April 2009


Wonderful Evening in Prague, Czech Republic

Wonderful Evening in Prague, Czech Republic – Seen from outside the Vysehrad metro station, near the Holiday Inn Hotel.

After having a few Czech beers with some of my students, I headed back to my hotel room, but before entering the hotel I quickly snapped this picture of a beautiful evening sky.

Lady Liberty

Lady Liberty – aka Statue of Liberty – seen from the ferry from NYC to Ellis Island. You’ve seen the picture thousands of times, but when you’re really in front of the statue, it’s still very impressive. Check out how small the people standing on the platforms are on a bigger size photo over here.

Ellis Island Silhouette

My wife walking in the big hall at Ellis Island’s impressive museum.

From Wikipedia: “Ellis Island, at the mouth of the Hudson River in New York Harbor, is the location of what was from January 1, 1892, until November 12, 1954 the main entry facility for immigrants entering the United States; the facility replaced the state-run Castle Garden Immigration Depot (1855-1890) in Manhattan. It is owned by the Federal government and is now part of the Statue of Liberty National Monument, under the jurisdiction of the US National Park Service. It is situated in Jersey City, New Jersey and New York City.”

Flatiron Building, NYC

One of the most remarkable buildings I’ve seen in New York.

From Wikipedia: “The Flatiron Building, or Fuller Building as it was originally called, is located at 175 Fifth Avenue in the borough of Manhattan, and is considered to be one of the first skyscrapers ever built. Upon completion in 1902 it was one of the tallest buildings in New York City. The building sits on a triangular island block at 23rd Street, Fifth Avenue, and Broadway, anchoring the south (downtown) end of Madison Square.”

Brooklyn Bridge

The Brooklyn Bridge in New York, USA, during a sunny day.

From Wikipedia: “The Brooklyn Bridge, one of the oldest suspension bridges in the United States, stretches 5,989 feet (1825 m)[1] over the East River, connecting the New York City boroughs of Manhattan and Brooklyn (on Long Island). Upon completion, it was the longest suspension bridge in the world, the first steel-wire suspension bridge, and the first bridge to connect to Long Island. Originally referred to as the New York and Brooklyn Bridge, it was dubbed the Brooklyn Bridge in an 1867 letter to the editor of the Brooklyn Daily Eagle,[2] and formally so named by the city government in 1915. Since its opening, it has become an iconic part of the New York skyline. It was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1964.

Sunset over New York

Big size over here!

This picture was taken on the top of the Rockefeller Center (aka Top of The Rock) in New York. I have seen many city skylines and so far the Hong Kong skyline by night was my favorite. But I’ve got a new number one.

The view on the 70th floor (260m) is unbelievable. Of course it helped that it was the end of a beautiful day. A blue sky, light clouds, the sunset setting in and of course the view = a very nice combination. Highly recommended.

Technical information: this photo is a stich of 5 individual pictures, the stitch was made with Microsoft ICE.

Cutie Pie

Cutie pie: 1. Someone you like a lot 2. Someone who is pretty and makes you laugh and pokes you every once in a while (Source: www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=cutie+pie)