Sunday, August 30, 2009

Sights to See: Millennium Park, Chicago, Illinois


See:
Crown Fountain Designed by Spanish artist Jaume Plensa, this interactive fountain consists of two 50-foot-high glass block towers with video images.
Cloud Gate At the park’s Michigan Avenue entrance. Nicknamed "the Bean," this hugely popular 110-ton elliptical sculpture by British artist Anish Kapoorit is one of the world’s largest outdoor sculptures. It is made of a seamless series of polished stainless steel plates that reflect the city’s skyline and the clouds above. Taking a photo of your own reflection in the smooth, mirrored surface is a must-do. 

Michigan Ave./Washington Blvd; look east; Columbus Dr./Monroe St./Randolph St., 312-742-1168; http://www.millenniumpark.org. Daily 6am-11pm. Free. Center for art, music, architecture.

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updated 6-2-17

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Sights to See: Gibraltar


Nowadays you can drive your car straight onto Gibraltar (in the old days, you used to have to go via Morocco--from Spain by sea to Morocco and then back again to Spain). After waiting in the usually-long car line through passport control, you drive (or walk) right on and over the airport runway to get to town. The town is pretty much one long street with the usual duty free, pubs, and shops, and English is the official language. The famous monkeys (actually Barbary apes--the only apes native to Europe) are up on The Rock, which is huge and has tunnels and a large cave inside; taxi and bus tours can be arranged on the spot in town. During WW II, Winston Churchill said that if the apes ever disappeared from The Rock it would foretell the end of the British Empire (and General Eisenhower launched the Allied attack on North Africa from an office deep inside this Rock).

http://www.stumbleupon.com/s/#1eeqXf/blog.brillianttrips.com/2009/07/gibraltars-extraordinary-airport

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Monday, August 24, 2009

Sights to See: Okinawa, Japan, Churaumi Aquarium


Check out the world's second-largest aquarium tank, the Kuroshio Sea.

See it on YouTube:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u7deClndzQw
(Song is "Please don't go by Barcelona.")

Read about it in the Daily Mail:
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1026977/The-fish-tank-thats-big-hold-FOUR-whale-sharks.html


Wondering where the world's largest aquarium tank is? In downtown Atlanta. The Georgia Aquarium holds more than 8 million gallons of water and is the city's top attraction.

http://www.georgiaaquarium.org/

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Saturday, August 22, 2009

Good Eats: NYC, Nolita, Ceci Cela Patissette



Order the perfect summer breakfast--a fabulous flaky almond croissant and iced hot chocolate—and then take them into the cute and cozy little back room to enjoy slowly. At other times of day, opt for sandwiches, cakes, and tarts.

Ceci Cela Patissette 55 Spring St./Mulberry St., Nolita, 212-274-9179; http://www.cecicelanyc.com/.

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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Things to Do: NYC, New Museum


Situated within a boxy silver futuristic building, this smallish museum is NYC's first and only devoted exclusively to contemporary art. To best see the cutting-edge shows, start at the top and work your way down. Panoramic views can be enjoyed from the 7th-floor Sky Room (open weekends only).

New Museum 235 Bowery/Prince St., betw. Stanton & Rivington sts., in the Bowery, 212-219-1222. W 12-6, Thur-F 12-9, Sat-Sun 12-6; closed M-Tues; free Thur eve 7-9. $12, seniors $10, under 19 free. Cafe.

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Monday, August 17, 2009

Things to Do: Houston, Texas, public restroom--part 3

I'm soooo disappointed to report that I just found out that this exciting public restroom is a hoax! :)

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Sunday, August 16, 2009

Things to Do: Houston, Texas, public restroom--part 2


Here's the view from inside! It's made entirely of one-way glass. No one can see you from the outside, but when you are inside it's like sitting in a clear glass box.

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Friday, August 14, 2009

Things to Do: Houston, Texas, public restroom--part 1


This woman is getting ready to enter a public toilet.
(More tomorrow.)

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Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Things to Do: Streit's , NYC



They’ve been making matzo here since 1925.

View this mini-movie of the factory.


c2009 Carole Terwilliger Meyers

See even more detail in Martha Stewart's mega-clip.

Streit’s 148-154 Rivington, Lower East Side, 212-475-7000.

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Friday, August 7, 2009

Things to Do: NYC, Central Park, Tango Saturdays


Tango dancing to live music occurs regularly on Saturdays beside the Shakespeare statue. Tilt your head to view my little horizontal movie about it.

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Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Where to Stay: Ashland, Oregon, Ashland Creek Inn


Luxury and privacy are combined here in a converted 125-year-old grain mill overlooking Ashland Creek. You can hear the creek from most rooms, and giant shade trees cool the secluded decks. All rooms are suites with kitchens and decks, and each is furnished uniquely with art and antiques from around the world (travel themes include Marrakech, Matsu, and Canton).
Ashland Creek Inn 70 Water St., 2 blks. to plaza, (541) 482-3315; http://www.ashlandcreekinn.com. 10 suites. Unsuitable for children under 13. Full breakfast. No smoking.

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Monday, August 3, 2009

Book Reviews: The Ultimate Hollywood Tour Book


If you'd like to see where Hugh Hefner will be spending eternity next to Marilyn Monroe, where superstars hide away from their fans, and where favorite movies were filmed, get a copy of this handy guide to lead you there and also provide the background stories. The book also leads to movie star homes, the sites of infamous crimes, and the final resting places of superstars.
http://www.nrbooks.com/hollywoodtour.htm

View the author' personal tour in this video:
http://www.youtube.com/v/jexKDOsgCus

Prefer a guided van tour?
Check out Dearly Departed tours' Hollywood Tragical History Tour via Tomb Buggy:
http://www.dearlydepartedtours.com