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Saturday, January 10, 2015

Times Square New Years Eve 2015 A Community of Talent in NYC

Times Square New Years Eve became the crossroads of the world to ring in 2015.  Hundreds of Thousands of revelers jammed the streets to celebrate a new year.
 It took a community of talent to make sure the evening was safe and entertainers could display their creativity.  News crew lined up to get their spot in covering the world's most watched event as the New Year's Eve Ball descended the flagpole at midnight. The tradition began in 1906 and New York City carried on the ceremony in style.

Cranes were lined in a straight row eager to help put on the show.

It started twelve hours before the ball dropped when revelers were checked for explosives and other dangerous devices as they entered pens on Broadway and Seventh Ave.

New York Police Department's goal was to make sure everyone was safe.  Security in Times Square was heightened because of the potential terrorist threat.   Police officers remembered the attack on the Boston Marathon and did everything to prevent another tragedy.  
"We're absolutely concerned about the security of everyone there, including the police officers," NYPD Chief of Department James O'Neill. "We will be patrolling the city by air, by sea, on the ground and in the subway system."
There were no trash cans along the route and backpacks were prohibited.  

Stage crews checked the sound so Taylor Swift and other performers gave their best music.  Microphones were put in place as news media gave their own interpretation of the events.  Anderson Cooper, my favorite, and Kathy Griffin hosted for eight consecutive years.  Carson Daly featured Tony Bennet, Lady Gaga, Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani and Pharrell.
As more people came to get their place in line anticipation grew.  
Starting at 6:00 entertainment took the stage.  The giant switch was turned on as the New Year's Eve Ball raised high above majestic New York City.  The ball was designed by Waterford Crystal with 2,688 crystal triangles shining their glory in a 12 foot geodesic sphere.  The original ball was only a one hundred and 25-watt bulb.  It shows the advancement of technology over the years.  
It was a display of talent as each performer gave their best tune in frigid temperatures of 30 degrees.  Colorful pyrotechnic devices shown beams of color along with the beat of melody.   

  Taylor Swift was the grand finally as she danced on stage as her body shook with cold.  


She gave her best effort along with the NYPD, news media, stage crew, party goers willing to stand in freezing temperatures for twelve hours, and workers of New York City.  




My family and I watched from our hotel room along with millions of people from their homes the display of community talent.  
The next day the light shown on a new year in 2015.  Memories were made and families were entertained as Times Square put on a great show for another year.  
On New Years Day the streets were full of people taking pictures with Micky Mouse.
Looking at display windows showing fashions for 2015.
Spending time with family and friends.  
Buying from local street vendors creative displays of art revealing New York life.  

Sampling delicious hot food at a great price.
Taking their son or daughter on a ride on the Merry Go Round in Bryant Park.
Taking a selfie in front of the Apple Store.
Celebrating books at Simon and Schuster.

Eating after a long New Years Day at a favorite NYC restaurant.

Perhaps the greatest community of talent lives and works in the best city in the world. 
New York City.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Bethlehem Revisited a Waxahachie Tradition


Step back in time 2000 years ago to visit the town of Bethlehem as Mary and Joseph did the night of Christ's birth.  After a long journey to pay their taxes they found no room to lay their head.  The inns were full of other travelers.  As predicted in ancient writings in Micah 5:2 of the Hebrew Old Testament the Messiah was born in Bethlehem in a manger perhaps with fresh rosemary to make it comfortable and keep fleas away.  Magi who studied the stars arrived on camels to see our Savior predicted to be born in Bethlehem, meaning the house of bread. Numbers 24:17 says a star shall come out of Jacob and a scepter shall rise out of Israel.

Waxahachie opens their town the first two weekends of December to crowds of over 6,000.  Families walk through the streets of the Roman village to see merchants selling their wears.  Weavers turn sheep and goat yarn to textiles, soap is made by hand, pottery is spun with hands molding wet clay, and baskets are shaped from strips of wood.

A living nativity pageant is performed with live characters wanting to share the story of Jesus's birth.  After paying their taxes Mary and Joseph go to many innkeepers to be turned away.  Many actors and their children have returned to play parts since 1995 when Vic Dindot, a former minister of Central Presbyterian Church came up with the idea.   It takes 200 volunteers to put everything together for visitors to enjoy.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Savour the Sights of Saint Remy de Provence

Travel tree lined roads to one of the oldest towns in France, Saint Remy, located at the western edge of the Provence region.  It embraces scrumptous food, rich history, ancient buildings and an amazing market day.

Enter the town through narrow streets to find small boutiques with the finest clothes. 
Enjoy delicious French Food at Lou Grilladou. Offering Provencal pizza, grilled meats, and salads.   He can serve group meals up to 70 people.  

 The salmon is fresh with the perfect sauce.  
Stay upstairs above the restaurant to relax in fluffy sheets.  

Lou's wife decorated the room with shades of gray using textured fabric.
Every detail added to the flavor of the room.  
After being refreshed continue exploring all the charm of the Provencal way of life.  

Enjoy your surroundings with water dripping from stone fountains.
Walk the streets to smell the fragrance of lavender freshly cut from local hills of purple.
Pick a place to stay in the heart of Saint Remy so waking up for market day every Wednesday morning will be easy.
Relax in a Jacuzzi after a long day of shopping.  
 Look out the window from the  bed and breakfast to see a town filled with history.  Van Gogh produced a 150 paintings while resting in the local asylum for the year of 1889 in Monastere St. Paul de Mausole.  It is open to the public seven days a week.
Starry Night is one of his famous paintings from Saint Remy along with Wheatfield and Irises.   Follow the trail around the surrounding countryside which covers the key locations of his work.  
There are more than a hundred artists living in the area of Saint Remy wanting to capture the beauty of Provence.  

The area is famous for their colorful clay pottery which makes a great treasure to take home.  
Visit the modest home of Nostradamos, famous for his predictions. 
Market Day is every Wednesday morning open till 1:00.  View displays of French Fabric and table clothes to adorn your table.  
Sample fresh fruit picked from local orchards.  
Shimmering necklaces, bracelets and earrings can be a treasure.
Carpenters display French ladder back chairs made locally.
Scented bags of fresh lavender can be purchased for only one euro.
Saint Remy's Market is one of the largest of Provence and well worth the visit.  
Walk the streets of Saint Remy first built in the 1st century AD  
Sit outside and sip a cup of coffee in sunny cafes.  
You'll find a warm, friendly welcome in this charming little town.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Visiting Nimes France

Nimes was a Roman outpost in Provence because soldiers were promised a plot of land if they fought for Caesar. The remains of what it was like to live during Roman times makes Nimes a fascinating visit for history buffs.  Think of a retirement home for hard working soldiers who want to settle down and live peacefully.  The city's emblem is a crocodile tied to a palm tree as a reminder to Roman officers of their journeys to Egypt.


Enter the door of the only ancient temple to be completely preserved, the Maison Carree built during the period of Emperor Augustus.  He created new sites for staging of special events.
By the time Caesar had arrived the south east of Gaul had been settled by the Romans.  They came to aid the Greek colony of Marseilles because of attacks from Celto-Ligurian tribes.  Under Emperor Augustus the city developed quickly.building monuments.  Maison carree was inspired by the temples of Apollo and Mars Ultor in Rome.  It was built with harmonious proportions of 26 meters long,15 meters wide, and 15 meters high.  A 22 minute 3 D film is shown to tell the history of Nimes through a Roman family.  The dad went off to war for fifteen years and came back to see his son grown up but the town prosperous.  

The ceiling of the entrance to the temple was added in the 19th century.  

The Arena of Nimes was built 70 AD but remodeled in 1863 for bull fights. The amphitheater  has the capacity to seat 24,000 spectators.  There are sixty arches on each of the two levels for Romans to enter as they find their seat.  
In the Middle Ages people actually lived in the amphitheater for protection after the fall of Rome.
It was built to last standing sixty-five feet high and more than 300 feet across.  Compare it to a six story high building.
  Romans sat according to their social status and watch the games played there.  This box seems like a place of honor.   Lions, tigers and even elephants were part of animal hunts.   Executions would also be held and people sentenced to death were thrown to the lions.  Christians who stayed loyal to their faith and  refused to worship Roman gods were sentenced.  
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The ancient Roman aqueduct bridge called Pont du Gard is another Roman attraction to see.  It is part of the Nimes aqueduct carrying 31 miles of water to Romans from a spring at Uzes.  
It was mainly built underground because of the hilly terrain.  The water traveled a long and winding route that crossed the gorge of the Gardon river.  Pont du Gard is the highest of all of the Roman aqueduct bridges and one of the best preserved.  
Nimes has preserved many places to visit for tourists to enjoy.  
Sample delicious fresh
bread made by the locals.  Stay at a quaint bed and breakfast close by to be pampered after a day of sight seeing.