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28/09/2009

Louvre Pyramid, Paris, France


This is a photo of a close-up of the Louvre Pyramid, in the courtyard of the Louvre Museum (Musée du Louvre) in Paris, France. Completed in 1989, it has become a landmark for the city. Designed by the architect I. M. Pei, the structure, which was constructed entirely with glass segments, reaches a height of 20.6 meters, its square base has sides of 35 meters and it consists of 603 rhombus-shaped and 70 triangular glass segments.
See also very interesting greatbuildings.com 's dedicated page on the Pyramid.

22/09/2009

Life Scene on Tonlé Sap, Cambodia


This photo was taken on the bank of Tonlé Sap, Cambodia, a large body of water (Cambodian meaning "Large Fresh Water River" but more commonly translated as "Great Lake"), it is a combined lake and river system of huge importance to Cambodia. It is the largest freshwater lake in South East Asia and is an ecological hot spot. The Tonlé Sap is one of the most productive inland fisheries in the world, supporting over 3 million people and providing over 75% of Cambodia's annual inland fish catch and 60% of Cambodians' protein intake. As this is a unique ecological phenomenon, in 1997, it was successfully nominated Tonlé Sap Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO. You can visit more in dedicated Cambodia folder.
Here is the B&W version.

18/09/2009

Empire State Building, Manhattan, New York City


This is a photo of the top of the Empire State Building, the 102-story landmark Art Deco skyscraper in New York City at the intersection of Fifth Avenue and West 34th Street. Its name is derived from the nickname for the state of New York. It stood as the world's tallest building for more than forty years, from its completion in 1931 until construction of the World Trade Center's North Tower was completed in 1972. Following the destruction of the World Trade Center in 2001, the Empire State Building once again became the tallest building in New York City and New York State.

16/09/2009

Wheal Coates Tin Mine (Cornish Mining World Heritage), St Agnes, Cornwall, England


This is a photo was taken in St Agnes, Cornwall, and does show Wheal Coates, one of the best known and most picturesque groups of cliff-top mine buildings in Cornwall, offering superb coastal views.
Much of the landscape of Cornwall and West Devon was transformed in the 18th and early 19th centuries as a result of the rapid growth of pioneering copper and tin mining. Its deep underground mines, engine houses, foundries, new towns, smallholdings, ports and harbours, and their ancillary industries together reflect prolific innovation which, in the early 19th century, enabled the region to produce two-thirds of the world’s supply of copper. The substantial remains are a testimony to the contribution Cornwall and West Devon made to the Industrial Revolution in the rest of Britain and to the fundamental influence the area had on the mining world at large. Cornish technology embodied in engines, engine houses and mining equipment was exported around the world. Cornwall and West Devon were the heartland from which mining technology rapidly spread.
You can refer to
Cornish Mining World Heritage website to know more.

11/09/2009

September 11th (9/11) attacks 8th Anniversary - World Trade Center - Twins Towers


Above is a photo of a mural painting, in Manhattan Lower East Side, commemoring the September 11 Attacks, where at 8:46am , American Airlines Flight 11 was crashed into the World Trade Center's North Tower, followed by United Airlines Flight 175 which hit the South Tower at 9:03am.

Below are some photos of the World Trade Center site (Ground Zero) taken in May 2009.






Below shows a photograph of the of the World Trade Center site (Ground Zero) with an overlay showing the original building locations (Source: http://wtc.nist.gov)


Below is a rendering of the architectural elements of the new World Trade Center in New York City (source : http://www.wtc.com/ (c)dbox)



You can also refer folowing external links


05/09/2009

Albanese Meats & Poultry, Elisabeth Street, Nolita, New York


This is a photo of Albanese Meats & Poultry shop, a real old-school neighborhood butcher which has been in Nolita since it was called the Lower East Side in New York. The octogenarian butcher in the photo (Moe on the left) grew up in the neighborhood, his mom ran the shop until she was 97. The whole street on Elizabeth use to be little food shops. Across the street was a Greek food shop where customers brought their own jugs to get filled up with olive oil or milk. These leftovers from another era are more and more hard to find in Manhattan but they are really so rewarding when you do. I usually don't post any video, but I am sure you will like this story from Moe the Butcher :