The Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Gray Bridge
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.
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.
Manhattan seen from the top of the Empire State Building; the city looks like a massive lego construction from that height.
Never forget 9/11
The New York Skyline circa 1996 (taken by my father).
Never forget the innocent people that died for no reason, and how the world became a more scary place, and sadly even more divided. I have been to ground zero twice in my life, and both times were sad and moving moments. Looking at the signboard containing the list of names of innocent people died, and listening to the heroic stories was a moving experience.
Sep 11 happened 11 years ago now, and I truly hope that nothing like it ever happens again.
Remembering the day the world changed
Remembering innocent people who died 10 years ago today and the day the world became a less safe place.
I was on an aeroplane at the time (the last flight into Cape Town before South African airports were closed), and I landed having had no idea what had just happened. When I turned my phone on, I had about 10 voicemails from family checking that I was ok. Thankfully nothing happened on our shores, but not so in New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia.
It still shocks me that there are people that will willingly cause so many innocent people to die, for no other reason than to spread fear and terror.
Please spare a thought for our friends in USA commerating the day the world changed.