Sean and I are now in New Orleans.
We left Knoxville after eating breakfast at a Wafflehouse and checking out the Sunsphere.
Making our way through Georgia, Alabama, and Mississippi.
Today we went to the Audubon Aquarium and Insectarium after breakfast at Café Fleur De Lis, which was the best breakfast I’ve had in a while.
Then we took a stroll down Magazine Street to see some of the Garden District.
We had dinner at an oyster bar and seafood restaurant called Desire. The oysters were spot on, as was the crayfish etouffé.
We further strolled down Bourbon where the football fans were getting their party groove on as were some great street performers.
The City of the Arts and Sciences in Valencia, Spain is a pretty remarkable place.
City of the Arts and Sciences
However, I managed to find one monotonous exhibit that you desperately want to see, but can’t stand to watch.
I waited for about 15 minutes, filmed half of that, and edited it down to 2-3 minutes.
You will just want to see how it ends.
I was just flipping through some (I mean hundred really) of my photographs from my trip to Valencia, Spain.
This photo of the City of the Arts and Sciences at night has to be on of the best architecture photos I’ve taken. The quality of the photograph isn’t great or anything, but the composition and its aesthetics, like the water reflection, is why I like it so much.
Several City of the Arts and Sciences buildings.
Parliament - see it at all times of day.
There are hundreds of words to describe London, but here are 100.
April 17, 2010
From within the abbey.
Westminster Abbey is well worth the price one has to pay. An entrance fee gives one a well designed map and audio guide, as well as entrance to the abbey museum and cloisters.
Westminster is hands down the most impressive cathedral and abbey I have seen. There is no reason why any other piece of architecture can beat out the abbey. It’s detailed and ornate design is complex yet calming. It has buried the remains of the royal monarchy – and many famous writers and poets. Brilliant writers such as Tennyson were laid to rest in the abbey, while tributes to other great writers – William Shakespeare (buried in Stratford-upon-Avon) are also accounted for. This was enough to satisfy me, but the architecture is so brilliant, it’s hard not to be in awe.
It looks best at night.
I really hate to complain. Well, not really. But I hate to complain about such a great city like Paris. I mean, it’s the heart of France. Yes? No? There’s a lot of culture. International recognition. It boasts of Napoleon and the Louvre. The Louvre! But there were several things that I see as the downside. They kind of disappointed me. Maybe London has spoiled me (not that this is an English verses French kind of thing).
What Mona sees everyday.
10 Reasons Why Paris Disappointed Me:
- Watch out for land mines because there’s dog poopy everywhere
- The winter gardens aren’t as well-kept as other cities like London
- Smells similar to a waft of air from sewage plant
- There’s an exceptional amount of litter
- If you attempt French out of courtesy, you’re still greeted with hostility
- The metro smells worse than the waft of airs outside
- Lots of gypsies come up to you asking, “Do you Speak English?”
- There’s a startling number of homeless people, or at least that can be seen
- The automatic metro doors wait for no one – don’t get your head slammed
- The Louvre is more busy than a shopping mall
Entertainment for the kids.
Too bad you have to pay... more than its really worth.
If you take a boat ride, do it on a sunny day.
More free entertainment for the kids.
Update: March 9, 2010, 10 p.m., London
FYI – Major Cities I’ve been to:
- New York City
- Quebec City
- Washington, D.C.