Of course an American would, of all the fantastic sites of Paris, stop and gawk at this one for a while. It's a statue of George Washington, at a traffic circle, not too far from the Champs-Élysées, given to the city of Paris in 1900 (officially on July 3), by a group of Americans.
The inscription explains that the statue is a gift for "l'aide fraternelle" from the French during the American War for Independence.
Yes Olde Cheshire Cheese pub is definitely worth a visit if you're in London and looking for something unique. A pub was originally built on this site in 1538 but burned down during the Great Fire of London in 1666. Shortly thereafter, Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese came into being.
It claims that Charles Dickens and GK Chesterton were regular patrons. Just watch your head once inside if you're 6 feet or taller. I've hit my head each time I've gone there.
This is the Crown Liquor Saloon, or Crown Bar — "the most famous bar in Belfast." It's look and feel is that of the so-called gin palaces of the 19th century, which morphed from quasi-pharmacies serving gin for medicinal purposes into full-service pubs. Charles Dickens described the ambiance of the gin palaces as "perfectly dazzling when contrasted with the darkness and dirt we have just left." That is, compared to the sometimes drab world of the Victorian era.
From where it sits in the downtown area, it has seen its share of history over the years. Indeed, across the street is the Europa Hotel, dubbed "the most bombed hotel in the world." During the Troubles it was bombed 36 times!
The Jaffé Fountain in Victoria Square was built in 1874 to honour Belfast's leading linen merchant, a Jewish immigrant from Germany named Daniel Joseph Jaffé. (Belfast really came of age as a centre of the linen trade and even took the nickname Linenopolis.) One of Jaffé's many children, Sir Otto Jaffé, served twice as Lord Mayor of Belfast.
It's bright yellow colour contrasted nicely with the gray Belfast sky when I was there.
The "Beacon of Hope" sculpture, just off Queen's Bridge, which crosses the River Lagan in Belfast.
The 19.5 metre tall sculpture, which was completed in 2007, is part of Thanksgiving Square, a space set aside by the city to provide a public place for people to give thanks. Or something along those lines.
The sculpture has also been affectionately (or perhaps not so affectionately) called the Thing with the Ring or Lula with the Hula.
The "Mother Daughter Sister" statue in Belfast celebrates the role women have played in the history of the Sandy Row area. It stands in front of the mural celebrating William of Orange's victory at the Battle of the Boyne over James II, which solidified William's hold oher the throne of England and Scotland and strengthened the power of Protestants in Ireland. There's an interesting contrast there. I'm just not certain what it is.
Written on the plaque at the foot of the Mother Daughter Sister statue are the words to the song Que Sera Sera.
There are many so-called peace walls in Belfast that separate Protestant and Catholic neighborhoods. They grew out of barricades these communities had erected during the time of the Troubles. In this video I'm approaching a wall from the Catholic side. Like many of these walls there's a gate that's closed at night and on weekends (I'm there on a Sunday). Check out the mural between the two sides, a plea to the people of an area historically ravaged by sectarian violence.