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America is a majestic country that annually attracts millions upon millions of tourists to its borders. The country is big, and, because of its importance to our modern history, it is absolutely filled with things to see. For a regular middle-class person that isn’t a citizen of the beautiful United States of America, it may be quite financially challenging to visit all the places that are out there to see. However, what can you do when your honeymoon is approaching, and you want to make it as memorable and entertaining as possible? We are here to help you with that.
This is a country of temptations, prestige, romance and exciting traveling. There is a place not only for office skyscrapers, gigantic shopping centers but also for endless deserts, cloud-reaching mountains and lots of unusual sights.
As we’ve said, the US is completely stacked with things to see; it is the ultimate blend of cultures from all around the world, their interactions and coexistence create a truly unforgettable experience. But you should not let your guard down. You have to get prepared.
Before we begin with our list, let's discuss some things that are worth knowing before booking your tickets to the land of opportunities.
National Mall. This is a park of 4 thousand square meters, and it is absolutely stacked with all sorts of free museums and monuments.
Times Square. It is considered to be the main place for shopping and entertainment in Manhattan, which is visited annually by about 30 million tourists. The street got its name thanks to the New York Times editorial office located there.
Grand Canyon. One of the most interesting places in America, every year hundreds of thousands of tourists come here to see the unique natural monument formed by the Colorado River. Despite its solid age, it still continues to get deeper.
Niagara Falls. This water beauty is located on the junction of two lakes - Ontario and Erie. The name of the waterfall was given by the Indians living there: it means “dividing in half” or “booming water”.
Walk of Fame in Hollywood. The main attraction of Los Angeles, it annually hosts thousands of stars and millions of tourists. The idea to create such a place appeared in 1953 in order to not only popularize creativity but also to perpetuate the memory of famous people.
Disneyland – this is the best place for children in the world, created by Walt Disney, it not only includes film studios, but also a whole network of parks.
Hawaii is the most popular place for a romantic getaway among Americans. Maui is a small island of paradise for newlyweds! There is no other more suitable way to start a life together than to escape to this charming island.
Be sure to go hiking in Haleakala, which is known as the highest peak of Maui. Drive through Hana to enjoy the view of the majestic waterfalls and bask in the white sands of the island of Maui.
Kauai is the second most popular island in Hawaii. You can have lots of fun and adventures in Hawaiian style by kayaking across the Wailua river, zip lining through lush and beautiful rainforests along the paths of Koki National Park. It was here, on Kauai, that episodes of many popular TV shows and films were filmed, including Jurassic Park.
You should definitely make a gift for yourself, dine at one of the best restaurants in Kauai and enjoy a relaxing massage at the beach.
There is one romantic place in the US for adventure and fun right under the sun, and that is Key West in Florida. The best way to get here is by car from Miami. Here you will find many things that you can entertain yourself with during your honeymoon.
If you and your partner love exploring the underwater world, Key West is the perfect place to travel to! We recommend you to go snorkeling in the crystal-clear waters of Key West. You can also swim with dolphins, visit local museums and try various water activities, such as scuba diving, parasailing, and kiteboarding.
A cozy and romantic holiday for lovers in the United States can be spent on Lake Tahoe. Here you are sure to find suitable accommodation for your needs ranging from luxury hotels to small village apartments. In winter, you can go skiing or snowboarding at the Lake Tahoe ski resort, which offers stunning views and memorable sights. And in the summer it is worth playing golf, go cycling and fishing.
Lake Tahoe offers relaxation with the most beautiful of landscapes around and the opportunity to relax with your loved one alone with nature by your side. You should definitely spend this time with a person you love, if you don’t have one, then be sure to visit this dating website where you will be able to meet single women online.
Do you and your loved ones like parties and night clubs? In this case, you should go on your honeymoon trip to Las Vegas without any hesitation or second thoughts! There you can enjoy a truly fantastic atmosphere that this city has, the best parties, nightclubs, and entertainment for everyone.
By the way, my wife and I had our wedding in one of the famous Las Vegas chapels.
You can stroll around the legendary Bellagio fountains and watch one of the incredible performances of Cirque du Soleil, explore the best art collections in the Donna Art Gallery, enjoy live music and dancing on the Planet Hollywood, go shopping in the Forum Shops mall at Caesar’s Palace Hotel.
Napa Valley is known as one of the best places for secluded holidays in the United States. For you and your partner, it will be a cozy, quiet place to escape from the noise of city life.
Do you consider yourself to be a wine connoisseur? If so, then you can take a tasting tour of one of the best wineries in the country. If you like fine cuisine, then go to Napa Valley, where you can arrange a real holiday for your stomach! You can also enjoy the fresh air by cycling or hiking in the Napa Valley.
This is 880 square kilometers of pure pleasure! While staying at one of the cozy resorts of Cape Cod, you can enjoy stunning views of the bay and the peaceful atmosphere around. And if you're bored, then you can go on a whale watching tour, go deep-sea fishing, or take a boat ride. Be sure to take the time to go for a walk along the Cape Cod coastal promenade, view antique shops, and art studios. And at the end of the day, return to your cozy apartment to unwind and relax.
It is not necessary to go on a honeymoon to exotic and expensive resorts to enjoy the romance. All of it can be found in Aspen, one of the most stunningly beautiful honeymoon spots. Thanks to the internationally recognized Aspen ski resorts, you and your loved one can enjoy skiing or snowboarding from the mountains in winter. In summer, you can enjoy cycling and hiking through the beauty of Aspen.
Cape May has some of the best beaches in the United States, where you can relax, unwind, swim and just bask in the gentle New Jersey sunshine. This is a small corner of paradise, where you and your loved one can spend the best honeymoon ever. In Cape May everyone will be able to find something they like: swim with aqualungs, visit museums, admire lighthouses, go to the brewery and enjoy some wine tasting. Believe me, your friends will definitely not spend their time on the Maldives as good as you will on Cape May.
A wonderful romantic holiday can be spent walking along the pages of the country's history in Savannah. If you like history - then Savannah is the pick for you! You will be able to visit museums and exhibitions that showcase the city’s culture, history, and art. You can make friends with dolphins on the “Delphic Wizard Tours” and canoe in the Outside Hilton Head. You can explore the city on board the ships on the Savannah River. And be sure to take a photo of the magnificent lighthouses, monuments of the civil war and other historical places.
Perhaps you have noticed that the main megacities of the country have been excluded from the list above. That is because we wanted to highlight the best and the most romantic destinations in the US, not the biggest cities, but still, depending on what you are looking for in your honeymoon, you might as well enjoy them more than all the destinations that we’ve listed above. We won’t leave you hanging.
We are sure that a lot of you came here to get to know these cities better, so, here is our list of the most famous US cities and which of their sights and destinations should you visit.
New York is the unofficial capital of the United States. The city is one of the largest in the world, as well as the economic and cultural center of the United States. The city is made up of five districts: Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, and Manhattan, where the main attractions are located at. About 50 million tourists come to New York each year. Rest here is expensive, but it is interesting. The average cost of hotel accommodation per day is about $ 300, but if you prepare for the trip in advance, you can find cheap guesthouses for $150-200 per day. Tasty and cheap food in New York is hard to find, but mobile kiosks with food are in great demand among travelers. In general, hot dogs, fast foods and Coca-Cola are the main companions of the average tourist. Much more interesting is the case with local attractions: Broadway theaters, the Metropolitan Museum, famous Times Square, Central Park (the most visited park in the US) and, of course, the Statue of Liberty. In addition, New York is a paradise for everyone who enjoys fashion trends, here, on the Fifth Avenue, there is a huge number of brand boutiques, and the whole world has heard about their Christmas and summer sales. So, everyone should visit this metropolis at least once in their lives; there is no other city in the world like New York.
Los Angeles is a major global entertainment center. The city is relatively young, so there are no world-famous architectural monuments there, but it has a well-developed film industry, and it is quite easy to meet celebrities on the beaches of Los Angeles. Millions of tourists come to Los Angeles to see the "happiest place on earth" for themselves, that being Disneyland, as well as enjoy the beaches of Malibu and Long Beach under the light breeze of the ocean and visit the main attraction of the city - Universal Studios. There are always many tourists here because everyone wants to see firsthand how cool Hollywood action films are. There is yet another mandatory tourist destination: it is a visit to the famous "Walk of Fame," located on Hollywood Boulevard. Tourists always visit Beverly Hills, where many movie stars live. Be sure to visit the main street of the city - Sunset Boulevard, where the old Warner Brothers Studio and the Sunset Strip are located, it is here that you can taste all the beauty of Los Angeles’ nightlife.
The California city of Beverly Hills is familiar to many thanks to the legendary series called "Beverly Hills". It was there that they glorified the golden youth and the luxurious life in Beverly. If you walk through the streets of Beverly Hills, you will see a lot of interesting things. The houses are cozy, the people are carefree, and the cars are expensive. And although it is said that the wealth of Beverly is rather far-fetched and exaggerated by the media, it isn’t a rare thing to see convertible S-class Mercedes cars riding the streets of Beverly Hills. Surprisingly, people here are good-natured, they do not hide their houses behind a high fence, and their yards are always green and well-groomed. For those who want to enjoy shopping, be sure to visit Rodeo Drive - here you can find boutiques of world-famous brands and expensive restaurants where you can taste the delights of the local cuisine.
When we talk about Miami, we mean Miami Beach - one of the most prestigious resorts in the world. Here are the mansions of the richest people in the world, world stars, and financial magnates. This is a small paradise on earth with white beaches, a total length of which is 16 kilometers, with huge palm trees lined up right by the ocean. Holidays in Miami is luxurious: everything works for your comfort. Along the beach, you can find a hotel for every taste and budget. Nightlife on the island is in full swing - there are numerous nightclubs, bars, and other entertainment venues. Due to the fact that people come to Miami mainly for new sensations and acquaintances, the beaches are practically free until lunchtime. Bright and friendly atmosphere reigns in the city all year round, so those who are tired of noise should definitely come here. Life in Miami is an endless holiday; it makes the city a great alternative to business-oriented New York.
The city is named in honor of the Catholic St. Francis of Assisi. The standard of living in San Francisco is high, and housing is expensive. Even in poor neighborhoods, the standard of living has improved significantly. The economy of San Francisco is based on tourism: the city is the fifth largest in the United States in terms of the number of foreign visitors and is among the top ten cities in the world, and just a hundred years ago, it was almost completely destroyed by an earthquake. San Francisco is very multifaceted, here on the streets you can meet the poor, hippies and sex minorities, who make up about 15% of the city’s population. Among the main attractions are the famous hills (there are more than 50 of them in San Francisco), Chinatown with its exotic shops and the Golden Gate Park, which is even larger than Central Park in New York.
Washington is the capital of the United States; it is not part of any state and was named in honor of George Washington, the first American president. Here are all the US federal authorities. It is said that this city is not at all like the American megacities. Perhaps this is due to the fact that its construction in the distant 1790 was occupied by French architect Pierre Charles L’Enfant. The main attraction for every tourist is, of course, the White House. However, it is almost impossible to get there with an excursion, unless, if the President himself invites you. There are practically no skyscrapers in Washington. But there are many historical, cultural and museum monuments (the Capitol, the White House, the Aerospace Museum, the Lincoln, Jefferson and Roosevelt memorials) located relatively close to each other and they are absolutely free to visit, which is undoubtedly a plus. Well, and, of course, there is a Chinatown in Washington. Compared with the similar one in San Francisco, they say, it is very boring and monotonous, but it is very easy to fill your stomach there. If you are planning a trip to Washington, do not forget about the high crime rate. When going for a walk, leave all the valuables in a hotel.
Chicago is the third most populated city of the US (after New York and Los Angeles) and is referred to as the “Big Chicago”. It is the largest economic and political center of the world. Chicago is located on the shores of Lake Michigan. The city is famous for a huge number of skyscrapers: five of the ten tallest buildings in the USA are located here. And its Sears Tower skyscraper exceeded the famous twin towers in New York by its height. On the 103rd floor (there are 110 of them), there is a glass observation deck with an amazing view of the panorama of the city. Tourists come here to admire the legendary Water Tower, built in 1867; it is the only one that survived the fire in 1871. It still provides water to almost 400 thousand people in the northern part of the city. The beaches, stretching near Lake Michigan. The attention of tourists is attracted by all of the picturesque parks that are located along the business districts.
Houston is the largest city in the state of Texas. According to the results of numerous studies, it was included in the rating of the most convenient cities for living in the world. Houston is a multicultural city, many Mexicans live here (due to the proximity to the south of the border with Mexico) and Asians. First of all, for tourists, this city is interesting mainly for its world-famous Rodeo festival. About 2 million tourists visit the wild bull race every year. This sport is very dangerous, but the earnings of the most courageous and famous cowboys sometimes reach 100 thousand dollars. True, most of this money is often spent on hospital checks after the races. Houston is famous not only for its Rodeo - every year the city hosts the largest gay night festival, as well as a parade of art cars. For those who prefer a more relaxing holiday, we recommend visiting the Texas shopping center, Houston Zoo or water park.
Your email registered on COLOURlovers will receive a mighty delicious treat today! That's right! Today we sent out the very first newsletter in the history of COLOURlovers. From now forward, you will know every Tuesday as - Huesday!
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You can expect to receive this beautiful Huesday newsletter each week to get your fill of colorful ideas, inspiration and special goodies (aka giveaways, contests, announcements and the like) sometimes only available in the weekly Huesday mailing.
As you might know, we currently hand pick colors, palettes, patterns for daily Facebook and Twitter features (you are notified if your creation was featured). Now, Huesday will be another excellent platform for member creations to be featured because there are so many fantastic patterns, palettes and shapes to know about. We will include most popular as well as some hand-picked.
Don't miss out on getting some great inspiration, awesome announcements and must know COLOURlovin news each and every colorful Huesday.
Templates to the featured patterns:
COLOURlovers spend countless hours creating amazing Patten Templates using Seamless Lite. Today, we are happy to announce some amazing new feature updates to the in-site seamless pattern design process.
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Along with the new features, Seamless Lite has been given some big love and a smoother, speedier designing experience should be noticeable.
You can now save individual elements using the newly installed “Save as Shape” tool. This will allow you to keep those wonderfully complicated design elements you have been creating for a single Pattern Template. Only NOW, you can re-use those awesome pieces in any number of Pattern Template variation by using, “My Shapes” located in your Shapes Library on Seamless Lite (when you are logged in).
How To Use "Save as Shape"
In Seamless Lite, create a shape from multiple shapes using the preexisting shapes in the Shape Library. Select all layers that make up this custom shape. No need to group these either, when you save the shape as a single element it will automatically group it and give it the name you give your shape upon saving,
Select your shape layers and click, Save as Shape" in the layer tools area.
Preview your shape element, give it a title, description if you want, tags and then Save Shape.
That simple! At this point, shapes cannot be shared with one another (unless you do that privately - it's your choice).
A new gallery for all of your custom shapes, will be added to your profile page the moment you create and save your first shape with the "Save as Shape" tool.
Gallery element for your Shapes (above)
Gallery view of your shapes allows the same filter-view options as other creations on the site.
Each shape has its own information page just like the other creations on CLCOLOURlover.com. Everyone has the ability to LOVE, FAVE and SHARE this shape made by you! Additionally, you have the ability to download the .SVG file, located under the, made "with Seamless Lite" link and DELETE or EDIT the shape profile under the OPTIONS drop-down.
Shapes will also stream on to the homepage of COLOURlovers.com as they are being created. So let's see what you got?!
We've known developer/designer Sahil Lavingia for a while now and have continued to be impressed with the apps and services he puts out. One app in particular we've had our eye on is his color app Color Stream, an iPhone app that helps create & save color palettes... Something near and dear to our hearts.
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If you're a Color Stream user, now's a great time to join the family and get the free ColorSchemer app to continue to receive updates with the latest and greatest features and integration with the COLOURlovers community.
The Color Stream app was a well-designed and built app that worked great for creating palettes from scratch, or from a photo... but the biggest thing it was missing was an awesome community of creative people to share those palettes with, and now that's changing! We're excited to extend our community to more and more creative people and we look forward to even more inspirations that this growing and diverse mix of new users will create.
Recently we took the time and the budget to update the terms to appropriate language clearly stating that you own everything you create here... but that you give us a commercial license to also use your content (without this we couldn't run the site or showcase your work in things like the Color Inspirations book).
BUT... Updating the terms weren't enough, as we want to fully hand over control of your content to you. Today we're launching two new features that hand the rest of the control of content here at COLOURlovers to you, our awesome and creative members.
Can I use this pattern as the background for my blog? Is it free to use this? I don't understand the license you provide for the content on COLOURlovers... We get questions like this all the time. And although we've had a Creative Commons license on the bottom of every page... It hasn't been very clear what people can or can't do with the content shared on COLOURlovers.
License Display Area
So we've added a new section in the right column of each creation page to clearly show the license for that content. There are icons and bullet-points to explain what is allowed with each specific license, as well as a link to the Creative Commons site to learn more about the license terms.
Changing Your Content Licenses
To change the license for a specific color/palette/pattern/etc. you can click the "Edit" link above the license box in the right column. A window will open and allow you to change the license for that specific creation.
Default License Settings
The default license for all content on COLOURlovers is a By Attribution, Non-Commercial, Share Alike license. (CC BY-NC-SA 3.0)
You can change your default license for all future creations in your account settings area (Set Default License). You can also update the license for all your existing content on this page. There is a checkbox at the bottom of the form to "Change All Existing" which will do a big bulk update for all your creations... ie, would you like to allow commercial usage of all of your existing content? You can do that here.
There are a few different ways you can specify what people can and can't do with the content you share here on COLOURlovers.
All Rights Reserved
Nobody can use your creation without first getting your permission. This is the most protective license option. Ie, Selecting this license on a pattern template you've designed means that nobody else can color the template in. The license area for a creation with this license will link people to a page to send you a love-note to ask for permission to use the content.
The Creative Commons is a non-profit that aims to "give everyone from individual creators to large companies and institutions a simple, standardized way to keep their copyright while allowing certain uses of their work — a “some rights reserved” approach to copyright — which makes their creative, educational, and scientific content instantly more compatible with the full potential of the internet."
All creative commons license options include "By Attribution"... meaning people can use it as long as they credit you for the original creation.
Additional options under the CC license are:
Allow commercial use.
Selecting this license option will allow other people to use your creation in work that they sell or market commercial services with. It could be an Etsy seller using a pattern as part of a gift wrap paper package they sell, or a real estate agent using your pattern as the background of their website.
Allow derivative works to be created.
Selecting this license will allow users to remix & modify your original creation. For example, if you have created a pattern template that you would like others to be able to color in... it needs to be licensed with a derivative license.
Derivative works must be shared with the same license you’ve selected.
Selecting this option will require all derivative works to be shared with the same license as the original creation. If this option is set for a pattern template, there is no option to change the license terms of colored-in patterns. They must retain the original pattern template license.
It's easier to understand these licenses in the context of pattern templates, but it's a little trickier when talking about named colors & palettes.
Technically you can't own the rights to a color (despite some large corporations trying to copyright their specific branding colors). All 16 million colors already exist, we're just allowing you all to come up with clever names to associate with those colors. For now, all color names on COLOURlovers will continue to have our default (CC BY-NC-SA 3.0) license.
You also can't technically own the rights to the usage of certain colors together... ie, if you make a palette with Red, White & Blue... you can't prevent the US from printing more flags. What you can own the rights to is the combination of the colors in a specific order, and or the amount of colors presented as a 5 color palette like the way we do here on COLOURlovers. Ie, if you select an All Rights Reserved license for your palette: Somebody else can't present your palette anywhere else the way it is presented here on COLOURlovers. Even with an All Rights Reserved license though, they could still use that color combination to draw an illustration or design a logo.
We'll be adding a section to the site to explain the licenses better moving forward, so if you have any questions or think we should better explain something, please let us know.
If you really own all your creations, then you should be able to remove them from COLOURlovers too... and now you can. There is a new OPTIONS button in the About header for all creations. You're able to Edit & Delete your creations from here.
It's rare, but we know that sometimes people want to remove something they've shared on COLOURlovers... a palette they no longer love, a template they messed up on, etc. You're now able to delete all your creations, but the way we handle how things are deleted is a little different depending on what's being deleted. Here's a little more about what happens when you delete your different kinds of creations:
Colors. When you delete a color it will remove the color from your creations list, it will clear out the name, description, loves, faves, comments and all other associated information. The color will now be available for another member to name and list as one of their creations. A deleted color will still show in any palette or pattern, but will no longer have a name and will simply display the HEX value.
Palettes. When you delete a palette it will remove the palette from your creations list, it will clear out the name, description, loves, faves, comments and all other associated information.
Patterns. When you delete a pattern it will remove the pattern from your creations list, it will clear out the name, description, loves, faves, comments and all other associated information.
Templates. When you delete a pattern template it will remove the template from your creations list, it will clear out the name, description, loves, faves, comments and all other associated information. Any patterns colored in by other members will still exist on the site even after you delete the template, but no new version will be allowed to be created with the template.
*Gone But Never Forgotten*
Deleted content might still show up in search results in COLOURlovers for a brief time until our database runs it's regular updates to clear it out. Badges for your deleted creations will still exist, but the badge will be updated to show that the content has been removed, and the page for the creation will show that the creation has gone missing.
Six years ago in my grandmother's loft, I built out a little idea I had... to let people name & share colors and for others to rate and review those colors. That little idea quickly evolved into 5 color palettes and the beginning of the COLOURlovers community. Since then millions of colors have been named, more than 1.5 million palettes have been created and we're 500,000+ members strong... and a 5x Webby Nominee for Best Community!
Twelve months later Chris aka Pureform started rewriting all my code for COLOURlovers (I won't say it was poorly written before... but he probably would) and making it a much more scalable and feature rich site. And now all of the awesome things that keep this community creating and sharing have been built with his fingers.
And a little more than a year ago I sat down with a friend in the color world, Aaron of ColorSchemer, and we decided that it made a lot of sense for us to merge our projects and work on things full time. It is in this past year that we've had the luxury to focus on COLOURlovers and what it could ultimately be.
And as we worked on improving the site and developing our business strategy, we had an epiphany. We realized that we didn't need to create a business model that extracted value from the actions of our members (ie, Color Trending & Market Research)... we could build a business adding value to the actions of our members by continuing to create software and services they wanted and to build a way for them to earn a living doing what they love. We realized our mission.... To make good design simple and to empower creativity.
With this vision for the future of COLOURlovers in our hearts and minds we started having conversations with investors who had been successful building their own amazing services and communities. People like the founders of Wordpress, Flickr, Vimeo, Reddit, Groupon & Yahoo!... and VC funds that have invested in the biggest and best sites on the internet. If you'd like to read more about our funding it's been covered here.
Before the big number whisks you off to a world where we're all rich, fat & happy... What we did was take on an investment because we believe in the future potential in what we're building and what you're participating in. The founding team of COLOURlovers is still working for well below market salaries... but now we have awesome perks like health insurance! :)
We're going to use the investment to grow the COLOURlovers team so that we can do a better job maintaining the features we have as well as building and launching new awesome things we have sketched out. The most important thing about having the money is helping us make better long term decisions for the good of our community. Before our funding, we spent a considerable amount of time just making sure were doing things to make enough money to keep our servers online. (And in the earlier days there were times where we were late on bills and both my business and personal accounts were overdrawn) Stressing about short term resources isn't helpful in building long term visions.
*Also, don't worry that we sold out our interest in COLOURlovers to investors who will now take over and change the site... Our investors are awesome people who believe in what we're doing and they wouldn't want to change anything about what we're doing... and the controlling interest of COLOURlovers is still with us the founders.*
If you haven't noticed yet, we updated the COLOURlovers About Us page with our two new family members: Molly & Brian. And we'll be adding more names to that page in the coming months as we hire the rest of the awesome team that will help us execute on our big vision.
If you fit any of the open positions we have... it'd be awesome to promote from within!
Pewpabic Pottery is a U.S. National Historical Landmark still in operation today much like it was when it was founded in 1903. The studio and school continues its long history of creating pottery and tiles with the iridescent glazes that made them famous, which are like an oil slick with an incredible translucent quality and a phantasmagoric depth of color. The works of Mary Chase Perry Stratton and Horace James Caulkins, the two responsible for the studio's start, can be seen in collections all over the world from the Louvre to the Detroit Insitute of Arts, and their architectural pieces are in many prominent spots like Herald Square in New York City and Shedd's Aquarium in Chicago.
An integral part in Detroit's contribution to the Arts & Crafts movement in America. The Pottery's first home was a stable on Alfred Street in Detroit. Four years later, Pewabic Pottery moved to a new facility on East Jefferson designed by architect William Buck Stratton in the Tudor Revival style. In 1991, the building (which still houses the Pottery) and its contents were designated a National Historic Landmark and today is Michigan's only historic pottery.
As more people are using bicycles as their main form of transportation, especially within metropolitan areas where most people only travel a few miles everyday, sharing the roads has become more of an issue.
In an attempt to raise public awareness and start a dialog about the rights of cyclists and the problems with our current road sharing systems, people across the country, and across the world, are creating Ghost Bikes as a memorial to those who have been struck or killed while riding on the public streets.
Photo by Howard Kaplan
Ghost Bikes are bikes that have been built from scrap or donated parts that can no longer be reused. They are stripped of all unnecessary parts that could potentially be desicrated or reclaimed for scrapes, painted stark white, then fixed to the site where a cyclist has been hit or killed.
Photo by wiki
The first ghost bike was erected in St. Louis, Missouri in 2003 by Patrick Van Der Tuin. He got the idea after witnessing a cyclist get hit by a car in the bike lane. He painted and placed a bike frame with a hand painted sign using red lettering which read: "Cyclist Struck Here." Since then, similar projects have started across the US and other cities worldwide.
Even if you haven't yet been able to travel as your wildest dreams may desire, put these locations on your list of places to see in life. I hope you enjoy the pictures in our color-centric version of the series, and we regret it can't contain every one of the world's gorgeous locations. If you want even more, Read the book of 1,000 Places to See Before You Die or visit the Flickr 1,000 Places Group.
Here Are 19 of Those Places...
by Christopher Chan
The Pyramids of Giza, Egypt
by Jeff Epp
Cherry Blossom Viewing, Japan
by Geff Rossi
Notre-Dame Basilica, Quebec, Canada
by Becky E
Ayers Rock and the Olgas, Australia
by il Presbite
The Great Ocean Road, Australia
Palacio de Cristal, Retiro Park, Madrid
by Christopher Chan
Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco
Think you can't find beauty in a bank? Think again. The Dexia Tower, located in Brussels, embodies just that. Thanks to the creativity of LAb[au], a Belgium based digital design lab, the Dexia Tower has become infinitely more than just a home for paperwork and numbers.
The tower itself went up in 2006, and since then has been host to a variety of fantastic light shows. The third tallest building in Brussels has a lot more going for it than just height, however: Of the building's 6000 windows, 4200 of them contain an installation of 12 light bulbs, each housing 3 LED's (a green, blue and red) that can be combined to form a complete palette of color. The result is a tremendous canvas that can display anything from letters to geometric designs. Seem wasteful? It isn't --recent tests show that the tower uses 1/3 of the electricity that Paris' famed Eiffel Tower uses, thanks to a highly efficient energy saving LED lighting system.
The tower is currently exhibiting a show called "Who’s afraid of Red, Green and Blue?" which is shown in the picture above. In a two month collaboration with the Royal Meteorological Institute of Belgium, the tower exhibits the temperature of the following day using color. The color code follows a naturally coordinating scale, with violet symbolizing -6° or colder and warming through the color spectrum, red being at the opposite end and symbolizing +6° or warmer. The result is beauty with something useful below the surface, and while there is much to be said for beauty and art all on their own, the function of the Dexia Tower's current show lends a lovely depth to the spectacle. Hit the link below to see this stunning exhibit in action.
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