On any given day of the week. You can drive and park almost on the shore. And enjoy the beautiful view of down town Miami. What I sometimes do, I'll bring a couple of beach chairs and put them in the water. The beach is pretty shallow and calm. And just take a nap.
Spending the noon hour in Bryant Park is such a great break for tourists and locals alike. You can grab great food whether it be 'wichcraft or the more upscale Bryant Park Grill and then park yourself outside. Have some lunch, read, play ping pong or just stare up at the Bank of America building and think, "I'm luckier than they are."
One of Seattle's landmark buildings, the downtown public library is a dramatically asymmetrical, 11 story glass-and-steel 'sculpture' that takes up an entire city block. Designed by Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas, the interior features a continuous 'book spiral' that allows access to the collections. With a coffee-cart and natural light pouring in, it's the perfect place to spend part of a rainy day.
Before landing in Dubai, I was unsure if I would love the city or hate it for the opulence and excessive lifestyles.
I was surprised to find how much I appreciated the city and country of the United Arab Emirates. Beyond the fantastical amounts of money that have been spent in the UAE, I was inspired by people's ability to be creative and see their dreams emerge into reality.
As a creative person, I was amazed at what the human mind could develop and construct. From the Burj al Arab hotel (pictured here), to the design of the new Dubai Metro stations, and the impressive Burj Khalifa tower, Dubai is a place of architecture and design icons.
Now, if only their recycling and sustainability programs would take off...
Puente de la Mujer- or bridge of the woman- is a pedestrian bridge located on dock 3 in the Puerto Madero district in Buenos Aires. The bridge, designed by Santiago Calatreva, is one of the most recognized monuments in the area and symbolizes a couple dancing the tango.
Inspired from Venice, Amsterdam and the old canals of Christianshavn, this new livingarea on water, sports a nice getaway from inner city - take the harbourbus (number 992) and get off at Teglholmen.. Remember your bathingtrunks!
The Palácio da Alvorada is the official residence of the President of Brazil. The palace was designed by Oscar Niemeyer and inaugurated on June 30, 1958.
The best place to view the iconic Petronas Twin Towers is from Sky Bar, across Kuala Lumpur City Park on the 33rd floor of the Traders Hotel. There is construction going on all over KL as an indication of where Malaysia is headed, but in gaping at the awe-inspring steel glow, and when you consider the towers' six-year stint as the tallest buildings in the world from 1998-2004, you could be forgiven for thinking Malaysia has already arrived.
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Known as the Drunken or Unvertical House, the facade of this building is said to be inspired by the fairytale illustrations of Jan Marcin Szancer and Per Dahlberg. Inside are shops and restaurants.
The High Line is a park built around an old elevated train track. The path is lined with art and flora as well as places to sit and people-watch or enjoy the scenery. You will also have great views of the Chelsea neighborhood, boats moving on the Hudson River and the Manhattan skyline. Best bet is to walk the High Line in one direction and enjoy Chelsea's quirky shops and restaurants from street level in the other direction.
Love it or hate it, the stainless steel curves of downtown L.A.'s Walt Disney Concert Hall are arrestingly eye-catching. Designed by Frank Gehry and completed in 2003, the building is a metallic marvel. Even if you can't take one of the mid-day guided tours, it's worth 'snooping around' the free open-to-the-public areas.
To get here: corner of Grand and First,
downtown Los Angeles.
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Now there is a new reason to visit Modena, the mother city of supercars in northern Italy. An inspiring museum for Enzo Ferrari has just opened.
Enzo Ferrari was an Italian icon, a real genius that created the absolute myth in Formula 1 and the most valuable brand in automotive industry.
Last March, the new Museo Casa Enzo Ferrari was inaugurated to become the new hotspot in the so called Motor Valley of Modena.
The museum was built next to the house where Enzo Ferrari was born. The house was neglected for years till an Italian journalist discovered it. It still belongs to a wealthy Italian family and up to some years ago it was used as a garage.
On the outside, the historic building was restored to its original state. Inside it was transformed to an interactive museum that tells Ferrari’s story through his personal archive and memorabilia, pictures and video material.
During my last stay in Seoul, I spent most of my time in the historic heart of the city north of the Han river. I did take a Sunday afternoon, though, to walk around the Gangnam district--the chic high-rise dominated neighborhood south of the river. (As recently as a few decades ago, this area was still rice-paddies...)
Just around the corner from Bong-eun-sa temple (which dates from the 8th century), this striking building caught my eye: the headquarters for the Hyundai Development Company. Designed by renowned architect Daniel Libeskind, it's known as "The Tangent." In the architect's words, "the Tangent is a project that is about the relationship between the ever changing circle of nature and the straight line of technology." (Those words could also succinctly describe the recent history of post-war Korea...)
In my mind, though, because this structure reminds me of one of my favorite...
One of the most distinctive buildings in central Seoul is the 33-story Jongno Tower, a triangular glass and steel tower topped with an oval floating above seven stories of emptiness.
Across the street is the traditionally reconstructed "Bo-shin-gahk" belfry, housing a large bronze bell. During the Joseon dynasty, the bell would be rung 33 times every morning, (symbolizing the 33 heavens of Buddhism), to open the city's gates. At dusk, the bell would be rung 28 times (linked to the locations of constellations) to signal the shutting of the city's gates.
The original bell is now in the National Museum, but a reproduction still hangs here, and every December 31st, it's struck 33 times to ring in the New Year.
The basement of the Jongno Tower connects with the subway and a shopping arcade, including "Bandi and Luni's," one of Seoul's largest bookstores, with a good selection of English...