wikipedia and learnt that a World's Fair has been held here in 1982. We decided to take a closer look of Downtown Knoxville and here is what we got:  Thunderstorm in Down town Knoxville Author of this blog hiding...

Quaker Steak & Lube in Knoxville, Tennessee

Seems this place is closed for now, but back in 2013 we found it our second favorite place in US (after Chikie's & Pete's in Bordentown). Quaker Steak & Lube was located closely to our motel and when we went here, we were just impressed. Quaker Steak and Lube in Knoxville Live performance at Quaker Steak and Lube in Knoxville Bike Night 2013 Tables at Quaker Steak & Lube in Knoxville Author of this blog eating pork ribs The Bottom Line It would be sad to learn that this...

Washington D.C. (Super Moon & Spending Night With Homeless People)

What seemed to be one of the most interesting travel experiences turned out to be the worst travel experience and that happened in Washington D.C. back in summer of 2013 (I can actually recall it was June 22). While back in Georgia we had negotiated an accommodation in Washington D.C. using coach surfing - our host didn't showed up and since it was late night we stayed on street. We have never tried coach surfing again. Well, I agree we could book a hotel, but since we arrived late...

Streets of Philadelphia

From my travel notes to the United States back in 2013. Just as from the World famous Bruce Springsteen song, we too experienced this lovely phenomena  called - streets of Philadelphia. Update: I wish I was a better photographer back then, as all of the photos from that trip were taken using my old Sony DSC camera, and ... let's say they didn't pop out. Some three years latter, by writing an article on Geghard monastery in Armenia, I remembered Philly....

Manhattan - Island of Many Hills

Today by overlooking some old photos (taken in Summer 2013) I found some epic pictures back from my travels to United States, so I decided to add some photos I have taken there on my blog - and today I will add Manhattan.  It was interesting for me to learn that "Manhattan" can be translated as "Island of many hills" from the Lenape (Unami) language. I didn't noticed many hills there, but a lot of skyscrapers instead. Street musician in Manhattan's subway It is interesting to...

Staten Island Ferry - Free Tourist Attraction in New York City

In case you are looking for a budget friendly and interesting activities in New York - try a free of charge ferry service connecting Manhattan with Staten Island. You won't find much interesting in Staten Island (although you can rent a much cheaper apartments here like in downtown New York), but you will definitely enjoy views offered from ferries deck, best way to see Liberty Statue for free? - Staten Island Ferry! Staten Island Ferry View to Manhattan Staten Islands Ferry's deck is a...

Brighton Beach - Russian Speaking Neighbourhood in Brooklyn

Last time I visited Brighton Beach back in Summer of 2013 and I even stayed overnight here in some Russian owned apartments. Well actually that's the main reason we headed here - it was already late evening and we were sitting at Strabucks next to Central Park waiting for a host we had previously spoken on coachsurfing, but since the host was not responding anymore we decided to catch a last subway and go to the Russians. Quickly we were in Brighton Beach, we headed to some Russian...

Bordentown - Home For Funerals

With this post I'm starting my latest United States travel notes I made back in Summer of 2013. It has been a while already, but today overlooking some old photos I did find some epic pictures from United States, and I will start with a quiet and a bit strange small town in New Jersey - Bordentown. Why I'm calling this place a little bit strange? As we learned later - Bordentown is home for Funerals. If I remember correct we arrived here from New York's Penn Station with train, actually...

Dallas-Houston first high-speed rail in United States by 2021

Back in 2013 we made an Epic journey though United States, it all started at JFK Airport (NYC) and ended in Houston, TX, though we had plans to cross the continent and reach the West Coast, it didn't happened - for two simple reasons: 1) We travelled cheap using Megabus company 2) We were sick and tired of such travels after one month. Let me explain - Megabus is a great alternative for budget travellers - we spent about $200 to reach Houston (we had a nice stops at D.C; Knoxville, TN;...

Top 10 Largest Countries by GDP 2013

Last year I started pay more attention to the TOP 10 largest economies in the World by terms of Gross Domestic Product. It's time to compare them again. Gross Domestic Product in TOP 10 Largest Economies 2013 Rank Country 2012 2013 Growth bln $ Growth % 1 United States 16,244 16,800 556 3.42 2 China 8,229 9,240 1,011 12.28 3 Japan 5,937 4,901 -1,036 -17.44 4 Germany 3,425...

GDP in European Union 2013

European Union if looked at it as a whole solid brick economy - could be named as a Worlds largest economy by GDP. But European Union still consists of 28 independent countries. I won't discuss in this article about  - are they really independent, or how dependent National Parliaments are on Brussels,  but I will look at GDP in each country in European Union.GDP in European Union 2013 2012 $ (bln)2013 $ (bln)Growth $ (mln)Growth %% of Total GDPGermany3425.953634.82208.876....

Many political leaders wont attend Sochi Olympic games

Russia is getting more and more pressure, and it seems Russia's ego will be undermined next year at Sochi Olymics.First, German president announced , he wont attend Sochi, then White House informed that Barack Obama, wont be there, and now Frances president is informing he wont attend.Well - it's not a biggy on one hand - it doesn't mean Olymipc teams of these countries wont attend. On other hand, as I said - Russia is getting more and more pressure.  And I'm sure that after Olympics...