Saturday, December 28, 2013

Prudential Tower, Boston, Massachusetts

The Prudential Tower, also known as the Prudential Building or, colloquially, The Pru, is a skyscraper in Boston, Massachusetts. The building is a part of the Prudential Center complex, and currently stands as the 2nd-tallest building in Boston, behind the John Hancock Tower. The Prudential Tower was designed by Charles Luckman and Associates for Prudential Insurance. Completed in 1964, the building is 749 feet (228 m) tall, with 52 floors. It contains 1,200,000 sq ft (110,000 m2) of commercial and retail space. Including its radio mast, the tower stands as the tallest building in Boston and is tied with others as the 77th-tallest in the United States, rising to 907 feet (276 m) in height.

A 50th-floor observation deck, called the Skywalk Observatory, is currently the highest observation deck in New England open to the public, as the higher observation deck of the John Hancock Tower has been closed since the terror attacks of September 11, 2001. A restaurant called The Top of the Hub, occupies the 52nd floor of the Prudential Tower.

John Hancock Tower or The Hancock, the tallest building in Boston.

111 Huntington Avenue as seen from the Skywalk.

View of the river.

Gillette headquarters building.


New England Aquarium, Massachusetts

The New England Aquarium is one of the Boston's major tourist attractions. The complex also has an IMAX theater and Whale Watch tours in the summer months.This attracts more than a million tourists annually. 

Being winter season and sub-zero temperatures there was a nice ice sculpture outside the entrance.

The penguins were enjoying the fountains ...

  ... and pruning each others ...

... or just lazing around.

There were variety of sea fish there.

The view outside of the Boston harbor was beautiful.

Since it was holiday season the whole complex was packed with people.

Some very attractive looking poison frogs.

A section where children could touch and feel some of the sea creatures.

Penguin feeding time was interesting to watch. Very systematic documentation of which one ate how much was maintained.

There was a huge turtle which is believed to be more than 100 yeas old.

There was a big screen showing the underwater world with help of a diver carrying water proof camera.


Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum, Massachusetts.

Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum is modern museum where we not only get to see historical artifacts but also a multi-sensory, multi-media experience.

Each visitor is greeted and given a sticker badge to wear.

The museum is located on the Congress Street Bridge in Boston Massachusetts, a short walk from South Station.

There are two ships as part of the museum and we get to visit one of those.

Feathers are given to each visitor as disguise for Tea Party Participating patriots. 

Part of the history is enacted by the tour guides with audience participation.

Participants get to throw Tea into the sea. 

These is a complete list of actual participants in the historic protest.

They have tour shows scheduled every 15 minutes.

Official Website


Monday, September 2, 2013

Carhenge, Alliance, Nebraska

Carhenge is a replica of England's Stonehenge located near the city of Alliance, Nebraska on the High Plains. Instead of being built with large standing stones, as is the case with the original Stonehenge, Carhenge is formed from vintage American automobiles, all covered with gray spray paint. Built by Jim Reinders, it was dedicated at the June 1987 summer solstice. In 2006, a visitor center was constructed to serve the site.

Carhenge was conceived in 1987 by Jim Reinders as a memorial to his father. While living in England, he studied the structure of Stonehenge, which helped him to copy the structure's shape, proportions, and size. Other automobile sculptures were subsequently added to the location of Carhenge, which is now known as the Car Art Reserve.Carhenge was listed for sale in 2011 for $300,000

A dinosuar made from various car parts...

A bit of graffiti on a few of the cars...

The Carhenge visitor center...

Benches also made from car parts.

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