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Douro Valley and Northern Portugal in Pictures

WHY GO: The Douro Valley in northern Portugal might not be on the mind of every wine-lover, but the way things are going, it soon will be. Home to some of the best Ports in the world (Dow's 2007 Vintage Port, 100 Points, Wine Spectator Magazine), and a growing number of acclaimed Reds, the Douro [...]

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Lisbon and Sintra, Portugal In Pictures

WHY GO: Lisbon Portugal is a hot destination right now - and should be. It's the closest Mainland Europe city to New York (a 6 1/2 hour flight), colorful, classic and innovative all at once. Mosaic sidewalks, cobblestone streets, terra cotta roofs, tiled buildings - Lisbon is eye-catching no matter which way you look. Here [...]

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Chinatown in the Year of the Monkey – a Photo Essay

Here is a new year’s celebration that lasts all year long. On February 8, 2016, New York City rang in the Year of the Monkey at Sara D. Roosevelt Park with the traditional Firecracker Ceremony, and on Sunday, the 17th annual Lunar New Year’s Parade will wind all through Chinatown. But that’s just the beginning–the Year of the Monkey goes on until January 27th, 2017.

Here is a new year's celebration that lasts all year long. On February 8, 2016, New York City rang in the Year of the Monkey at Sara D. Roosevelt Park with the traditional Firecracker Ceremony, and on Sunday, the 17th annual Lunar New Year’s Parade will wind all through Chinatown. But that's just the beginning--the Year of [...]

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Photo Safari at the Central Park Zoo

Sea Lion at Central Park Zoo, one of the first zoos in the USA

Opened in the 1860s, the Central Park Zoo was New York's first zoo and the nation's second (the Philadelphia Zoo preceded it in 1859.) Sometimes a source of controversy, the Great Central Park Zoo Escape hoax of 1874--polar bears and Bengal tires reported loose on city streets, oh my!--panicked and angered many New Yorkers. More [...]

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New York City for the Holidays

Macys Santa Mailbox

New York City is simply magical during the holidays. Starting even before the annual lighting of the Rockefeller Christmas tree in early December, and continuing into January, you can't stroll down a block without running into festive decorations. I try to visit NYC at this time every year to see my favorites--the Rockefeller angels and all the incredible [...]

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Pink Ladies and Mistletoe at Storm King Art Center

North South East West - bronze and steel sculpture fountain, part of the Lynda Benglis: Water Sources installation at the Storm Kink Art Center.

Over one hundred whimsically-named fountains and elephant-sized art installations dot the five hundred acres of rolling hills at the Storm King Arts Center in Mountainville, New York. The scale of this endeavor--one of the largest collections of contemporary outdoor sculptures in the United States--is almost impossible to comprehend, even when you see it in person. Here's [...]

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Photo Opp at the Newseum

View of the Federal Trade Commission on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington DC as seen from the Newseum Terrace.

One of the top vantage points for taking travel photos of America's most important street is at the Newseum's Hank Greenspun Terrace on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C.  The National Gallery of Art, with the Smithsonian campus as its backdrop, rests directly in front, while the Federal Trade Commission sits to one side. Even more [...]

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Night at the World’s Fair in Queens

The Unisphere, aka World's Fair Globe, at night in Queens, New York City.

Built for the 1964-1965 New York World's Fair, the 12-story high, stainless steel Unisphere remains standing in Flushing Meadows Corona Park in Queens, New York City. At night, with the flashing beams of jets taking off from nearby LaGuardia Airport, the World's Fair Globe takes on an otherworldly air. Appropriate enough for an event that [...]

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The Most Photogenic Fall Foliage in the Northeast

Best Fall Foliage in the Northeast

For a few autumn weeks the Northeast transforms into a rich tapestry of gold and russet oak, birch, and sugar maple trees. Seeing fall foliage at peak intensity  is magical, but success requires perfect timing and the right location.  Typically, leaves start turning colors by mid-September in the northernmost regions, gradually working their way toward the [...]

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Views From Walkway Over The Hudson State Historic Park

Walkway Over the Hudson Bridge

Once the longest bridge in the world, the Poughkeepsie-Highland Railroad Bridge used to carry raw materials from Western sources to Eastern industrial centers. In 2009, it was repurposed into the longest elevated pedestrian bridge and major New York attraction, now seeing over half a million visitors each year. Spanning 1.28 miles, the walkway rests 212 [...]

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