Photo of the Week: Oasis

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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. 

Every week, I’ll share a photo with you from my adventures around the world and at home.  Most of my photos have little or no post processing.  If you would like to see more, please click the ‘Follow’ button.

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Day Trip from Kuala Lumpur: Batu Caves

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The magnificent Batu Caves are one of the most popular tourist attractions in Malaysia.  They are considered the most important Hindu temple outside of India, dedicated to Lord Murugan, a Hindu deity. Thousands of devotees and tourists from around the world make the pilgrimage to the caves each day, especially during the annual Hindu festival Thaipusam, that usually falls in late January/early February. The limestone forming the cathedral-like cave is said to be around 400 million years old. 

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Mandalay: U Bein Bridge

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There are many attractions in and around Mandalay, but one of my favorites has to be the U Bein Bridge, located in Amarapura, a small town on the outskirts of the city.  The aging structure spans Taungthaman Lake, stretching 1.2km (0.75 mi), making it the longest teakwood bridge in the world. Known for its beautiful sunrise and sunset, this place is easily one of Myanmar’s most photographed sites.

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Day Trip to Kutná Hora

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Kutná Hora, a  popular daytrip destination from Prague, was once a grand old city.  Thanks to its bountiful silver mine, the city became the financial center of Bohemia and the site of the Royal Mint in the 14th century.  However, when the silver ore ran dry, the city faded into history.  Now it is more known for its architectural jewels like the unique Gothic cathedral and the interesting ‘bone church.

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Day Tripping to Cold Spring

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View of the Hudson River from the train

This past weekend, once again finding ourselves in the city on a long weekend with nowhere to go, we decided to venture out of the city on a day trip. We’ve seen those posters in the subway that urge you to “get out of town” and see the all the natural beauty that New York has to offer. Lacking a car, we had to find a place that’s convenient and accessible by train. After a quick search, we came upon Cold Spring, a small historical village nestled in the Lower Hudson Valley right on the bank of the Hudson River. Continue reading