“These are the times that try men’s souls.” The words of Thomas Paine (1737-1809) are still relevant if not more relevant today. Come visit Thomas Paine Cottage Museum if you are in New Rochelle, NY. The last residence of the man influential in the American Revolution could inspire you.
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.
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.
Every October, Festival of the Ages is held in Kyoto, Japan. People dressed in ancient costumes march through this ancient capital. This parade is a loud declaration of the importance of Kyoto as the true capital of Japan.
Naoshima is a small island in Seto Inland Sea, Japan. It has beautiful beaches with calm waves, and many artworks around the island. I am not a fan of contemporary art, but the mountains and beaches are worth a visit.
Wandering through the streets of New York City is like browsing through a gigantic museum, while staying connected with everyone in the city. The odd arts on the streets of the city could bring us joy, surprise or something to contemplate on. The Apple in Hudson River Park, The Coqui in PS 20, Lenin’s Statue on Red Square Apartments, and the Commuters in Port Authority Bus Terminal, are just few of the things that tell the stories of the city and its people.
There is a obelisk in Central Park just behind the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The obelisk, called “Cleopatra’s Needle,” came from Egypt and is much older than most of the artifacts collected by the museum. It is also the oldest artifact in Central Park and free for all to see.