A great hike up Petrin Hill, followed by a climb to the top of the needle - a miniature Eiffel Tower - yields huge rewards in a panoramic view of Prague.
You don't want to miss T-Rex at the Toys 'R Us in Times Square. It moves through a 2-3 minute cycle in which it looks around, moves head and arms, breathes heavy, and roars. It's pretty impressive! There are many other great reasons to spend a half hour at Toys 'R Us even if you don't have kids with you. Some of them include a Ferris Wheel, the Empire State Building (with King Kong) made out of Legos, and a life size doll house.
This very old building (among the oldest in Paris) was a great structure in its day. They have a collection of artifacts dating back as far as 12th century. The one photographed here is not that old but it was my favorite.
This bakery was on Rue de Clerk in the 14th Arr. One can hardly go wrong with a French bakery, but the best ones are the Artisan bakeries.
The 14th street subway platform on the 9th Avenue line (A/C/E trains) has several pieces of art on permanent display. Another great subway platform is at 79-81 Street on the west side of Manhattan, below the American Museum of Natural History, and there are beautiful mosaics on the wall. Definitely worth a look!
I can't imagine there being a more beautiful city architecturally than Prague. I bought a "tower pass" to climb all the towers of Prague. It may have cost as much as 200 CZK but was well worth it for the exercise and for views like this. The Klementinum tower offers a 360 degree view of the city. Inside the modernized portion of the complex is a concert hall for classical music. I caught the tail end of the International Classic Music Festival and saw the Hungarian Philharmonic for the equivalent of about 18 USD. I highly recommend visiting Prague the last week of May.
A beautiful arrangement of flowers for sale on pedestrian streets of downtown Copenhagen in mid-May 2010.
This statue is in the dungeon below Kronborg Castle in northern Denmark, better known as Hamlet's Castle. The dungeons are actually pitch-black and at moat level. I also recommend going up on the roof of the castle where you can see the city of Helsingor and Sweden across the gulf. The Maritime Museum within us very interesting too.
Next time in NYC, definitely check out High Line Park, an above-ground former subway line in the Chelsea neighborhood converted into a strolling flower garden replete with some old rusty track and amazing skyline and sunset views. Then take a walk through the Chelsea market on 18th street and 10th Avenue. I grabbed a chocolate chip baguette and espresso from Amy's Bread.
I enjoyed watching the stream of bikers pouring out of the ferry in the way to work. Bikers are not the only ones who take the ferry, also Vespas and small cars. The ferry landing is behind Centraal Station.