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Archive for August 2011

View from the West

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A walk on New York City’s ever-popular High Line offers a different perspective on New York City. Around 15th street, one could get this view of the city; unique-looking buildings with the Park Restaurant and Bar in the foreground.

A second section of the High Line was opened on June 7, 2011.

Written by Paulo Loreto

August 31, 2011 at 5:41 AM

Irish Coffee at the Buena Vista

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Located by the Powell-Hyde Cable Car’s last stop in Fisherman’s Wharf, it is said to be the birthplace of Irish Coffee in the United States. Dating back to November 10, 1952, it is said to have originated because of challenge from the Buena Vista’s then-owner Jack Koeppler to re-create the “Irish Coffee” served in Ireland’s Shannon Airport.

The Buena Vista serves up to 2,000 Irish Coffees a day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The restaurant’s website (www.thebuenavista.com) provides a diagram of the proper way of making an Irish Coffee.

Written by Paulo Loreto

August 28, 2011 at 4:22 PM

Wandering Discovery

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Leaving the Casino Barcelona and attempting to find a way back to the Plaça Catalunya was no easy feat on one’s first trip to Barcelona. After wandering through residential neighborhoods for about an hour, the site of an antique car show also lead the lost tourist to a landmark in the Catalan capital.

The brick and stone structure was built for the Exposición Universal de Barcelona

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Built by Josep Vilaseca i Casanovas, Barcelona’s Arc de Triomf served as a magnificent backdrop for the day’s special event.

Written by Paulo Loreto

August 25, 2011 at 10:28 PM

MGM on the East Coast

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The famous MGM Grand of Las Vegas found its place with the Foxwoods Hotel and Casino complex in Connecticut. Opening in May 17, 2008, the 50,000 square foot casino floor includes over 1,300 slot machines and 60 table games.

The MGM Grand was a $700 million expansion at Foxwoods.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The MGM Grand is also home to The Grand Rink, an ice skating rink open during the Winter. Dream Reward members can skate for free on Tuesdays.

The Foxwoods is operated by the Mashantucket Pequots, who are an Eastern Woodland people with its traditional homelands in Southeastern Connecticut.

Written by Paulo Loreto

August 24, 2011 at 11:03 PM

Brooklyn Beauty

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In season, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden serves as an escape from the madness of New York City. The sight of all the colors make for an incredible visual; moreso than that of Central Park. The beauty of Central Park is that juxtaposition of skyscrapers next to trees and greenery, the BBG showcases a diverse beauty (in a close enough distance) that may not be available in other parts of the metropolis.

From Holland to Brooklyn

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The tulips , in particular, when all the flowers are in bloom, are an amazing sight.

Written by Paulo Loreto

August 19, 2011 at 8:39 AM

Ollie

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Oliver sleeps.

Cat nap

Written by Paulo Loreto

August 18, 2011 at 11:23 PM

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La Albiceleste

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A country with a glowing soccer history, it has run into a few hiccups as they try to reclaim past glory. A surprise knockout in the 2011 Copa América and a disappointing elimination in the quarterfinals of the 2010 FIFA World Cup have been examples of how such an exemplary array of talent find difficulty attaining organization without stable management.

2009 and 2010 Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi was recently offered the Captain position from new coach, Alejandro Sabella.

(L-R) Lionel Messi, Javier Zanetti, Ezequiel Lavezzi, Ángel di María, Éver Banega, Nicolás Burdisso, Mariano Andújar, Gabriel Milito, Javier Mascherano, Esteban Cambiasso, Marcos Rojo

Written by Paulo Loreto

August 15, 2011 at 9:25 PM