Tuesday, March 29, 2005

"Return to reality" day!

Today was the end of spring break and back to the books. Easter Monday is not a public holiday here, so everything starts up full-force again ... including class.

Tomorrow should be interesting though! The Law School are taking us all to prison, hahahaha! Well, we are being taken for a "tour" inside the downtown prison, and since I work at the Courthouse across the road each week (therefore bumping into the inmates regardless) I snapped up the opportunity to take a close-up look at the institution here. I think it will compliment my court work well. :-D

I will be sure to report back once I've escaped the prison cell tomorrow afternoon...

Sunday, March 27, 2005

The Detroit Airport Monorail...

On my way back from New York yesterday, this monorail had me totally cracking up as I sat at the departure gate waiting to board my connecting flight between Detroit and Cincinnati.

As you can see, it is an internal monorial that transports passengers between one end of the terminal and the other. The terminal is several kilometres long and that little rail is kept extremely busy, whizzing by your ear every second minute! I couldn't stop laughing at the bright red flash shooting past every time I looked up. :-D


the internal monorail approaching...


...and whizzing by!

Central Park and the Metropolitan Museum of Art

I spent Good Friday wandering merrily through Central Park ... watching the leaves flutter and the horses trot by :-) ... before getting a healthy dose of art and culture at the Metroplitan Museum!

There were an awful lot of exhibits that I wanted to photograph(!) but every time my flash accidently went off I would hear: "No flash!!! No flash!!!" yelled out from someone in a uniform sitting in the corner. Apparently photographs in general are fine - just as long as the camera does not ... um ... flash. (Oops!)

Luckily a flashing camera is not banned in the Park, hahahaha! :-D


one of the many transition areas flowing between one area of the museum and another...


another view of the same balcony area


some ancient Cypriot sculptures...


the Cypriot Art Room


walking through to the Italian Room...


the Italian Room


...and another view of the Italian Room


centuries-old wall wood carving


some ancient stained glass windows


New York's Central Park


another view of Central Park...


one of the many horse and carriages trotting through the park!


the horse and carriage passing by...


view walking up to a bridge in the park


frontal view of one of the areas of central park near the water


view from the left...


view from the right (showing some leftover snow from wednesday's snowfall)

Shopping at Macy*s!

Thursday was my shopping at Macy*s day. Apparently it is "the largest department store in the world"! Who knows if that is actually true, but this is what's written on all their advertising material. :-)

Anyway, as luck would have it, I was in New York during their annual flower show. It opened on Monday, so the flowers were still relatively fresh by the time I made it in for a look myself.

Here are a few photos I took of the various displays ...


A general shot of part of the ground floor at Macy*s during the annual flower show


A rather elaborate fish made out of flowers...


...and the flower fish from the front!


...some kind of japanese flower lady perhaps?


more flowers


flowers and handbags


flowers and hats


walking past more displays...

Saturday, March 26, 2005

Wednesday's visit

I tried to go up the Empire State building again today, but alas, the queue was still just as long. :-(

The lobby was soooooo packed that I really could not even handle the thought of standing amongst all those people for an excess of two hours! In the end I decided to keep my sanity intact and skip the thrilling views waiting for me a mere 34 storeys above. :-)

Instead, I opted for a different kind of thrill - I went and visited the United Nations Headquarters!! While this may not sound all that thrilling, it was to me because I have been spending a great deal of this current semester studying Human Rights Law, and the United Nations is like the 'home' of Human Rights!

So - here are a few pictures of the inside, and the outside, and some of the important bits inbetween. :-D


The United Nations Headquarters building in New York.


The United Nations Security Council meeting room.


The United Nations Social and Political room.


The United Nations General Assembly room.


This concrete statue stood many many miles away from the spot where the nuclear Hiroshima bomb was dropped in WWII. The front of the statue appears normal, but the back is all bubbled and distorted as a result of the heat and radiation emitted from the bomb!


...the view inside the UN building, from the third level.

Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Tuesday's travels...

Here's where I went and what I saw today :-)

I also tried to fit in a trip up to the top of the Empire State Building, but when I arrived at the end of the queue the little sign read: "current wait is 120+ minutes". I decided a strong cup of coffee at Starbucks across the road was in order for that one, hahaha, but the vantage point from my seat indicated the queue was not going anywhere. :-(

In the end, I decided I would tackle that one tomorrow. :-)


Waiting at the wharf to catch a ferry...


The bridge from the ferry...


The view looking back at the wharf area of the city, aboard the Staten Island Ferry (...the one that takes you past the Statue of Liberty).


...and another view...


The Statue of Liberty in the distance...


...and closer...


Facing the front now...


Nice and up close! :-)


Yet another building with the flag flying!


The banks down Wall Street...


Buildings reflected in ... buildings!


Wall Street...


Wall Street...


Around Wall Street...

Photos!

Here's a selection of photos I took in New York over the weekend. Times Square / Broadway is where I am staying, which, as you can see, is pretty vibrant! :-) I've written wee notes on all of them indicating what or where the photos are. Enjoy! :-D


Looking 'up' a building, with the flag fluttering in the wind...


Times Square...


Broadway at Times Square!