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The Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Gray Bridge

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You may have read the children’s book “The Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Gray Bridge”. Well this is in fact Little Red Lighthouse with the Great Gray Bridge (George Washington Bridge) on its left.

The book begins by introducing the lighthouse and its job of warning the boats on the busy Hudson River of the rocks nearby. Every night a man climbs up to the top of the lighthouse and turns on its flashing light. When there is fog, the man additionally turns on the lighthouse’s fog bell. The lighthouse is pleased with and proud of its important job (Wikipedia)

You can see it from the Hudson River, or if you visit Fort Washington Park in New York.

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Brooklyn Bridge

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The magnificent Brooklyn Bridge towers over our small ferry-boat as we go for a ride around Manhattan. It was constructed in the late 1800’s; at 484m span, for a long time it was the biggest suspension bridge in the world.

Temple of Hephaistos

The Temple of Hephaistos is one of two original buildings in the Ancient Agora in Athens. The other is the Church of the Holy Apostles. Hephaestus was the god of metal working, craftsmanship, and fire; essentially the god of engineers, and I find it somewhat amusing that the building dedicating the engineer is the one that survived!

Actually the building was used far beyond its original purpose, including as a Greek Orthodox Church, which partly explains its well-preserved state.

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