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Unpacked 2020

Unpacked 2020

I’m happy to share that like last year, Samsung Austria once again invited me to their Unpacked 2020 event in San Francisco. This year, the UNPACKED 2020 event took place in a venue located right next to the Palace of Fine Arts, one of my favourite spots in Frisco. During the event, Samsung presented their new innovative devices such as the Galaxy Z flip, the Galaxy S20, and the Galaxy Buds+ etc.

Unpacked 2020

Since I have been a long time Galaxy fan, I feel lucky for being one of the early participants who got to see first hand, Samsung’s new devices that will change the shape of the future. If you wish to have a look at the Unpacked 2020 Event, you can watch it here.

Unpacked 2020

After the Unpacked Event, we enjoyed a delicious lunch at Media Noche. Then we all headed to the Galaxy Creators Lounge. Samsung set up a creative space with several photography booths that gave us the opportunity to create photos using the new Samsung devices. That was a lot of fun, I have to say. We spent several hours in the Galaxy Creators Lounge and then went for dinner at a sushi place.

Both events were held during the first day of my trip in San Francisco. We had two more days to explore the city, walk around, visit cute cafes and restaurants and of course, take pictures and test the camera of the Galaxy S20.

Samsung galaxy trip to San Francisco

The photos that you see in this blog post were taken by the talented, San Francisco based, Viceth Vong. He was invited by Samsung to join us for a photo walk and to show us his favorite spots in the city. Of course we had the master himself take a few pics of us while we were testing the camera of the Galaxy S20 and the camera of the Galaxy Z flip. If you wish to have a look at the photos that we took with the S20, please click here.

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Now, if you’d like my honest opinion on both of these mobile devices, I’d be glad to tell you. I think that the Galaxy Z flip is a statement smartphone, a smartphone that will catch everyone’s attention. It’s a playful premium device with a smooth, sleek and symmetrical design. However, if I am out there in the market, looking for a high resolution mobile camera that will perform at its best under every condition, then I’d go for the Galaxy S20.

If you’d like to get an exclusive Galaxy S20 pre-order offer, please click here. This offer is valid is valid until the 8th of March.

Samsung galaxy trip to San Francisco

Samsung galaxy trip to San Francisco

As of this week, I am a happy owner of a Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G. I’m so excited for all the photos that will be captured #WithGalaxy during my trip in Bali that begun this week. Follow this hashtag or alternatively, follow me on Instagram : )

Samsung galaxy trip to San Francisco

Whenever I am presented with the opportunity to participate in a #withgalaxy trip, I jump on it! So far, I’ve traveled with @samsungaustria to quite a few places around the world: Paris, London, NYC, Ibiza, Romania and twice to San Francisco. We love making thousands of unforgettable #withgalaxy moments around the world together!

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Disclosure: This blog post is in collaboration with Samsung Austria.

San Francisco

San Francisco

Some places on this planet seems to be so far away, so unattainable, and the chance to visit them seems even more impossible….

Until it happens. Read on, if you want to know, how I ended up in San Francisco!

San Francisco

I was invited to San Francisco by Samsung Austria to attend the Unpacked Event and to celebrate 10 Years Galaxy with the release of the Samsung Galaxy S10. The Unpacked event took place at San Francisco’s Bill Graham Civic Auditorium and the evening party took place at the amazing terrace bar of The Proper Hotel.

I am not the best person to explain each and every new tech feature. What I can say with certainty is that there are two features that excite me particularly in the new Samsung Galaxy: first, the ultra wide angle lens (oh, yes!) and the partnership of Samsung with Instagram for the best Instagram experience on a smartphone. Exciting? For more informations, please have a look here.

San Francisco

In this blog post, I’d like to share with you a couple of photos I took during my stay in San Francisco, as well as a few city tips for food, coffee and cake.

San Francisco

I spent the first three days alone, going up and down the hills! It helped me a lot, that I had done online research for the city before I left Vienna. I can say, I was very well prepared and ready to discover San Francisco on my own. I suggest you to do the same, if you plan to head to a city for the first time alone.

San Francisco

Although my first three solo days were nicely spent, I was looking forward to spending the coming days with the good company of Nina and Greg (#TeamGalaxy from Austria)

San Francisco

What I loved about San Francisco: The architecture of the houses. All the cafes and restaurants that we visited. Pier 7. The sea lions. The area around the Palace of Fine Arts. What I liked less about San Francisco: Downtown San Francisco. The homeless people in the city center. Fisherman’s wharf area. The high prices of nearly everything.

San Francisco

Here is a list of the restaurants and the cafes that we visited and fell in love with:

Mr. Holmes Bakehouse / The riddlers / Petit crenn / Sightglass / Le marais bakery / Rose’s cafe / Media noche / Dandelion chocolate

San Francisco

I loved San Francisco. It wasn’t love at first sight though. It took me a while. Once you get to know the city better, you get to realise how pretty it is. And in order to get to know the city better, you have to get out of Downtown San Francisco. Explore the area around the Painted ladies, the area around the Palace of Fine Arts, Baker beach, Battery Spencer etc…

San Francisco

I have always find it hard to find the right words to describe beautiful things, places and experiences in life. Because when it comes to beautiful places/experiences, words become useless and poor. You have to go and see the view from Battery Spencer yourself, in order to understand what I’am talking about. Definetely a view that will never get out of my mind.

San Francisco

So far, I’ve traveled with @samsungaustria to quite a few places around the world: Paris, London, NYC, Ibiza and now San Francisco. We love making thousand unforgettable #samsunggalaxy moments around the world together!

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NYC

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That I would find myself in NYC at the beginning of March…not even in my craziest dreams! But then again, reality often surprises us pleasantly when you expect it least and often surpasses our craziest dreams.

This was my second time in NYC. A couple of years ago, a friend of mine and I booked tickets to discover The Big Apple. We spent one week doing sightseeing. We literally saw everything in Manhattan by walking down all the streets and avenues. In order to feed our curiosity, we even went to Brooklyn and Astoria because we never knew if we would ever have the chance again to come back.

Back then, I was the typical tourist doing all the touristy stuff and Instagram didn’t exist.

NYC

This time, I visited NYC with Samsung Austria for their new QLED TV launch event. It was a completely different experience. Samsung Austria always plan the coolest things. How do I know that? You may remember that last year I also travelled with Samsung Austria to London and Paris. Therefore I was more than happy to join the team once more and jumped on a plane to JFK airport that very Saturday morning.

I decided to fly to NYC three days before the Press event began. The first three photos were taken at Hannah’s apartment, the place where I stayed the first two nights. I never thought that I would ever have the chance to stay in an apartment in Manhattan. I don’t know why exactly but I felt like that this could only happen in the movies and not in real life.

I spent the weekend with Hannah and her family, and also met Reed and his friends. I couldn’t have asked for a better welcome in NYC. I also enjoyed a little me time and went for a walk on my own on the Brooklyn Bridge and then back to the hotel on foot.

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On the first day of the press trip, Samsung took us on a boat tour on the Hudson river. Right after that, we visited the Samsung 837 Flagship Store in the Meatpacking District in Manhattan where we spent about one hour trying out virtual reality. We took part in interactive art installations, and saw a larger-than-life, three-story screen. It was actually a space where they show you how to do more than you thought possible using the Samsung devices. It’s a really impressive space that I would recommend you visit if you find yourself in Manhattan.

On the second day of the press trip we headed to the American Stock Exchange Building for The First Look Event. Through a keynote and various presentations, we found out that Samsung QLED TV was made for more than simply watching. Samsung aim to provide various TV experiences, tailored to diverse lifestyles so that every moment spent at home is a new adventure. For more details, please check this link here.

NYC

Maybe it’s not fair to compare and say this, but if I want to be completely honest with you I liked my second visit to NYC a little bit more than my first. Remember, it’s never the place itself, it’s always the people you meet and spend time with that make the trip so special.

From a photography point of view, NYC was overwhelming and trying to create quality content to feed the TVG photography blog, the IG account and the IG stories was quite challenging. As a result, there are not so many photos here. But you can find more, as always on Instagram.

NYC

Here is a list of the restaurants and cafes that I visited and fell in love with this time:

Cecconi’s Dumbo New York / Crosby Street Hotel / Sadelle’s / Morgenstern’s ice cream parlor/ Freemans Restaurant / Cha Cha Matcha / Supermoon Bakehouse / Keens steakhouseThe Butcher’s Daughter / The Standard Grill / The bar room at the Temple Court

Now that I found my favorite spots in the city (and got a little bit addicted to them)…can we please go back? My mind is seriously playing with the idea of attending a Photoshop course in Manhattan

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So, this is my third blog post for my travel in Miami. I spent one day in South Beach Miami. I walked along the beach from the 23rd street to South Pointe Park Pier. It was one hour walk and back, each way. I encountered gulls on my way, saw a photo shooting happening in real time, talked to people, and gathered sea shells as souvenirs.

The day I took those photos I had to deal with strong wind. Unfortunately it was so windy and I couldn’t swim in the ocean because of the waves, although I have longed for it so much. And I got unexpected sunburn on my face and shoulders. I said unexpected because it was partly cloudy and I was so naive, believing that this cannot happen in October but in Miami it can. As for the photos, I didn’t have the complete control of the situation because the sunlight was very strong and I could hardly see the screen of my camera…But none of those was a problem as we were in South Beach Miami feeling good and that was all that matters! It’s so nice to be young and free and travel but you need a bit of luck to meet nice people on the way… I was lucky enough and met very nice people in Miami.♥

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Before I got to Miami, I did a research on Google for Miami travel tips of bloggers who reside in the city and I hardly found something. So, here are a few travel tips, based on my experiences in the city, for those who are going to visit Miami:

1. The most romantic place I visited in Miami was Vizcaya museum and gardens. I can imagine hundreds of photo shootings taking place here.

2. Go to Le Sandwicherie for fresh yummy huge sandwiches. I loved it and went twice.

3. Explore Miami Beach on two wheels. There are city bikes to rent and many hotels give them to their guests for free. Miami beach is a bike friendly area with not much traffic, unless you go to the avenues which are more crowded, and many bike lanes. Moreover, it’s hard to see everything on foot, so the smartest way to explore Miami Beach is by bicycle.

4. In Miami Beach don’t visit only the touristic parts like Ocean Drive and Lincoln road. Go and check the side streets.

5. One of my favorite parts of South Beach Miami was hands down Española Way. If you go there, you will understand why!

6. When it comes to art, go to The Wynwood Walls and PAMM Museum.

7. Apart from Miami Beach, check out those neighborhoods: Downtown Miami, Brickell city centre, Coral Gables, Little Havana art district, Coconut Grove.

8. What I dreamt of is having a helicopter tour above the city but it wasn’t possible…next time.

9. I loved the italian dinner at Cibo.

10. Check out Everglades National Park.


Note: the photos above were taken at Vizcaya Museum & Gardens and at The Setai Hotel.

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