Photo of the Week: Oasis

IMG_7983Governor’s Island, USA

Do you have an oasis that you like to visit, to get away from the hustle bustle of the city?  For me, that place is Governor’s Island.  It’s located a short (5 minute) ferry ride away from the southern tip of the city.  In recent years, the island has had a major facelift transforming the abandoned coast guard base into a green oasis. 

The laid-back atmosphere on the island is contagious.  Here you will find people riding their bikes instead of cars, having picnics on one of the many green lawns, or taking an afternoon nap at the hammock grove. 

Even though it feels like worlds away, the looming city skyline in the distance reminds you that you are only a hop and a skip away from the chaos on the other side.  And the best part is that it only costs a $2 dollar ferry ride to get away from it all. 

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New York City From Above

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One of my favorite ways to see a city is from above.  The different perspective can totally change how you see the place. Take New York for example – the chaos that you  feel when you’re on the street falls away once you’re in the air.  That was one of the reasons why I’ve always wanted to take a helicopter tour.  It took nine years, but I finally got to check this item off of my bucket list.

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I took an  open-door heli tour around the city with Wings Air, a heli tour company based in Westchester.  Here are a few of my favorite shots from that day:

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The city looks like a mirage from afar with a beacon of light calling out to all of the dreamers.

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For an hour, our skillful pilot navigated us to all of the landmarks in the city.  Let me tell you, it was quite a thrilling experience with the winds whipping through my hair.

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It always excites me to see the sprawling Central Park, but this is the first time I saw it from the sky surrounded by high rise towers.

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It was exhilarating to be so close to the buildings, I felt like I could reach out and touch them. It was something that I’ll never forget.

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The sun was setting on the concrete jungle as we made our way around the island. You could see the sun reflecting on the buildings creating a soft golden glow.

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Aerial view of the East River, Roosevelt Island, and the Queensboro bridge.

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At one point, our pilot had to maneuver us to the precise spot where we could see the sun peaking between the elevator shafts of One World Trace Center creating an unforgettable shot.

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Photo of the Week: Floating

IMG_1481Kauai, USA

Hawaii is truly a tropical paradise with its lush green fields and cloud covered mountains.  This was the place I choose to stay when I was in recovery from my surgery a few years ago. Even though I couldn’t swim or do any fun physical activities, it was simply enough to sit here and enjoy the view while feeling grateful that I was still able to travel .

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Photo of the Week: Helicopter

IMG_7248New York City, USA

This week I am going to take a break from all the nature posts and share this incredible picture of NYC. On Saturday I I got to do something EXTRA special that I’ve wanted to do FOREVER! I took an  open-door heli tour around the city with Wings Air, a heli tour company based in Westchester. It was an experience I’ll never forget.  Our skillful pilot navigated us to all the landmarks in the city.  We were so close to the buildings, it felt like I could reach out and touch them. This one particular shot was taken of the Freedom tower at sunset.  You can see the setting sun peaking between the elevator shafts creating an unforgettable shot.

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Florida: Hollywood

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Usually, by this time of the year, we’ve already visited a few countries, so our friends and family found it surprising when we told them we still had no travel plans.  We have been busy with our 9-5 jobs (yes we still have those) in the first half of 2017 and have not had time to really plan, let alone go anywhere.  When June rolled around, I felt like we were overdue for another trip, especially one with a lot of R&R at the beach.
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Photo of the Week: Golden Hour

IMG_0443 Florida, USA

One of my favorite memories of our trip to Florida was undoubtedly the gorgeous sunset at Siesta Beach. We joined the throngs of people looking West, watching the sun slowly descend into the horizon.  As the sun went down, the sky turned into a golden spectacle, casting a soft glow on anything and everything that it touched.  We lingered until the last bit of light disappeared before making our way back home.

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Photo of the Week: Cà d’Zan

IMG_2099 Florida, USA

We recently got back from our short vacation and I can’t wait to share some of the places we’ve visited.  One of my favorites was the massive, well-maintained Ringling estate. The beautiful Ca d’Zan was the winter home of the Circus King, John Ringling. The waterfront residence overlooks Sarasota Bay and reminds me of the Doge’s Palace in Venice. Check back next week for more posts from my Florida trip.

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Photo of the Week: Upcoming Trips

IMG_2951New York, USA

I know it’s been quiet on here lately.  It’s because I’ve been taking a much-needed break after the massive New Zealand share, but also because I’ve been taking my time figuring out our travel plans for the rest of the year.  Admittedly, we’re dragging our feet with our plans; and since we didn’t have a clear idea on where we wanted to go, we decided to just let it play out as the year goes on.  That’s how we ended up spending Memorial day right here in New York City.

But now I am excited to share with you that we have it all figured out, at least the travel part. First up, we are heading to Florida later this month for a work conference, but coupling it with a few extra days in Siesta Key, rated as the number one beach in the USA! After that, we’re flying over to British Columbia for a few days on a cottage trip with the family over July 4th.  Then we will be in Scotland, and finally Bali towards the end of the year.  It’s going to be a busy second half of 2017 and I can’t wait to share all about our trips with you!

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Photo of the Week: Blossom

IMG_3150New York City, USA

It’s Memorial Day weekend, and somehow we found ourselves without any travel plans.  This is pretty rare since as you know, we usually plan our travel to coincide with national holidays to maximize our work vacation days.  Seeing as how we are in the city on this gorgeous weekend, we decided to do some of the things we don’t normally do – like go boating in Central Park, and visit the Brooklyn museum.  Sometimes it’s nice to play tourist in your own city.  

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