Dedicated in Seattle

It was summer of 1907 when James Casey and his friend, Claude Ryan, borrowed $100, bought two telephones and two bicycles, hired six boys and founded the American Messenger Company that would deliver parcels. Did he know then, that his company would grow to become the giant multinational that we know today as UPS (United Parcel Service)?

This lovely little waterfall park is said to cover the footprint of the original Messenger Company and was built by the Anne E. Casey Foundation, which was started by James Casey and his siblings and named in honour of their mother.

Then, just a block away towards the Occidental Square and adjacent to the Seattle Fire Department Headquarters, another lovely surprise: the Fallen Firefighter’s Memorial, dedicated to all Seattle firefighters that have died in the line of duty since the department began in 1889.

Waterfall Garden Park is in 219 2nd Ave S.
The Memorial to Fallen Firefighters is a life size sculpture by Hai Ying Wu, in the junction of Occidental Ave S and S Main St.

Seattle, WA

June 11th, 2018

Room with a View

Canada and the U.S. share the benefits of one of the world’s top tourist destinations with boat tours, walking tours, honeymoon packages, helicopter rides, resorts and casinos and all kinds of development to the detriment of the natural beauty of the environment but to the ultimate excitement of the millions of tourists that flock to Niagara Falls every year.

But for the best armchair views from your private booth you have to cross to Canada and book a ”falls view – high floor” room in one of the major chained-brand hotels that are lined along the Canadian side of the falls. The views are simply hypnotic.

Niagara Falls, ON, Canada

Taughannock Falls

Walking along the ancient path carved through the mountain by water and time.

Air. Earth. Water. Fall. Waterfall. Taller than Niagara Falls, less voluminous after the drier summer months, nothing short of spectacular in the changing light at golden hour.

All images from the Taughannock Falls Gorge Trail, except the very first one, taken from the Overlook View Point.

Ulysses, N.Y. northwest of Ithaca.

October 25th, 2017

Cascadilla Gorge Trail

”Ithaca must be one of the most picturesque towns on this side of the Ocean”, I thought, as we were walking past these well-kept buildings, down neat, tree-lined streets to join the Cascadilla Gorge trail.

”No, this is paradise”, I corrected myself mentally after the first few steps alongside the cascading waterfalls, over the footbridges and up the staircases. For this stunning trail crosses right through the heart of Ithaca, connecting its downtown with the Cornell campus.

Cornell, Cornell… no matter how long you walk you’ll be hard pressed to find a place in Ithaca that is not in some way connected with Cornell. I found it rather surprising, the fact that Ithaca has actually kept its name; if one day someone decided to change it to ”Cornell City”, no one would give it a second thought, I suppose.

Then, this newspaper caught my eye. ”Anti-Semitic posters appear on Campus Buildings”. How odd is human nature, always ready to show its ugly face as if unable to bear so much beauty!

Ithaca N.Y.

October 25th, 2017

Beebe Lake, Ithaca

There is a quite path going around Beebe Lake, loved by joggers and walkers alike, where we took our first steps in discovering Ithaca.

We walked over Sackett Foot Bridge, named in honour of Colonel Henry Sackett, a Cornell student who donated a considerable amount of his personal wealth to build these paths and help preserve the natural beauty of the two nearby gorges – Cascadilla and Fall Creek.

We walked towards Triphammer Falls and the Beebe Dam, designed and built by Ezra Cornell, the very founder of Cornell University. The whole area, the falls, the dam, the lake, the path, are all part of the University campus. Can you think of a more scenic campus, anywhere?

Ithaca, N.Y.

October 24th, 2017