The Old Man of the Mountain crumbled 16 years ago. But he's still a tourist attraction, thanks to dedicated locals and optical trickery.
“YEAH, I could live here,” I thought as I strolled along the Lake Michigan shoreline. It was a sunny June morning and I was on a decent hike from my hostel through skyscraper-lined streets, parkland, beaches, and riverfront, soon to arrive at the Lincoln Park Zoo. America’s third-largest city was alive with a pulsing energy, … Continue reading My kind of town, Chicago is… in summer
A COUPLE of weeks ago, I went on my first social road trip since returning from the United States. It wasn’t a long one – just a pleasant Sunday drive to Springbrook National Park and other parts of the Gold Coast hinterland – but the trip evoked the same feelings of adventure and freedom that … Continue reading Road tripping through America: The Listicle
IF COFFS Harbour ever pulls a Detroit and files for bankruptcy, the subsequent sell-off of The Big Banana would probably see the oversized piece of fruit snapped up by the state of South Dakota. Not because of any connection the Midwestern state may have with the tropical, allegedly evolution-debunking botanical berry, mind you; after all, … Continue reading South Dakota: the tourist trap state
THIS trip to the beach was the strangest I’d experienced, including the time I stumbled upon that nudist beach. Living near the coast in a swimming-crazed country, visits to the seaside in late spring and early summer typically involved hunting down the last, precious parking spot before walking across hot sand to the refuge of … Continue reading Like the Vatican, but with more bird skeletons
One World Trade Centre, though still incomplete, has cemented its place as the defining landmark of the modern Lower Manhattan skyline. Standing 541m high, the tower also provides an eerie sense of scale for visitors to the adjoining memorial to its predecessors While visiting the National September 11 Memorial last Monday, I felt my stomach … Continue reading Selfies in the face of tragedy