I don’t think I’ve ever visited somewhere that inspired a stronger sense of horrible and isolation as the place I visited today. The fact that it started out as a school makes it all the more chilling. It is formally know as Tuol Sleng, b ...by dcampSaturday, 28 July 2012
The London Eye is a fantastic way to get your bearings in London when you first arrive. At nearly over 400 feet in height, you get a bird's eye view of everything that the city has to offer. They say it's the tallest Ferris wheel in Europe - and I c ...by jprescotSunday, 20 January 2013
The flight over from NYC was a long one and I wondered if it was worth it? Malaysia was a mystery to me before I went there. Was it modern? Or was it backwards? Was it exotic? Was it safe? Was it clean? Was it like Singapore? ...by tcovenantSaturday, 28 July 2012
Traveling around this awesome planet, I've seen great and gorgeous sites and vistas - and some bad - but what has lingered in my mind's eye is gorgeous sunsets that I have seen and documented with photos. As the sun dips below the horizon bidding its ...by foamfollowerMonday, 26 November 2012
"Bright lights, big city" that's a term often used to refer to New York City. But I personally think that title has been captured by Las Vegas, Nevada. The city is awash in light. Heck, they built the Hoover Dam just to power the city up! ...by tcovenantTuesday, 30 October 2012
Most people from around the world automatically think of warm sun, golden beaches and good times when they think of Australia – and for the most part they’re right on the money. However, Australia does have a different side – a wild side where ...by dcampSunday, 21 October 2012
So, I have "hopped" around the world, and although I've seen gorgeous things (including women ) everywhere, there is very few places that can compete with the Animals found in Africa. I saw a lot of wildlife while visiting Kenya (big and small). The ...by foamfollowerThursday, 26 July 2012
So, I made my way down Malaysia to its Southern tip, crossed the Johor Straits and made it over to Singapore. While it is similar to its neighbor in many ways, in other ways it exceeds it. I don’t want to compare the two, but Singapore is impres ...by tcovenantMonday, 30 July 2012
It's hard to really understand how the Sydney Opera House has become such a famous icon. First off, it's not really a very attractive building. But then again, it is unique. Secondly, it wasn't even designed by an Australian. Then again, neither ...by dcampMonday, 02 July 2012
No trip to NYC can ever be called complete without a trip to the city’s most famous (and iconic) building – the Empire State Building. Completed in 1931, it stood as the tallest building in the world for over 40 years and is widely hailed as on ...by tcabotSaturday, 02 February 2013
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No trip to NYC can ever be called complete without a trip to the city’s most famous (and iconic) building – the Empire State Building. Completed in 1931, it stood as the tallest building in the world for over 40 years and is widely hailed as one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World. Even though it has now been surpassed as the tallest building in NYC (by the new One World Trade Center) its impact has remained undiminished. The simple fact is that the Empire State Building will never play second fiddle in the skyscraper stakes for it has transcended into something more, something cultural, something inspiring and something that represents everything great about NYC.
From miles away, as you approach the city, you’ll be able to pick out its towering spire that has become synonymous with the New York City skyline. However, there’s something that you’ve probably noticed, but never given much thought to – the fact that virtually every time you gaze upon the Empire State Building, it’s shaded in a different wash of color.
This tradition of lighting up the top of the building at night with floodlights started in 1964, and since this time has marked a variety of events including the 80th birthday of “Old Blue Eyes” (Frank Sinatra), when it was bathed in blue light to the royal colors of Purple and Gold to thank the UK for playing the Star Spangled Banner during the Changing of the Guard Ceremony following the September 11 attacks.
The London Eye is a fantastic way to get your bearings in London when you first arrive. At nearly over 400 feet in height, you get a bird's eye view of everything that the city has to offer. They say it's the tallest Ferris wheel in Europe - and I can believe it! (I've heard rumors that NYC wants to build a bigger one - that's going on my bucket list if it's ever made.)
The tickets were a bit pricey at nearly £20 - and nearly twice as much if you want priority boarding. For the price, you get 30 minutes in one of the capsules that hold about 25 people. You can ride the Ferris wheel at day or night. I chose the day and needless to say, I was impressed. The capsule revolves at a fairly sedate pace and takes 1/2 hour to make one complete revolution. You get sweeping views of the Thames, St. James Park, Parliament, and, of course, Big Ben. Oh, yes, if you look closely, you'll spot Buckingham Palace too. There are also interactive touchscreen guides within the capsule, a fairly recent addition from what I've heard.
You receive a discount if you book online and they offer a host of different experiences that revolve around the Eye, including a mulled wine experience, chocolate tasting and even champagne and canapés – for an additional price, of course.
Traveling around this awesome planet, I've seen great and gorgeous sites and vistas - and some bad - but what has lingered in my mind's eye is gorgeous sunsets that I have seen and documented with photos. As the sun dips below the horizon bidding its last hurrah, the colors that it casts are often as varied as the colors in the rainbow.
Golden sunsets are the most common; I've seen them from Bora Bora to Bangkok; but there are other shades that are not as common, but equally breathtaking. There was the purple sunset I saw on the shores of Lake Bikal (the world's oldest lake) in vast Siberia. How I ended up there is a story in itself - perhaps the subject of a separate blog :) Baikal is 25 million years old and nearly 750 meters deep; and beneath its depths there is only darkness. But I wondered if the fish were compelled to the surface to witness the glorious heavens up above? Maybe that's why creatures crawled out of the sea and took their first steps onto land - perhaps to see the sunset? Hmm...
Not to be outdone by Baikal were the silver sunsets along the fjords of Norway. The frigid temperatures seemed to swallow up all bright colours, leaving a gorgeous silver patina over the rippling waves of the North Sea. I recall shivering in my parka for a long time, transfixed by the sinking sun... but I couldn't turn away until night had fallen. But just as the sun waved goodbye, there appeared the silhouette of a great ship on the horizon with broad sails and a prow carved like a dragon – was that a Viking ship or just my imagination? :)
"Bright lights, big city" that's a term often used to refer to New York City. But I personally think that title has been captured by Las Vegas, Nevada. The city is awash in light. Heck, they built the Hoover Dam just to power the city up! It's also the "city that never sleeps". You won't find a single clock in a casino... and time doesn't really matter. It's a 24-hour town.
When I disemabrked off the plane at McCarren Airport - a hop, skip and a jump away from the casinos - before I even had a chance to claim my baggage, I was already playing the "one-armed bandit" as they call it. The airport actually has slot machines!
Eventually, I made it to my hotel room at the Luxor without losing my shirt, jet lagged and in sorely in need of sleep. I collapsed onto the bed, slept for several hours, took a quick shower, dressed and then stepped out into the night to explore the neon jungle of Vegas...
Most people from around the world automatically think of warm sun, golden beaches and good times when they think of Australia – and for the most part they’re right on the money. However, Australia does have a different side – a wild side where you can experience winter snows and some of the world’s most pristine and rugged forest scenery.
Can you hazard a guess? I’ll make it easy for you – I’m talking about Tasmania.
I’ve come here in the heart of winter for work and managed to snatch a few hours to check out the site of perhaps Australia’s most historic capital - Hobart. It’s not far from here that one of Australia’s first penal colonies was established on what was once known as Van Diemen’s land.
So, I made my way down Malaysia to its Southern tip, crossed the Johor Straits and made it over to Singapore. While it is similar to its neighbor in many ways, in other ways it exceeds it. I don’t want to compare the two, but Singapore is impressive. It’s a port, financial center, a cosmopolitan city and a shangri la of food! The great thing about my trip there was that there was so much to see — and I didn’t have to go very far.
Yeah, we’ve all heard about not being allowed to chew gum and that American kid who was caned years ago for vandalizing cars, so you would think it’s squeaky clean. Yeah, it’s clean… but squeaky no. I actually saw some litter in a park and some on the streets!
But back to what I saw — besides a wee bit of litter — there’s a lot of diverse neighborhoods in this checkerboard of a city. Besides Sentosa Island, which tops my list of sites to visit, of course, you have to visit Singpore's various ethnic neighborhoods. You've got a Chinatown — most of the inhabitants are of Chinese decent -- but there’s an Arab section, as well as an Indian one. The definite must see in the Indian neighborhood is Mustafa Market. That place takes up at least a entire block, is several stories tall and packed — I mean packed — with every kind of product you can think of. You can find gold to galoshes and everything in between, including a money exchanger. I’ve never seen a shopping center so diverse! But while some things are priced reasonably, I think electronics are a little pricey, when compared to US prices at least. (lol they actually make so much of the electronics next door in Malaysia, so you would think they would be cheaper, right? Nope.)