Boston, Massachusetts – State House Golden Dome

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Boston, Massachusetts - State House Golden Dome

From mass.gov :-

For generations, Bostonians have used the dome of the State House to find their way to Beacon Hill, to symbolize their city, and to mark the center of the "Hub of the Solar System." But the shining landmark we love today hasn’t always gleamed with gold. In fact, it started out as a leaky wooden roof.
When up-and-coming Boston architect Charles Bulfinch took on the job of planning the State House, it was his first paid commission. He based his design on neoclassical elements: columns, a pediment, and a vast shingled dome intended to make the structure stand out among its squat, square neighbors. When construction was finished in 1798, the State House was the most architecturally important public building in the young country, the first answer to the question of what an American government building should look like. Boston’s grandest building, perched atop its highest hill, became an instant monument.

Unfortunately, Bulfinch’s grand achievement couldn’t quite stand up to New England weather. The impressive 30-foot-high dome began to leak almost immediately. After just 4 years, enough rain and snow had seeped in that the wooden shingles were beginning to rot here and there. A hero of … Read More

Brighton The Royal Pavilion 091014

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Brighton The Royal Pavilion 091014

The Royal Pavilion is a former royal residence located in Brighton, England, United Kingdom. It was built in three stages, beginning in 1787, as a seaside retreat for George, Prince of Wales, who became the Prince Regent in 1811. It is often referred to as the Brighton Pavilion. It is built in the Indo-Saracenic style prevalent in India for most of the 19th century.
he Prince of Wales, who later became George IV, first visited Brighton in 1783, at the age of 21. The seaside town had become fashionable through the residence of George’s uncle, Prince Henry, Duke of Cumberland, whose tastes for cuisine, gaming, the theatre and fast living the young prince shared, and with whom he lodged in Brighton at Grove House. In addition, his physician advised him that the seawater would be beneficial for his gout. In 1786, under a financial cloud that had been examined in Parliament for the extravagances incurred in building Carlton House, London, he rented a modest erstwhile farmhouse facing the Steine, a grassy area of Brighton used as a promenade by visitors. Being remote from the Royal Court in London, the Pavilion was also a discreet location for the Prince to enjoy … Read More

The Holy Grail (…with an eye twinkle…;-)

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The Holy Grail (...with an eye twinkle...;-)

Apple store on 5th avenue, Manhattan, New York City (currently under renovation).
Taken – of course with an Apple iPhone 4 – during our visit in New York, April 2011.

We are a real (crazy) Apple family with:

1 iMac 27"
2 MacBook Pro 15"
1 MacBook Air 11"
1 iPad
2 iPhone 4
1 iPhone 3GS
1 iPhone 3G
1 iPod Touch
2 iPod Nano
2 iPod Shuffle

Comments and favs welcome, even from poor Microsoft Windows Users 😉

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL; NYSE: AAPL; previously Apple Computer, Inc.) is an American multinational corporation that designs and markets consumer electronics, computer software, and personal computers. The company’s best-known hardware products include the Macintosh line of computers, the iPod, the iPhone and the iPad. Apple software includes the Mac OS X operating system; the iTunes media browser; the iLife suite of multimedia and creativity software; the iWork suite of productivity software; Aperture, a professional photography package; Final Cut Studio, a suite of professional audio and film-industry software products; Logic Studio, a suite of music production tools; the Safari web browser; and iOS, a mobile operating system. As of October 2010, the company operates 317 retail stores in ten countries, and … Read More

Empire State – NY – Aerial Check out

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Empire State - NY - Aerial View

The Empire State Creating is a 102-story skyscraper positioned in Midtown Manhattan, New York Metropolis, on Fifth Avenue in between West 33rd and thirty fourth Streets. It has a roof peak of 1,250 toes (380 m), and with its antenna spire incorporated, it stands a total of 1,454 toes (443 m) large. Its title is derived from the nickname for New York, the Empire State. It stood as the world’s tallest making for nearly forty a long time, from its completion in early 1931 right up until the topping out of the first Globe Trade Center’s North Tower in late 1970. Next the September 11 attacks in 2001, the Empire State Creating was once more the tallest making in New York (though it was no more time the tallest in the US or the planet), right up until 1 Globe Trade Heart achieved a larger peak on April thirty, 2012. The Empire State Creating is at present the fourth-tallest concluded skyscraper in the United States (just after the 1 Globe Trade Heart, the Willis Tower and Trump Intercontinental Hotel and Tower, equally in Chicago), and the twenty fifth-tallest in the planet (the tallest now is Burj Khalifa, positioned in Dubai). … Read More