Tag Archives: Travel

Travel Theme: Clean

By Vladimir Brezina

Ailsa’s travel-themed photo challenge this week is Clean.

Many are incredulous that the waters around Manhattan are clean enough to swim in.

But it’s true.*

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MIMS 2013

These are photos from the last three years of the Manhattan Island Marathon Swim, a world-class, 28.5-mile swim around Manhattan, organized by NYC Swim every June or July. (Stories and more photos are here, here, and here.) This year on June 14, June 28, and July 12!

*Of course, you should still probably get your shots first ;-)

Travel Theme: Misty

By Vladimir Brezina

Ailsa’s travel-themed photo challenge this week is Misty.

I recall a misty paddle through New York Harbor back in April 2010…

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This was actually a paddle from Manhattan around Staten Island, past the Graveyard of Ships

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and many still-living ships

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back to Manhattan, still misty in the evening…

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More photos are here.

Travel Theme: Statues

By Vladimir Brezina

Ailsa’s travel-themed photo challenge this week is Statues.

I note the plural: Statues. So, here in one photo are hundreds of statues (click on the photo to see them more clearly), each helping to safeguard the city, on this day against surf of an unprecedented size

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San Juan, Puerto Rico, March 2008.

Travel Theme: Pink, Take Two

By Vladimir Brezina

Ailsa’s travel-themed photo challenge this week is Pink.

There’s one week in the year, coming up soon, when NYC’s parks are awash in pink. And looking further ahead, here’s another classic NYC event in which pink is surely the ruling color—

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It’s the Coney Island Mermaid Parade! The story and photos from last year are here.

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You can bet we’ll do our best to be there again this year! This year on Saturday, June 21st, at 1 PM.

Travel Theme: Pink

By Vladimir Brezina

Ailsa’s travel-themed photo challenge this week is Pink.

In NYC’s Central Park not so long ago, pink was an artificial color.

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But very soon now, it will grow on every tree—

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These photos were taken in April 2013. Hopefully, a preview of coming attractions!

Another classic NYC event, later on in June, at which pink is surely the ruling color is here.

Travel Theme: Tempting

By Vladimir Brezina

Ailsa’s travel-themed photo challenge this week is Tempting.

Paddling down the Intracoastal Waterway near Sarasota, FL, during the first of our Everglades Shakedown paddles back in April 2013, we succumbed to the temptation of ice cream.

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Perhaps this explained why we moved so slowly during that trip! So, during the Everglades Challenge itself, we removed all such temptation by paddling “outside”, through the Gulf.

And in a single day we traveled the distance that had previously taken us four days.

Travel Theme: Work

By Vladimir Brezina

Ailsa’s travel-themed photo challenge this week is Work.

Work is done upon an object when a force displaces it through a distance—

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—and nowadays, when everything works as it should, gigantic amounts of work continue to be done even when the workers take, for a few moments at least, a break from work—

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From a Hidden Harbor Tour through New York Harbor in September 2013. Story and more photos are here.

Travel Theme: Romance

By Vladimir Brezina

Ailsa’s travel-themed photo challenge on this Valentine’s Day is, very appropriately, Romance.

The romance of watching the sunset together…

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

Travel Theme: Yellow, Take Two

By Vladimir Brezina

Ailsa’s travel-themed photo challenge this week is Yellow.

New York City’s yellow taxis are world-famous.

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We’ve always wondered what it would be like to have one pass right over you. It could easily happen, in the dense rush-hour traffic. After all, they have schedules to keep. And we do hear them on the radio referring to us as “speed bumps”…

Here one of our friends is trying to get a feel for it ahead of time ;-)

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(The first “Yellow” post was here.)

Travel Theme: Yellow

By Vladimir Brezina

DSC_0014 cropped smallAilsa’s travel-themed photo challenge this week is Yellow.

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Channeling Georgia O’Keeffe

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More photos are here. And a second “Yellow” post is here.