On my travels throughout the world, I've seen many, many great sites, met a lot of interesting people, and tasted lots of food (some good and some not so good.) Although I certainly am not a fruitarian, I do have a keen eye for fruit – and on my tra ...by neytiri12345Wednesday, 02 October 2013
My obsession with traveling around the world came from two primary sources – both books. The first was Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Vern and the second was A Vagabond Journey Around the World by Harry Franck. Both of these books made it abu ...by dcampMonday, 15 July 2013
Yes, I've been meaning to write a followup to my earlier blog post "Sunsets" – but, you know how things always get in the way... been busy travelling, you see... A personal goal of mine has been to see a sunrise on as many continents as possible, an ...by foamfollowerThursday, 25 July 2013
I think I must have been about 12 years old when I first started to seriously dream about traveling. It all started when I went with a friend to an enormous used book store (more like a barn) near my home in New Jersey. It was here that I came acro ...by dcampSaturday, 14 December 2013
Zoos are a place that we've all visited at one time or another. Some are good, some not so good. Well, over the weekend I cam across a place that made me look at the keeping of animals in a whole new light. It's called the Pearcedale Moonlit Sanct ...by dcampTuesday, 02 July 2013
When the travel bug first hit me I wrote down all of the places I wanted to visit in a 150 destination Global Bucket List. Who would have ever thought that this wouldn't end up being enough? You can find the list by reading my blog: A Tale of 2 Buck ...by dcampMonday, 14 October 2013
At one point or another everyone dreams about exploring the world and experiencing all that it has to offer. I first developed the travel bug when I was a young boy and its stuck with me for my whole life (and I'm not exactly a young boy anymore). ...by dcampFriday, 13 December 2013
“A journey of a thousand miles starts with one step” - Lao Tzu. Well, after months of planning I’ve finally taken that first step. Now I find myself in a foreign city on the first day of my Wanderjahr. Thankfully (due to smart planning) ...by dcampSaturday, 20 July 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.
Any visit to the Statue of Liberty is guaranteed to be interesting; after all it is one of the most famous icons in the world. For a change I decided to take the ferry from Liberty State Park on the New Jersey side. The statue can also be accessed just as easily from Battery Park at the southern tip of Manhattan Island. I’ve made the trip from the NY side several times in the past and decided to get a glimpse from a slightly different perspective this time around.
The trip to the statue takes about 30 minutes over flat, still waters – longer if it’s rough. The green tint of the statue’s oxidized copper shell is unmistakeable and visible from an amazing distance. As you draw closer to Liberty Island the size of the statue becomes clearer and you realize what a feat it had been for the French to construct it, transport it across the Atlantic and then have it reassembled in its present location – all-in-all quite a gift. Perhaps we don’t give the French enough credit, although I don’t know if I’d say that too loudly.
I did the mandatory climb up to the crown to experience the amazing views over the Hudson River, all the way to Manhattan Island. If you are planning a trip to NYC this has to be at the top of your ‘must do’ list. It is the classic NY experience, along with visiting the Empire State Building and Times Square. However, on this occasion it wasn’t famous landmarks that had drawn me here. Instead, it was a quest to learn more about my family history.