Manhattan Monday 47 Chavez

New York City - across the from the East 51st Street side entrance to St. Patrick's Cathedral.

New York City – across the from the East 51st Street side entrance to St. Patrick’s Cathedral.

I took this picture almost exactly one year ago, on June 11, 2015.

A colourful poster of Hugo Chavez brightens the windows of a tired-looking building with a tired flag – the Consulate General of Venezuela.  Chavez had died 27 months earlier; the current president is Nicolas Maduro.

If you want to read what’s happening in Venezuela today – try this link from Canada’s national broadcaster, the CBC. Or this from the UK’s Guardian on Venezuela’s serious internal problems.

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Manhattan Tuesday 42.5 – Taxi!

New York City

New York City

New York City

New York City

Tomorrow we are traveling by plane to Calgary, Alberta. We arrive at 3:00 am our time the next day – though it will only be midnight in Calgary.

I hope there are as many taxis outside the airport as we saw in New York City. We will definitely be looking for one to whisk us to our hotel.

The next day we will be picking up a rental car and touring through the Rockies and the Okanagan Valley and on to Vancouver.

I have prescheduled a number of posts from trips to Manhattan and Cuba while we are away. But I will be taking lots of photos.

Bon voyage.

Cauliflower, cauliPhlower

There’s a joke going around among Canadians on Facebook about asking the bank for a loan to buy a cauliflower.

This is why.

Organic Cauliflower - $7.99 where I do most of my grocery shopping.

Organic Cauliflower – $7.99 where I do most of my grocery shopping.

 

Regular cauliflower - only $6.99.

Regular cauliflower – only $6.99.

The Canadian dollar is worth 70 U.S. cents this week. So the price for a regular cauliflower would be $4.90 US.  All the more reason to buy locally at a Farmer’s Market!  On the bright side, the price of gas for the car, and heating fuel, is about 70% of what it was during the summer.

People who live in Canada’s north, where food must be flown in, face much higher prices.

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Manhattan Monday 30 – Brooklyn Bridge

Yes Ma’am, yessir, I do know it is Tuesday. Please cut me some slack.

Brooklyn Bridge is furthest downriver in the smoggy background. From Empire State Building NYC June 2013

Brooklyn Bridge is furthest downriver in the smoggy background. From Empire State Building NYC June 2013

As you will note from the watermarks on these photos, they were shot in different years. We have been into New York City four times since 2010 as short side trips from visits to my son in northeastern Pennsylvania.

As we learned from the “hop on hop off” Brooklyn bus tour guide last year, there are three bridges over the East River.  From south to north they are the Brooklyn, Manhattan and Williamsburg Bridges. If you have trouble remembering: BMW is the key.

The shots today are of the Brooklyn Bridge.

Taken while on the hover Ferry between East 34th street and Pier 11/Wall Street.

Taken while on the hover ferry between East 34th street and Pier 11/Wall Street.

Brooklyn Bridge from river level in Brooklyn, 2015

Brooklyn Bridge from river level in Brooklyn, 2015

 

We walked the Manhattan half of it – and returned – in 2010; I would recommend it to anyone visiting New York City, but not necessarily on a hot day in August!

I was not hanging out over the vehicular traffic. There are walkways around the pillars that put you above the roadways.

I was not hanging out over the vehicular traffic. There are walkways around the pillars that put you above the roadways.

2010 while walking the Brooklyn Bridge

2010 while walking the Brooklyn Bridge – looking back at Manhattan.

2010 while walking the Brooklyn Bridge

2010 while walking the Brooklyn Bridge

2010 while walking the Brooklyn Bridge

2010 while walking the Brooklyn Bridge. At the time I knew why the flags were at half mast.

2010 while walking the Brooklyn Bridge

2010 while walking the Brooklyn Bridge

If we make another trip, I want to walk the Brooklyn half of the bridge.

Manhattan Monday 21 – Rockefeller Centre

Rockefeller Centre (Canadian spelling) is a vast complex of 19 buildings on 22 acres.  I don’t know what I was expecting to find there – but I was disappointed. Radio City Music Hall (showing my age now) is only open for big shows and there wasn’t much else to see. We sat for a while where the first photo was taken and then I went looking for a street photo opportunity.

Rockefeller Centre

Rockefeller Centre

I found a setting and waited for people to come out the doors.

Rockefeller Centre. Bas relief of News by Isamu Noguchi.

Rockefeller Centre. Bas relief of News by Isamu Noguchi.

Rockefeller Centre. Bas relief of News by Isamu Noguchi.

New York City..Rockefeller Centre. Bas relief of News by Isamu Noguchi.

When Isamu Noguchi created the bas-relief, News, over the main entrance to 50 Rockefeller Plaza (the Associated Press Building) in 1940 it was the largest metal bas-relief in the world.

In 1962, the center management placed a plaque at the plaza with a list of principles in which John D. Rockefeller, Jr. believed, and first expressed in 1941. It reads:

I believe in the supreme worth of the individual and in his right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.I believe that every right implies a responsibility; every opportunity, an obligation; every possession, a duty.
I believe that the law was made for man and not man for the law; that government is the servant of the people and not their master.
I believe in the Dignity of labor, whether with head or hand; that the world owes no man a living but that it owes every man an opportunity to make a living.
I believe that thrift is essential to well ordered living and that economy is a prime requisite of a sound financial structure, whether in government, business or personal affairs.
I believe that truth and justice are fundamental to an enduring social order.
I believe in the sacredness of a promise, that a man’s word should be as good as his bond; that character not wealth or power or position – is of supreme worth.
I believe that the rendering of useful service is the common duty of mankind and that only in the purifying fire of sacrifice is the dross of selfishness consumed and the greatness of the human soul set free.
I believe in an all-wise and all-loving God, named by whatever name, and that the individuals highest fulfilment, greatest happiness, and widest usefulness are to be found in living in harmony with His Will.
I believe that love is the greatest thing in the world; that it alone can overcome hate; that right can and will triumph over might.

Manhattan Monday 9

New York City - Empire State Building peeking through

New York City – Empire State Building peeking through

Not all the urban photos from the top of the bus looked better in black and white!  There are about nine shades of orange in the bricks in this picture and four shades of blue to the concrete of the taller buildings around them.

Crossing Henry Street, with the elevated Manhattan Bridge access ramp on the left.

Crossing Henry Street, with the elevated Manhattan Bridge access ramp on the left.

Henry Street, on the lower east side, is part of one of the many Chinese neighbourhoods in Manhattan.  There is no longer just one Chinatown.

Photos taken, as the two previous Manhattan Monday posts, from the top of a double decker bus.

Quebec City Streetscapes Upper Town

Quebec City September

 

All these photos were taken within the City walls.  Above is Rue St Louis and the two photos below are on Avenue St. Denis, just north of the Quebec Citadel.

Quebec City September

Quebec City September

And, after we had wandered all the way across the Plains of Abraham and back, the two photos below were (probably?) taken on Rue D’Auteuil, opposite the statues of international poets and thinkers shown in this post.

Quebec City September

Quebec City September

 

This may have been on rue St Jean, but by then I had lost my sense of direction other than knowing that downhill would eventually lead back to the ferry terminal and restaurants!

Quebec City September

As we walked by the ‘skyscraper’ building shown here, I overheard a tour guide say to his charges that the building had been modelled on the Empire State Building.  Note the Quebec flag with its Fleur de Lis on the top.

Quebec City September

Almost exactly one year before this we were in China, in Xi’an, whose flag (showing its famous bell tower which my tour DID NOT see!)  is flying on the left of the others on Quebec’s City Hall.  I can only presume that Quebec has some sort of a twinning relationship with Xi’an, Namur, Paris, Bordeaux, and Calgary.

Quebec City September