Fort Lee in New Jersey

April 13th, 2018 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Fort Lee Historic Park © Hudconja/cc-by-sa-3.0

Fort Lee Historic Park © Hudconja/cc-by-sa-3.0

Fort Lee is a borough at the eastern border of Bergen County in New Jersey in the New York City Metropolitan Area, situated atop the Hudson Palisades, with a population 37,000. The borough is the western terminus of the George Washington Bridge and is located across the Hudson River from the Manhattan borough of New York City. Named for the site of an early American Revolutionary War military encampment, it later became the birthplace of the American film industry.   read more…

Kennebunkport in Maine

April 11th, 2018 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Bush Estate at Walker's Point © flickr.com - John Hoey/cc-by-2.0

Bush Estate at Walker’s Point © flickr.com – John Hoey/cc-by-2.0

Kennebunkport is a town in York County in New England. The population is at 3,500. The town center, the area in and around Dock Square, is located along the Kennebunk River, approximately 1 mile (1.6 km) from the mouth of the river on the Atlantic Ocean. Historically a shipbuilding and fishing village, for well over a century the town has been a popular summer colony and seaside tourist destination. The Dock Square area has a district of souvenir shops, art galleries, seafood restaurants, and bed and breakfasts.   read more…

Chelsea in Manhattan

April 9th, 2018 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, New York City

High Line © flickr.com - Matias Garabedian/cc-by-sa-2.0

High Line © flickr.com – Matias Garabedian/cc-by-sa-2.0

Chelsea is a neighborhood on the West Side of Manhattan in New York City. The district’s boundaries are roughly 14th Street to the south and the Hudson River and West Street to the west, with the northern boundary variously described as 30th Street or 34th Street, and the eastern boundary as either Sixth Avenue or Fifth Avenue. To the north of Chelsea is the neighborhood of Hell’s Kitchen, as well as the Hudson Yards; to the northeast is the Garment District; to the east are NoMad and the Flatiron District; to the southwest is the Meatpacking District; and to the south and southeast are the West Village and the remainder of Greenwich Village. It contains the Chelsea Historic District and its extension, which were designated by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission in 1970 and 1981 respectively. The district was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1977, and expanded in 1982 to include contiguous blocks containing particularly significant examples of period architecture.   read more…

The Kyffhäuser Monument

April 6th, 2018 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Museums, Exhibitions, Palaces, Castles, Manors, Parks

© Burghof Kyffhäuser/cc-by-sa-3.0

© Burghof Kyffhäuser/cc-by-sa-3.0

The Kyffhäuser Monument (German: Kyffhäuserdenkmal), also known as Barbarossa Monument (Barbarossadenkmal), is an Emperor William monument within the Kyffhäuser mountain range in Thuringia. It was erected in 1890–96 at the site of medieval Kyffhausen Castle near Bad Frankenhausen. The Kyffhäuser Monument is the third-largest monument in Germany, after the Monument to the Battle of the Nations (Völkerschlachtdenkmal) commemorating the 1813 Battle of Leipzig and the Emperor William Monument at Porta Westfalica, both of which also were designed by architect Bruno Schmitz (1858–1916).   read more…

Museum of the Revolution in Havana

April 2nd, 2018 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Museums, Exhibitions

Museum of the Revolution © flickr.com - Paul Mannix/cc-by-sa-2.0

Museum of the Revolution © flickr.com – Paul Mannix/cc-by-sa-2.0

The Museum of the Revolution (Spanish: Museo de la Revolución) is a museum located in the Old Havana section of Havana. The museum is housed in what was the Presidential Palace of all Cuban presidents from Mario García Menocal to Fulgencio Batista. It became the Museum of the Revolution during the years following the Cuban Revolution.   read more…

The Azrieli Center in Tel Aviv

April 1st, 2018 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, House of the Month, Union for the Mediterranean

© Rastaman3000/cc-by-sa-3.0

© Rastaman3000/cc-by-sa-3.0

Azrieli Center is a complex of skyscrapers in Tel Aviv. At the base of the center lies a large shopping mall. The center was originally designed by Israeli-American architect Eli Attia, and after he fell out with the developer of the center, completion of the design was passed on to the Tel Aviv firm of Moore Yaski Sivan Architects. The center was not named after Israeli-Canadian real estate developer David Azrieli. The Azrieli Center is located on a 34,500 m² (371,000 sq ft) site, which was previously used as Tel Aviv’s dumpster-truck parking garage. The $420 million project revitalized the area. The Azrieli Center Mall is one of the largest in Israel. There are about 30 restaurants, fast-food counters, cafes and food stands in the mall. The top floor of the mall is a popular hangout spot for teens, and many online message boards arrange get-togethers there during national holidays.   read more…

Theme Week Ireland – Waterford

March 31st, 2018 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Waterford by night © geograph.org.uk - Typhoon/cc-by-sa-2.0

Waterford by night © geograph.org.uk – Typhoon/cc-by-sa-2.0

Waterford (from Old Norse Veðrafjǫrðr, meaning “ram (wether) fjord”, Irish: Port Láirge) is a city in the South-East Region and is part of the province of Munster. The city is situated at the head of Waterford Harbour. It is the oldest and the fifth most populous city in the Republic of Ireland. It is the eighth most populous city on the island of Ireland. Waterford City and County Council is the local government authority for the city. Waterford is known for Waterford Crystal, a legacy of the city’s former glass-making industry. 54,000 people live in the city of Waterford and its suburbs. Waterford is home to several museums and theatres. Among the annual festivals are Waterford Film Festival, Waterford Music Fest, Waterford International Festival of Light Opera, Waterford Harvest Food Festival, The Imagine Arts Festival, and Waterford Winterval. The Tall Ships Festival took place in 2005 and 2011, marking the start of the race. Each event attracted over 450,000 visitors.   read more…

Theme Week Ireland – Ennis

March 30th, 2018 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

The Diamond Bar © geograph.org.uk - C OF'lanagan/cc-by-sa-2.0

The Diamond Bar © geograph.org.uk – C O’Flanagan/cc-by-sa-2.0

Ennis (Irish: Inis, meaning “island”) is the county town of Clare in Munster. The Irish name is short for Inis Cluain Ramh Fhada (“island of the long rowing meadow”). The town is on the River Fergus, north of where it enters the Shannon Estuary, 19 km (12 mi) from Shannon Airport. Ennis has a population of 25,000, making it the largest town in Clare and the 12th largest in Ireland. Clare became a county under the rule of Elizabeth I and Ennis was chosen as its capital by the Earls of Thomond because of its central location and great influence. Ennis received a grant to hold fairs and markets in 1610 and some years later a Charter for a Corporation with a Provost, Free Burgesses, Commonalty and a Town Clerk. Ennis continued to expand in the following centuries, mainly as a market town and later as a manufacturing and distributing centre. Many commodities were conveyed by river to Clarecastle for shipment abroad.   read more…

Augusta on Sicily

March 30th, 2018 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Baia Arcile © Angelo Pappalardo/cc-by-sa-3.0

Baia Arcile © Angelo Pappalardo/cc-by-sa-3.0

Augusta is a town and comune in the province of Syracuse, located on the eastern coast of Sicily. The city is one of the main harbours in Italy, especially for oil refineries (ExxonMobil and others as part of the complex Augusta-Priolo) which are in its vicinity. The city is situated 35 km north of Syracuse and faces the Ionian Sea.   read more…

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