With a day to spend in Manhattan with nothing special planned we wandered the city and checked out some of the non tacky tourist spots (i.e. Time Square)
Bryant Park Ice Rink and the Main Library
Entrance to Rockefeller Center
Statue and Flags at Rockefeller Center
Central Park West View
A stop at the Met.
Ornate apartment building on Fifth Avenue.
Where do they put the prisoners?
Brookfield Place in lower Manhattan (near the World Trade Center) is the home of ‘Canstruction’, an art display made out of canned foods. The goal is to collect canned foods for the City Harvest, a New York City food bank.
Having the opportunity to spend a week in Bangalore and Hyderabad India I took the opportunity to get some photos of the everyday life on the streets of the cities.
It should be noted that while it is very different from North America and Europe in terms of driving/walking ‘protocol’, it seems to work for India. I saw amazingly few dented cars despite the constant tight traffic.
Why take the walkway when you can dodge traffic.
Home Depot was apparently out of trucks.
The random high rise cow.
In 120km of riding around the city I saw 1 traffic light, which can explain some conflicts at the intersections.
Hang on buddy.
The no horn sign is easily the most ignored sign in all of India.
What is the record for people on a scooter, why 4. Although the 3 on the other scooter is a close second. It should be noted that they have a helmet law for drivers – but not apparently for children or adult passengers.
Drive thru fruit stands.
I was amazed at the side saddle riding balance.
The Charminar is a monument and mosque in the Old City section of Hyderabad. Given that we passed on a Friday (Muslim Holy Day) the area was packed with the market in the surrounding area. Unfortunately we were unable to tour the interior because of it being Friday.
There were numerous fruit stands.
Rug delivery by bicycle.
One of the many buildings with numerous small shops, most had displays out in the street. The old city had far more took tooks than it the newer areas near Hi-Tech City.
A close up of the Charminar – note the bamboo scaffolding.
An overview of the area.
The shopping apparently complete it was time to march home.
Past the chick pea (??) vendor
And out of town.
Golkonda Fort in Hyderabad, India is built into a nearly 500′ high granite hill, about 7 miles west of the old town city center. The original fort was built in 1143, but was rebuilt numerous times with this iteration dating from the 1500s.
The lower levels had the living quarters.
From below it is clear to see the integration of construction into the existing rocks.
The view from the top is fantastic.
Nearby Qutb Shahi Tombs are clearly visible.
More of the geology on top of the hill.
An overview of the lower fort.
Including a courtyard.
View from the courtyard back up the hill.
The Qutb Shahi Tombs are located in Hyderabad, India, a city of 8 million people. The tombs were originally constructed during the Qutb Shai dynasty in the 14th and 15th century. They were initially restored in the 1800s, with some restoration continuing.
With one central tomb, there are numerous ones surrounding it. For those interested in more details I suggest using the wiki page as it describes each in detail
For those not interested in reading the photos give a good overview of them.
A ‘cyclocross’ (cross country bicycling racing) was held on a cold Sunday in the Cincinnati suburb of Fairfield. The event took place throughout the streets and fields of a park.
With teams from throughout Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana and beyond the pits were filled with an impressive collection of tents, trucks and bikes while the technicians readied them for the races.
There were numerous classes, including this one the start of a multi-group female race. This race had under 23s and over 35s.
Miles of blue tape outlined the course up and down throughout the park.
Some racers were more bundled for the cold weather than others.
Famed baseball player Satchel Paige had a quote ‘don’t look back someone might be gaining on you’ – clearly she didn’t head his advice.
A sand pit results in some small jumps, although nothing like a BMX track would yield.
It did however cause some of the racers to get a bit off course.
Given Halloween is near a couple of riders dressed for the occasion, like the human taco.
A few got hung up on a small hill and had to dismount.
Racing to the finish.