Andreas Brokalakis

Traveling, hiking and photographing. That's the story! Apart from that I love food, good music and positive people who smile and laugh. Engineer by profession, photographer by heart. Currently located in the island of Crete, Greece.

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4 months ago

Hear the cracks

I dont think I can describe the experience in a comment. The sheer size of the glacier is unbelievable and the sounds from the movement of the ice and the breaking of pieces is thrilling - as if you are witnessing an earthquake!

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4 months ago

Very interesting but opt for a true ice hike on a glacier

The proposed activity is indeed very interesting and for people who are not familiar (or simply dont want to) with hiking, it is great. Not easy to witness a glacier otherwise. But I would definitely recommend for a true ice hiking experience on a glacier.

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4 months ago

Hard to describe

The field is a landscape that is hard to describe, though simply unique to experience. Often overlooked by people (when we visited the place only a handful of other people were there), it is very impressive and makes you feel as if you are walking on another planet.

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4 months ago

Unforgettable experience

I have visited only the upper Antelope canyon and can attest that it is something that you should at least once in your life see with your own eyes. Since you can only visit the canyon with a guide or tour company, it is really easy to access and safe. However this is also the downside, as visiting in groups leads to a very crowded situation inside the narrow canyon making it hard to really enjoy the marvel of the nature. If I am not mistaken, tours can be organised in more private fashion with the aim of photography, but they can be quite more expensive and also may require more planning (i.e. booking several days earlier).

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4 months ago

A wonder of nature

The slot canyons are simply amazing and definitely worth a visit. As you will be going there in escort from a local tour company it is also generally safe and easy. If you are into photography, I think it is really worthy to check on the time of the visit to the canyon, as the sun light can make the experience and imagery inside the narrow walls stunning.

Great spot, quite crowded though

This is a spot of amazing view and even if you are not into photography, you should stop and take a moment to grasp the beauty of the landscape. Unfortunately, you wont be alone, as a lot of people stop to enjoy the vista and almost all try to grab a good photo. As such, it may require some patience.

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4 months ago

One of the best hikes

If you cannot do the "O" or "W" trek in Torres de Paine, then this is the hike that you should do. The whole trail is amazing, especially from the descent to the Chileno campground and then all the way to the Towers. Be aware that when I hiked the trail, the campground Chileno was open but the Torres campground was not. The last part of the hike to reach the Towers can be tiring, but it is well worth it and you should not give up as I saw many people on the trail.

The most famous part of the city

The overall area is the most iconic, picturesque and famous part of the city. Really enjoyed the walk and also the drive in this area

Touristic and not really something special

I think that of all the places I visited in SF, this was one of the most touristic and less interesting. Maybe it would be nicer if I visited with family and kids as there are a lot of activities that kids could enjoy. For others you may skip it and visit other attractions in the city.

Impressive landscape

The landscape is impressive both in the coastline and in the part of the park that is in the inland. We had the luck to visit the area when the weather was perfect, with clear sky and a beautiful sun, so this made all our imagery a feast to the eye. I would suggest that you do some research before visiting the place, as we realized that we only saw/hiked a tiny part of what we could actually do.

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4 months ago

A nice escape near Amsterdam

If you are visiting Amsterdam and consider a small gateway to the dutch countryside, combined with a visit to the famous wind mills, then this is a great option. Easily accessible and quite interesting. We actually has a tour inside one of the windmills and it was really interesting and I recommend it.

Unearthly landscape

The day we visited the lava fields the weather was really moody with lots of rain, dark clouds and heavy winds. This made the landscape look as place out of this earth leaving us speechless. It felt as if everything was burnt and then life found its way again. Really amazing.

Nice if you are in the area

We visited the lighthouse on a very windy day, so maybe this made the experience not a great one. Also it was near the end of our trip and having seen all the other amazing place in Iceland, this made little to no impression to us. So I would recommend to visit the lighthouse only if you are in the area, dont change your plans to go there just for the lighthouse.

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4 months ago

Amazing no matter how you slice it

You may have seen icebergs before, you may visit Jokulsarlon and find it full of tourists, but it just is amazing to be there. We visited the lake during sunset and the beautiful sun light created really impressive scenes and colors. The slow movement of the ice pieces was amazing and you could even see seals playing around and diving. Can't miss it if you go to Iceland!

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4 months ago

Impressive magnitude

The waterfalls are amazing and especially Dettifoss is mindblowing because of how immense it is. Access is very easy, though expect to get wet :)

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4 months ago

Absolutely amazing

The "-foss" in icelandic refers to waterfall. As we approached the waterfall, we chose to translate its name God-a-foss as the waterfall of the Gods. We just felt like this was appropriate from the majestic scenery that we witnessed. Our translation (to be expected) was not really accurate. One of the translations / etymologies of Godafoss is the waterfall of the goð - that is some pagan idols, and another the waterfall of goði - which is the title of a political-societal lord in Iceland. Other interpretations state that the name of the waterfall is related to the morphology of the landscape that is connected to certain pagan gods. Others (that maybe are less accurate, lack historic truth or are simply constructs of modern times) link the name of the waterfall with the establishment of Christianity in Iceland. According to the latter, in this waterfall people threw the statues of the old scandinavian gods and declared Christianity as the official religion.

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4 months ago

Santorini is amazing but overcrowded

Santorini is a victim of its own beauty, which is undisputable. However, for me, it does get overcrowded to the point of frustration. As such, I would strongly advise anyone willing to visit the island to avoid the highest touristic season and choose to go either early in spring or late September/early October. Prices will be much more sensible at that period as well. The OP suggested renting an ATV, which is a nice choice. I opted for a scooter and found it a lit bit more convenient, especially as it made parking far more easy. Renting a room with a view can be prohibitive for a lot of us (though amazing). Instead of staying though at a village in the inland, you can pay significantly less if you stay in Fira or one of the other places around the caldera, however at their inland facing parts. You wont have the vistas, but you will be in walking distance from the caldera and the famous alleys, so you get all those benefits. I would also suggest a visit to the active volcano and the famous wineries. Also at the archeological sites and museum.

Between two continents

Although the specific location is of great historical/political significance for Iceland (the national assembly of Iceland was founded there in 930AD and continued to operate there till 1798), for us as travelers the geological greatness of the place was what excited us. This is the peak of the middle-atlantic ridge - the border between the northamerican and eurasian tectonic plates and (I think) the only place where this is visible from us in the surface. Walking there, it was like being acrobat between the two continents - jump a little bit on the left and you are in america, a little bit on the right and you are in europe!

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5 months ago

Can't visit Paris without strolling at Siene

It is one of the things that you have to do while in Paris. I do agree with the other reviewers and the OP about taking some street food or baguette, cheese and wine and enjoying the walk. However I didn't find it the best thing I could do in Paris and felt much more closer to the vibe of the city when strolling around Marais or Monmartre.

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5 months ago

Lifetime experience

People generally think that the desert is a no man's land, hostile and dangerous. When I reached the place, I felt seduced and enchanted. It is beyond anything else I have seen in my life and the sunset and sunrise are simply magical. We stayed at a Berber settlement in the night and visited the sand dunes on the back of camels. Simply perfect.

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5 months ago

Especially interesting if you like street photography

I am not into shopping but I very much enjoy witnessing the city life of other cultures, especially as I like to photograph. In that context, the Marrakesh medina is an excellent place to be as it is full of life, colourful and full of experiences (if you let yourself be carried out). Compared to Fez, it is not as genuine or special, but on the other hand, it is far easier to walk without being carried out by an almost running crowd and people are generally more open and much more accepting in seeing you photographing here and there (especially if you try to photograph people). I enjoyed the street food as well and also the smells from the spices (though in some places they can be overwhelming). I totally agree with the OP that you should be prepared to walk a lot!

An amazing sunset and superb sunrise

We arrived in the area after a long drive and when we realized that we could camp there, it was a no brainer. The sunset was amazing by the lake, it was really peaceful with few people here and there and a perfect spot to just sit, relax, regroup and get ready for the rest of our journey. Some facilities like toilets were available, so this was also a bonus.

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5 months ago

One of the places I enjoyed most in Madrid

I visited Madrid during summer and the weather was definitely very warm. El Retiro proved to be an oasis of calmness and refreshment. Besides being a really interesting place to visit because of the different monuments and architecture, the boat ride we had was a very relaxing way to spend the afternoon and a joyful experience. Totally recommended.

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5 months ago

A best alternative to Blue Lagoon

An Icelander friends suggested to visit Myvatn instead of Blue Lagoon. We arrived there after a long day of activities and it was the best thing we could conceivably do! The place is amazing together with an extraordinary landscape around it. It was far cheaper than Blue Lagoon (that we ended up visited at the end of our trip), far less crowded and much better experience overall. Yes it is not as glamorous, however it provided a great relaxing experience. When we visited the place, there was a terrible wind and cold, so we just kept our faces outside of the hot water and after bathing we made sure that we had dried ourselves perfectly before leaving the cozy warm place and heading back to the freezing cold. Overall an unforgettable experience!