Big City Tales

Taking A Bite Out of the Big Apple

January 18, 2013
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NYC has something to offer for everyone!

New York City is just one of those places I never get tired of seeing pictures of, and will never get tired of going back to!

So far, I’ve been to the Big Apple twice and have managed to see a fair bit of Manhattan, including most of the places shown in the montage above. I’ve even ventured out to Flushing Meadows in Queens and Old Yankees Stadium in the Bronx to take in some classic sporting events. But when I consider the mile long list of attractions that I have yet to see, the reality is that I have only taken small bites out of what this juicy destination has to offer.

Here is just a sampling of things I would still like to chomp into in NYC:

  • Baseball game at the new Yankees Stadium
  • Football game at the new MetLife Stadium (NY Jets)
  • Hockey game at Madison Square Garden
  • Basketball game at Madison Square Garden
  • Visit the Guggenheim Museum
  • Visit the Museum of Modern Art
  • Visit the United Nations
  • Visit the 9/11 Memorial
  • Visit One World Trade Center (a.k.a. 1 WTC, or Freedom Tower)
  • Eat an ice cream sundae at Serendipity
  • Sit by the Bethesda Fountain (Angel of the Waters statue) in Central Park
  • Go to the Prospect Park Zoo in Brooklyn
  • Walk across the Brooklyn Bridge
  • Visit all five boroughs
  • See the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
  • See the lighting of the Christmas Tree in Rockefeller Center
  • Go ice skating at Rockefeller Center
  • See more Broadway shows
  • See a concert at Lincoln Center (Carnegie Hall)

And so on, and so on, and so on…here’s hoping for MANY more visits to one of my favourite big cities!

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The Miami / South Beach Experience

July 17, 2012
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The Freedom Tower in Miami – a safe haven and refuge for exiles fleeing Communist Cuba in the 1950s.

Islands and causeways collide,
making for a magical musical ride.

The famous white mansion where Scarface met his demise and, ultimately, his maker!

Neon lights aglow put on quite a show,
a kaleidoscope of colours explode wherever you go.

South Beach’s Art Deco style at its finest…what a cheery building to work at!

Biscayne Bay beckons with wide-open arms;
vessels of all shapes and sizes add to its charm.

Boat ride, anyone?

The Port of Miami sends cruise ships on their way…
off to exotic ports of call for many a day.

Miami is the cruise ship capital of the world.

The rich and the famous flaunt homes of excess,
leaving little doubt of their financial success.

What Viagra money buys…

Money flows freely from morning to night…
The “come as you are” party scene in South Beach is quite a sight!

Welcome to South Beach (a.k.a. SoBe)!

Ocean Drive stretches through the heart of the Art Deco scene;
it is the ideal place to be if you want to be seen.

The site of “Nick’s Bar” from Casablanca…Play it again, Sam!

Lincoln Road draws its fair share of people traffic,
designer shops and five-star restaurants cast a spell of enticing magic.

The Lincoln Road outdoor mall bustles from dawn ’til dusk.

Where palm trees sway in sun-filled days
of happy vacationers passing the time away.

Hotel Row along Collins Avenue.

White sandy beaches meld seamlessly into bright blue skies…
EVERY day in south Florida is a wonderful surprise!

Life is a beach!