Sunday, July 26, 2015

Sunday Travel Photo #50: Hoover Dam

Hoover Dam.  Arizona.  Nevada.  June 2010.
Overview of Hoover Dam

Hoover dam is a dam of its kind built in the borders of Arizona and Nevada. The dam was built between the year 1931 and1936. The construction of this dam saw over a hundred workers losing their lives while at work. In the year 1935, US president Franklin D. Roosevelt dedicated the dam though it came to be controversially named after another US president, Herbert Hoover. The purpose of building the dam was for controlling floods, providing power, storage of water and also recreational. The whole project had a total cost of $49 million ($833 million with inflation).


Hoover Dam Bypass
From this point, you can have a good view of the dam. The bypass is a four lane including arch bridge and Mike O’Callaghan –Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge.

Oskar J. W. Hansen’s Memorial
Oskar, a neutralized American sculptor designs most of the sculptures around the dam. One of the famous pieces of his work was a plague honoring those who died during the construction work.

Power Pland
The power plant at Hoover dam offers a good place for tourists to have a view of how water is released from the dam. Most people visit the plant, not to understand how electricity is generated but rather to view how water flows out the dam.

How to get there

Bus offers the most convenient mode of transport. US Route 93 passes near the dam. If you are coming from far, you can use any of the airports in Arizona or Nevada.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Sunday Travel Photo #49: Colosseum

Colosseum.  Rome. Italy.  February 2015

Overview of the Colosseum and Palatino

The Roman Colosseum is undoubtedly one of the most well-known icons of Italy around the world.  Thus, to give some entertainment of the residents of Rome, it organized battles among gladiators and also against animals and incredible spectacles named naumachie, an actual naval fight in the area filled up with water, had been arranged. Underneath the Colosseum arena, there were several passages and spaces utilized for reside the gladiators and also the ferocious animals that might be exposed to the middle of the fighting field.

The Palatino museum is situated on the homonymous mountain, on the list of ancient monuments gathered, numerous Iron Age artifacts, tombs as well as pieces of art from imperial structures are displayed. The most crucial of such works would be the ornamental images within the Isiaca studying room.

Top Attractions
Emperor Vespasian had started the building of the Colosseum and it was accomplished by Titus, the son of Emperor Vespasian approximately in 80 A.D. The actual name of the Colosseum was Flavio. However, it started to be referred to as Colosseum due to a huge bronze sculpture of Nero which within the 2nd century was positioned close by the structure. The structure was utilized for hunting simulations, including ferocious,  gladiator battles and exotic pets as well as other entertainments.

The Palatine hill or Palatino is the wrecks of the Castles of Domitian, Augustus, and Tiberius and are on. The other structures consist of what's thought to be the house of Livia, Augustus, wife which includes some fascinating frescoes. There are also some public attraction places like the Domitian Hippodrom, that is regarded as a Ground for foot race competition. Nevertheless, its specific objective is questioned. These days, archaeologists continue to be making new findings since they continue to keep excavate Hill of Palatine.

The Roman Forum, situated in Rome between the 7 hills. In historical periods, it had been a marsh. At the end of the 7th century B.C., following the water drainage of the wetlands, the Forum was built and also this served as the middle of the general public living in Rome for more than a millennium.

You can visit the Colosseum and Palatino by Metro station Colosseo from line B and line A from Manzoni station. Bus lines are 60, 75, 85, 87, 271, 571, 175, 186, 810, 850, C3 and the tram line is no 3. 

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Sunday Travel Photo #48: Road to Hana Maui Hawaii

Waianapanapa Black Sand Beach.  Road To Hana.  Maui.  Hawaii.  December 2011.

Overview of Hana Highway, Maui Island, Hawaii
The Hana Highway runs along the northeast coastline of the island of Maui. The Hana Highway connects Maui’s principle city of Kahului with the tranquil town of Hana. The highway is officially 68 miles long, the shoreline scenic route is 52 miles long.
The Road to Hana is world famous for it’s lush tropical scenic features, towering waterfalls, natural streams, and picturest ocean views. The road itself is very winding and narrow. Driving the road to Hana takes approximatelyt 2.5 hours to drive non-stop. Stoping to take advantage of it’s tropical scenic beauty, the full trip could take you anywhere from 3.5 – 4 hours. Plan for an all-day tour, as you will make several stops. The scenic route passes over 59 bridges, 46 of which are only one lane wide. Many of the concrete and steel bridges are original, dating back to 1910. Along with the historical bridges, the highway encompasses 620 curves.

Attractions at Hana Highway, Maui Island, Hawaii

Kaanapali Beach

Nearly all of the seaside resorts in this area back up to Ka'anapali Beach, a three mile stretch of sand suitable for frolicking with a sidewalk that runs the entire length by the hotels to Black Rock. Black Rock slices across the beach and is a popular spot for snorkelers and scuba divers. Those in search of their scuba certification on this part of the island will likely do your first dive at Black Rock. There are also plenty more opportunities to whet your appetite for water sports such as parasailing, wind surfing and jet skis.
Beach access can be tricky, especially during the high tourist season. Some of the resorts have beach access lots that are open to the public. There are also several secure pay-to-park lots. Early morning is the best chance to claim a parking spot and patch of sand. Of course where tourists gather, so do thieves. Do not leave any valuables unattended or in your car as they will likely not be there when you return. Also, as will all beaches in the islands, never turn your back on the ocean. Sometimes in the winter months the surf can get rough. In the event the water is too dangerous, the life guards will post red flags as a warning. Ka'anapali beach is located about two miles north of Lahaina along West Maui's shore. From Lahaina, head west on highway 30. The Ka'anapali Resort is well marked and just off the highway. Public access signs near the shore direct you down to the beach.

Pipiwai Trail

The Pipiwai Trail, above the Oheo Gulch (Seven Sacred Pools), is one of the best hikes on Maui. Pipiwai Trail is 4 miles roundtrip, gaining 650-feet in elevation. It takes 2 1/2 - 5 hours to hike, depending on how much nature loving you do. There are several great waterfalls along the route with the final destination fall being Waimoku Falls, falling 400-feet down a sheer lava rock wall shaped like a horse shoe. If it's been wet in the area recently, you can additionally find yourself surrounded by numerous small waterfalls on the surrounding cliff face. This is an absolutely beautiful falls and well worth the hike to get to it.

How to Get to Hana Highway, Maui Island, Hawaii
You can get to Hana Highway, Maui Island by some available vehicles such as: car, motorbike, etc.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Cape Cod New England

JFK memorial

I heard Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket were super nice, but they're not included in the tour. ):

It was a 9 hour tour from Boston to Cape Cod with 49 other tourists/travelers. 

One of the oldest light houses

The tour includes a cruise in Cape Cod Bay.

The second oldest lighthouse in the nation

Chase (Chase Bank) Family Residence

The Kennedy Compound including President Kennedy's Residence
2 hour break in Hyannis
Lobster Roll at McDonald's.  Only in New England.

Town House

Old Library

Another hour break in Sandwich