A Travellerspoint blog

August 2021

Parts of Baltimore are very nice but the rest of the city...

The city of Baltimore has a population of roughly 600,000 but 2.8 million live in the metropolitan area which doesn't include DC; it is a city of neighborhoods with some quite affluent while others are among the poorest in the country

The city of Baltimore has a population of roughly 600,000 but 2.8 million live in the metropolitan area which doesn't include DC; it is a city of neighborhoods with some quite affluent while others are among the poorest in the country

The Emerson Bromo-Seltzer Tower is a 15-story skyscraper erected in 1911 and was inspired by the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence, Italy; at the base of the tower was the main manufacturing plant for Bromo-Seltzer which was a popular antacid of the time

The Emerson Bromo-Seltzer Tower is a 15-story skyscraper erected in 1911 and was inspired by the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence, Italy; at the base of the tower was the main manufacturing plant for Bromo-Seltzer which was a popular antacid of the time

The Babe Ruth Birthplace Museum presents the life and times of Baltimore's native son who became America's first sports celebrity and an international icon; open for Orioles home games and We-Su

The Babe Ruth Birthplace Museum presents the life and times of Baltimore's native son who became America's first sports celebrity and an international icon; open for Orioles home games and We-Su

My favorite building in downtown Baltimore was the 15 story Fidelity Building, completed in 1894; the Romanesque Revival tower escaped the Baltimore fire of 1904 which burned most of downtown up to the building directly across the street

My favorite building in downtown Baltimore was the 15 story Fidelity Building, completed in 1894; the Romanesque Revival tower escaped the Baltimore fire of 1904 which burned most of downtown up to the building directly across the street

The Washington Monument and Museum at Mount Vernon Place was built in 1815; it was the first monument ever erected to honor George Washington

The Washington Monument and Museum at Mount Vernon Place was built in 1815; it was the first monument ever erected to honor George Washington

Oriole Park at Camden Yards was the first of the retro major league ballparks constructed during the 1990s and early 2000s; on September 6, 1995, Camden Yards witnessed Cal Ripken Jr.'s record-setting 2,131st consecutive game

Oriole Park at Camden Yards was the first of the retro major league ballparks constructed during the 1990s and early 2000s; on September 6, 1995, Camden Yards witnessed Cal Ripken Jr.'s record-setting 2,131st consecutive game

Poe Toaster is the media sobriquet of an unidentified person (or probably more than one person in succession) who, for 70  years, paid an annual tribute to Edgar Allan Poe by visiting his grave in the early hours of January 19, Poe's birthday

Poe Toaster is the media sobriquet of an unidentified person (or probably more than one person in succession) who, for 70+ years, paid an annual tribute to Edgar Allan Poe by visiting his grave in the early hours of January 19, Poe's birthday

The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary was the first Roman Catholic cathedral built (1821) in the US; it has welcomed millions of visitors, including Pope John Paul II in 1995 and Mother Teresa in 1996

The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary was the first Roman Catholic cathedral built (1821) in the US; it has welcomed millions of visitors, including Pope John Paul II in 1995 and Mother Teresa in 1996

The Walters Art Museum was founded in 1934 based on a collection of father and son that began during the Civil War; they bequeathed the palazzo-style building to the city with a grant from the city making admission free to the public

The Walters Art Museum was founded in 1934 based on a collection of father and son that began during the Civil War; they bequeathed the palazzo-style building to the city with a grant from the city making admission free to the public

Lexington Market is one of the longest running markets in the world, having been around since 1782; today it is in an area of drug dealing and extreme poverty but the area is being gentrified

Lexington Market is one of the longest running markets in the world, having been around since 1782; today it is in an area of drug dealing and extreme poverty but the area is being gentrified

This monument memorializes the visit of Pope John Paul II to Baltimore, America's first Roman Catholic diocese, in 1995; the Pope delivered a mass to a sell-out crowd at Camden Yards with 300,000  lining his parade route

This monument memorializes the visit of Pope John Paul II to Baltimore, America's first Roman Catholic diocese, in 1995; the Pope delivered a mass to a sell-out crowd at Camden Yards with 300,000+ lining his parade route

The Enoch Pratt Free Library, established in 1882, is the flagship of the Baltimore library system; it was founded for all, rich and poor without distinction of race or color, who can take out the books if they will handle them carefully and return them

The Enoch Pratt Free Library, established in 1882, is the flagship of the Baltimore library system; it was founded for all, rich and poor without distinction of race or color, who can take out the books if they will handle them carefully and return them

The American Visionary Arts Museum has a small 1.1 acre campus which contains 67,000 sq ft of exhibition space and a permanent collection of 4,000  pieces; don't expect to recognize the artists, rather just enjoy the creativity

The American Visionary Arts Museum has a small 1.1 acre campus which contains 67,000 sq ft of exhibition space and a permanent collection of 4,000+ pieces; don't expect to recognize the artists, rather just enjoy the creativity

Fort McHenry was built in 1798 and used continuously by the US Armed Forces through WW1 and by the US Coast Guard through WW2; it was designated a US National Park in 1925 and The Star-Spangled Banner became the National Anthem in 1931

Fort McHenry was built in 1798 and used continuously by the US Armed Forces through WW1 and by the US Coast Guard through WW2; it was designated a US National Park in 1925 and The Star-Spangled Banner became the National Anthem in 1931

This statue of Orpheus is dedicated to the soldiers of Fort McHenry and Francis Scott Key; the large visitor's center was closed due to Covid; you can take the scenic water taxi from Inner Harbor out to the fort

This statue of Orpheus is dedicated to the soldiers of Fort McHenry and Francis Scott Key; the large visitor's center was closed due to Covid; you can take the scenic water taxi from Inner Harbor out to the fort

The successful defense against a British naval attack against Fort McHenry in 1814 prevented the capture of Baltimore and inspired Francis Scott Key to write The Star-Spangled Banner; my last visit here was with my parents in the 1970s

The successful defense against a British naval attack against Fort McHenry in 1814 prevented the capture of Baltimore and inspired Francis Scott Key to write The Star-Spangled Banner; my last visit here was with my parents in the 1970s

The Cylburn mansion was completed in 1888 and is the centerpiece of the Cylburn Arboretum; I found the sight to be more of a pleasant park than a true arboretum

The Cylburn mansion was completed in 1888 and is the centerpiece of the Cylburn Arboretum; I found the sight to be more of a pleasant park than a true arboretum

Designed in 1890 the Pagoda in Patterson Park was originally called the Observatory; the design was intended to reflect the bold Victorian style of the day with visitors able to see downtown Baltimore from the top (closed now)

Designed in 1890 the Pagoda in Patterson Park was originally called the Observatory; the design was intended to reflect the bold Victorian style of the day with visitors able to see downtown Baltimore from the top (closed now)

Edgar Allen Poe lived in this typical row house in the 1830s; it is now a museum with limited hours offering guided public tours; the surrounding area isn't the best

Edgar Allen Poe lived in this typical row house in the 1830s; it is now a museum with limited hours offering guided public tours; the surrounding area isn't the best

The Baltimore Museum of Art was founded in 1914 and is adjacent to the campus of Johns Hopkins; admission is free although during Covid timed tickets are required and were sold out every day of my visit

The Baltimore Museum of Art was founded in 1914 and is adjacent to the campus of Johns Hopkins; admission is free although during Covid timed tickets are required and were sold out every day of my visit

The Rawlings Conservatory and Botanic Gardens was opened in 1888 and is the second oldest in the US; admission was $5 and, due to Covid, required a timed, advance reservation

The Rawlings Conservatory and Botanic Gardens was opened in 1888 and is the second oldest in the US; admission was $5 and, due to Covid, required a timed, advance reservation

Baltimore has become a popular tourist destination with 30 million visitors a year; the tourist sights are generally around the Inner Harbor but some, like the Museum of Art, are further afield

Baltimore has become a popular tourist destination with 30 million visitors a year; the tourist sights are generally around the Inner Harbor but some, like the Museum of Art, are further afield

Baltimore Harbor's restoration has made it a city of boats; the Inner Harbor features the USS Constellation, the last Civil War-era vessel afloat, and the Coast Guard cutter Taney, the last surviving U.S. warship that was at Pearl Harbor on 12/7/41

Baltimore Harbor's restoration has made it a city of boats; the Inner Harbor features the USS Constellation, the last Civil War-era vessel afloat, and the Coast Guard cutter Taney, the last surviving U.S. warship that was at Pearl Harbor on 12/7/41

Baltimore was the second largest port of immigration to the United States, behind Ellis Island, in the 1800s; the city has some unique sights such as the National Museum of Dentistry and the National Great Blacks in Wax Museum

Baltimore was the second largest port of immigration to the United States, behind Ellis Island, in the 1800s; the city has some unique sights such as the National Museum of Dentistry and the National Great Blacks in Wax Museum

The statue at the Baltimore Holocaust Memorial depicts the horror by portraying emaciated bodies contorted in a ball of flame; the base of the sculpture bears the quote from George Santayana:  Those who do not remember the past are destined to repeat it

The statue at the Baltimore Holocaust Memorial depicts the horror by portraying emaciated bodies contorted in a ball of flame; the base of the sculpture bears the quote from George Santayana: Those who do not remember the past are destined to repeat it

The view across Inner Harbor from the aquarium shows the Four Seasons Residences with a high-rise luxury apartment building behind them; Baltimoreans include Nancy Pelosi, Tom Clancy, Thurgood Marshall and Spiro Agnew

The view across Inner Harbor from the aquarium shows the Four Seasons Residences with a high-rise luxury apartment building behind them; Baltimoreans include Nancy Pelosi, Tom Clancy, Thurgood Marshall and Spiro Agnew

The US Submarine Torsk was launched in late 1944 and sank the last enemy vessel during WW2; the sub had among the highest number of dives of any sub in US history

The US Submarine Torsk was launched in late 1944 and sank the last enemy vessel during WW2; the sub had among the highest number of dives of any sub in US history

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Riverbanks zoo pt 1

African lions were once found throughout the entire continent but, currently, there are only fragmented populations in western, northeastern, eastern and southern Africa primarily in national parks and game reserves

African lions were once found throughout the entire continent but, currently, there are only fragmented populations in western, northeastern, eastern and southern Africa primarily in national parks and game reserves

I tend to associate baboons with central Africa but the Hamadryas baboons are the only species that ranges from the horn of Africa to the Arabian peninsula (Ethiopia, Eritrea, Somalia, Yemen, Saudi Arabia)

I tend to associate baboons with central Africa but the Hamadryas baboons are the only species that ranges from the horn of Africa to the Arabian peninsula (Ethiopia, Eritrea, Somalia, Yemen, Saudi Arabia)

Grizzly bears are on the endangered species list partly because females have very few offspring over the course of a lifetime (moms don't have their first cubs until they are about 7 years old then have a litter of less than 2 cubs every 4 years)

Grizzly bears are on the endangered species list partly because females have very few offspring over the course of a lifetime (moms don't have their first cubs until they are about 7 years old then have a litter of less than 2 cubs every 4 years)

Native to Australia, NZ and far SE Asia, lorikeets don't eat seeds like most other birds; rather, they are possessed of a very agile, brush-like tongue for collecting nectar and pollen

Native to Australia, NZ and far SE Asia, lorikeets don't eat seeds like most other birds; rather, they are possessed of a very agile, brush-like tongue for collecting nectar and pollen

Captive Galapagos tortoises can live up to 177 years and are the largest living species of tortoise, with some Galápagos tortoises weighing 900  lbs; they are critically endangered so best to visit the Galapagos and support efforts to bolster their ranks

Captive Galapagos tortoises can live up to 177 years and are the largest living species of tortoise, with some Galápagos tortoises weighing 900+ lbs; they are critically endangered so best to visit the Galapagos and support efforts to bolster their ranks

After feeding giraffes in Africa this way I asked if it was OK here and was told no one had ever done it before; the giraffe was a little reluctant at first but decided to cooperate for my photo

After feeding giraffes in Africa this way I asked if it was OK here and was told no one had ever done it before; the giraffe was a little reluctant at first but decided to cooperate for my photo

Riverbanks’ Walled Garden was the first section of the Botanical Garden to open to the public in 1995; this pleasant garden is composed of several smaller themed gardens and contains the majority of Riverbanks’ collection of plant species

Riverbanks’ Walled Garden was the first section of the Botanical Garden to open to the public in 1995; this pleasant garden is composed of several smaller themed gardens and contains the majority of Riverbanks’ collection of plant species

Waterfall Junction was the most popular area of the botanical garden on this warm July 4th; I felt sorry for the parents since the kids' areas of the zoo and the gardens were very far apart

Waterfall Junction was the most popular area of the botanical garden on this warm July 4th; I felt sorry for the parents since the kids' areas of the zoo and the gardens were very far apart

The red, white and blue garden was perfect for this July 4th; Fort Jackson (named after Andrew and in Columbia) is the largest initial entry training center in the US Army, training 50% of all soldiers and 60% of the women entering the Army each year

The red, white and blue garden was perfect for this July 4th; Fort Jackson (named after Andrew and in Columbia) is the largest initial entry training center in the US Army, training 50% of all soldiers and 60% of the women entering the Army each year

If I was with friends then the Saluda River would have made for a refreshing destination; the river forms in the NC mountains near the town of Saluda and travels 200 miles to the Atlantic (becoming the Congaree River in Columbia and then the Santee River)

If I was with friends then the Saluda River would have made for a refreshing destination; the river forms in the NC mountains near the town of Saluda and travels 200 miles to the Atlantic (becoming the Congaree River in Columbia and then the Santee River)

In June 2016 a new sea lion exhibit opened, modeled after San Francisco's Pier 39, which contains harbor seals and noisy California sea lions; the large underwater viewing area was nice

In June 2016 a new sea lion exhibit opened, modeled after San Francisco's Pier 39, which contains harbor seals and noisy California sea lions; the large underwater viewing area was nice

This white-faced saki monkey, native to NE South America, really wanted to escape; they live around 14 years in their natural habitat and have been recorded to live up to 36 years in captivity

This white-faced saki monkey, native to NE South America, really wanted to escape; they live around 14 years in their natural habitat and have been recorded to live up to 36 years in captivity

The cute, endangered Matschie's tree-kangaroo is native to the NE corner of New Guinea island; the gestation period lasts about 44.2 days, which is the longest for any of the marsupials (joeys first stick their head out of the pouch at roughly 22 weeks)

The cute, endangered Matschie's tree-kangaroo is native to the NE corner of New Guinea island; the gestation period lasts about 44.2 days, which is the longest for any of the marsupials (joeys first stick their head out of the pouch at roughly 22 weeks)

The vulnerable swan goose has a natural breeding range in inland Mongolia, northernmost China, and southeastern Russia; it is migratory and winters mainly in central and eastern China

The vulnerable swan goose has a natural breeding range in inland Mongolia, northernmost China, and southeastern Russia; it is migratory and winters mainly in central and eastern China

You really see how huge the king penguins (similar but slightly smaller than emperor penguins) are when standing next to rockhopper penguins; on foraging trips, king penguins repeatedly dive to 100m, and have been recorded at depths greater than 300m

You really see how huge the king penguins (similar but slightly smaller than emperor penguins) are when standing next to rockhopper penguins; on foraging trips, king penguins repeatedly dive to 100m, and have been recorded at depths greater than 300m

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Norfolk Botanical Garden was a very nice surprise

There are many specialty gardens such as for camellias (500  varieties), hydrangeas (200 ), rhododendrons (175 ) and flowering trees (336); a spring visit would have been ideal

There are many specialty gardens such as for camellias (500+ varieties), hydrangeas (200+), rhododendrons (175+) and flowering trees (336); a spring visit would have been ideal

The Japanese Garden was created in 1962 to honor Norfolk’s sister city, Kitakyushu; Japanese gardens allow us to slow down and recognize that Nature never makes an aesthetic mistake

The Japanese Garden was created in 1962 to honor Norfolk’s sister city, Kitakyushu; Japanese gardens allow us to slow down and recognize that Nature never makes an aesthetic mistake

The garden has 82 different species of crape myrtles and the only recognized collection of crape myrtles in North America; a pair of bald eagles nested here for years raising 19 eaglets

The garden has 82 different species of crape myrtles and the only recognized collection of crape myrtles in North America; a pair of bald eagles nested here for years raising 19 eaglets

This red hot poker is named Rocket's Red Glare which seems appropriate here close to where the nation got its start; the garden began in 1939 with 4000 azaleas, 2000 rhododendrons, thousands of miscellaneous shrubs and trees and 100 bushels of daffodils

This red hot poker is named Rocket's Red Glare which seems appropriate here close to where the nation got its start; the garden began in 1939 with 4000 azaleas, 2000 rhododendrons, thousands of miscellaneous shrubs and trees and 100 bushels of daffodils

The headquarters of Maersk Line, which manages the world's largest fleet of US-flag vessels, is located here as is the largest naval base in the world, Naval Station Norfolk; sea level rise is a real concern with an increase of 5.5 ft expected by 2100

The headquarters of Maersk Line, which manages the world's largest fleet of US-flag vessels, is located here as is the largest naval base in the world, Naval Station Norfolk; sea level rise is a real concern with an increase of 5.5 ft expected by 2100

Coastal Virginia's temperate climate with its mild winters and high humidity make it easy to grow coast redwoods here; considered the tallest trees on earth, they can also live 2000  years

Coastal Virginia's temperate climate with its mild winters and high humidity make it easy to grow coast redwoods here; considered the tallest trees on earth, they can also live 2000+ years

The Butterfly House was home to some of the 50  species native to the Tidewater area of Virginia (such as the Monarch); it is adjacent to a 2.5 acre butterfly garden planted especially to attract these pollinators

The Butterfly House was home to some of the 50+ species native to the Tidewater area of Virginia (such as the Monarch); it is adjacent to a 2.5 acre butterfly garden planted especially to attract these pollinators

The Cinco de Mayo rose is a seedling of Julia Child (the rose, not the chef); in 1938 200 African-American women and 20 men cleared the site for what would become these gardens

The Cinco de Mayo rose is a seedling of Julia Child (the rose, not the chef); in 1938 200 African-American women and 20 men cleared the site for what would become these gardens

Koos Knoopje, Anton Bakker, 2018; this figure 8 notch is named after the artist's mentor; the artist enjoys exploring the symmetries present in every aspect of our natural world

Koos Knoopje, Anton Bakker, 2018; this figure 8 notch is named after the artist's mentor; the artist enjoys exploring the symmetries present in every aspect of our natural world

The visitor's center had some stunning artwork by local artists (one of them was there for my visit); many of the watercolors were $1000  but this work featuring camellias was only $450

The visitor's center had some stunning artwork by local artists (one of them was there for my visit); many of the watercolors were $1000+ but this work featuring camellias was only $450

The Farmers, Peruko Ccopacatty, 1997; born on Lake Titicaca in the Andes of Peru, the artist is known for his themes of family, work, struggle and triumph, evolving sculpture and sculptor to the universal human drama

The Farmers, Peruko Ccopacatty, 1997; born on Lake Titicaca in the Andes of Peru, the artist is known for his themes of family, work, struggle and triumph, evolving sculpture and sculptor to the universal human drama

Hardy white gloxinia, native to Argentina and Uruguay, have sweetly fragrant blossoms that attract hummingbirds; the Garden is adjacent to the airport with the sound of planes a constant companion

Hardy white gloxinia, native to Argentina and Uruguay, have sweetly fragrant blossoms that attract hummingbirds; the Garden is adjacent to the airport with the sound of planes a constant companion

Most of the roses were past their prime but Strike It Rich looked fabulous; this rose has a spicy fragrance, loads of bloom and super-long elegant buds of gold polished with rosy pink

Most of the roses were past their prime but Strike It Rich looked fabulous; this rose has a spicy fragrance, loads of bloom and super-long elegant buds of gold polished with rosy pink

The NATO Tower is named in honor of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization which has its North American headquarters in Norfolk; admission is $15 and you could easily spend several hours here

The NATO Tower is named in honor of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization which has its North American headquarters in Norfolk; admission is $15 and you could easily spend several hours here

Wineberry Candy is one of the longest blooming daylilies and one of the first to bloom; the garden was a beautiful oasis in the larger Tidewater urban sprawl that is not a very attractive area

Wineberry Candy is one of the longest blooming daylilies and one of the first to bloom; the garden was a beautiful oasis in the larger Tidewater urban sprawl that is not a very attractive area

The quote on this sculpture reads - just the art of being kind is all this sad world needs; the population in Norfolk peaked in 1970 at 308,000 while today the population is about 242,000

The quote on this sculpture reads - just the art of being kind is all this sad world needs; the population in Norfolk peaked in 1970 at 308,000 while today the population is about 242,000

Defense contracting is the largest economic driver in the area with particular emphasis in the shipbuilding and ship repair businesses; also, Norfolk is the second busiest port on the east coast

Defense contracting is the largest economic driver in the area with particular emphasis in the shipbuilding and ship repair businesses; also, Norfolk is the second busiest port on the east coast

Tricia Nixon, daughter of the president, was crowned Azalea Queen here at the Renaissance Court in 1969; Norfolk is 44% white, 43% Black and 7% Hispanic

Tricia Nixon, daughter of the president, was crowned Azalea Queen here at the Renaissance Court in 1969; Norfolk is 44% white, 43% Black and 7% Hispanic

I felt so bad for this river otter and wish I had a wet wipe; Norfolk is the 3rd most populous city in Virginia after neighboring Virginia Beach and Chesapeake (Richmond is 5th behind Arlington)

I felt so bad for this river otter and wish I had a wet wipe; Norfolk is the 3rd most populous city in Virginia after neighboring Virginia Beach and Chesapeake (Richmond is 5th behind Arlington)

Most species were identified but there were plenty I was curious about that were not; the Friendship Pond was a quiet corner of the garden with camellias and hydrangeas

Most species were identified but there were plenty I was curious about that were not; the Friendship Pond was a quiet corner of the garden with camellias and hydrangeas

Zebra longwing butterflies are unusual in feeding on pollen as well as on nectar; the pollen enables them to synthesize cyanogenic glycosides that make their bodies toxic to potential predators

Zebra longwing butterflies are unusual in feeding on pollen as well as on nectar; the pollen enables them to synthesize cyanogenic glycosides that make their bodies toxic to potential predators

The Four Seasons Garden and Wildflower Meadow had 50  wildflower species and 10 species of grasses; famous Norfolk natives include Wayne Newton, Clarence Clemons and Plaxico Burress

The Four Seasons Garden and Wildflower Meadow had 50+ wildflower species and 10 species of grasses; famous Norfolk natives include Wayne Newton, Clarence Clemons and Plaxico Burress

Crape myrtles are often cut back, ostensibly to allow for new growth over the next season (referred to as crape murder), but the idea that only new growth bears flowers is false, though new growth does produce more flowers than established growth

Crape myrtles are often cut back, ostensibly to allow for new growth over the next season (referred to as crape murder), but the idea that only new growth bears flowers is false, though new growth does produce more flowers than established growth

The Kitchen Garden is just one of the 60  themed gardens at Virginia's largest botanical garden; the 250,000  plants here are visited by 400,000  guests annually

The Kitchen Garden is just one of the 60+ themed gardens at Virginia's largest botanical garden; the 250,000+ plants here are visited by 400,000+ guests annually

The Bicentennial Rose Garden (1976) contains 3,000  rose plants representing 430  varieties; the 150 acre garden has a tram tour that takes about 25 minutes and has nine stops

The Bicentennial Rose Garden (1976) contains 3,000+ rose plants representing 430+ varieties; the 150 acre garden has a tram tour that takes about 25 minutes and has nine stops

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NYC sights pt 1

I had planned to visit the reading room in the NY Public Library but it was still closed due to the pandemic; when the building was opened in 1911 (with President Taft presiding) it was the largest marble building in the country

I had planned to visit the reading room in the NY Public Library but it was still closed due to the pandemic; when the building was opened in 1911 (with President Taft presiding) it was the largest marble building in the country

I've visited the 9/11 Memorial a couple of times so skipped it on this trip; One World Trade Center (ie Freedom Tower) is still jaw-dropping as the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere (the same architect designed Willis Tower and Burj Khalifa)

I've visited the 9/11 Memorial a couple of times so skipped it on this trip; One World Trade Center (ie Freedom Tower) is still jaw-dropping as the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere (the same architect designed Willis Tower and Burj Khalifa)

The 57-story Jenga Building, completed in 2017, was designed by Anish Kapoor (famous for Cloud Gate sculpture in Chicago); the building has 145 condos priced between US$3.5 million and US$50 million for 2 to 5 bedroom units

The 57-story Jenga Building, completed in 2017, was designed by Anish Kapoor (famous for Cloud Gate sculpture in Chicago); the building has 145 condos priced between US$3.5 million and US$50 million for 2 to 5 bedroom units

The Whitney, which focuses on 20th- and 21st-century American art, moved into this Renzo Piano-designed building in 2015; unlike the Met and MOMA which are huge, the Whitney can be enjoyed in a couple of hours

The Whitney, which focuses on 20th- and 21st-century American art, moved into this Renzo Piano-designed building in 2015; unlike the Met and MOMA which are huge, the Whitney can be enjoyed in a couple of hours

Little Island has an amphitheater and lots of pocket parks and playgrounds set on pillars designed to look like tulips; the park is further transforming the once-derelict West Side of Manhattan

Little Island has an amphitheater and lots of pocket parks and playgrounds set on pillars designed to look like tulips; the park is further transforming the once-derelict West Side of Manhattan

The Edge opened on the 100th floor of the 30 Hudson Yards skyscraper last year, officially making it the highest outdoor observation deck in the Western Hemisphere at 1,131 ft with the cheapest ticket being $36

The Edge opened on the 100th floor of the 30 Hudson Yards skyscraper last year, officially making it the highest outdoor observation deck in the Western Hemisphere at 1,131 ft with the cheapest ticket being $36

I wanted to see the views from atop the Vessel which opened in 2019 but, due to a string of suicides, individual visitors are no longer allowed; group tickets must be bought online and you have to arrive with your party

I wanted to see the views from atop the Vessel which opened in 2019 but, due to a string of suicides, individual visitors are no longer allowed; group tickets must be bought online and you have to arrive with your party

Since opening in June 2009, the 1.5 mile long High Line has become an icon of contemporary landscape architecture; I was amazed at how much the trees have grown and the surrounding neighborhoods gentrified between my visits

Since opening in June 2009, the 1.5 mile long High Line has become an icon of contemporary landscape architecture; I was amazed at how much the trees have grown and the surrounding neighborhoods gentrified between my visits

The National Museum of the American Indian NY is located in the historic Alexander Hamilton US Custom House; the other main branch of the museum is on the National Mall in DC

The National Museum of the American Indian NY is located in the historic Alexander Hamilton US Custom House; the other main branch of the museum is on the National Mall in DC

Bowling Green (1733) is the oldest public park in NYC and is surrounded by its original 18th-century fence (the oldest fence in NYC); it included an equestrian statue of King George III prior to the Revolutionary War

Bowling Green (1733) is the oldest public park in NYC and is surrounded by its original 18th-century fence (the oldest fence in NYC); it included an equestrian statue of King George III prior to the Revolutionary War

The East Coast Memorial (1961) is located at the southern end of Battery Park and honors the 4,601 missing American servicemen who lost their lives in the Atlantic Ocean while engaged in combat during World War II; I happened to visit on Memorial Day

The East Coast Memorial (1961) is located at the southern end of Battery Park and honors the 4,601 missing American servicemen who lost their lives in the Atlantic Ocean while engaged in combat during World War II; I happened to visit on Memorial Day

Ellis Island was once the busiest immigrant inspection station in the United States; from 1892 to 1924, nearly 12 million immigrants arriving at the Port of New York and New Jersey were processed here

Ellis Island was once the busiest immigrant inspection station in the United States; from 1892 to 1924, nearly 12 million immigrants arriving at the Port of New York and New Jersey were processed here

The Verrazzano-Narrows bridge, connecting Staten Island to Brooklyn, was the longest suspension bridge in the world from its opening in 1964 until 1981

The Verrazzano-Narrows bridge, connecting Staten Island to Brooklyn, was the longest suspension bridge in the world from its opening in 1964 until 1981

The Haupt Conservatory at the NY Botanical Garden opened in 1902 after costing $177,000; the Garden sees millions of visitors annually to its 250 acres in the Bronx which feature more than a million living plants

The Haupt Conservatory at the NY Botanical Garden opened in 1902 after costing $177,000; the Garden sees millions of visitors annually to its 250 acres in the Bronx which feature more than a million living plants

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Richardson Ocean Beach Park offered best snorkeling in Hilo

The reef triggerfish is the state fish of Hawaii and known here as humuhumunukunukuāpuaʻa; the song My Little Grass Shack in Kealakekua, Hawaii includes the line  . . .where the humuhumunukunukuāpuaʻa go swimming by . . .

The reef triggerfish is the state fish of Hawaii and known here as humuhumunukunukuāpuaʻa; the song My Little Grass Shack in Kealakekua, Hawaii includes the line . . .where the humuhumunukunukuāpuaʻa go swimming by . . .

I must have taken 50  photos of the juvenile rockmover wrasse since I was so intrigued by this unique fish; we loved Richardson Ocean Park so much that we visited both days we were in Hilo

I must have taken 50+ photos of the juvenile rockmover wrasse since I was so intrigued by this unique fish; we loved Richardson Ocean Park so much that we visited both days we were in Hilo

Richardson Ocean Park is one of the few places with good snorkeling on the east side of the island; Jennifer Doudna, 2020 Nobel prize winner for her pioneering work in CRISPR gene editing, grew up in Hilo

Richardson Ocean Park is one of the few places with good snorkeling on the east side of the island; Jennifer Doudna, 2020 Nobel prize winner for her pioneering work in CRISPR gene editing, grew up in Hilo

Redfin butterflyfish; Hilo is one of the wettest cities in the world with 127 inches of rain annually; the city has a record low temperature of 53 degrees and a record high of 94 degrees

Redfin butterflyfish; Hilo is one of the wettest cities in the world with 127 inches of rain annually; the city has a record low temperature of 53 degrees and a record high of 94 degrees

The saddle wrasse was one of the most common fish we saw but constantly moving and difficult to photograph; there are 43 different wrasse species reported in Hawaii with 13 of them (including the saddle wrasse) endemic to Hawaii

The saddle wrasse was one of the most common fish we saw but constantly moving and difficult to photograph; there are 43 different wrasse species reported in Hawaii with 13 of them (including the saddle wrasse) endemic to Hawaii

The saffron finch, native to South America, was introduced into Hawaii in 1965 and has become a common sight on the Big Island

The saffron finch, native to South America, was introduced into Hawaii in 1965 and has become a common sight on the Big Island

The rockmover wrasse moves rocks with his snout looking for food underneath; there were spearfishermen here specifically getting orangespine unicornfish, presumably to eat

The rockmover wrasse moves rocks with his snout looking for food underneath; there were spearfishermen here specifically getting orangespine unicornfish, presumably to eat

Yellowtoris coris (very common in Hawaii); Hilo is home to the Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Corporation, one of the world's leading producers of macadamia nuts

Yellowtoris coris (very common in Hawaii); Hilo is home to the Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Corporation, one of the world's leading producers of macadamia nuts

Pacific sailfin tang; I was surprised the coral and underwater topography was in such good condition here given the large crowds and relatively shallow depths (there were lifeguards to help keep people from standing on the coral)

Pacific sailfin tang; I was surprised the coral and underwater topography was in such good condition here given the large crowds and relatively shallow depths (there were lifeguards to help keep people from standing on the coral)

Belted wrasse; Hilo lies at the base of two shield volcanoes, Mauna Loa (active) and Mauna Kea (dormant); Mauna Kea is the site of some of the world's most important ground-based astronomical observatories

Belted wrasse; Hilo lies at the base of two shield volcanoes, Mauna Loa (active) and Mauna Kea (dormant); Mauna Kea is the site of some of the world's most important ground-based astronomical observatories

Female spotted boxfish; Hilo is the largest city on the Big Island but only has about 45,000 residents; much of Hilo is at risk from lava flows from Mauna Loa while the bayfront has twice been destroyed by tsunamis

Female spotted boxfish; Hilo is the largest city on the Big Island but only has about 45,000 residents; much of Hilo is at risk from lava flows from Mauna Loa while the bayfront has twice been destroyed by tsunamis

Hawaiian Tripletail Wrasse; Hilo International Airport has service from Hawaiian, United and Southwest Airlines; Hilo is the oldest city in Hawaii and started out as a center of sugar cane production

Hawaiian Tripletail Wrasse; Hilo International Airport has service from Hawaiian, United and Southwest Airlines; Hilo is the oldest city in Hawaii and started out as a center of sugar cane production

I'd never seen a juvenile rockmover wrasse before and had no idea what it was as I was snorkeling; I've seen the adults but not a juvenile which looks completely different

I'd never seen a juvenile rockmover wrasse before and had no idea what it was as I was snorkeling; I've seen the adults but not a juvenile which looks completely different

The teardrop butterflyfish was not a species I observed often in Hawaii which is the easternmost point in their range; like most butterflyfish, they are monogamous and are typically spotted in pairs

The teardrop butterflyfish was not a species I observed often in Hawaii which is the easternmost point in their range; like most butterflyfish, they are monogamous and are typically spotted in pairs

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