Showing posts with label sightseeing. Show all posts
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Thursday, October 8, 2020

The NYC Traveler in Maine: Marginal Way, Ogunquit, Maine


The NYC Traveler in Maine:
Stroll, Hike, Run: Marginal Way, Ogunquit, Maine

Sunrise, Marginal Way, Ogunquit, ME, USA


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We profiled the Cliff Walk in Newport, Rhode Island in a previous article. Now, take another walk with us as we explore one of our favorite places to be when you travel to New England: Marginal Way, Ogunquit, Maine. Things to know:

1. The walk was donated by Josiah Chase in 1925 and now maintained by Marginal Way Committee and the Marginal Way Preservation Fund.




2. The footpath literally overlooks the Atlantic Ocean. Although it is not a strenuous walk, there are places just begging you to sit and enjoy nature. The view is always different because the weather is always changing. A well-kept secret is the fabulous waves for surfers and paddle boarders. You'll see athletes and boats as you sit and enjoy the view.



3. There are spots to climb down on the rocks or to take the stairs down to the water's edge. However, it can be dangerous in certain spots. Children should not venture onto the rock areas; those with walking concerns should remain on the paved path as should those in wheelchairs or strollers. In wet weather, climbing down on the rocks or down the stairs to the beach is not advised at all.


4. The path is about a mile and ¼ (a little over 2km). It begins and ends at your choice:  Obeds Lane and Shore Road in Ogunquit or the artsy Perkins Cove area. It is a great run or walk in the morning for exercise. To return, you have your choice of doubling back, walking along Shore Road or to take the trolley back, for a small fee (seasonal). Beware: traffic along Shore Road is almost unbearable in the summer and walking will often be faster than the trolley. 




5. As with all nature areas, there are signs asking you to leave nature as it is so that we can all come back and enjoy it again and again. 




So, take time to relax your mind and take a stroll (or two, or three, year after year) on the Marginal Way, in beautiful Ogunquit Maine.

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Wednesday, September 9, 2020

The NYC Traveler in Rhode Island: Cliff Walk, Newport


The NYC Traveler in Rhode Island:

Stroll, Hike or Both? Your Choice

on Cliff Walk, Newport, Rhode Island

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It's billed in all of the tourist brochures as one of the top attractions in Newport. And after hiking the trail, it's easy to see why. But of course, Newport has much more to offer than a cliff! So, here are the top ten things to know before you go:

1. The trail 3.5 miles (5.6 km) long (if you choose to do the whole thing).





2. The trail starts and ends near two beaches: Easton, at Eustis Avenue and Memorial Boulevard; and Bailey's, Bellevue and Ocean Avenues.


Easton Beach


3. It is strongly urged to wear real walking shoes if you plan to hike the entire trail. Anything else would be extremely dangerous. Also, there is one rest room area along the trail. Bring water. It is a carry in, carry out park.

Scan the QR codes along the way for a self-guided tour.


4. Much of the trail has guard rails but there are a few spots where the edge drops off dramatically, sometimes with a bush blocking the spot.




Related: Ogunquit Marginal Way: article, video

5. At Narrangasett Avenue, are the 40 steps. You can count them if you want, but there are 40! That's 80 round trip. Good photo spot. Also, good exercise!




6. The pavement portion begins at the Easton Beach area. It ends more or less at the Marine Avenue access point (Belmont Beach), roughly 2 miles. You will see beautiful views of nature and the mansions, including the Breakers, so if you ending your walk here, you will have seen a nice part. Keep this in mind if you're jogging the trail.

Salve Regina University


7. After this point, the trail alters between pavement, rocks and loose gravel until the end, another beach. There are at least 3 access points in the popular spots and one in the middle of the rocky area (Ledge Road). 




8. In addition to the rough terrain, beware that you will look down at the ocean (very scenic) but you might think it is high.




9. There are museums in mansions, a university and private residences long the way. You are literally hiking a public trail through private land. At least one house has a no photo sign posted. 

The Breakers


10. To get back to town, you could hike down Bellevue Avenue when you reach Bailey's Beach and see the front of all those mansions you passed by or take the trolley back to the center of town. 

Cliff Walk Slideshow


PS: we left out some of the sights out on purpose so that you can be surprised! 

For more information, visit their website: Cliff Walk

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Wednesday, September 2, 2020

NYC Traveler in NYC: Wave Hill, Bronx

 The NYC Traveler in NYC: 

Wave Hill, the Bronx

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Become Inspired by the Gardens:

Grow Your Own Indoors


Wave Hill, in the Bronx
Your own private retreat

Hudson River view

1. Located in the Hudson Hill section in Riverdale, in the Bronx, you will soon realize why that section is called Hudson Hill. Beautiful views of the Hudson River await you.

Wave Hill House

2. The mansion, Wave Hill House, was built in 1843, with a series of owners and occupants, including Mark Twain, who leased it in 1901. The house burned down and was rebuilt in 1927. The 1960's owners deeded it to NYC and it was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1983.

Glyndor Gallery

3. In addition to the mansion, there is Glyndor Gallery, another house on the property that normally holds exhibits and other events.


4. The focus is the gardens: outdoor settings, greenhouses and the grounds themselves, where you are free to sit, read, stroll and use it as your private retreat.


5. You can also take a couple of short hikes on the trails that circle the property: identify trees, do some bird watching and get a little exercise.




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Friday, October 12, 2018

The NYC Traveler: A Big Apple Summer

A BIG APPLE SUMMER:
WHAT TO DO IN NEW YORK CITY

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Summertime in the Big Apple

New Yorkers tend to be divided into two camps for touring their hometown: those who do and those who don't (and may not know how). If you find that you have to spend part or all of the summer in the Big Apple, check out these tips:

1. NYC Residents: Get NYC identification. There are many benefits, such as discounted annual museum memberships, entertainment tickets and park department membership discounts. There are also several companies that sell combo passes for multiple attractions. Click here for a list.




2. Get around town with public transportation. There are car services, but the best deal in town is still the MTA. Most residents already have the current way to pay, a MetroCard. There is a new system coming, OMNY. Check out the website to make sure that you have the one that suits your needs. Street Smart: Only buy a metro card from an official machine or at a ticket booth. Do not buy from anyone who approaches you at a station or on the street.




3. Ask a New Yorker if they have been to the Statue of Liberty or the Empire State Building and it is a good bet they may say no. So, New Yorkers, act like a tourist and take a look at the Official Guide to New York. You can pick up the print version in Grand Central or Penn Station or in the Times Square Information center



4. All of the NYC parks have summer activities. As per current COVID-19 restrictions, some annual events are not occurring but the parks are open. Grab a bicycle, and choose a borough (or two) to explore. Get the app or check out the calendar.



5. Explore memberships at the museums, gardens and zoos. Along with admission, you get discounts on dining, shopping and first peeks at new events and exhibits. Museums have too many works to display, so exhibits are changing constantly. Plus, they sponsor great events such as concerts, lectures Here are some of the more popular museums:





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Sunday, March 25, 2018

The NYC Traveler in NYC: 5 Places NYC Locals Visit, Part 1

The NYC Traveler in NYC:

Hang Out in NYC Like a Local 
(Tourist spots we visit but we don't want to admit)

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The Unisphere in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, Queens



1. The Museums: New Yorkers might belong to museums as members or have free or discounted access with a NYC ID. Having a membership allows great flexibility, you don't have to feel rushed to see everything in one visit and you can attend special members only events. Take advantage of musical events, workshops, lectures and other events. It's like having a community center.


The MoMA: Museum of Modern Art

2. The Highline: take an old elevated train track, make use of the spaces underneath with great restaurants, add the Whitney Museum at one end and the number 7 train hub at the other, mix well and you have a nice way to spend an afternoon in most weather. Currently, you must reserve a timed entry to enjoy the park.


The elevated High Line, viewed from the street

3. The Parks: Tourists head to Central Park but locals hang out in their neighborhood parks which range from a one block square or triangle to acres and acres. Journey to Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx; Cunningham Park, Alley Pond Park, Kissena Park or Flushing Meadows-Corona Park in Queens; Prospect Park or Carnarsie Pier in Brooklyn (along with the entire Coney Island area) and Latourette Park in Staten Island. Golf, swim, bicycle or just sit out under a tree. 


NYC Parks: Places to Go


Check the websites for festivals in NYC Parks

4. Greenwich Village: Below 14th (East and West), Manhattan does not have the square grid design of streets and avenues. Resembling our European city cousins, streets angle in and out, seemingly follow no set pattern and reveal delightful little nooks and crannies such as church gardens, boutiques, small theaters and sidewalk cafes. 



Father Demo Square, Bleecker Street and 6th Avenue

5. Our Street Fairs: Although the most neutral source of information should be the nyc.org website, on its Citywide Events page, it may not always be up-to-date. Searching NYC street fairs on the internet will yield the websites for the companies that seem to sponsor the generic fairs. But, when the real festivals occur, they draw the locals. Check for the latest information about NYC Events.



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Intro to...Traveling to Cuba: Part 2

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Disclaimer:  This article is written as a personal narrative based on personal experiences from the perspective of a US citizen. It is not intended as legal, official or professional information. MC Photo and Travel, dba MC Enterprises does not assume responsibility for any persons using this information as the sole source for planning a trip to Cuba.

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Our Cruise to Cuba
Currently, there are no cruises sailing from USA ports to Cuba. It is our hope this policy is changed soon. It's an amazing experience.
This information is intended for readers who are US citizens and is solely based on the author's personal experience


Norwegian Sky, docked in Havana, Cuba

There are 15 municipalities in Havana, Cuba. Cruise ships, currently not sailing from the United States, normally dock in Old Havana (Havana Vieja). The area is a curiosity because it seems as if it was abandoned and left to decay after the Revolution of 1959. The numerous old cars from that era add to the mystery. Some buildings are being preserved and the area is a World UNESCO Heritage Site. 

1. When I sailed in 2017, 3 cruise companies were sailing to Cuba: Norwegian, Carnival and Royal Caribbean. They departed from Miami, Tampa and Port Canaveral. The port for Cuba will be Havana, which docks in Old Havana. Check the US Department of State website for the latest information regarding cruises to Cuba.




2. You can travel by airplane unless there is a restriction for safety and/or health concerns. Consult with a knowledgeable and reputable travel consultant who will give you truthful advice in your best interest regarding lodging. (When and if cruising resumes, choose an itinerary that has an overnight in Havana, if your main purpose is to visit Cuba. However, there are sailings that have Havana as a one day stop, just like any other port.).




3. 
Travel to Cuba for tourist reasons is not permitted. You must be there for a purpose as per your visa. You must travel under one of the 12 permitted licenses.



4.  Technically, you must have an itinerary to visit Cuba, but it can be self-made. Plan to visit places of interest for the entire time you are in port. Normally, cruise excursions would make this easy. I booked an evening walking tour through the cruise line. Tours are also for sale as you disembark, after you clear customs and exchange money. But, I planned my own activities and I was engaged the entire time I was off the ship.


Castillo de los Tres Reyes del Morro

5. Activities that I did in order to engage in people-to-people activities included a horse-drawn city tour, visiting a cigar shop, speaking with the locals at the flea market, enjoying the Coche Mambi (the 1910 presidential rail car), a gallery and other spots around Old Havana, including the famous Havana Club.


Coche Mambi rail car

6. Running joke: Ernest Hemingway, who did live in Cuba for about 7 years in the 1930's, apparently ate, slept and visited every location in and around the old Havana area. Every tourist attraction has a plaque that proclaims that ol' Ernie was there. 

Hotel Ambos Mundos, where Ernest Hemingway lived for 7 years

Do your research. If you use a travel agent, ask if he or she knows the latest information about visas, some of them do not arrange visas. When cruising resumes, make sure you will be able to communicate directly with the cruise line about traveling to Cuba. Buen viaje!

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