Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Venice Italy Pictures

Venice Italy Pictures
As you drive the road over to Venice Italy a whole new world opens up.
Venice Italy Pictures - Canals
No cars are allowed in the city and the fastest way to go between places has to be by boat on the canals that are obviously the blood veins of Venice. No wonder it is often called "City of Canals".
Sun is getting low and I try and make the best of it. Only a couple of hours until the light is gone and all photo opportunity is gone.
Venice Italy Pictures - Tourist shop
Venice is highly targeted to foreign visitors. Numerous shops with traditional theater masks and other more traditional tourist memorabilia.

Venice Italy Pictures - Low sun
With almost 300 thousand people living in the City - actually living in all the aging buildings and surrounded by history - it sure sounds like an exotic place.
Venice Italy Pictures - Bridge
Venice is a quiet and beautiful city...
Venice Italy Pictures - Amazing display
...and many of the shops have so amazing displays. I easily feel like stepping back in time or into a movie.

Venice Italy Pictures - Gondola
Gondolas are still used - now mostly by romantic couples and other tourists.
Venice Italy Pictures - The Grand Canal
The Grand Canal with the church Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute.
Venice Italy Pictures - Typical entrance
A typical entrance to a Venetian house with friendly brick walls and iron railings and the aging door.

Venice Italy Pictures - Masks
Masks of all colors and forms. They are hand painted and in some cases handmade and are traditionally used for the Carnival of Venice but are also a great attraction for visitors. I bought one to take home and I can tell you it is not the easiest object to take on a plane.
Venice Italy Pictures - San Marco
San Marco or St. Marks Basilica is the most famous of the churches is Venice. Raised almost 1000 years ago in the magnificent Byzantine style and with decorations in pure gold it is no wonder people come to see it.
Venice Italy Pictures - San Marko - detail
Details of San Marco.

Venice Italy

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Application Deadline: March 10, 2010   Apply to this program
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Courses and Credit: Students will earn 4 credit hours. Students should register for  BIOL4930/BIOL4930H/BIOL6930.
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*Program fee includes
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New 7 wonders of the world

The new wonders of the world announced on 07.07.07 has got a new meaning to me because this time I took part in the selection process by voting through Internet. In the life time it may not happen again. I feel proud to see Taj Mahal in the new list. The Taj Mahal of India, the most photographed monument is accompanied by The Great Wall of China, Petra in Jordan, Statue of Christ Redeemer in Brazil, Machu Picchu in Peru, Pyramid of Chichen Itza in Mexico and the Roman Colosseum in the list announced at a gala ceremony in the Portuguese capital Lisbon to coincide with the date 07.07.07.
TAJ MAHAL, AGRA, INDIA : The white marble-domed mausoleum in Agra was built by Mughol Emperor Shah Jahan between 1632 and 1654 for his favorite wife, Mumtaz Mahal, The complex – an outstanding combination of Indian, Persian and Islamic architecture styles – houses the graves of the emperor and his wife.
COLOSSEUM, ROME, ITALY :The giant amphitheater in Rome was inaugurated in A.D. 80 by the Emperor Titus in a ceremony of games lasting 100 days. The 50,000 seat Colosseum, which has influenced the design of modern sports stadiums, was an arena where thousands of gladiators dueled to the death and Christians were fed to the lions.
GREAT WALL OF CHINA :The 6,700 km barricade is the longest man-made structure in the world. The fortification, which largely dates from the 7th through the 4th century B.C., was built to protect the various dynasties from invaders.
PETRA, JORDAN :The ancient city of Petra in southwestern Jordan, was the capital of the Arab kingdom of the Nabateans, a center of their caravan trade, and also continued to flourish under Roman rule after the Nabateans were defeated in AD 106. the city is famous for cits water tunnels and numerous stone structures carved in rock.
STATUE OF CHRIST REDEEMER, BRAZIL :The 38 metre tall statue of Christ the Redeemer with outstretched arms overlooks Rio de Janeiro on Brazil’s Atlantic coast from atop from atop Mount Corcovado. The statue, built by Polish-French sculptor Paul Landowski, weighing more than 1,000 tons was built in pieces in france starting in 1926 and shipped to Brazil. The pieces were carried by cogwheel railway up the mountain for assembly. The statue was inaugurated in 1931.
MACHU PICCHU, PERU :Built by the Incan Empire in the 15th century, the giant walls, palaces, temples and dwellings of the Machu Picchu sanctuary are perched in the clouds at 2,430 metres above sea level on an Andean mountaintop overlooking a lush valley 500 km southeast of Lima. It remains a mystery how the huge stones were moved into place.
PYRAMID AT CHICHEN ITZA, MEXICO :This step-pyramid surmounted by a temple survives from a sacred site that was part of one of the greatest Mayan centres of Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula. Built according to the solar calendar, it is placed so that shadows cast at the fall and spring equinoxes are said to look like a snake crawling down the steps, similar to the carved serpent at the top.

Coliseum Rome Italy

Coliseum, Rome, Italy

Coliseum Rome Italy

Wall Italy trinita dei spanish steps rome italy

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Amsterdam Netherlands Beautifull place

bestpicturegallery.com - web's best pictures - Amsterdam, Netherlands, steep stairways, by SPH
Amsterdam, Netherlands, steep stairways, by SPH
bestpicturegallery.com - web's best pictures - Amsterdam, Netherlands, small car in Vondel Park, by Photochiel
Amsterdam, Netherlands, small car in Vondel Park, by Photochiel
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Amsterdam, Netherlands, canals at night, by Photochiel
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Amsterdam, Netherlands, by Juanillo
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Amsterdam, Netherlands, canals, by siebe
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Amsterdam, Netherlands, panorama of canals, by siebe

Miss new york usa 2010

Miss new york usa 2010

Miss new york usa 2010

Miss new york usa 2010

Miss new york usa 2010

Miss new york usa 2010

Miss new york usa 2010


Miss New York USA 2011 is Amber Collins
Miss New York USA 2011 is Amber Collins

Miss New York USA 2011 Amber Collins Portrait

Courtesy of Miss NY USA

Map of New York City (NYC) in USA Pictures

Map of New York City (NYC) in USA Location
Map of New York City (NYC) in USA Region
New York is a accompaniment in the Northeastern arena of the United States. It is the nation's third best crawling state. New York is belted by New Jersey and Pennsylvania to the south, and by Connecticut, Massachusetts and Vermont to the east. The accompaniment has a amphibian bound with Rhode Island east of Long Island, as able-bodied as an all-embracing bound with the Canadian ambit of Ontario to the arctic and west, and Quebec to the north. New York is generally referred to as New York Accompaniment to analyze it from New York City.

New York covers 49,576 aboveboard afar (128,400 km2) and ranks as the 27th better accompaniment by size. The Abundant Appalachian Basin dominates eastern New York, while Lake Champlain is the arch arctic affection of the valley, which additionally includes the Hudson River abounding southward to the Atlantic Ocean. The asperous Adirondack Mountains, with all-inclusive tracts of wilderness, lie west of the valley.

Most of the southern allotment of the accompaniment is on the Allegheny Plateau, which rises from the southeast to the Catskill Mountains. The western breadth of the accompaniment is drained by the Allegheny River and rivers of the Susquehanna and Delaware systems. The Delaware River Basin Compact, active in 1961 by New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and the federal government, regulates the appliance of baptize of the Delaware system. The accomplished acclivity in New York is Mount Marcy in the Adirondacks.

New York's borders blow (clockwise from the west) two Abundant Lakes (Erie and Ontario, which are affiliated by the Niagara River); the ambit of Ontario and Quebec in Canada; Lake Champlain; three New England states (Vermont, Massachusetts, and Connecticut); the Atlantic Ocean, and two Mid-Atlantic States, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. In addition, Rhode Island shares a baptize bound with New York. New York is the alone accompaniment that touches both the Abundant Lakes and the Atlantic Ocean.

In adverse with New York City's burghal atmosphere, the all-inclusive majority of the accompaniment is bedeviled by farms, forests, rivers, mountains, and lakes. New York's Adirondack Esplanade is the better accompaniment esplanade in the United States. It is beyond than the Yellowstone, Yosemite, Grand Canyon, Glacier and Olympic National Parks combined. New York accustomed the aboriginal accompaniment esplanade in the United States at Niagara Falls in 1885. Niagara Falls, on the Niagara River as it flows from Lake Erie to Lake Ontario, is a accepted attraction.

The Hudson River begins at Lake Tear of the Clouds and flows south through the eastern allotment of the accompaniment after clarification Lakes George or Champlain. Lake George empties at its arctic end into Lake Champlain, whose arctic end extends into Canada, breadth it drains into the Richelieu and again the St. Lawrence Rivers. Four of New York City's bristles boroughs are on three islands at the aperture of the Hudson River: Manhattan Island; Staten Island; and Long Island, which contains Brooklyn and Queens on its western end.

Upstate and downstate are generally acclimated artlessly to analyze New York City or its greater city breadth from the blow of New York state. The adjustment of a abuttals amid the two is a amount of abundant contention. Unofficial and about authentic regions of Upstate New York accommodate the Southern Tier, which generally includes the counties forth the bound with Pennsylvania, and the Arctic Country, which can beggarly annihilation from the band forth the Canadian bound to aggregate arctic of the Mohawk River.

Norway Bergen View


The Waterfront, Bergen, Norway

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Photograph of The Waterfront, Bergen, Norway.
The beautiful wooden houses of Bryggen date from the 14th to the mid-16th century.
Bryggen, the old medieval quarter, is a charming, compact area of brightly coloured wooden homes that once housed the city's merchants.
The historic city of Bergen was medieval Norway's capital.

Oslo, Norway Shore Excursion and Port Reviews

Oslo, Norway
Shore Excursion and Port Reviews

Akershus Fortress, Oslo taken from the deck of the Silver Shadow
Oslo, Norway Port Information
Tom Ogg
Updated by Nancy Norris
May, 2005

Entry Requirements
A valid passport is required for entry but no visa is necessary for stays of under 90 days.
Language and Currency
The official language of Norway is Norwegian, however, most residents speak English. The currency is the Norwegian Krone, but many places will also accept Euros.
What is Oslo like?

Panoramic View of Oslo's Harbor
Oslo, the capital city of Norway, is located at the head of the Oslo Fjord on the Aker River. Covering 175 square miles that consists mostly of farmland, lakes and forests, it is the least densely populated capital city in Europe. The city offers beautiful parks, broad streets, impressive statues and an attractive shoreline harbor. Pleasant, hillside winding streets, dotted with beautiful homes amidst the pines, contrast with the bustling activity of the modern, busy streets that surround the harbor making for a somewhat unique eclectic charm. Modern in design, there is no shortage of excellent shops and dining venues.
What is the weather like?
Summertime (June – August) highs can reach into the 70’s but the average is about 60° and it is often windy.
Where does the ship dock?

Docked in Oslo, Norway
The ship docks just minutes from the downtown/harbor area right next to the Akershus Fortress. In fact, you can see the main buildings at eye level from the pool deck of your ship. People joke that it is the only "cruise in" Fortress in the world. Virtually everything is available by walking, taking one of the public trams or water taxis across the harbor.
Where is the shopping?

Aker Brygge (taken from the Akershus Fortress grounds) Oslo, Norway
Oslo offers a very quaint pedestrian shopping street in city centre known as Karl Johans Gate. It goes for blocks and offers every type of store imaginable. Located about 1 mile from the pier, to get to Karl Johan Gate head into the center of the quay, or harbor and take one of the streets inland several blocks until you hit one of the pedestrian streets. Turn to the right and the city will open up before you eyes. It is a great walk and worth the effort. The harbor area also has some very upscale stores in an area named Aker Brygge. Well worth exploring, it begins at the waterfront and goes inland a few blocks. There are also shopping malls scattered throughout the city that are frequented by the locals. Finally, just in case you want to pick up a last minute item, right at the cruise terminal, there is an extensive Norwegian arts and crafts market.
What is there to buy?

Entrance to Downtown Oslo From the Harbor
I can't think of a product category or label missing from the hundreds of stores found on Karl Johans Gate. Every conceivable product is available. Of special interest are the Norwegian sweaters. Quite reasonably priced, they can be found in every design and color. Norwegian tableware (glass and pewter products) are also widely available. You will find designer clothes, shoes and other upscale boutiques in Aker Brygge. Oh yes, Norwegian trolls are everywhere and make great gifts for folks at home. At the Norwegian arts and crafts market at the cruise terminal you will find furs, sweaters, trolls, coffee cups, t-shirts and every other souvenir you would expect to find in such an environment.
What is there to do?

Akershus Fortress, Oslo taken from the deck of the R-7
There is certainly no shortage of options in Oslo. Are you interested in art, architecture, history, music, dance, shopping or sports? Or perhaps you like nothing more than sitting at a sidewalk café and taking in the impressions of the city and its people? Oslo has something for everyone. With over 50 museums, cultural life flourishes. First, you can get right off the ship and investigate the Akershus Fortress and Castle. This walled fortress was built in the 13th century and is a quality representation of what life was like then. Of special interest is the dungeons that were used for who knows what evil? The Norwegian Resistance Museum, also housed in the fortress is well worth the time to explore.

The Main Pillar in Vigeland Sculpture Park
The city is full of statues and sculptures, but by far the most impressive is Vigeland Sculpture Park, located in Frogner Park.

Celebrating Life is the Theme of Vigeland Sculpture Park
Dedicated to the work of Gustav Vigeland, the park boasts 212 bronze, granite and wrought iron sculptures within the confines of its 79 acres. Depicting the whole cycle of human life from birth to death, the park, in my opinion, is not to be missed.

Just one of the 212 Bronze Statutes
The public park is free and a favorite of locals as well as tourists. Adjacent to the park is the Vigeland Museum that was at one time the residence and studio of Gustav Vigeland.

Vigeland Sculpture Park
The easiest way to visit the park from the harbor is to take one of the westbound trams that stop directly in front of the entrance. When you purchase your tram ticket, be aware that it is a round trip fare and collection is done on the honor system. If you are interested in art, then you may find a visit to the Munch Museum and the National Gallery appealing.

One of Olso's Public Ferrys
Another option is to take the public ferry from the harbor to Bygdøy.

Just One of the Incredible Houses in the Bygdey Area
Some of the most beautiful homes in Oslo are located nestled in amongst the trees and hills of streets that wind through Bygdøy and worth the ferry ride alone.

Another Bygdøy Area House
It is easy to see how folks get through the long winters in this area. The homes are large and beautiful.

The Best of the Viking Ship Museum
Now, high on the list of suggested museums here is the Viking Ship Museum. I strongly suggest you not waste your money to visit. If you are curious, just walk in and climb to the second floor at the entrance, take a couple of pictures and exit. What you see from that vantage point is about all there is.

The Kon Tiki Museum
If you wish to visit any of the ship museums here, I recommend the Kon-Tiki (of Thor Hyerdahl fame) and Fram (Amundsen’s polar ship) Museums as better options.

The Fram Museum
I would also suggest you take some time to explore the Norwegian Folk Museum in Bygdøy. This open air museum provides a collection of exhibits depicting the cultural history of Norway from old farmhouses with sod roofs to examples of daily life enacted by period costumed performers (Think of a Norwegian Williamsburg).

The FRAM Museum
For incredible views of the city and surrounding fjords, you might wish to travel the 6 miles into the suburbs to visit the Hollmenkollen Ski Tower. The facility was built in 1952 for the Winter Olympics and well worth the trip. The Ski Museum is also located there and traces the history of skiing in Norway from early cave paintings of human figures on skis through the polar expeditions of Amundsen.

Aker Brygge Seen From the Port
Of course, no visit to Oslo would be complete without allowing time to stroll the harbor area of Aker Brygge to Karl Johans Gate. On your walking tour, you may wish to include City Hall, the Royal Palace and Olso Cathedral. If you are lucky you will be just in time to watch the changing of the guards at the Palace. And don’t forget time to stop along the way at one of the many coffee bars and cafes. Particularly if you are like me and love to savor the essence of a destination.
If you are not adventurous or just can’t decide what you want to do, there is a city bus tour that was offered right at the exit of the gangway on my last visit and cost a mere $18 US per person.
Is there anything of “Don’t Miss” quality?

Vigeland Sculpture Park, a "Must See"
Do not pass up a visit to the truly unique 80 acre Vigeland Sculpture Park, coupled with exploring the harbor area and Aker Brygge.
Are there any great restaurants or bars?
There are many good restaurants and coffee bars in Oslo, but I thoroughly enjoyed “Vin Og” along the waterfront on my last visit. (Sit in the covered patio on the second level for the view alone.)


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