Why we love New York City?

New York City in the state of New York is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the US because of all that it offers to the traveler. The state is densely populated with a population of approximately 8 million people. The city of New York is also an important entry port for immigrants. Some move on to other states but a large number is attracted to the bright lights of the city. As a result it can be considered a melting pot because all kind of immigrants mix in the city and there are several different languages in the state. It has all the qualities for persons who wish to live the fast life with many attractions which makes it a big temptation to tourists. Some of the must see attractions of the city of NY include:-

  • Empire State buildingNew York’s famous Empire State Building, a New      York City Landmark and a National Historic Landmark, soars more than a      quarter of a mile into the atmosphere above the heart of Manhattan.      Located on the 86th floor, 1,050 feet (320 meters) above the city’s      bustling streets, the Observatory offers panoramic views from within a      glass enclosed pavilion and from the surrounding open-air promenade. Since      the Observatory opened to the public in 1931, almost 110 million visitors      have thrilled to the awe-inspiring vision of the city beneath them.
  • · Legendary Times Square, the heart of Broadway and of countless huge New York gatherings, recently celebrated its 100-year anniversary. Filled with its neon signs, screaming ads, giant screens, Times Square “the crossroads of the world” is more than ever a sight that overwhelms, its flashing lights reaching to the sky. The main attractions in Times Square include ABC Studios, WWE Store, Toys R Us and MTV’s TRL. At the Times Square Visitors Center you can get free citywide information from multilingual tourist counselors, get free maps and brochures, purchase tickets to Broadway and Off-Broadway shows from the Broadway Ticket Center & more.
  • · The United Nations Headquarters building in New York City is the home of the international organization and one of the most visited sites in the city. Guided tours are conducted seven days a week (Monday to Friday only during January and February). Tours are conducted from 9:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Monday to Friday; Saturday and Sundays from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tours in English normally leave every half hour and last for approximately 45 minutes to one hour.
  • · One of the most successful ships in US history is now one of the most unique attractions in New York City. Berthed on the mighty Hudson River in Manhattan, the Intrepid Air & Sea Museum boasts educational exhibits and exciting events. After being closed for a lengthy renovation, the museum reopened to the public on Nov 8th 2008.
  • · Central Park extends from 59th to 110th streets and 5th Avenue to 8th Avenue. It is home to a zoo, playgrounds, skating rinks and a lot more. One of the most romantic and popular ways to see Central Park is from a horse-drawn carriage. These carriages line up at 59th Street and Fifth Avenue across from the Plaza Hotel.
  • · The Rockefeller Center is a place for exquisite shopping, fine dining and great entertainment. It also houses the NBC studios and the Rockefeller Center ice skating rink. During Christmas time, the whole place turns into a Winter Wonderland with the famous Rockefeller Center Christmas tree and beautiful lights and decorations everywhere. Tours are available of the Rockefeller Center as well as NBC studios.
  • · The Metropolitan Museum of Art has specimens of different categories of art from all over the world during every epoch of recorded time. Going through the entire Met is a full day affair. Within are more than two million works of art including arts of Africa, Asia, Europe, Egypt, Greece, Rome, medieval art, musical instruments, photographs, and 20th-century art.
  • · The Madison Square Garden or as it is popularly known, “The World’s Most Famous Arena” is a must see for all sports fans. Be sure to take an All Access Tour of the Garden and visit the Knicks, Rangers and Liberty locker rooms; tour backstage of the Theater at Madison Square Garden; go inside the Star dressing rooms; see players practicing, performers in rehearsal or crews staging events! You’ll never know what you’ll see on the All Access Tour.
  • · OK, so this is number eleven, but a list is not complete with a trip to the Bronx and Yankee Stadium. Love or hate the team, the greatness of those who have played for this team cannot be discounted. The new stadium is a masterpiece and a shrine to the sport, second only to Cooperstown.SONY DSC
  • · Located on Liberty Island in New York Harbor, the Statue of Liberty was a gift of international friendship from the people of France to the people of the United States and is one of the most universal symbols of political freedom and democracy. Liberty Island is accessible by Circle Line-Statue of Liberty Ferry, Inc. ferries only. One round trip ferry ticket includes visits to Liberty and Ellis Islands
  • · At Madame Tussaud’s New York, you will be able to mingle with nearly 200 amazingly life-like wax figures, including Brad Pitt, Jennifer Lopez, Michael Jackson, Madonna and even Elvis Presley and Marilyn Monroe. Open 365 days a year from 10:00 a.m. Monday through Thursday, last ticket sold at 8:00 p.m. Friday through Sunday, last ticket sold at 10:00 p.m

What are you waiting for? Contact Jadd Fong Travel an Albuquerque travel agency and get started planning your trip.

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Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta

Albuquerque International balloon Fiesta

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is the place to visit from October 05 – 13, 2013 to see the biggest and best gathering of balloons on the planet. The 42nd Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta will bring a mixture of beauty and color of hundreds of hot air balloons from across the globe. This year’s fiesta will give special prominence to the special shape hot air balloon.  The fiesta is an annual event that attracts balloonist from across the globe. A large number of balloonists will come from the US and will also include participants from France, England, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Belgium Japan and many other countries.

Albuquerque Internation Balloon Fiesta special shapessThe modern hot air ballooning began in the late 1950’s when a US government research program built a hot air balloon  and used propane to inflate it. Prior to this, several attempts were made with coal gas. Ballooning in Albuquerque began in the summer of 1971 when a gentleman by the name of Sid Cutter purchased a hot air balloon to do something unique for his mom’s birthday. It was inflated and tethered as the center piece of her celebration. The balloon was accidentally released and Sid and his brother made their first flight over Albuquerque. This first balloon flying experience was the motivation for him to form a balloon club in Albuquerque.Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta Sponge Bob

That same year KOB Radio of Albuquerque sponsored Sid Cutter as part of its 50th anniversary celebrations. At that time Sid Cutter was working towards hosting the first hot air balloon rally in New Mexico.  He wanted the event to be the biggest hot air balloon ever assembled as the previous largest gathering of hot air balloons was 19 in England. The joint venture was successful in registering 21 balloonists from Arizona, California, Colorado, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota Texas and Nevada. Amazingly a crow of approximately 10,000 turned out to see the launching from a dirt parking lot west of the Coronado shopping center in Albuquerque.

Don Kersten, an official of the Balloon Federation of America was an attendee at that festival. He was so impressed with the event that he asked Sid Cutter to apply to “The Federation Aeronautique Internationale” for hosting the first world hot air ballooning championship. As a result, Albuquerque hosted its second Balloon Fiesta in conjunction with the first World Hot Air Balloon Championship. In attendance were 133 registered balloons from 13 countries.

From this humble beginning, the Albuquerque International Balloon fiesta has grown in leaps and bounds to what it is today. In 1989 the fiesta had another major development. That year it was dedicated exclusively to special shapes. Since, it has grown to be one of the more popular events of the festival. In this years event, the special shape will feature in 2 events. They will appear in the day Rodeo and the night glowdeo. The program for this year’s activities also includes the Dawn Patrol, Mass Ascensions, and America’s Challenge.Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta Special Shapes

Many travel packages are available to visit Albuquerque to view and experience the most beautiful spectacular event of kaleidoscope of colors during Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. Please contact JADD Fong Travel, an albuquerque travel agency for information about visiting the world’s premier balloon event.

 

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Lourdes, Catholic Pilgrimage Destination

Lourdes, the Pilgrimage Destination 

Lourdes is the largest Catholic pilgrimage destination in France and one of the most popular catholic shrines in the world. The sacred grotto and site of the spring that Bernadette discovered, is now one of the more popular pilgrimage sites in Lourdes. Millions come to drink its water, which is believed to have healing powers. A statue of the Virgin Mary was erected in the grotto in 1864, where it can still be seen today.catholic pilgrimage processionThe evening procession takes place every day from 5:00 pm. The procession begins in the grotto with the sick and disabled at the front. They are followed by several different groups and ends in the underground Basilica. The Basilica of St. Pius was constructed almost entirely underground. It is a sight to behold because it is a unique type of architecture and was built to accommodate the large crowds that visit the shrine. The sanctuary is situated on a raised platform and the ceiling is low and is supported by pre-stressed concrete pillars which meet 29 concrete beams that cross the ceiling, giving it the impression of an upside down ship. This design creates a very large open space for maximum visibility from any part of the nave. When full it can accommodate up to 25,000 worshippers. catholic pilgrimage church

It is understood that international masses are held in 6 languages including English, French, Italian, Spanish, German and Dutch. The masses are held simultaneously on Sunday mornings and the choir is open to anyone who arrives early. You can rehearse with the choir and sing with people of all 6 languages. The choir has an excellent view of the mass.

There are nightly candle light processions in front of the Basilica and around the main square. People sing and pray the rosary in many languages. The procession of the sick to the underground basilica each afternoon is particular moving.

You will not only be captivated by the beautiful and unique structures but will also experience the presence of holiness. During your stay, you can feel at peace with yourself and bath in the spirit of god. I would recommend a visit to Lourdes during a vacation to Europe because it is a spiritual experience more than words can ever describe.

 

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