Singapore

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Photo by Hu Chen on Unsplash

Singapore is a small island that has seen much gentrification over the past ten years.  It is also one of Asia’s major financial centers with all the financial institutions having offices there. 

They say the top of The Marina Bay Sands Hotel & Casino is the size of 3 football fields.  There are three superstructure towers that are joined together at the rooftop by the worlds largest cantilever platform and below is a 2,500 room hotel, casino and 1 million square foot shopping center.  They also boast to having an indoor skating rink. The properties first 25 floors are on a 51% angle.  Building this property was a huge engineering feat to say the least. 

Paris, Brooklyn

I know I’m not crazy, however every time I visit Paris I feel like I’m back in Brooklyn and people look at me like I’m nuts. As a boy I lived adjacent to Prospect Park and here is why I see there are similarities.

The Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Arch in Grand Army Plaza at Prospect Park are derived from François Rude’s high-relief sculptures on the piers of Paris’s Arc de Triomphe. The quadriga, or four-horse chariot (1898), atop the arch echoes the horses by Bosio on the Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel.  Convinced yest?  No!  Here is another tidbit.  Ocean Parkway was designed after The Avenue des Champs-the Elysee’s and so was Eastern Parkway another Brooklyn byway. Ocean Parkway used to have a bridle path giving it even more of a French feel and saw many people horseback ride there.

America is very thankful to the French.  Benjamin Franklin, one of our founding fathers  spoke French and convinced the King of France to finance the American Revolution to oust the English. This was just one of the ways America won their independence from The British.

Cecconi’s, London

Cecconi’s is a very good Italian Restaurant and a great meeting place located in Mayfair by all the great shops. it is conveniently located right off New & Old Bond Streets, Saville Row and a few blocks from Regent Street.  It is the place to see and be seen.  It’s always bustling and has a great vibe. From the minute you walk in the hostess gives you a warm smile and takes your brelli and coat and sits you a table by the window or at the bar.  The bar is another great experience being greeted & served by the London’s best bartender’s.   It has old world charm and they really take care of you.

 

Photo Credit: Florian GIORGIO

 

 

Dublin and Malahide, Ireland

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Photo by Cathal Mac an Bheatha on Unsplash

Dublin’s high street is Grafton and you’ll find a fully packed Brown Thomas store filled with women’s & men’s fashion and other housewares items. This is Dublin’s top department store and opened in 1848 by Hugh Brown.  

Not far from Dublin is Malahide where Bono from U2 has his summer home.  If Ireland had a Riviera this is where it would be.  The beach front is beautiful and even more so when the sun shines. 

 

Cote d’Azur

 Photo by  Rhiannon Elliott
Photo by Rhiannon Elliott

Antibe-Juan-les-Pins, Cape Ferrat, Eze, Cap d’Ail, Villefranche, Theoule-dur-Mer, Cannes, Nice are some of the names for the BEACHES you’ll be passing while you’re wearing your sunglasses with the top down in your rented convertible.  

Just be careful you don’t run anyone over when you’re traveling through the small towns with families & children crossing while you are viewing the beautiful people & beaches. Otherwise, soak every minute of sun & beauty in….It doesn’t get better than this!