Category Archive for 'Sights'

Urban planning can work, contrary to theorist Jane Jacobs’ shrill screeds, and Battery Park City, on the Hudson River edge of lowest Manhattan, is a heartening example. Since the heart of the development is just four lanes across West Street from Ground Zero, it would surely enrage bin Laden to know that the 14,000-plus residents […]

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Pyrotechnics for Breakfast

Valencia was the last major city to fall to the victorious rebel forces in Spain’s 1936-1939 Civil War.  Before it did, it suffered furious and lengthy bombardments by Franco’s artillery and bombers. Its devastation accounted for the paucity of surviving architectural landmarks encountered since then. That is, up until one of the city’s brilliant native sons, architect […]

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This most Spanish of Spanish cities is cliché made manifest. Its Gothic-Renaissance cathedral ushered in the 15th Century on the site where an Arab mosque once stood. The remains of an earlier Almohad Moorish royal residence were incorporated into the nearby 14th Century fortified palace commissioned by Pedro the Cruel. They loom over the Barrio […]

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Not so long ago, the Financial District, at the far southern tip of the island, saw little more life than crumpled papers scurrying on the wind through the dark canyons of corporate headquarter buildings. It emptied out every Friday when the brokers downed their last martinis and left for home uptown or in the ‘burbs. […]

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That April In Paris

The French Really, Really Don’t Suck The flowering trees in the pocket plazas of the Latin Quarter had burst into voluptuous bloom the day before we arrived, and the willows down by the Seine were leafing out in palest shimmering green. By the end of the week, they were joined by the horse chestnuts and […]

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To The Rim Of The World

Rapa Nui is the name the inhabitants gave their language, their land, and themselves. A Dutch explorer stepped ashore on a Christian holiday in 1722 and named it Paasch Eiland. The Spanish translated that to Isla de Pascua, and we call it Easter Island. It is one of the most isolated places on earth. Thousands […]

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Tall Ships In Newport

Few sights thrill as much as a flotilla of frigates, barks and whalers tacking into a harbor under bellying canvas, or moored at rest, sails furled, only the hawsers creaking as if eager to challenge the sea again. So on impulse, we drove to Rhode Island for the annual July visit of 22 tall ships […]

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Green To Rust

“Leaf peeping” is a phrase that makes me gag – repeatedly, given that it is much beloved by the multitude of New England tourism authorities and I’ve been writing about the region for twenty years. Those same flacks would have outlanders believe that the annual changing of the foliage lasts a couple of months or […]

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