New Orleans Waldorf Astoria

The Waldorf Astoria, the palace of gold interior design built to make one feel like a princess in a castle.
The Roosevelt Hotel along with the land it sits upon which amazes locals and visitors from all over the world with it’s historic past. This 504 room hotel with three separate towers along with a rooftop pool and three restaurants, used to be inhabited by the State Capitol, Charity Hospital, Christ Episcopal Church, and the mansions of famed Lousianians of French and Spanish descent during the 1830’s.

The jaw dropping building has a story of rebirth. It’s incredible restoration had awaited four years before it was allowed to be seen by the public in 2009. The 116-year old building had been destroyed from the terrible Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

 

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Life in NoLa

The lifestyle of New Orleans is so unique and beautiful, it can almost be compared to the originality of the European atmosphere when it comes to free-for-all partying, drinking and just having a great time. Throughout the many corners of this musical city, you can find local boutiques filled with VooDoo dolls and the most outgoing artists you can find. Everyone who lives here is on a musical party vacation everyday with jazz bands on the sides of the road, or with nearly 10 kids playing the drums in a unique rhythm against upside-down buckets. From 120 year old restaurants to ghostly tours, this city is full of life for all ages!

Almudena Cathedral

The capital of Spain was transferred from Todelo to Madrid in 1561, and the new capital had no cathedral. Soon after creating a new capital, King Felipe II desired a new cathedral to be built for his reign.  Construction was consistently postponed due to political judgements and turbulence, along with Spain having centuries old cathedrals. Spain built more than 40 cities in the new world during the first century of transfer, and the cost of expanding and keeping the Empire came first in regards to the importance of the creation of a new Church.

Construction of Almudena only began in 1879. There had been a medieval mosque that was destroyed in 1083, when Alfonso VI reconquered Madrid. The cathedral seems to have been build on this same property. It opened nearly 110 years later in June of 1993. It is the seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Madrid, consecrated by Pop John Paul II.  Five architects worked to create this beautiful building that expands 104 meters long and 76 meters wide with a central dome obtaining a diameter of 20 meters. The building is situated adjacent to the Royal Palace.

 

Life in the Museum

A night in the home of the famous Mona Lisa, is nothing like the movie, although the beautiful artwork and sculptures that fill the rooms provide just as much excitement. The famous Mona Lisa is held alone, for viewers to awe in it’s beauty. The woman is held in a glass case nearly four times the size of the painting itself. Along with a wall of security.

Before the Louvre, the famous Mona Lisa was hung beside da Vinci’s bedside. Following the artist’s death in 1519, the king of France purchased the painting from an assistant. The painting spent centuries being shuttled throughout may different royal palaces, spending time at Fontainebleau and Versailles. After the fall of the monarchy, the work of art found a more permanent home during the establishment of the Louvre becoming a public museum. The painting’s home has been the Louvre since it’s formation, although it had been removed periodically.

Napoleon Bonaparte had the painting removed from the museum to be hung on his bedroom wall, when he came to power in 1804.
During the Franco-Prussian War and World War II, the painting was taken to safety in a secret location.
In 1911, she was stolen right off the walls of the museum by an Italian criminal.

After its return once being found in December of 1913, Mona Lisa was then put in a concealed case where improved security measures would ensure protection.

50 years after 1913, the First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy convinced officials of France to allow the painting to roam and tour museums in New York and Washington D.C for immensely popular events.

The museum holds so much more than just the Mona Lisa, although that is the main attraction. You cannot go to Paris without going to the Louvre. It’s a sort of obligation to many of the people who work there. Not going to the Louvre when you’re in Paris is like not seeing the Eiffel Tower.  Museums need more people, more people need to discover the beauty and pleasure in admiring artwork. Works of art are not easy to understand, and many people lose knowledge of it’s importance without art education in schools.

 

 

Living on the Canals

Amsterdam’s East and West India Companies traveling the waters of the world, engaging in exotic and profitable trade, led to economic wealth for the city of Amsterdam. Growing wealth led to an increasing population the city could not keep up with. Amsterdam began running out of room for new coming home owners. In attempt to find a solution, the conclusion came to the city needing expansion. Between 1613 and 1665, three main canals were dug: Herengract, Keizersgract, and Prinsengract. Once constructed, town officials decided to use its purpose for housing more Amsterdammers. These new canal houses became the homes for emerging merchants and artists wanting to show off their wealth to the world. Due to a policy of taxing buildings by the width of their frontage, along with space restrictions, canal homes were built in a tall-and-skinny style. The restrictions in place then, led to a signature look for canal houses today.

Considering a boat over an apartment on land is a big debate for new home owners in Amsterdam.

There are many different advantages and disadvantages when it comes to living off-land, which can be largely debated by those who do live on the canals. The idea of not having neighbors is pleasant to some, but others get lonely living by themselves. The advantage to having your own home on the canal is the idea of having your own island to yourself, but if one wishes to be friendly with the neighborhood, you can always shout out your window to passing boats. Many people also enjoy being apart of their environment, being able to feed ducks on their roof, while watching cars drive by and people of all different ages.

Although advantages vary between personal likes and dislikes, a majority of those who live on the canal can agree the worst part is the cleaning. The work involved in keeping your boat in a nice state, is time and effort consuming. The roof will need painting, the ropes need to be tightened, and leaves need to be swept. The disadvantages are only cons depending on one’s preferences.

Living on the canals of Amsterdam provide a new sight to living, and give people more opportunities to make life changes. One can always try out this new way of living by visiting the town and renting a boat instead of a hotel, or using Air BnB!

Centraal Station

Every day over 200,000 people and tourists pass through Amsterdam Centraal. Local trains depart every ten minutes from platforms 14A and 15. At night, trains depart from various platforms.  This station makes it best effort to provide the best service to travelers from around the world. The station has lockers for those who have too much luggage to hassle all over town, or for those only spending the day in town and have to travel elsewhere later. These lockers are open seven days a week, and provide 24-hour service.

Amsterdam Centraal has much more than just transportation services. There are also several different cafés and fast food restaurants located throughout the station to satisfy a hungry traveler. Biking is a big thing over in Amsterdam, as people bike to work in dresses, heels, and full suits. There is a vast bicycle storage are, repair shops, and bike rentals all within and surrounding the station. There are more bikers than there are cars.  Along with food, biking-aid, and transportation services, the station also provides an exciting shopping centre that opens from seven in the morning to about one in the morning.

Amsterdam Centraal has been open to the public since 1889. As the city grows, the station changes. The station area remains a huge construction site because of the newest addition to itself, the new metro North-South line. It has been completed in the last few months of 2017, and a new bus terminal has also recently been added to the back of the station.

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2018: Centraal Station, Stationsplein, 1012 AB Amsterdam, Netherlands

San Miguel Market, Spain

The Market of San Miguel is located in the heart of Madrid, Spain. It is of walking distance from the historical Plaza de Mayor and the popular tourist attraction, Puerta del Sol. This market was originally built in 1916, although it was renovated by private investors in 2003. After renovating the iron structure, it was reopened in 2009, and successfully promotes a lot of business and attracts hundreds and thousands of customers and tourists. This market is not an everyday sort of grocery store, the layout consists of stylish decorations with many twists and turns to different sorts of foods. There are nearly 30 different venders within this building, all serving different kinds of baked goods, raw foods, fruits and vegetables, wines and cocktails, and many more foods. This is a more unique way of meeting with friends and family, or even hosting a celebration. Most people from the area do not use this market as their everyday grocery store, but to use it as a casual restaurant with foods that range from everyday eating to gourmet style meals.

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April 10 2018: Market of San Miguel, Plaza de San Miguel, s/n, 28005 Madrid, Spain