Tuesday, October 30, 2007

FDR Home, New York

In 1989, we drove from New York to Montreal and then on to Toronto. On the way, we drove up the Hudson Valley where I had been several times on business.

One of the most interesting places was FDR's home in Hyde Park, New York.

The wikipedia article is here and the National Park Service site is here.

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Saturday, October 27, 2007

Wawel Castle, Krakow, Poland

Wawel Castle overlooks the Vistula River.

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

The Sunday we were there was Saint Stanislaus's Day. My pictures begin here.

We toured the Royal Private Apartments. It was really kind of sad in that so many of the country's artifacts had been stolen by conquerors over the centuries.

Friday, October 19, 2007

St. Florian's Gate, Krakow, Poland

St. Florian's Gate was just 1/2 block from our hotel in Krakow. The permit to build it was issued in 1285. It was part of the medieval city walls. Here's the wikipedia article and here's my picture of the gate.

Just north of the gate is the Barbican of Krakow, built around 1498. Here's the wikipedia article on it and here's my picture.

If you zoom out 3 clicks, you can see the park area that was built where the old wall was torn down.

Sunday, October 14, 2007

The Danube, Vienna, Austria

We couldn't go to Vienna and not see the "Blue Danube." Didn't look very blue to me.

Here's the wikipedia article. My pictures begin here. This picture was taken at the map location.

Sunday, October 07, 2007

St. Stephen's Cathedral, Vienna, Austria

We had a layover in Vienna on our way to Krakow so we jumped on the subway and went into town. We hadn't done much research so we just went to the center of the city and walked around. We came out near St. Stephen's Cathedral. The last section of it was finished in 1511. The south tower is 445 feet tall, 343 steps (trust me). 343 is 7 x 7 x 7. The north tower is only half as tall, at 223 feet. A word to the wise, the observation deck is on the north tower!

Here's the wikipedia article and my pictures begin here. Vienna's web site is here.

Monday, October 01, 2007

Trinity Park, Martha's Vineyard

Martha's Vineyard is just full of surprises. As we rode our bicycles around Oak Bluffs we came across Trinity Park.

Trinity Park is a Methodist Church campground. Around the tabernacle in the center of the park, the faithful have built gingerbread cottages. It's mentioned in the wikipedia article here. There's an interesting walking tour here.