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Photos of the Days – Local Travel

June 22, 2010

Sunderland/Deerfield bridge over the Connecticut River in Massachusetts.

June 23, 2010

Mom at the edge of the garden.

June 24, 2010

Candle light with a sea captain.

June 25, 2010

Insects are there even in the dark.

June 26, 2010

Chasing dinosaurs on the Connecticut River in Holyoke, Massachusetts.

June 27, 2010

Admiring butterflies at Magic Wings in Deerfield, Massachusetts

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Ups and Downs of London’s Natural History Museum

London’s Natural History Museum is a real treat for adults and kids alike, however, I’m not sure it compares to other natural history museums such as the one in New York City or The Smithsonian. It has it’s ups and downs, and despite it’s lack of outstanding impression, I’d go back again.

The Down

What wasn’t great was the dinosaur exhibit. It’s not as big as one would expect. There aren’t that many fossils, and there might even be more posters and information cards up than bones around.

There's a good collection of animal specimens.

 

The Up

What was great was the ecology portion of the museum. The exhibit covers the basics of life on earth, the environment, climate, and ecosystems. It’s also a bit of eye candy for those who like beautiful and shimmering displays and shiny lights. And the kids will love the life size and blown up models of the farm and plant cells.

The ecology exhibits hosts a trace-like video encompassing nature, earth, oceans, and life.

 

Giant plant cell.

The Unique

What was unique about the museum was the exhibits on memory and how a baby is made. I’ve never seen such complex or unique exhibits like these at science museums or natural history museums. One could spend a half hour plus in each exhibit.

Exhibit on how babies are made.

 

The extensive memory and senses exhibit.

 

To Eat

If you get hungry, there are several eateries, but one can also bring a bag lunch and have that on the fronts steps or the museum’s side garden. 

When & When Not

Avoid going on Wednesdays and weekends if you can help it. If those are your only options, head out early because the line will be long – a half hour plus! So get there well before it opens if you want to get in early.

Impressive architecture.

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Photos of the Day – Plethora Trois

February 13, 2010

In a Swansea club in Wales, there were a significant number of men in kilts because of rugby matches.

February 14, 2010

Journeying 300 feet down into a live mine was one of the unique experiences Wales has to offer.

February 15, 2010

This is the misery of my uploading photos issues.

February 16, 2010

Cheap movie tickets are sold at old theaters like the Coronet on week days.

February 17, 2010

The beauty of a stairwell.

February 18, 2010

Embracing the London rain.

February 19, 2010

Pickled vegetables at Fatoush's Lebanese restaurant.

February 20, 2010

London's China Town has many things to offer: Food, sweets, drinks, and a unique site.

February 21, 2010

Chinese New Year celebrations last a week full on in London.

February 22, 2010

I'm always so intrigued by the Westfield shopping centre.

February 23, 2010

There are some pretty cool tech devices at the London science museum.

February 24, 2010

To me, Frost is New England. One thing I miss while in England.

February 25, 2010

And, still, I embrace London's rain.

February 26, 2010

Around where I work and Westfield shopping centre.

February 27, 2010

While the Millennium Bridge isn't that inspiring, St. Paul's Cathedral always is.

February 28, 2010

The National Gallery is my primary place of retreat in London. Love it to death.

March 1, 2010

Side streets of main streets in London aren't all this boring, but a lot are.

March 2, 2010

Rooms Deluxe in Valencia, Spain offer a wide range of cool and hostel-hotel-like accommodations..

March 3, 2010

From high tours, Valencia offer a beautiful view that rivals even that of Barcelona.

March 4, 2010

Valencia's Botanical Gardens offer impressive landscapes and extreme sixes of cactus and palm trees, as well as numerous stray cats that love your attention.

March 5, 2010

Valencia's aquarium might just be the best museum attraction in all of the city - but be willing to pay big bucks.

 

March 6, 2010

Valencia's "Silk Exchange" is a beautiful building of Arab influence in a trendy part of town, and is free on Saturday.

March 7, 2010

This is the crowd one can wade through when trying to catch the changing of the guards on Sundays.

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