Monday, October 31, 2011

Jewish Sites, Washington DC

This stunning and creative fence is actually shaped like a Menorah - it surrounds the oldest & first Jewish Synagogue in Washington DC. The Synagogue is open for tours upon request, and is being renovated to historically preserve it. It can even be rented/booked for small weddings with all benefits going into the restoration funds.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Ellis Island

This is part of the long line of baggage that passed through ellis island over the many years it was welcoming newcomers to America.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Hawaii USA

This photo was taken at South Point (Ka Lae), the southernmost point of the Big Island of Hawaii and the 50 United States. This is believed to be the location of where the first Polynesians in Hawaii landed their boats. The road leading to it goes through wide open ranch land and an old wind farm.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Heidelberg Germany

Three times a year Heidelberg Germany sets their castle ablaze to commemorate the fires that have destroyed it throughout history. The fire is actually a wonderful light display and started off with fireworks. It is really worth the trip - the best vantage point is from across the rive on or below the Philosophenweg - or Philosophers way...where you can travel in the footsteps of some of the greatest philosophers to ever live!!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Fort in Rethymnon, Crete, Greece

This historic Venetian fort sits high above the old town of Rethymnon on the Greek island of Crete.

This photo postcard shows the exterior curtain wall of the fortezza. Inside, you can explore the grounds, walk the perimeter of the wall, peek through the turrets, and take in the panoramic views over this mediterranean seaside town.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Banff Springs, Canada

On top of Sulphur Mountain, where the famous Banff Springs are located, is the equally popular observation post. From here, you can see the entire town and its surroundings- Cascade Mountain, the Bow River, Tunnel Mountain, Lake Minnewanka and more. View is to the N-NW.

This was taken last summer, and I was careful to take the photo late in the afternoon, so the lighting would be best.

Highly recommended!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Brooklyn NYC

A flag flies in Brooklyn NY....against the background of the famous brownstones!!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Bass Harbor Marsh, Maine

In Mount Desert Island, Maine, lies Acadia National Park. We were driving on the western side, trying to find a picturesque shore view. We didn't see much, but on the way on Rt. 102, we saw this instead.

This is the Bass Harbor Marsh, where a creek empties into Bass Harbor. In the background are Bernard and Mansell mountains.

Sunday, October 23, 2011


This is a digital water painting of the view from our room in an exclusive boutique hotel called Ngala Lodge (pronounced en-gala) in The Gambia we visited in 2010. It happens to be voted 'the best hotel in The Gambia' by the Gambian tourism board and all staff members at the hotel are very happy to display why they are voted the best too!

Saturday, October 22, 2011


Rock Garden
This rock garden outside the Jewish Heritage Museum in NYC has a tree growing out of it. The Jewish Heritage Museum is near Battery Park in Lower Manhattan. Copyright Amy Marie.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Philly Skyline

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Philadelphia taken from the Train Bridge over the Delaware River.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Carcassonne, France

This is the world famous masterpiece of Carcassonne. It is a fortified french town in the Aude department of France. The medieval fortress was added to the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites in 1997 and attracts many tourists in this part of France.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Liberty State Park

The front of the Central Railroad of New Jersey Terminal (CRRNJ) in liberty state park. Beautiful Photograph taken by Amy Marie. Copyright Amy Marie

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Alberta, Canada

In Jasper National Park in Alberta lies the Columbia Icefield. This is the only spot on earth where three rivers empty into three oceans: the Atlantic, Pacific, and Arctic. One of the glaciers is the Athabasca Glacier, which is a popular tourist attraction.

There are specially made tour buses that drive right on the ice. The view is amazing, and winter gear is necessary even in the middle of summer!

The glacier itself has been retreating since 1855. In a way that is good, since otherwise it would extend over the adjacent highway 93 (appropriately named the Icefield Parkway).
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Monday, October 17, 2011

Sandy Hook, New Jersey, USA

This is America's oldest lighthouse, in Sandy Hook, NJ. This lighthouse was first lit in 1764. It stands in the entrance to New York Harbor and is part of the Gateway National Park (NY and NJ).

Also nearby is Fort Hancock, built in the 1890's to protect the harbor. Artillery was placed and was active during WWII. Later, anti-aircraft missiles were installed nearby. Visitors to Sandy Hook can see old cannons, gun placements, and missiles as well as the lighthouse.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

german house

This house photograph was taken in Germany, i just love the little windows inset into the roof to allow light to come in for the many floors that are above the roof-line. travel through towns all over europe for wonderfully stunning architecture like this!

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Boson, Massachusetts, USA

A photograph of a Humpback whale in the Atlantic Ocean, off the coast of Massachusetts. This photograph was taken during a whale watch cruise. A sunny day that turned into a rainy day. Lucky for me, it just happened to be during the same weekend as the Tall Ships event in Massachusetts. A few photographs like this one made it ok that the sun went away. There is nothing you can do for New England weather, be prepared for all weather changes.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Budapest, Hungary

Castle of Buda

Budapest ,Hungary

Castle of Buda and Danube river viewed from the side of Pest .It is part of the Budapest World Heritage Site,it is a historical district inside the metropolis surrounded by walls .It is originated from the 14th century -but it was destroyed and rebuilt many times .You can see Danube river at the front which splits the city into two parts

Thursday, October 13, 2011

wheaton village

One room schoolhouses dotted americas countryside 100 years ago, now they are a thing of the past in most areas. this little one still stands, as a example of how we learned 100 years ago. it is in wheaton village in millville NJ.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Coney Island , New York

One of the most famous of all Brooklyn landmarks is the Parachute Jump in Coney Island. Originally built for the World's Fair in 1939, it was then moved to its present location. People would pay to be hoisted to the top, then gently ride down by parachute.

If you visit that site, you may be able to smell the hot dogs sold by Nathan's another Brooklyn fixture. I'm getting hungry just writing about it!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Bali , Indonesia

I came across this stone figure as I was exploring the Peace Garden of the Bali Botanical Gardens. It's located in Ubud, one of the prettiest towns in the uplands of Bali, Indonesia. Its meditative example gives the visitor an incentive to slow down and gaze at it without hurry. Bali is a Hindu island, a relic of the time when India had control of parts of Indonesia. I enjoyed visiting the temples with their multitude of statues (most dressed in black and white checked sarongs) and accompanying flower offerings.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Ellis Island

just in time for Halloween this photograph looks like it was taken in an old insane asylum - but it was really taken on Ellis Island!! can you imagine your an immigrant to a new country and you may spend days, weeks, months or even years living in these rooms and this hallway?

Sunday, October 09, 2011

British Columbia, Canada

Beautiful hanging baskets of flowers were everywhere in this charming port in British Columbia. The bright red flowers were the jewels on a background of the deep blue of the sound and the boat-filled harbor on a tranquil summer day. A summer on the inland passage of British Columbia is the next best thing to heaven.

Saturday, October 08, 2011

Cape Cod, Massachusetts USA

This is one of many lighthouses in Cape Cod, the Highlands Lighthouse in N. Truro, Massachusetts (42° 02' 21" N, 70° 03' 44" W), at the National Seashore. The current lighthouse was built in 1857, at a height of 66 feet and made of brick and cast iron.

The Cape is a beautiful seashore area, with lots to see and do. If you really want to enjoy your trip there, I strongly recommend visiting in May, June, or September, as it is quite crowded over the summer. I'm sure you'll fall in love with old Cape Cod!

Friday, October 07, 2011

Sunset on a road trip

This shot of a sunset in my rear-view mirror was taken somewhere along the road from Oklahoma to can see there is a motorcycle following me who also got caught in my camera's shot...but it just makes it a great classic "road trip" Photograph...whereever you are going enjoy the day with a nice leisurely drive!!!

Thursday, October 06, 2011

The iconic image of Maine's rocky coast- the Portland Head Light. Actually located in Cape Elizabeth, it sits in Fort Williams Park. It is a popular tourist attraction, and in the summertime, it is a pleasant place to be.

But wait- there's another lighthouse in this picture. If you look close enough, you can see the Ram Island Ledge Lighthouse just right of center at the horizon.

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Oia, Greece

This picture was taken on Santorini island in Greece in the municipality of Oia. It is reknowned for its white buildings, windmills and churches that makes it unique and picturesque. Santorini is part of the Cyclades, in the Aegean Sea.

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Statue of Liberty NY Harbor

I hope she is wearing underwear because this shot of the Statue of Liberty taken from the pedestal level of the monument on Liberty State Park is looking right up her dress!!!

Monday, October 03, 2011

Lili'uokalani Park, Hilo, Hawaii

A photo of a stone bridge in the Japanese Garden in Lili'uokalani Park, Hilo, Hawaii. The park is not far from Coconut Island, and you can reach the small island via a footbridge from the park. The small girl standing in front of the bridge is my daughter.

Sunday, October 02, 2011

Grand Teton Park, Wyoming, USA

The Grand Teton National Park is located in northwestern Wyoming, U.S., only 10 miles (16 km) south of Yellowstone National Park. This Mormon row barn is framed by a babbling stream, a windbreak of trees, and the famous Grand Teton which is the tallest mountain in the Teton Range. Spectacular!

Saturday, October 01, 2011