Giving the Fish a Friendly Help


When I visited Providence last time, I made sure to stop by the Rising Sun Fish Ladder. The fish that go to the ocean to grow up then remember their way back to the river where they were born amaze me so much that I have always wanted to see how humans make up to them by building fish ladders at places where they destroyed the fish’s habitat. The trip was a pilgrimage of some sort.


sunrise mill fish ladder

Mystic: A maritime village


Mystic, Connecticut is only 2.5 hours away from New York City. It’s a great getaway from the busy city life and makes a good one-day or overnight destination The Mystic Seaport outdoor museum is big enough to hang out for an entire day, and the Mystic Aquarium is a fun spot for the family. Also, the Olde Mistick Village next to the aquarium has some neat shops and is pleasant to walk around.

Holiday Market at Columbus Circle


Columbus Circle is built in 1905 and as part of Central Park. It is the southwestern entrance to the park and New York City’s media and entertainment center. During the holiday season, a cute market is set up here, and it looks like a delicate little town inside a magnificent big city. Shopping in the big malls is dazzling to the eyes, while wandering through small markets is warming to the hearts.

Columbus Circle Holiday Market

Amazing Spiral Staircase of Loretto Chapel


In the center of Santa Fe, New Mexico, there is a small chapel with a big miracle. Loretto Chapel was completed in 1878, without access to the choir loft. According to legend, after the sister of the chapel made a prayer to the patron saint of carpenters, St. Joseph, a mysterious carpenter came with a solution and built a spiral staircase with the simplest tools he had, and without nails. And after the staircase was completed, he disappeared without taking any reward. The staircase has two 360-degree turn and is still standing. Was the carpenter St. Joseph himself?