I love discovering new areas around places I am familiar with. It always amazes me how it is possible to find hidden gems in our local surroundings we thought we knew every corner of. Last week when I was back in my hometown of Bradenton, Florida I found one of these great hidden spots (hidden to me at least!) and was totally surprised at what I found. An Artsy little village, filled with small galleries and cafes…Village of the Arts.
After hearing rave reviews from a friend of mine, last weekend I decided it was time to see another part of Germany and visit Berlin. The city is much more spread out than Munich and doesn’t particularly revolve around one center. Each neighborhood (or Kiez in German) has it’s own hub and unique character. After riding all over the place, I definitely settled that my favorite area of Berlin was Friedrichshain, and even more specifically, Simon-Dach-Kiez.
Germans and Americans alike are all very familiar with Orlando. Micky Mouse, theme parks, large hotels, and dinner theaters often come to mind when this city is mentioned. All that is great in it’s own way, but I was pleasantly surprised to see Orlando has another side, an artsy, mom and pop, cobblestone street, vintage side….a side I find much more intriguing.