Monthly Archives: February 2010

Retro Airline Posters & Modern Facts

I wanted to share this brilliant site I found that has galleries of historic airline poster art.

This is of the Plaza de Mayo in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The Plaza de Mayo was a central place of many key moments for the country, most well-known for its significance in the May Revolution events that led to the country’s independence. There is a week of celebratory events that end on the May 25 celebration of el Día de la Revolución de Mayo.

The structure in the center is the Pirámide de Mayo stands across from Casa Rosada, the President’s house, in the square and is the oldest national monument reminding the country’s citizens of that historical revolution. However, it was also the place where Eva Peron helped pass Argentina’s women’s suffrage law. Since the earlier events, the plaza has gone through bombings, protests and to this day is still filled with crowds putting together demonstrations.

The recognized birds of each continent. The Bald Eagle and the Parrot. The Bald Eagle is the national bird of the United States of America and can only be found in this region. South America is known for its variety of parrots, especially the Macaws found in the Amazon, and is sometimes called the bird continent” for its diverse range of birds.

The historic Tower Bridge of London, England. There are those who say it is supposed to be good luck if you witness the bridge opening. The original London Bridge now resides in Lake Havasu, Arizona. It was taken apart piece by piece and transferred to Havasu and entirely rebuilt.

The infamous Eiffel Tower of Paris, France. Construction of the Tower began in 1887 and it was inaugurated in 1889. There were protests against Gustave Eiffel’s grand architecture. Here is one response to the construction of the Tower.

Will the city of Paris thus continue to be associated with the strange and venal imaginations of a machine-maker, bringing upon itself dishonor and an ugliness that can never be corrected? Because the Eiffel Tower, which even commercial-minded America does

not want, is – make no mistake – the dishonor of Paris. Everyone feels it, everyone says it, everyone is profoundly distressed about it, and we are but a weak echo of the general opinion, so rightly alarmed. In the end, when foreigners come to our Exhibition, they will cry out, astonished, ‘What?

I think it’s safe to say that foreigners to do not cry out “What?” when they see the Eiffel Tower in their own eyes stretching high into the sky. It has now become the trademark image of the City of Love. For those wishing to save some money, they can purchase a ticket for the elevators from the second level to the top. This takes a good chunk of money off the entire ticket price, but means you have to walk the stairs up to the second level, but I say, why not?

To tell others that you walked the Eiffel Tower can be a great story and give you a glimpse of the Tower from an entirely different perspective and provide more picture opportunities. Also, if you are lucky enough, you may catch the Eiffel Tower light up at night. It takes 20,000 bulbs to make this beautiful image sparkle, but recently, the French are cutting the 400 hours of sparkle down to 200 to make monuments more environmentally safe.

Here is my video of the event that I took while on a river cruise of the Seine. Apologies in advance for the sideways video, this was when I first discovered the movie setting on my camera.



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A glimpse of Argentina’s Cerro Campanario

When I was visiting my friend in Argentina last year, we decided to visit the city of San Carlos de Bariloche, which is known as the Switzerland of South America. One of the first places we visited after checking into the Greenhouse Hostel was Cerro Campanario.

Rather than taking the ski lift up to save us both a few Argentine pesos, we decided to hike the mountain. We were both in great, athletic shape (she a soccer play, WHO WOULD HAVE GUESSED!? & me a volleyball player), however, we did have to stop throughout the climb because of the elevation and the angle of ascent.

Once we made it to the top, this was the welcome we received:

This site has been rated one of the Top 10 Views of the World by National Geographic.

Here is a panoramic video for your viewing pleasure. I hope one day that you get a chance to see this view, which is made all the more mesmerizing after a nice stroll up the mountain.


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