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Thursday, December 4, 2014

Eastern USA and Canada Tour

NEW YORK

The second leg of our North America tour began in New York. The beginning of our stay in New York was not auspicious as we arrived at night, it was raining heavily and our booked transit took three hours to get us to our hotel...
... but this was the Big Apple and things had to look up - and they did. The next two days were great.

Central Park
Buggy Rides
At Strawberry Fields, the John Lennon memorial
General view of park




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Natural History Museum
Lots of fascinating displays, the dinosaurs were the stand outs though
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Iconic Buildings
Empire State
Statue of LIberty
Metropolitan Opera
Times Square
Replacement for World Trade Centre
Flat Iron Building
Grand Central Station





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Panorama
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Click on this link for all of the New York photos.

BOSTON

My main interests in Boston were the Revolutionary War sites.

People who are not particularly interested in history have probably heard of Paul Revere's ride. Here is a fascinating video that dispels some of the myths about the ride.

The Old North Church
- where the lantern was displayed indicating the route of the British soldiers

Paul Revere's statue with the church in the background

Church interiors

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Other Sites

The Old State House

Faneuil Hall

USS Constitution

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Here is a link to the Boston pictures

QUEBEC CITY

A long drive from Boston took us over the Canadian border to the picturesque Quebec City.

The photographs say it all.

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Here is a link to the Quebec City photos.

OTTAWA

Our next stop was Montreal, an overnight stop on the way to Ottawa. We did not find Montreal an interesting city. But here are the photos anyway.

Ottawa the capitol city of Canada, is situated on the St Lawrence River. For a government town, it is quite attractive.

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We went shopping in ByWard market and then had lunch at the bakery that Obama visited in 2009

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Our Ottawa photos.

THE THOUSAND ISLANDS

The Thousand Islands is a stretch of the St Lawrence that contains (surprise, surprise) lots of islands - in fact 1,864 of them. Some of the islands are on the Canadian side of the border, some of them are on the US side.

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TORONTO

Most photos of Toronto include the CN Tower. Mine are no exception ...

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... though there is no sign of the tower in this shot from our hotel room.

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our: Toronto pictures

NIAGARA

There are two water falls at Niagara:

The American and Horseshoe Falls.

The American Fall is on the left and Horseshoe Fall is on the right in the photograph opposite.

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Link to Niagara pictures

LANCASTER

We crossed back into the US at Niagara and drove to Lancaster, Pennsylvania - Amish country.

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Our: Lancaster photos

WASHINGTON DC

Washington is a city of monuments, memorials, government, and museums.

Monuments for:

                                      Abraham Lincoln

Thomas Jefferson       George Washington

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War Memorials :

                                Marine

WWII                     Arlington Cemetery

Korea                     Vietnam Women

Vietnam Wall         Vietnam Soldiers

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Government Buildings :

The White House

The Capitol Building

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National Air and Space Museum :

John Glenn's Capsule - first US orbital flight

Lunar Landing Module

A "Hanging Display" with various aircraft

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Video of Main Entrance Hall

Link to Washington Photos

PHILADELPHIA

The last city on the tour before returning to New York was Philadelphia. As with Boston, my main interest in Philly was its connection to the Revolutionary War, in particular Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell.

Philadelphia highlights

Libety Bell

Independence Hall - exterior and interior

Rocky statue     Reading Terminal Market

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Link to Philadelphia photos

5 comments:

TARNEIT PETE said...

Lookin' good Stephen. You had a wonderful trip.

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