Eastern Europe Tour Part I(Budapest)

November 27, 2015 by · Leave a Comment
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Eastern Europe Tour Part I(Budapest)

Journey to Budapest, Hungary

Map of showing cities in East Europe to be visited by Choo Chaw and other Malaysians

Tuesday,  13 October 2015

KLIA – Istanbul Ataturk Airport – Budapest Airport

On 13 October 2015, a group of 26 Malaysians, including my wife and myself, reported to a tour manager, Joanne Wong, at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport(KLIA), Sepang, Malaysia. Then together we boarded a Turkish airline of model Airbus 330-300 at 11.25 p.m.(Malaysian time) and left the airport for Istanbul Ataturk Airport.

Tour Group of Malaysians

Departure Display Board at KLIA, Malaysia

Joanne, the tour manager

 

After flying a distance of about 8350 km in ten and a half hours, it landed at the Istanbul airport where we waited for a while for another Turkish airplane to take us to Budapest in Hungary. At 7.25 in the morning our new plane took off and travelled for the remaining distance of about 1000 km in 1 hour and 30 mins before it landed at Budapest Ferenc Liszi International Airport in Hungary.

Air-route taken by Turkish Airlines from KLIA to Budapest via Istanbul

Choo Chaw and other Malaysians at Budapest Airport waiting for a tour-coach

A Turkish airline at Istanbul Ataturk going to Budapest, Hungary

 

Wednesday,  14 October 2015

Budapest City  

On arrival at the Budapest airport, we waited for a short while for our coach. Soon it came and we all boarded it. It was driven by John, a Polish. John drove us to the Budapest City to meet a Hungarian tour-guide. While the coach was moving in the city we were charmed by the buildings which were built in many different architectural styles, including Neo-classical, Baroque, Renaissance and Gothic. In fact, they look like the buildings in Old Paris in France.

Budapest is the capital of Hungary and formed from the unification of three cities, viz. Buda, Pest and Old Buda. Its metropolitan area has a population 0f 3.3 millions and 52% of them is Roman Catholic. The city has many historical landmarks that make it one of the most popular tourists’ destinations in the world.

Tour-coach arriving at Budapest Airport, Hungary

A street lined with charming buildings in Budapest City

John, our Polish coach-driver

 

When the tour-guide appeared, she greeted us and introduced herself. She is a Hungarian and her name is Kinga Szabo. Then we all went together to the Heroes’ Square located at the end of Andrassay Avenue, our first place of visit.

Kinga Szabo(L), a Hungarian tour-guide, and Choo Chaw’s wife(R)

On the way, we saw buses and trams which are popular means of public transport in the city. Besides, we saw a railway station built in eclectic architectural style in 1881-1884. Its facade is adorned with two statues of James Watt(inventor of steam engine) and George Stephenson(inventor of steam locomotive). It is called Budapest Keletic Station and a main terminal for international and inter-city railway networks.

Buses, trams, trolleys and metro trains are popular forms of public transport in Budapest City

Budapest Keleti Railway Station built in 1881-1884

Trams in operation in Budapest since 1866

Heroes’ Square

Heroes’ Square is a Hungary’s important monument created in memory of those Hungarians, including kings and leaders of tribes, who had fought for their country.

In the centre of the monument is a tall column with a statue of Archangel Gabriel atop and seven statues of Hungarian leaders of seven tribes who brought their people to Carpathian Basin in 896 at its base. Behind the column are two colonnades. There are seven statues of Hungarian kings on the left one and a statue of a Hungarian king, Matthias, and six statues of important figures who had fought in Hungarian wars on the right.

In front of the tall column is a tomb of an unknown soldier.

Choo Chaw and wife in the Heroes’ Square in Budapest on a rainy day

An important person leaving Heroes’ Square after paying tribute to the heroes

An important person paying tribute to soldiers killed in past wars and heroes of Hungary in Heroes’ Square, Budapest

Tribute Ceremony

It was drizzling when we arrived in the square. While we were looking at the statues of heroes from a distance, an important person came and walked up to the Tomb of Unknown Soldier in the middle of the square. He was accompanied by military officers. He stood in front of the Tomb and paid tribute to the soldiers killed in past wars and heroes of the country while three soldiers were playing a music. Then he was driven away. (I am wondering who that person was.)

Hall of Art

The Heroes’s Square is between two important buildings. Hall of Art on its right is a museum of contemporary art built in electic neoclassical architectural style in 1895.

Hall of Art near the Heroes’ Square in Budapest

Museum of Fine Arts

Museum of Fine Arts is on the left of the Heroes’ Square. Built in eclectic neoclassical architectural style in 1900-1906, it showcases six departments of art collections of more than 100 000 exhibits, viz. Egyptian, antique, old sculpture gallery, old painter gallery, modern arts and graphic arts. This museum is closed since February 2015 for renovation and expected to be reopened in March 2018.

Museum of Fine Arts near Heroes’ Square in Budapest

Szechenyi Medicinal Bath

Behind the Heroes’ Square is a building complex which has three outdoor pools and 15 indoor pools filled with underground hot water containing minerals that are good, especially, for joint ailments. It is known as Szechenyi Medicinal Bath. Constructed in 1909 in neo-Baroque architectural style, it is the largest medicinal bath in Europe.

Szechenyi Medicinal Bath behind Heroes’ Square in Budapest

House of Terror

Having seen the Heroes’ Square, we left the place and moved on to Castle Hill in the eastern part of the city. While passing through the city, I saw a building with two words of “TERROR” on its eaves. Known as House of Terror and opened in 2002, it is a museum on Andrassy Avenue. It houses exhibits related to the fascist and communist dictatorial regimes in the 20th. Century in Hungary, including those who were detained, interrogated, tortured or killed in the building. It was a venue for Nazi headquarters in WWII.

House of Terror on Andrassy Avenue, Budapest

River Danube

Then we crossed a long bridge spanning a well-known river in Europe. It is called River Danube and its source is in the Black Forest in Germany in the west. It flows eastwards for a distance of 2860 km through ten countries before entering the Black Sea. It is the second longest river in Europe, after the Volga River.

River Danube in Budapest, Hungary

Shoes on the Danube Bank

As we were travelling along the Danube River to Castle Hill, we saw 60 pairs of shoes on the riverbank. Our tour-guide told us that the shoes were made of iron created by a sculptor, Gyula Paner, and fixed there, permanently, in 2005 in memory of the Jews who were killed by fascist Arrow Cross militiamen in Budapest in 1944-45 during WWII(1939-45). The victims were ordered to take off their shoes and stand on the edge of the bank. When they were shot, their bodies fell into the river and floated away.

“Shoes on the Danube Bank” in memory of the Jews killed by fascist Arrow Cross militiamen in 1944-45

Castle Hill or Castle District

Several minutes later, we reached Castle Hill and our coach stopped at a spot where we walked up a few flights of steps to the top.

Castle Hill, also known as Castle District, is a kilometre-long limestone plateau that is 170 m above River Danube. It is a popular place among tourists as it has some historical buildings and museums.

Castle Hill or Castle District, Budapest, Hungary

On the hill we visited the following important places:

Fisherman’s Bastion

It looks like a broad wall or fortress built on the edge of the Castle Hill with seven towers each having a cone-shaped top. The seven towers represent the seven Hungarian leaders of seven tribes that settled in Carpathian Basin in A.D. 896.  The Bastion takes its name from the guild of fishermen responsible for defending the city walls in the Middle Ages. It was built in 1895-1902 in neo-Gothic and neo-Romanesque  architectural style. Visitors can go up the hill to the Bastion by using a path and steps.

Path and steps going up to Fisherman’s Bastion on Castle Hill, Budapest

Fisherman’s Bastion and Trinity Square on Castle Hill, Budapest

Fisherman’s Bastion on Castle Hill, Budapest

Standing on the Fisherman’s Bastion, we saw a breathtaking, panoramic view of River Danube and almost the whole city of Budapest, including the Parliament Building and a few bridges spanning the river. One of the bridges is Szechenyi Chain Bridge which is the oldest in the city .Opened in 1849, it is 375 m long.

A panoramic view of River Danube, Parliament Building and the rest of Budapest City as seen from Fisherman Bastion, Castle Hill

Szechenyi Chain Bridge, opened in 1849 and the oldest bridge in Budapest City, as seen from Castle Hill

A picturesque view of Budapest City as seen from Fisherman’s Bastion on Castle Hill on a misty day

 

In the olden days, Budapest consisted of three cities: the two upper parts east of River Danube that were known as Buda and Old Buda, and the lower part west of River Danube that was Pest. It was in 1873 when they were united to form one city called Budapest that became the capital of Hungary.

Trinity Square Column

Trinity Square is an open space between Fisherman’s Bastion and a Roman Catholic church, Matthias Church. Located in its centre is a tall column known as Holy Trinity Column as it has a sculpture of Trinity on its top.

It was built in 1710-1713 and erected there in memory of those who were killed in plague epidemics in 1691 and 1709 and to ward off the disease.

Statue of King Stephen I(975-1038)

Erected in 1906 in Trinity Square and near Fisherman’s Bastion is the statue of Saint Stephen I(975-1038). He was the first king of Hungary from 1000 till 1038.

Holy Trinity Square Column built in 1710-1713 in memory of those who died in plague epidemics in 1691 and 1709 in Trinity Square, Castle Square, Budapest

Statue of King Stephen I(975-1038), the first king of Hungary, in the Trinity Square, Castle Hill, Budapest

Four good friends of the tour-group in Trinity Square, Castle Hill, Budapest

 

Matthias Church

In the square is Matthias Church, a Roman Catholic church, that was built in Gothic architectural style in the second half of the 14th. Century. It was, originally, known as “The Church of Our Lady”. In the 19th. Century it was renamed after King Matthias.

Matthias Church, a Roman Catholic Church, was built in the late 14th. Century, Castle Hill, Budapest

Inside Matthias Church, Castle Hill, Budapest

A bronze model of Matthias Church in a corner of Trinity Square, Castle Hill, Budapest

 

Matthias Church, a church of religious relics

Matthias Church houses some religious relics, medieval stone carvings, replicas of royal crowns, enamel pictures of Lord Jesus Christ and saints, statuettes of Christ, Virgin Mary and saints to name a few.

Sculpture of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ in a chapel in Matthias Church, Castle Hill, Budapest

Enamel pictures of Lord Jesus Christ and saints on a part of the ceiling of Matthias Church, Castle Hill, Budapest

Statuettes of Virgin Mary and Child in a chapel in Matthias Church, Castle Hill, Budapest

 

Besides, it had carried out some important royal ceremonies, including coronations of two kings, wedding of a king and funerals King Bela III(1748-1792) and his first wife. The king and his first wife were buried in one of its chapels.

Pictures of the crucifixion of Lord Jesus Christ and saints in a chapel in Matthias Church, Castle Hill, Budapest

Pileus(skull-cap) of Pope Saint Pius X(1835-1914) in Matthias Church, Castle Hill, Budapest

Sculpture of King Bella III(1748-1792) and his first wife in a chapel in Matthias Church and both were buried in the church

Buda Castle or Royal Palace

Built in the 14-20th. Centuries, Buda Castle or Royal Palace was a residence for Hungarian kings. The majestic-looking building is a mixture of some architectural styles, including Baroque, Baroque Revival and Modernist. It now houses Budapest History Museum, National Szechenyi Library and Hungarian National Gallery.

Buda Castle or Royal Palace on Castle Hill, Budapest

Kinga Szabo, a Hungarian guide, talking to tour-group at Buda Castle, Castle Hill, Budapest

Buda Castle or Royal Palace on Castle Hill as seen from River Danube in Budapest on a misty day

Sculptures around Buda Castle

There are several bronze sculptures around Buda Castle, such as the following:

Sculpture of Matthias Fountain

Standing on top of the rocks is King Matthias with a cross-bow and dead deer at his feet. Below him are his two men and three dogs. This sculpture was created in 1899.

On the right-hand side of the sculpture is a statue of Szep Ilonka who had fallen in love with the king but died of a broken heart when she knew of his true identity. On the left-hand side is Galeotto Marzio, an Italian chronicler who lived and worked in Matthias court.

Sculpture of Taming a Wild Horse

Sculpture of a man taming a wild horse on a high pedestal was created in 1901.

Statue of Prince Eugene of Savoy(1663-1736)

The statue of Prince Eugene of Savoy(1663-1736) on a high pedestal was created in 1900. Prince Eugene was a general of the Imperial Army, statesman and successful commander. He had served three Holy Roman emperors.

Sculpture of King Matthias hunting wild deer with his men and dogs

Sculpture of a man taming a wild horse

Sculpture of Prince Eugene of Savoy(1663-1736)

Sculpture of Three Children and a Large Fish Fountain

This sculpture done in 1912 depicts three children struggling with a large fish they have caught with a net.

Sculpture of Turul

The sculpture was created in 1905. Turul is a Hungarian mythological eagle. The Hungarians believe that it is a messenger of God that has power, strength and nobility.

Sculpture of Crow with a Gold Ring

At the entrance of Buda Castle there is a sculpture of a crow with a gold ring in its beak perching on a tall tree branch. Some Hungarians believe that the bird stole King Matthias’ gold ring and later the king caught and killed it.

Sculpture of three children struggling with a large fish

Sculpture of a crow with a gold ring in its beak at the Buda Castle entrance, Castle Hill, Budapest

Sculpture of a Hungarian mythological falcon, Turul

 

Sandor Palace

This neo-classical building located near Buda Castle is the official residence of the President of the Republic of Hungary. The current president is 56 years old named, Janos Ader. He was elected as the president in 2012 in a parliamentary vote.

While I was there I saw two young sentries guarding the entrance of the President’s residence. I asked one of them for permission to take a photo with him. But he just stood there motionless like a statue. Since my Hungarian tour-guide, Kinga Szabo, said it was fine to take a photo with him, I stood near him and she snapped a photo of us using my camera. Then I thanked her and the sentry. I was not surprised that the latter did not respond.

Sculpture of Grof Bethlen Istvan(1874-1946)

Grof Bethlen Istvan, an aristocrat and statesman, became the Prime Minister of Hungary from 1921 till 1931. Its bronze statue can be seen near Sandor Palace.

Sandor Palace, the residence of the President of the Republic of Hungary, on Castle Hill, Budapest

Choo Chaw taking photo with a sentry outside the entrance of President’s residence, Sandor Palace, Castle Hill, Budapest

Statue of Grof Bethlen Istvan, the Prime Minister of Hungary from 1921 till 1931, near Sandor Palace, Castle Hill, Budapest

 

River Danube Boat-Cruise

Later, we left Castle Hill and went downtown Budapest to have lunch at 1 p.m.. After lunch we went for a boat-cruise on River Danube.

Tour-group going for a boat-cruise on River Danube, Budapest

Parliament Building on the bank of River Danube, Budapest

Quaint buildings and cruise-boats on River Danube, Budapest

As we were cruising along the river, we saw picturesque views of the cities. Although it was misty and drizzling, lightly, we could still see from our boat Buda Castle on Castle Hill, Church of St. Anne in Batthyany Square, Parliament Building and other quaint buildings along both sides of the river. Besides, we went under two bridges: Margaret Bridge and Szechenyi Chain Bridge, both connecting Buda in the east with Pest in the west.

Church of St. Anne in Batthyany Square as seen from River Danube, Budapest

Szechenyi Chain Bridge as seen on a misty, drizzling day connects Buda on the right with Pest on the left and is the oldest bridge in Budapest

Margaret Bridge as seen on a misty, drizzling day connects Buda on the right with Pest on the left in Budapest

 

Hotel Budapest

After the River Danube boat-cruise, we went for dinner, checked in and stayed for a night at Hotel Budapest which is on the Buda side of Budapest City.

Hotel Budapest on the Buda side of Budapest City

 

Hilly area in eastern Budapest City as seen from Hotel Budapest

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U.S.A. and Canada East Coast Travel Part VII(Woodbury, JFK Airport and Home)

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U.S.A. and Canada East Coast Travel Part VII(Woodbury, JFK International Airport and Home)

Day 11  Monday 22 June 2015

Woodbury Common Premium Outlets

Day 11 was the last day of our U.S.A. and Canada tour.

At 8.30 in the morning we left Renaissance Woodbridge Hotel in Iselin in New Jersey and travelled 80 km north to Woodbury Common Premium Outlets in Woodbury, Central Valley of New York.

Map showing New York, Iselin, Woodbury and JFK International Airport

Woodbury Common Premium Outlets

Opened in 1985, it has now 220 stores selling designer fashion clothing, footwear, luggage, accessories, jewellery and other goods. Most of the goods carry American brands like Levi’s, Coach, Tommy Hilfiger, Hush Puppies, Calvin Klein, Timberland, Polo Ralph Lauren, Guess, DKNY, Tory Burch and many more.

Entrance to Woodbury Common Premium Outlets, Woodbury

Coach Store

Levi’s Store

It was a sunny day when we entered the shopping place. As it was Monday there were not many shoppers around and it was a good day for us to shop.

As there are so many stores in the large area, they are built in a few zones. In each zone the roofs of the stores are painted with the same colour so that visitors can identify the zones, easily.

GUESS Store

Tory Burch Store

Tommy Hilfiger Store

Food Pavilion

During lunch-time we had our meals at the Food Pavilion. After lunch, we continued looking for bargains at the remaining stores.

Food Pavilion in the background

Hush Puppies Merrell Sebago Store

Inside the Food Pavilion

John F. Kennedy International Airport, New York

After spending almost the whole day at the Premium Outlets in Woodbury, we left at 5 p.m. and travelled on a busy highway to John F. Kennedy International Airport. The airport is about 120 km south of Woodbury.

Terminal 8 of John F. Kennedy International Airport, New York, U.S.A.

Farewell to Roanne, our Super American Coach-Driver

Two and a half hours later, we arrived at the airport. Before we got into the airport, we hugged, thanked and said farewell to our super American coach-driver, Roanne, who had, diligently and carefully, driven us to so many places of interests in U.S.A. and Canada for about ten days. Frankly speaking, it was an emotional farewell moment for most of us.

Lindsay saying farewell to Roanne at JFK International Airport, New York

Tuong saying farewell to Roanne at JFK International Airport, New York

Grace saying farewell to Roanne at JFK International Airport, New York

 

Photos of New Friends

Inside the airport, we checked in and got our air tickets. All of us were happy to go home to see our loved ones soon after over ten days touring in U.S.A. and Canada. In the departure hall, I took out my camera and took photos of some of my tour-members who have become my friends.

 

Benny and wife in Departure Hall of JFK International Airport, New York

Ying Zhi and daughter in Departure Hall of JFK International Airport, New York

Rama and wife in Departure Hall of JFK International Airport, New York

 

Departure for Doha, Qatar

At 10.10 p.m. we boarded a Qatar airplane of model B777-300ER, left JFK International Airport and flew all the way to Hamad International Airport in Doha, Qatar, without stopping. It took almost 12 hours to travel a distance of 10 800 km from New York to Qatar. Of course, it was uncomfortable to stay in the economy class on the plane for so many hours.

When we arrived at the Doha airport in Qatar we stayed at the airport and waited for another Qatar plane to fly us to Singapore. Finally, three and a half hours later, we boarded a Qatar plane of model B787-8 and departed for the next and final destination, Singapore.

Hamad International Airport, Qatar, Doha

Air-flight by a Qatar airplane from Doha to Singapore

Choo Chaw and wife at Doha Airport waiting for the next Qatar airplane to take them to Singapore

Changi International Airport, Singapore

At 9.15 a.m. on Tuesday, 24 June 2015(Singapore time and date), we, finally, arrived at Changi International Airport, Singapore, safely. It took almost 8 hours for the plane to fly a distance of about 6 500 km to reach Singapore.

Map showing the Qatar airplane flying in the dark from Doha to Singapore

The Qatar airplane arriving at Changi Airport, Singapore, at 9.15 a.m. on Tuesday, 24 June 2015(Singapore time and date)

Map showing the Qatar airplane flying from Doha, Qatar, to Singapore

Well, that is my unforgettable tour in east coast of U.S.A. and Canada. My new friends will remember it for a long time, too.

Map showing arrival and departure of the Eastern U.S.A. and Canada Tour

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U.S.A & Canada East Coast Travel

Part I   Philadelphia & Washington D.C.

Part II   Niagara Falls & Toronto City

Part III Colborne, 1000 Islands & Ottawa City

Part IV  Montreal & Quebec City

Part V   Boston

Part VI  New York

Part VII Woodbury, JFK Airport & Home

[Read about my tour in west coast of U.S.A. at this website and subsequent ones: U.S.A. West Coast Travel Part I(San Francisco City) ]

Acknowledgement

Thanks to all who have made our tour possible, including the tour manager, Andy Yuan, American coach-driver, Roanne, EU Holidays Pte. Ltd.(Singapore), and Irama Travel & Tours Sdn. Bhd.(Johor Bahru).

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U.S.A. and Canada East Coast Travel Part VI(New York)

U.S.A. and Canada East Coast Travel Part VI(New York)

Day 10 Sunday, 21 June 2015

At 8.30 in the morning we left our hotel, Reanaissance Woodbridge Hotel at Iselin in New Jersey and went 31 km north-east to Pier 15 on New York Harbour in Lower Manhattan to see the Statue of Liberty on a tiny island called Liberty Island.

Map showing the Hornblower boat route from Pier 15 to the Statue of Liberty and back

 

Hornblower Boat Cruise

When we arrived at Pier 15, the sky was cloudy and we were worried that it might rain. After queuing up for half an hour together with other tourists, we boarded a Hornblower boat. When it was going to the Liberty Island we were glad that the sky became bright and the Statue of Liberty could be seen in the distance, clearly.

Visitors queuing up at Pier 15 for a Hornblower boat cruise to the Statue of Liberty

Visitors on a Hornblower boat that is moving, slowly, to the Statue of Liberty

A boat-load of visitors at Pier 15 going to see the Statue of Liberty

 

Bridges and Skyscrapers of New York City

As the boat was moving, slowly, towards the statue, we saw bridges, Brooklyn Bridge and Manhattan Bridge, connecting New York City and Brooklyn on Long Island, and skyscrapers of New York City moving away from us.

Then, half an hour later, the boat stopped for awhile near the Statue of Liberty, and we and others on the boat were excited and began to snap photos of the huge apple-green statue.

Pier 15 in the foreground and New York City skyscrapers in the background

Brooklyn Bridge and Manhattan Bridge connecting New York City and Brooklyn

Skyscrapers of New York City during a cloudy day

 

Statue of Liberty on Liberty Island

Created in the image of a Roman goddess, Libertas, in 1886, the Statue of Liberty on Liberty Island was a gift to the U.S.A. from France as a gesture of friendship. Standing at a height of 34 metres on a 27 metre-pedestal, the goddess holds a torch high in her right hand and a tablet in her left hand with the inscribed date of the American Declaration of Independence: “July 4, 1776”. Besides, there is a broken chain lying at her feet symbolising freedom from bondage.

Statue of Liberty on Liberty on Liberty Island

 

In 1984, the icon of freedom was designated as a UNESCO heritage site. In the UNESCO’s “Statement of Significance”, it declares that the statue is a symbol of “liberty, peace, human rights, abolition of slavery, democracy and opportunity”.

Ellis Island

Near the statue is another island known as Ellis Island. It was the first stop and gateway for 12 million migrants who were mostly Europeans to places all over the United States from 1892 until 1954. Since 1990 the main building on the island is made a museum of immigration.

Choo Chaw and wife on a boat-cruise to see the Statue of Liberty

Ying Zi and daughter on a boat-cruise to see the Statue of Liberty

Helen and daughter on a boat-cruise to see the Statue of Liberty

 

Soon we went back to Pier 15. After disembarking the board at the pier, we walked to South Street, crossed the road, and walked to Wall Street.

Wall Street, New York City

Wall street stretches from South Street to Broadway, a length of 1.1 km. It is narrow with multi-storey buildings on both its sides. Located in the New York Financial District, Wall Street has become a metonym for financial and corporate sector. It attracts lots of tourists from all over the world.

Map showing the significant landmarks in New York Financial District

Wall Street joining South Street in the background in New York Financial District

Choo Chaw and wife on Wall Street that joins Broadway in the background in New York Financial District

 

1 Wall Street Court

As I was walking along the street an unusual building of 15 storeys high and in a triangular shape caught my eyes. Located at the intersection of Wall Street, Pearl Street and Beaver Street, it was completed in 1904 and first occupied by Munson Steamship Co. and later by many other companies. Known as 1 Wall Street Court, it now becomes a residential building since 2006.

1 Wall Street Court in New York Financial District, New York, U.S.A.

 

New York Stock Exchange

Soon we came to the world’s largest stock exchange by market capitalisation that is located at 11, Wall Street. Known as New York Stock Exchange(NYSE) and built in 1903, it provides a means for buyers and sellers to trade shares of stock in companies registered for public trading. It has an index, NYSE Composite Index, to measure the overall market performance over time. It has other indices too, like Dow Jones Industrial Average(DJIA), Nasdaq Composite and S & P 500.

New York Stock Exchange behind Rama and wife in New York Financial District, New York, U.S.A.

 

American Stock Exchange Building

There is another building nearby. It is at 86, Trinity Place which was built in 1921. It was used as a stock market for equities trading by the New York Curb Exchange which was renamed the American Stock Exchange in 1953. The building then known as American Stock Exchange was closed on 1 December 2008 and all its equities trading activities were moved to New York Stock Exchange at 11, Wall Street.

American Stock Exchange closed in 2008 after over 89 years of equities trading in New York Financial District, New York, U.S.A.

 

Federal Hall National Memorial

There is an old building known as Federal Hall National Memorial across Wall Street from the NYSE Building. It was built in 1842 to replace the old one which was built in 1700 as New York’s City Hall that was later demolished in 1812.

Federal Hall National Memorial built in 1842 to replace the one as New York’s City Hall, New York City

 

When the new Federal Hall was built in 1842 it first served as the U.S. Custom House, later Sub-Treasury Building and now a national memorial that commemorates the historic events that had happened there. Among the events are: the former hall at the same site was made the first Capitol Building of the U.S., and used as the place where George Washington was inaugurated as the first President of the U.S. on 30 April 1789 and the U.S. Bill of Rights was introduced in the First Congress.

Statue of George Washington outside Federal Hall National Memorial in New York Financial District, New York

A plaque of George Washington on his knees and praying outside Federal Hall National Memorial, New York City

A picture showing George Washington being inaugurated as the first President of U.S.A. on 30 April 1789 outside Federal Hall National Memorial, New York City

 

Trinity Church

Trinity Church can be seen from Wall Street. It is at the end of Wall Street and on Broadway. Built in Gothic Revival architectural style in 1839-1846, it is a parish church in the Episcopal Diocese of New York. This is the third church being built at the same spot to replace two old ones.

The first one was built in 1698 and destroyed in the Great New York City Fire of 1776. Then the second one was built in 1788-1790 and torn down later due to severe snow that weakened it during the winter of 1838-1839.

Facade of Trinity Church on Broadway, New York City

Trinity Church on Broadway, New York City

Trinity Church as seen from Wall Street, New York City

 

Zuccotti Park

After touring Wall Street, we walked to Zuccotti Park where trees were grown. At this park two sculptures can be seen. One known as “Joy of Life” is a 70-foot-tall sculpture consisting of bright red beams that look like three “X”s joining together in the middle. and the other sculpture known as “Double Check” is a bronze businessman with an open bag on his lap sitting on a bench. Out of curiosity, I looked at the things he had in the bag. There were pencils, papers, pen, stapler, stamp-pad and a communication-machine in it.

Zuccotti Park near World Trade Center, New York City

Helen and daughter with a sculpture of a businessman at Zuccotti Park, New York

Sculpture of “Joy of Life” at Zuccotti Park, New York City

 

This park is a tourists’ favourite place as they can see One World Trade Center towering high across the intersection of Liberty Street and Trinity Place.

One World Trade Center

One World Trade Center, the main building of the World Trade Center Complex, is 1776 feet(541,3 m) high consisting of 104 storeys. The figure “1776” is intended to symbolize the year 1776 when the U.S. Declaration of Independence was signed.

This modern building at 285, Fulton Street, Manhattan, New York, is the 4th. tallest in the world. It was built in 2013 and opened on 3 November 2014. It is built to replace the Twin Towers which were destroyed by the al-Qaeda terrorists in 2001.

One World Trade Center, the tallest building in New York City as seen from a Hornblower boat on East River

 

Twin Towers

The Twin Towers of the World Trade Center at the same site as One World Trade Center were destroyed by terrorists’ attacks on 11 September 2001 and about 3 000 people were killed. They were built in 1970s each over 1350 feet(410 m) high,

One World Trade Center was opened in 2014 and the other one is under construction in New York City

Twin Towers of the World Trade Center built in 1970s and destroyed by terrorists’ attacks on 11 September 2001

One World Trade Center has 104 storeys and is 1776 feet(541.3 m) high. The other building is under costruction.

 

Terrorists’ Attacks on World Trade Center on 9/11

In the morning of 11 September 2001 five al-Qaeda terrorists hijacked an American Airlines Flight 11 and crashed it into the North Tower. Several minutes later, another group of al-Qaeda terrorists hijacked a United Airlines Flight 175 and crashed it into the South Tower. The South Tower was burning for an hour before it collapsed, while the North Tower was burning for two hours before it too collapsed.

Twin Towers of World Trade Center under terrorists’ attacks on 11 Sept 2001 in New York City

 

Since those terrorists’ attacks or 9/11 attack, airport security is tightened worldwide. Passengers have to take off their shoes and belts, and go through full-body scanners at airport check-points. Besides, liquids more than 100 ml, knives, box-cutters, cigarette lighters and other objects that may be used for threatening life are not allowed to be carried by passengers into airplanes. These strict checks cause long queues at airports.

Charging Bull

Later, we left Zuccotti Park and walked to Bowling Green. At this place there is one large sculpture of a bull. It looks muscular and fierce. It is leaning back on its haunches, lowering its head, curving its tail like a lash and getting ready to charge.

Bronze Sculpture of “Charging Bull” weighing 3 200 kg at Bowling Green in New York City

 

But it looks so adorable that tourists like to gather round it and hope to get a chance to take a photo with it. Besides, they like to touch its head, nose and horns believing that it will bring them good fortune, and its testicles believing that it will give them fertility or virility power.

Tourists gathering round the “Charging Bull” at Bowling Green, New York City

A tourist rubbing the bull’s testicles hoping to get virility power

Mr. and Mrs. Koh posing with the “Charging Bull” in New York City

 

The sculpture is known as “Charging Bull”, “Wall Street Bull” or “Bowling Green Bull”. Created by a sculptor, Arturo Di Modica and installed at the present site on Dec 21, 1989, it is made of bronze weighing 3 200 kg, standing 3.4 metres tall and having a length of 4.9 metres. It symbolizes aggresive financial optimism and prosperity. It is now New York City’s icon.

Choo Chaw and wife posing with the “Charging Bull” in New York City

 

Having seen the Charging Bull, we walked to our tour-coach on Battery Place where Roanne, our patient and friendly driver, was waiting for us. When all of were on the bus, Roanne drove us to another tourists’ place of interest called “Times Square”.

Times Square

Times Square is in Manhattan, New York City, and it is one of the most popular tourists’ destinations in the world. Over 300, 000 tourists visit the place, daily.

In 1904, a 25-storey building was built for a local newspaper company, The New York Times. Hence, the open space in front of it was and still is called “Times Square”. This building is now known as “One Times Square”. It has a large ball atop and will illuminate a kaleidoscope of LED coloured lights when it is lowered on every New Year’s eve ushering in a new year. Hundreds of thousands of revellers will be there to watch it. It is a site for other important events, too.

One Times Square in in the background Times Square in New York City

Continuous flow of tourists to Times Square in New York City

Tourists in Times Square in New York City

 

Adjacent to Times Square is a small area known as Duffy Square that was dedicated in 1937 to Chaplain Francis P. Duffy(1871-1932) who was a member of the New York City’s U.S. 69th. Infantry Regiment. A statue of him is erected in the square in memory of him. In the same square, there is another statue. It is of George M. Cohan(1878-1942) erected in 1959 to commemorate his invaluable contribution to the entertainment industry.

Duffy Square adjacent to Times Square in New York City

Statue of George M. Cohan in Duffy Square, New York City

Statue of Chaplain Francis P. Duffy in Duffy Square, New York City

 

Times Square is a place surrounded by over 40 Broadway theatres that offer live, large-scale performances, like musicals, plays and magic shows. Buildings at this bustling place are adorned with large billboards advertising foods, goods and Broadway shows or musicals like “The Lion King”, “Aladdin”, “Chicago”, “Mama Mia!” and “The Phantom of the Opera”. Over 13 million people watched performances in these theatres last year(2014).

Multi-storey buildings around Times Square adorned with large, advertising bill-boards

Multi-storey buildings in Times Square adorned with large bill-boards advertising Broadway musicals and shows

Multi-storey buildings in Times Square adorned with large bill-boards advertising Broadway musicals and shows

 

International Day of Yoga

We were in Times Square on 21 June 2015 and, coincidentally, it was International Day of Yoga. It was declared on 11 December 2014 by the United Nations General Assembly. So, in Times Square, there were hundreds of people doing yoga at the same time to celebrate the occasion.

Yoga participants celebrating International Day of Yoga in Times Square, New York City

Choo Chaw enjoying the sights and sounds in Times Square, New York City

Yoga participants celebrating the International Day of Yoga in Times Square, New York City

 

Later, three young, pretty ladies from the “Chicago” musical group appeared in Duffy Square and performed a short dance for the visitors. From a flier I received, the dancers together with others would be performing at Ambassador Theatre nearby.

Three young, pretty ladies performing a “Chicago” musical dance in Duffy Square

Choo Chaw’s wife enjoying the sights and sounds in Duffy Square in New York City

A flier advertising “Chicago” musical show at Ambassador Theatre near Times Square

 

After spending several hours at the vibrant, crowded Times Square, we walked to Rockefeller Center which was a few hundred metres away.

30 Rockefeller Center

Rockefeller Center consists of several buildings between 48th. and 51st. streets in New York City. But we visited one of them which is known as 30 Rockefeller Center.

30 Rockefeller Center in Midtown, New York City

 

Built in 1931-1939, 30 Rockefeller Center has 70 floors and 850 feet(260 m) high. It has an observation deck on its top that offers 360-degree panoramic view of New York City. The deck is popularly known as “”Top of the Rock”.

Choo Chaw and wife on “Top of the Rock”, an observation deck atop 30 Rockefeller Center, New York City

Southern part of New York City as seen from the top of 30 Rockefeller Center

Northern part of New York City as seen from the top of 30 Rockefeller Center

It was a sunny day when my wife and I went up to the “Top of the Rock”. Standing on the observation deck, we were mesmerized by the spectacular view of the whole city of New York, a city of hundreds of skyscrapers, seemingly, competing for heights.

Eastern part of New York City as seen from the top of 30 Rockefeller Center

Skyscrapers below the observation deck atop 30 Rockefeller Center

Western part of New York City as seen from the top of 30 Rockefeller Center

 

At 4 in the afternoon we ended our New York City tour and went back to our hotel, Renaissance Woodbridge Hotel, at Iselin in Woodbridge Township. It is 31 km south-west 0f New York City.

Location of New York and Iselin

 

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Day 7  Friday, 19 June 2015

Journey from Quebec City(Canada) to Boston(U.S.A.)

Location of Quebec City in Canada and Boston in U.S.A.

At 8 in the morning of Day 7, we left Holiday Inn Express Hotel in Quebec City in Canada for Boston in the U.S..

Plymouth Sedan Portes 1934

After travelling for two hours on Route 55, we arrived at a McDonald’s Outlet at Richmond and stopped there for a toilet visit and snack. At this place we were fascinated by an old but shiny red car, “Plymouth Sedan Portes 1934”, which had been given a new coat of paint.

Hotel Holiday Inn Express Quebec City, Canada

A vintage car of year 1934 at a McDonald’s outlet in Richmond, Quebec

A McDonald’s outlet in Richmond, Quebec

 

Derby Line

At 11 a.m. we moved on. An hour later, we arrived at Derby Line on the Canada-U.S.A. border where we had to go through a USA Inspection Station in Vermont State. After the immigration check, we went to a Chinese restaurant, China Moon Buffet Restaurant, in Derby Town to have lunch.

Littletown

At 1.40 p.m. we travelled on Route 93 that would bring us all the way to Boston in the south. An hour later, we stopped at a little shop near Littleton in New Hampshire for a toilet visit. In this shop I saw a moose head mounted on a wall. Moose are mostly found in the northernmost regions of America and throughout Alaska and Canada. They are large deer and their predators are humans, bears and wolves.

White Mountain National Forest

Then we were off again. Soon we were travelling in a scenic mountainous area. It is known as White Mountain National Forest where the highest mountain, Mount Washington, is about 1 300 metres high. It is a place where it offers a variety of recreational activities like camping, fishing, kayaking, swimming and mountain-climbing to name a few.

A souvenir shop in Littleton outskirt, New Hampshire, U.S.A.

White Mountain National Forest in New Hampshire, U.S.A.

A moose head mount in a souvenir shop in Littleton outskirt, New Hampshire, U.S.A.

 

Dinner

At 5.30 p.m. we stopped at a Chinese restaurant, Long Fong Restaurant, for dinner. The dinner included a complete, cooked lobster for each tour-member. The lobster gave some of us a bad experience. As we were trying to get the meat out of the crustaceans using a chop-stick, some of us were injured by the sharp spines.

Long Fong Restaurant

Sheraton Farmingham, Farmingham, Massachusetts, U.S.A.

A lobster for each tour-member at Long Fong Restaurant

 

Sheraton Farmingham Hotel, Massachusetts

After dinner we were on Route 93 again. Finally, at 7.30 p.m. we arrived at a town in Massachussetts State, Farmingham, that is about 30 km east of Boston and checked in at Sheraton Farmingham Hotel where we stayed for a night.

Roanne, the super lady-driver

That was a long, tiring journey from Quebec City in Canada to Farmingham in Massachussetts State, a distance of about 600 km. Thanks again to our super lady-driver, Roanne, who took many hours to drive us to Farmingham.

Roanne, a super coach-driver

Day 8   Saturday, 20 June 2015

Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts

At 8.30 in the morning we left Farmingham and headed for Cambridge which is 3 km north-west of Boston City. On arrival at the town we visited the America’s oldest and prestigious university, Harvard University. Established originally by Massachusetts Legislature in 1636 and known as “New College”, it produces brilliant students who later become successful people in many fields.

Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S.A.

Notable Harvard University Alumni

According to Wikipedia, its alumni include eight U.S. presidents, e.g. Barack Obama, John F. Kennedy and George W. Bush, 62 living billionaires, e.g. Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg(Facebook creator), Secretary-General of U.N., Ban Ki-moon, foreign political leaders like Taiwan President, Ma Ying-jeou, Canada Prime Ministers, Mckenzie King and Pierre Trudeau, and many more notable alumni.

Besides, the Academic Ranking of World Universities(ARWU) has consistently ranked it the best in the world since 2003. Hence, it is a “dream college” for both students and parents in the world.

Cambridge Town where Harvard University is located

Tour-members in Harvard Yard, Harvard University, Massachusetts

Freshmen’s dormitories in Harvard Yard in Harvard University, Massachusetts

 

Harvard Yard

On arrival at Cambridge, we entered Harvard Yard and saw a statue of a man, John Harvard(1607-1638), erected in front of a white building, University Hall. When Harvard died in 1638, he donated his 400 books and half of his estate to the university. For his generosity, the university was named after him, Harvard University, in 1638. Now the university has about 20 000 students in over 12 different academic schools located throughout the Boston Metropolitan area.

All the visitors including us in Harvard Yard took the opportunity to take a photo with the statue of John Harvard.

Choo Chaw and wife with the statue of John Harvard in Harvard Yard, Harvard University, Massachusetts

Margaret and Janet with the statue of John Harvard in Harvard Yard, Harvard University, Massachusetts

Timothy Koh and family with the statue of John Harvard in Harvard University, Massachusetts

 

There are several buildings in Harvard Yard such as Freshmen dormitories for first year students, University Hall(a multi-purpose building), Widener Library(the main library of the university that has more than 5 million books) and Memorial Church(an interdenominational worship place).

Widener Library, the main library of Harvard University, Massachusetts

The tour-manager, Andy Yuan, talking about the Harvard University to members in Harvard Yard

Notices for students in Harvard Yard, Harvard University, Massachusetts

 

Roanne’s Nephew

After a brief tour of Harvard Yard, we walked back to our coach nearby. Before we left, Roanne’s nephew appeared and met up with his elated aunt.

Roanne, the coach-driver, feeling elated meeting up with her nephew in Cambridge, Massachusetts

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge

While travelling along Massachusetts Avenue to Boston City, we passed another well-known university, Massachusetts Institute of Technology(M.I.T.). Founded in 1861, it was originally a private research university in applied science and engineering. Now it includes a few more schools like biology, economics, linguistics and management. Like Harvard University, many notable M.I.T. alumni excel in many fields and receive prestigious honours and awards.

Massachusetts Insttitue of Technology(MIT), Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S.A.

Map of Boston City by Charles River Boat Cruise

Charlestown Bridge over River Charles from Cambridge to Boston, Massachusetts

 

Then we crossed Charlestown Bridge over River Charles and arrived at Boston City. The first historic landmark we visited in the city was Trinity Church.

Trinity Church in Copley Square

Founded in 1733 and rebuilt in the Romanesque Revival style in 1872-1877 replacing the old one that was burnt down. Trinity Church is an episcopal church in Copley Square in Back Bay and has a congregation of about 3000 households. Its architectural style characterized by a clay roof, polychromy, rough stone, heavy arches, and a massive tower has been adopted for a number of public buildings across the United States. Statuettes of Lord Jesus, saints and worshippers can be seen on its facade.

Trinity Church, in Copley Square, Boston, Massachusetts

Statuettes of Lord Jesus, saints and worshippers on the facade of Trinity Church, Boston, Massachusetts

Statue of Phillips Brooks(1835-1893) who directed the construction of Trinity Church in 1872-1877

 

Phillips Brooks(1835-1893)

A statue of Phillips Brooks(1835-1893) was erected in front of Trinity Church in memory of him as a preacher who directed the construction of the church in 1872-1877.

Boston Marathon Bombings

The Copley Square is a place where the popular 42 km-Boston Marathon finishes. This marathon is held on the third Monday of April annually since 1969 and attracted over 30 ooo participants this year.

Bolyston Street leading to Trinity Church and Public Library in Boston, Massachusetts

During the Boston Marathon on 15 April 2013, two Chechen brothers let off two pressure cooker bombs in Boylston Street killing three spectators and one of the perpetrators, and injuring 280 people. Later, the second perpetrator was caught and sentenced to death. They planted the bombs because they were against the U.S. foreign policy against Muslim countries.

Boston Public Library

Facing Trinity Church is Boston Public Library that was built in Italian Renaiassance style in 1895. When we were there Boston Book Festival 2015 was held in Copley Square.

Public Library in Copley Square, Boston, Massachusetts

 

Boston Book Festival 2015 in Copley Square

This festival attracted kids, teens and adults. Many activities and events were held for children of all ages, such as story-telling, workshops, dancing, concert and fun-filled activities.

Concert at Boston Book Festival in Copley Square, Boston

A musician entertaining children at Boston Book Festival, Boston

A children’s book character attracting kids at Boston Book Festival in Copley Square, Boston

 

Later we went to another place nearby which is surrounded by old buildings. It is a place where a memorial was built. It is a sad one that is known as New England Holocaust(Shoah) Memorial.

Holocaust(Shoah) Memorial

This memorial was created in memory of the six million Jewish men, women and children who were, mercilessly, killed by the Nazi Third Reich headed by Adolf Hitler between 1933 and 1945 in Europe. It is also dedicated to another five million people of other races, religions and nationalities. Hundreds of generous citizens had  made the construction of the memorial possible.

New England Holocaust Memorial, Boston, Massachusetts

Close-up of numbers on a glass-tower each denoting a Jew who was killed by Adolf Hitler’s Nazi Third Reich in the period 1933-1945

One of the six glass-towers with numbers at the Holocaust Memorial, Boston, Massachusetts

 

Tall Green Glass-Towers

At the grim memorial, there is a row of six tall green glass-towers inscribed with countless numbers instead of names of the victims killed by the Nazi soldiers. Besides, there are words of survivors inscribed on some granite stones. There was one containing words which sent chill down my spine as I was reading them. They were said by a Lutheran Pastor, Martin Niemoeller(1892-1984), who was sent to two concentration camps(1937-1945) by Adolf Hitler, and they go like this:

“They came first for the communists, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a communist. Then they came for the Jews, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Jew. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a trade unionist. Then they came for the Catholics, and I didn’t speak up because I was a Protestant. Then they came for me, and by that time no one was left to speak up,”

Inscription of Martin Niemoeller’s words in a granite stone at Holocaust Memorial, Boston

Boston City Hall

Around the memorial are old buildings that have become cafes, restaurants and shops. A large, modern building can be seen across a road, Congress Street, from the Holocaust Memorial. It is Boston City Hall and local people think it is one of the ugliest buildings in America.

Old buildings at the Holocaust Memorial, Boston, Massachusetts

City Hall in Boston, Massachusetts

Old buildings at the Holocaust Memorial, Boston, Massachusetts

 

Faneuil Hall, Boston

The next place we visited was Faneuil Hall which is a historic landmark too.

Located near the waterfront, Faneuil Hall has been a marketplace and a meeting hall since 1743. It was in this building that speeches encouraging independence from Great Britain were made by Samuel Adams, James Otis and others.

Also known as “The Cradle of Liberty”, Faneuil Hall was built in Georgian architectural style in 1742 by Peter Faneuil for the Boston people.

Statue of Samuel Adams(1722-1803)

Erected in front of this building is a statue of Samuel Adams(1722-1803) in honour of him for organising the American Revolution against the British rule and signing the Declaration of American Independence in 1776.

Faneuil Hall in the background and Statue of Samuel Adams in the foreground in Boston

Faneuil Hall Marketplace, Boston

Later, more buildings were built in front to accommodate increasing number of merchants and city residents. Today, Faneuil Hall Marketplace includes North and South Market Buildings which house retail shops, restaurants and business offices, and Quincy Market in between them houses more than forty different food-stalls.

Plan of Quincy Market Center, Faneuil Hall and Marketplace Center, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A.

South Market of Quincy Market Center, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A.

Quincy Market, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A.

 

Lunchtime at Quincy Market

As it was lunchtime, we entered Quincy Market and walked along the crowded walkway to a famous food-stall, Boston Chowda Co., to get our food. With the help of our tour-manager, Andy Yuan, I got my meal that included a lobster roll, soup and a cup of Coke.

North Market of Quincy Market Center, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A.

Tour members taking lobster roll and soup or another kind from Boston Chowda Co. for lunch at Quincy Market, Bostaon, Massachusetts, U.S.A.

Tour-members at Boston Chowda Co. food stall for lunch at Quincy Market, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A.

 

Food and Beverage Stalls in Quincy Market

Visitors looking for food and drinks at this market are spoilt for choice. They can have different kinds of Western, European or Asian cuisines.

Crowded food-walkway at Quincy Market, Boston, Massachusetts

“Starbucks Coffee” at Quincy Market, Boston

A pizza stall at Quincy Market, Boston

 

Cuisines of many countries are available at the market: Mexican, German, Japanese, Indian and Greek, to name a few.

 

“Boston Cafe” at Quincy Market, Boston

Food & drink stall at Quincy Market, Boston

Ice-cream & fudge stall at Quincy Market, Boston

 

Quincy Market Street Performers

There are stalls under canopies outside Quincy Market. They sell souvenirs, gifts, handbags, toys, accessories, etc. Besides, there are some street performers entertaining visitors outside the market. Among them are musicians, magicians and character impersonators.

Stalls under canopies outside Quincy Market, Boston

 

Musicians entertaining visitors outside Quincy Market, Boston

A baseball player impersonator giving a word of wisdom to a little girl outside Quincy Market, Boston

A magician showing tricks to visitors outside Quincy Market, Boston

 

Statue of Red Auerbach(1917-2006)

While walking around Quincy Market, I came across a bronze statue of a fat man holding a large cigar and sitting on a bench. He was Red Auerbach(1917-2006) who was a famous Boston Celtis basketball-player, then a coach, president and finally vice-chairman of Boston Celtics.

Statue of Arnold “Red” Auerbach outside Quincy Market, Boston

As a coach, he won 938 games and 9 NBA Championships in 10 years, and as general manager and team president of Boston Celtics, he won an additional 7 NBA Championships, making him one of the most successful team officials in North American professional sports.

A plaque of Arnold “Red” Auerbach outside Quincy Market, Boston

Larry “Legend” Bird Plaque

A plaque on the ground near the statue said about another outstanding basketball-player. He was Larry “Legend” Bird who was born in 1956. He was honoured for being elected into the Basketball Hall of Fame and his outstanding contributions to the basketball game. He played for Boston Celtics from 1979 until 1992. He was awarded three times NBA MVP, 12 times Eastern Conference NBA All-Star, NBA Coach of the Year in 1997 and 1998, and a 1992 gold medal Olympian. He was an extraordinary basketball celebrity.

Bill Rogers(“Boston Billy”)

Then I saw another plaque on the ground. It honoured a Boston distance runner, Bill Rogers(also known as “Boston Billy”), for being inducted “into the National Track & Field Hall of Fame, his 25 years of excellence in distance running and his unfaltering dedication to the Boston Community. A local hero and international competitor, Bill Rogers set a new standard for road-racing achievement, four time winner of the Boston Marathon(1975, 1978. 1979 and 1980)”.

 

Plaque of Larry “Legend” Bird outside Quincy Market, Boston

Renaissance Woodbridge Hotel, Iselin, New Jersey

Plaque of Bill Rodgers(Boston Billy) outside Quincy Market, Boston

 

Departure for New Jersey

At 1.30 p..m. we left Boston City and headed southwards on Route 95. After six hours of travelling, we arrived at a small place, Iselin, in Woodbridge Township in New Jersey. We checked in at a hotel known as Renaissance Woodbridge Hotel and retired for a night.

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