From the Hancock Tower. American Midwest.
Warm wind. Warm Lake. Nothing beats summer in the valley.
Looking down at Franklin D. Roosevelt Lake and the Keller Ferry. No Lincoln County Sheriff cruisers in sight ;).
1071 5th Avenue, NYC. Thanks Solomon.
A beach for your bucket list. Taken with a circular polarizing filter.
Looking at Boston’s tallest building from what is likely one of Boston’s oldest buildings.
From an Oliver, B.C. winery.
Unretouched. Straight off the camera. I’m serious. The things you see in Jamaica…
On a cold January afternoon. From Peachland, B.C.
New York in October. Always a solid trip. How much has been written about this city? It is the most famous in the world. There’s probably more content in cyber space about New York than any other city.
I am always excited about about travel, especially to New York. My grandfather got out there every time he could according to my dad. So much happened there.
So much is happening there.
Whether it’s your first time or your tenth time, there’s always something to do, see, eat and spend your money on. The thing that I like about New York more than anything…is how easy it is to get around. Metro, cab, by foot…it doesn’t matter.
It’s an easy town to get around in. However you do it, just bring good shoes.
We stayed in Mid Town at a fairly decent hotel and took in as much as you can in 3 days.
For admission to over 40 of New York City’s best attractions (including the Empire State Building) I always check out New York Pass for the best deals.
We also went up to Hauppauge by train to visit a new friend whose art we’ve been buying – Maria Noma Bliss.Â Maria picked us up at the train station and opened her home to us.Â Hauppauge is a beautiful two hour train ride north of New York.
While up there, we drove down to Terrytown – another small suburb of the Big Apple – and also did some shopping at one of the best outlet malls I’ve ever seen – Woodbury Common.Â In fact, I would suggest you skip shopping altogether downtown and make a day trip to this outlet mall call.
The deals here defy description ON EVERY BRAND NAME GOOD YOU CAN THINK of.
Just get yourselves up there and do it.Â You’ll thank me.
While just outside of NYC, near Terrytown, I couldn’t believe that I actually saw Sleepy Hollow cemetary.Â Yes, it DOES exist!
…it reminded me of that whole Halloween story about Icabod Crane and the headless horseman. I think I will watch the movie again soon. 10 days before Halloween.Â How fitting.
While up in Hauppauge, we went out for dinner and dined next to Paul Teutul Jr. from Orange County Choppers. I didn’t get the chance to talk with him, however on the next day while driving, we drove past their original shop and also saw the new one, which is quite a production.
Here are just a few shots.Â (Click on any of them to view them larger, in a slide show)
If you asked me to name one of my favorite places to visit – it HAS to be Boston. We had never been there before and this place is fantastic!
History, culture, great food, architecture and lots to do. It’s a good thing we walked a lot, because we ate and drank a lot.
We stayed at the Westin Copley place (after so many years of business travel I have accumulated tons of Starwood Points – so the Westin was a logical option).
The hotel is well situated right downtown and was terrific in every way.It’s a business hotel, but I DO love the heavenly beds and the Westin level of service. So you would be pleased with the Westin Copley if you were having trouble deciding where to stay.
The thing that I liked the most about Boston…was the history.I had no idea just how much stuff happened there…and how many influential people lived there.
Being a shutterbug, camera-geek, photo freak…I found Boston a dream to shoot at all hours of the day.
There’s just so much history to learn about in Boston and it’s fun to consume. It seemed that every time we turned around, there was something to learn about or see.
Newbury Street is Boston’s Rodeo Drive – but a thousand times better and totally authentic. Go there.
Walk it end to end and shop.
Traci and I took a day trip up to Salem, MA because we were getting into the spirit of Halloween.
We didn’t see any witches, but did find the coolest black cat named (are you ready for this?) Boo and got to learn about and eat a candy called Gibraltars – America’s first commercial candy.
The stuff never goes bad, is guaranteed to destroy your fillings, teeth and only comes in two flavours: lemon and peppermint. You’ll try it once and then use the rest as paper weights.
While in Salem, we also stumbled into the coziest restaurant EVER – a place called the Lyceum Bar and Grill, which happened to be the same building where Alexander Graham Bell made his first demonstration of the telephone in 1877.
I felt SO COOL whipping out my Blackberry.
A visit to Harvard was on the agenda and boy did I feel smart just walking around out there. Now I can tell everyone that I went to Harvard – and when they ask “what for?”…I’ll just change the subject quickly and hopefully leave ’em THINKING that I’m really educated.
Harvard is cool and serious at the same time. It’s an awesome place in so many ways. I could write a post just on the experience of being there.
REAL wrought iron and some amazing architecture that I remember studying in University were in every corner of the old campus. Seeing the Widener library (Harvard’s most photographed and published building) in the flesh (or in the ‘brick’, I should say) was awesome.
My most favorite building however, had to be the Boston Public library. It is breath taking. Even if you don’t like architecture, you will still be impressed. The building is downtown, and you cant miss it.
Go to Boston in the fall. The weather is perfect for being a tourista.
Here are just a few of the shots we took:
Truth be known however, this trip was really about the wedding, despite our best efforts to sneak in some shopping and relaxing.
And what a wedding it was.
Having been to many weddings and receptions, I must admit that this was probably the most beautiful and romantic wedding I can recall having been to.
The night before the wedding we went to the apartment the bride and groom had rented near McGill University.Â I love that old architecture with the high ceilings. At this pre-wedding event, we met some totally wonderful people.
Most of the guest list had flown in from western Europe – predominantly Holland, the UK and the Netherlands, since the bride and groom had relocated there many years ago, yet they met in Montreal.
Being Dutch, it was great to reconnect with some of my brethren.Â Although I had never met any of these people before, we were quick to become friends and offer open invitations to visit each other in the future.
Montreal has some of the best night life that I have enjoyed.Â Crescent street, off St. Catherines has some great pubs, bars and restaurants.
Old Montreal is even better.
The night before the wedding some of us went out to a great spot called Santos and enjoyed some killer tunes and great drinks, which is where the above photo was taken.
The wedding took place at Birks Chapel at McGill University.Â This was followed by a beautiful outdoor reception at an incredible hotel in old Montreal.
One of the great surprises of this wedding, besides the great people we met, was how the bride and groom celebrated their friendships with each of the guests:
Before arriving, we each had to send a photo of ourselves with significant other, or alone if single. These pictures from the entire guest list were then professionally framed and showcased in classy, clean white frames.
Below each picture, within the framing, were words describing the meaning of the friendship from the bride and groom to each of those people.
Guests were all surprised to see these mounted on two large easels at the reception.Â Most couldn’t get away from reading those pictures and really got to know each other and how they fit into the bride and grooms lives.
As a gift to each guest, we were presented with this frame and photo to take home.Â I thought it was a terrific, classy and warm touch to an already special day.
The food, the music, the people, the speeches and the setting were all superb.
It all went so fast and was such a positive experience. The next morning those who could make it had brunch at a local eatery in old Montreal, called Eggspectation to say goodbyes.
I hate goodbyes…………………………..
Hong Kong in July. Hot, humid and fun. Hong Kong is a digital photographers paradise with all the light, textures and rich detail you could ask for. Plus – it’s a great place to buy electronics because they are so inexpensive.
This is a photo and text summary of a recent trip with the top 5 things you’ve got to do if you’re limited for time and want to get the most out of your visit.
I flew on Cathay Pacific out of Vancouver for the compulsory 13 hour flight. I think I was the only person doing a few push ups and sit ups in the aisle to keep my self limber.
However, the service was awesome with two hot meals, tons of snacks, great movies and decent service.
The only other airline that I’ve found to be better – is Singapore Airlines – which i’ll have to write about in another post.
Anyway, I was there for 5 days on business and loved every minute of it. Temperatures were usually high 30’s and very humid. 10 minutes outside and this white boy (and everyone else) is soaking wet. The experience was a total culture shock for me.
If you’re used to living in North America, Hong Kong is an assault on the senses (until you get used to it…and then it’s an incredible place).Â Here’s my assessment of the city;
We stayed in Causeway Bay at the Regal Hong Kong Hotel, which was clean and comfortable.Â It has a killer restaurant up top with an amazing view and an even better roof top pool (see below).
Here are the top 5 things you’ve got to do if you get to Hong Kong:
Here are some more pics of the visit:
Hong Kong in a Taxi
Two Hours for What?
Inside Sasa – Hong Kong’s answer to Sephora.Â One on every corner.
Roof Top Pool at the Regal Hotel.Â Awesome views.
Construction Hong Kong Style. No safety equipment of any kind.
Bamboo Scaffolding.Â Cheap, strong, light, quick to put up and take down.
Boarding the Star Ferry Company
Crossing the water. Great sights.Â A must do if you go.
Dinner at Wasabisabi inside the Times Square mall.
Hong Kong at 7:30 in the morning. Things are quiet. Hong Kong is a night life city.