Taking a ride through Central Park in NYC, the John Lennon tribute, known as Strawberry Fields, was pointed out. It is across the street from the prestigious Dakota Apartments where he and Yoko lived and where John was shot by a crazed fan, Mark Chapman. Continue reading
Bullfighting would be more likely associated with Madrid, Spain than its architecture. However, the draw for me was some uniquely designed buildings and staircases. The bullfights had ended about a month before my arrival.
The Segrada Familia is a Roman Catholic Basilica designed by Antoni Gaudy. It is one of four major architectural designs in Barcelona, Spain by the famous artist-architect and has been under construction since 1882.
Having returned the rental car in Cambridge, England we took a train to London and taxi to our VRBO rental. Initial impression and safety appearance of our street seemed somewhat borderline. However, the unit was comfortable and stylish and we soon learned there were many restaurants and much activity nearby. We had Indian food for the fifteenth time in Europe. It is now quite apparent there are not huge variation in Indian food and we certainly have our favorites, but lamb vindaloo and chicken tikka masala is quite consistent across the US and Europe.
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Each city we visited in China had much evidence of the governments efforts to convert China to a land of cities from a land of farms. On a return trip from the Great Wall, some of us on the tour bus started counting the cranes but stopped as we could not count fast enough and we totaled over 100. I asked each of our guides for details about this building boom but did not get consistent answers. Fortunately many of my questions seemed to be answered in a feature article in the International New York Times from November 11, 2013 “In New China, Hope Fades and Homes Crumble.”