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I had the privilege of visiting the exciting city of Hong Kong over the holidays, and I have to admit it is a city that never ceases to amaze me. A futuristic city with a fascinating hybrid combination of east and west, traditional and yet extremely modern at the same time. A city of contrasts, and one that is as vibrant as any I’ve ever visited. Here is a sampling of photos I took in an attempt to capture the many sides to Hong Kong.














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I was quite impressed with the architecture at Green-Wood National Historic Landmark. The entrance to the cemetery has this great stone arched gateway with exotic parakeets nesting at the top.

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A view of the rolling hills and winding roads of the picturesque Green-Wood Cemetery. A rare retreat in the centre of Brooklyn.

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I find it appropriate on Thanksgiving to share this image I took while touring the historical Green-Wood Cemetery.  There are quite a few American heroes buried here including those that fell in the civil war as well as the more recent victims of 9/11, including a very poignant grave of three firefighters who were best friends. I have always thought of Thanksgiving as a time to remember those who have made extreme sacrifices for their country so that all of us can continue to enjoy the freedom and founding values of democracy. Thank you and Happy Thanksgiving!

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That’s right, check out these wild parakeets that have built nests in the entrance to the Green-Wood cemetery, quite a sight to see!

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More photos of the amazingly vast Green-Wood historic landmark. Can you spot the parakeets? These birds are living wild in the heart of Brooklyn!

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Last weekend, I had the pleasure of taking a historic walking tour of Green-Wood cemetery, a national historic landmark in Brooklyn. It was a beautiful fall day, and I could not believe the extent and historic value of this famous cemetery, over 478 acres of hills, valleys, glacial ponds and paths containing the largest outdoor collection of 19th and 20th century stauary and mausoleums. Our knowledgeable guide, Ruth Edebohls,  showed us extravagant mausoleums and grave sites belonging such local celebrities as the first Brooklyn baseball player to become famous, those who perished in the Titanic and Lusitania, as well as many artists and civil war heroes. At one point in history, during the late 1800s, Green-Wood was tied with Niagara Falls as the most popular tourist destination in America! I highly recommend taking in this historic Brooklyn landmark, and it seems there is always some tour going on (they even have their own bright green trolleys!); its public programming is really quite extensive. Stay tuned, more photos to follow!

Here is little blurb from their site: Four seasons of beauty from century-and-a-half-old trees  offer a peaceful oasis to visitors, as well as its 560,000 permanent residents,  including Leonard Bernstein, Boss Tweed, Charles Ebbets, Jean-Michel  Basquiat, Louis Comfort Tiffany, Horace Greeley, Civil War generals,  baseball legends, politicians, artists, entertainers and inventors.

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