The beauty of Grand Canyon

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Grand Canyon has always been in my bucket list. So when the opportunity to go to Las Vegas came up, I just had to put Grand Canyon in our itinerary.

We took a bus tour from Las Vegas (the bus picked us up from the Stratosphere Hotel) which took us to Hoover Dam and Grand Canyon. For $80 each, it surely was a bargain! So here’s one of the best pictures I’ve taken using my camera, and definitely one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen so far.

Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden

Perfect setting for a romantic scene in a Koreanovela

Japan? Nah. This is the beautiful Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, which offers free admission during Tuesdays. I love, love, love this place! Let me share the photos I took last Spring:

Torii, a traditional Japanese gate which marks a Shinto shrine

Japanese maple tree

Brooklyn Botanic Garden – 1000 Washington Ave  Brooklyn, New York 11225

For more information, visit http://www.bbg.org/.

Flatiron Building

Flatiron Building, the triangular tower at the center, sits on the intersection of 23rd St. (front of Flatiron), Broadway (left), and Fifth Avenue (right).

The famous Beaux- Arts Flatiron Building (1902), originally called Fuller Building, at 175 Fifth Ave between 22nd and 23rd Streets, is one of the oldest skyscrapers in the city.

It looks flat and narrow when viewed from the side.

Madison Square

The building’s cultural legacy is a little more interesting and has passed into the local social consciousness as a fable. It is said that the building created unusual eddies in the wind which would cause women’s skirts to fly around as they walked on 23rd street. This attracted throngs of young men who gathered to view the barelegged spectacle. Police would try to disperse these knots of heavy-breathers by calling to them, “23 Skidoo.” (Read more at http://www.glasssteelandstone.com/BuildingDetail/438.php)

Flatiron Building and the sidewalk clock at 200 Fifth Ave (1902)
A closer look at the apex
sidewalk clock viewed from the other side

The Flatiron Building is pretty much like New Yorkers (“New Yawkahs”) – bold, sophisticated, and risk-loving. It really is a concrete jungle out there and NYC’s architecture is one of the reasons why I love this city.

Bow Bridge and the Lake

Bow Bridge and the Lake on one cold February afternoon

The Bow Bridge is named as such because its graceful shape suggests the bow of a violinist or an archer. Located in Central Park, this bridge is one of the most photographed places in New York. You might recall MJ telling Peter “There’s someone else” in Spiderman 3 (2007) or Finn and Rachel in Glee meeting in this very spot.

Here are some photos I took last May:

“Row your boat”
“Christine Hall will you marry me”