Tag: <span>new york</span>

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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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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.

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Twin Towers

The New York Skyline circa 1996 (taken by my father).

Ground Zero

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.

Ground Zero

Sep 11 happened 11 years ago now, and I truly hope that nothing like it ever happens again.

News Travel

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.

News Travel

When we were in Delaware, we had an amazing cheese cake for dessert one night. Pam, who made it could not join us because she was receiving some “hurricane refugees” at her house. But on the night of Hurricane Irene, I met Pam, and she gave me the recipe. It is easy to make, unhealthy and good. I tried it out last night at a friends birthday dinner and it was excellent.

Although it uses a lot of cream cheese, it feeds about 10 people, so there is plenty to go around.

Here is my metricated and slightly modified version of the recipe:

Use a 24cm Spring Form Pan

Crust Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/4 tsp of vanilla
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 3/4 cup butter


Place butter into mixing bowl.  Pour flour and sugar on top of butter.  “Fork-In” flour and sugar into butter.   Add Vanilla and Yolks.

Roll dough into ball and place in refrigerator for 1 hour.

Roll out 1/2 of the dough (OR I JUST PRESS THE DOUGH WITH MY FINGERS ) on the greased Base of the Spring Form Pan, and the rest on the sides of the pan.

Bake 220 degrees for 8-10 minutes until slightly golden brown.

Filling Ingredients  

  • (allow the below ingredients to sit at room temperature for 1 hours)
  • 1kg Philadelphia Cream Cheese (4 packets)
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons Flour
  • 1/2 tsp of Vanilla
  • 5 Whole Eggs
  • 2 Egg Yolks
  • 1/4 Cup Heavy Whipping Cream

Put cream cream Cheese in mixing bowl.
Add Sugar and mix well.
Add flour, mix well.
Add vanilla.
Add 1 whole egg at a time and blend well.
Add 1 Egg Yolk at a time and blend well.
Fold in Heavy Cream.

Pour batter into Spring Form Pan
Bake 180 degrees for 20 Minutes then drop temperature to 140 degrees for 1-1/2 to 2 hours.

When cooled…place fruit topping of your choice…


Food and Drink Travel

I caught this shot coming into JFK airport at about 5:30 in the morning, just before we landed. The view is looking up towards Long Island, in the general Boston Direction.

This was taken with the point and click, but considering the circumstances, I think that it came out ok.


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A wall at Planet Hollywood, Times Square. It contains a couple of hundred Gibson Guitars, mostly the Les Paul.

This is a fitting memorial to the famous Les Paul, who died on August 13 2009. He created the Gibson Les Paul guitar, which was played by almost every rock band in the world.

He also invented multi-track recording, which of course revolutionised the music industry.

Tech Travel


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On Thursday I phoned to book a cab to take us to the airport from Manhattan to JFK Airport on Friday.

So, we were all packed, waiting at the hotel reception for the cab to arrive, when an eight seat stretch Limo pulled up at the door. It could not possibly be ours. The driver walked in to reception and walked straight up to us. "Are you room 522?" – he asked.

Yes – the Limo was ours! So, Lois and I went to JFK airport in style. I really felt like a rock star. It was fantastic! I have no idea why we got a stretch Limo, I have no idea why it cost the same as a yellow cab – but I was not going to complain.

So, New York – we will be back soon. Keep up the style!