Monday, October 6, 2008

Mohonk Mountain House

Mohonk ("lake in the sky") mountain house is a historic American hotel in Ulster County, New York. The site was designated as a national historic landmark in 1986 more than 70 years after it hosted the Lake Mohonk Conference on International Arbitration that led to the creation of the Hague Permanent Court of Arbitration.

The resort offers many recreational activities such as swimming, boating, fishing, tennis, golf (on a traditional 110-year-old Scottish golf course), horse riding, and picturesque hikes.
Most recently it made the news for its detailed record of the weather in the area for the past 112 years.

The resort offers spectacular hikes and rides with romantic places for rest ...

... and magnificent views.

The lake is perfect for swimming, boating, and fishing.

The trails are ideal for hiking and rock scrambling.

Scenic view from a hiking trail.

The Skytop observation tower

Friday, September 12, 2008

The Ancient Nesebar

Nesebar (or Nessebar) is situated on a rocky peninsula on the Black Sea, Bulgaria. This small piece of land (about 25 ha) is tied with a narrow rope-like neck to the continent. Its abundance of historic buildings prompted UNESCO to include Nesebar in its list of World Heritage Sites in 1983.

The most interesting sightseeing places are:

- fortress wall (built and used since 7th6th century BC until 14th15th century);

- more than 10 churches (Nesebar is sometimes said to be the town with the highest number of churches per capita);

- wooden houses built in the 19th century (typical of the Black Sea architecture of the period).

General view

Fortress wall

The Church of St Sophia or the Old Bishopric

(Stara Mitropoliya) (5th-6th century)

The Church of John the Baptist (11th century)

The Church of St Stephen or the New Bishopric

(Nova Mitropoliya)

(11th century; reconstructed in the 16th-18th century)

The Church of St Stephen (inside)

The Church of Christ Pantocrator (13th-14th century)

The Church of St John Aliturgetos (14th century)

Typical house

At night

Link: Unique Bulgaria: Старият Несебър (Bulgarian).

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

A last Friday for Astroland ... or not

On a sunny Friday (Sept. 5) the future of the historic Astroland amusement park in Coney Island, Brooklyn, New York City (NYC) is unsure. The 'space-age' theme park first opened in 1962 and is home to one of the NYC and National Historic landmarks -- the wooden roller coaster Cyclone.

The fate of the Cyclone looks "bright" as it is scheduled to stay open even if Astroland closes.

The bumper cars are one of the more grounded attractions at the park.

Dante's Inferno is for the dark-ride connoisseurs.

The top spin ride will definitely give you the thrills.

A view from the beach.
In 1867, Charles Feltman opened the first ever
hot-dog stand in Coney Island.

The wonder wheel in the background.

A view from the pirate ship

The break dance ride

The water fume booth.