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WTC Transportation Hub

Although I visited the new World Trade center "Oculus" a few months back, I didn't get a chance to edit a few photos till recently. There's always more photos to edit, more trips planned (I'm not complaining though!). Anyways, here's a quick glimpse at the stunning architecture.

Also, here's a "behind the scenes" shot of what it's ACTUALLY like in the age of Instagram.

All images shot with the Leica T and 23mm lens.

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24 Hours in San Francisco

Although my wife and I were back in the Bay Area for 5 days, we often stay with our families who live about 30 minutes outside of the city. Because of this, we try to make sure to stay in the city for a night. This way, we can see our friends, eat at some of our favorite places, and generally not worry about having to head out of the city.

This time, we stayed at the Hotel Carlton in lower Nob Hill. The location is excellent, you're smack in the center of SF, with great places to walk to, or plenty of transportation options. Each JDV Hotel has a different personality, and the Hotel Carlton had a playful SF meets Morocco kind of vibe to it. I'm a sucker for bright colors so I ate it up.

We had a lovely evening, though we arrived late and missed the complimentary wine happy hour - damn! The next day, we spent a lazy morning lounging in the king sized bed watching TV and enjoying the city view. We briefly got out of bed to get a coffee and toast fix around the corner at one of our favorite nooks in the area, farm:table.

I had meetings to show work at a few agencies and magazines, which is always a fun way to mix in a little business and meet new faces. After that, it was time for a drink, and we met up with one of our best friends (and super talented photographer), Erin Conger.

Thanks for the good times, San Francisco! Back to NYC for now...

Special thank you to JDV Hotels for hosting us. All opinions are my own. All images shot on Leica T.

Personal, Travel

Exploring Puerto Rico, Part 1: San Juan

One of the many awesome things about living in New York is how easy it is to visit Puerto Rico. I don't know why, but it seems like plane flights are always dirt cheap and its status as a US territory makes things even easier. It's amazing that in the middle of a cold, NY winter you can hop a three hour flight and be in the Caribbean where your phone still works and everyone takes US dollars.

We spent our first day in Old San Juan, noted for it's colorful, colonial architecture, and giant military forts along the sea. We wandered the streets with no specific plan, stopping in coffee shops, saying hi to the alley cats, and enjoying the sea breeze.

My next post will focus on our next few days in between, but we spent the last day in the newer part of San Juan, Condado, where the luxury hotels tower over white sand beaches and the iguanas hang out with you poolside while you sip your piña coladas. Not a bad way to say goodbye!

Thanks to Leica for lending me the D-Lux camera for the trip. It was the perfect travel camera!

Stay tuned for tomorrow's post where we visited one of the top three beaches in the world!