Sunday, July 29, 2007

Lombard Street, San Francisco

We always try to drive down Lombard Street when we're in San Francisco. Besides the unbelievable switchbacks, the landscaping is gorgeous.

The wikipedia article is here. My picture is here.

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Be sure to click on the Google Street View! Windows Local Live also has a great bird's eye view.

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Parliment Hill, Ottawa

Parliment Hill in Ottawa is Canada's seat of government. There is a Changing of the Guard here similar to the one at Buckingham Palace. Here is their web cam.

Windows Live Local's image isn't as good but I think it shows a boat and barges traversing the locks of the Rideau Canal. To see what I'm talking about, go here and click back and forth between Google Maps and Microsoft VE (aerial).

Here's the wikipedia article and here's their web site.

From the Spirit of Canada web site:
The Tulip Festival has its origins in World War II when the late Princess Juliana (later to become Queen of the Netherlands) spent the war years in Ottawa. When peace came, she returned home; but she never forgot her stay in Canada. So each year, a gift of over 20,000 tulip bulbs is sent to Ottawa. This year (2005), the festival signals the 60th Anniversary of the end of the war and the Gift of Tulips to Canadians comes as 'A Celebration of Peace and Friendship'.

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Anne Frank House, Amsterdam

Anne Frank's house is at Prinsengracht 267 in Amsterdam. You can see the line outside. We got there when it opened at 9:00 AM and walked right in. I strongly recommend that. Here's their web site and here's their webcam.

There's an unforgettable statue on the sidewalk.

Thursday, July 05, 2007

Amsterdam Royal Palace

Amsterdam Royal Palace is just down the Damrak from where we stayed in Amsterdam. Here's the wikipedia article.

Here's my picture of it.

Dam Square is across from the palace and there stands the National Monument.

Sunday, July 01, 2007

Hotel Prins Hendrik, Amsterdam

On our way back from England and Wales in 2003, we spent the night at Hotel Prins Hendrik, Prins Hendrikkade 53, 1012 AC in Amsterdam. It's in that line of buildings facing the trees. Zoom out a couple of clicks and you'll see the canal and the Centraal Station. Here's their web site. Count the stars (***).

Chet Baker
died there in 1988.

We took a cruise on the canals on one of these boats.