Just the Pictures (United States of America) Random shrub decorated with Christmas and USA spirit. Old Columbus, NM Railroad station now serving as the town’s historical museum. Replica of Pancho Villa’s death mask. Safe from the Columbus Bank with visible bullet hole. Example of other souvenirs on display in the Columbus Historical museum. Memorial to the ten citizens murdered during the March 9, 1916 raid. Cootes Hill, a strategic lookout point used by the troops stationed in Columbus. Replica of a biplane used during the Punitive Expedition – Columbus, NM was the site of the United States’ first airbase. A 1915 Dodge with bullet holes from Pancho Villa’s raid. The Hoover Hotel, guarded by 13th Cavalry during the March 9th raid and still standing today. Cactus flowers in bloom. Beauty of El Paso, I. Beauty of El Paso, II. Beauty of El Paso, III. Beauty of El Paso, IV. Beauty of El Paso, V. Beauty of El Paso, VI. “The Lake” in Central Park, New York, New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art (or “Met” for short). Marble statue of a kouros, on display inside the Met (Greek, ca. 590-580 BC). Pair of eyes from a Greek statue (5th-century BC). ‘The Monteleone Chariot’ – an Etruscan chariot dated to 530 BC. “I have existed from the morning of the world and I shall exist until the last star falls from the night. Although I have taken the form of Gaius Caligula, I am all men as I am no man and therefore I am a god.”(Roman, ca. 37-41 AD). Marble statue of a bearded Hercules with a lion skin (Roman, ca. 68-98 AD). An Ambrym Slit Gong; carved from the trunk of a large breadfruit tree, slit gongs were used for ceremonies and to communicate between villages (from Ambrym Island, Vanuatu, made in the 1960s). ‘Meeting (The Three Graces)’ by Manierre Dawson (1912 AD). ‘Bird’s Hell’ by Max Beckmann (1938 AD). ‘Government Bureau’ by George Tooker (1956 AD). ‘The Innocent Eye Test’ by Mark Tansey (1981 AD). ‘Lucas I’ by Chuck Close (1986/87 AD). ‘Saint Fermin Holding His Head’ (French, ca. 1225/75 AD). ‘The Creation of the World and the Expulsion From Paradise’ by Giovanni di Paolo (1445 AD). ‘Masqueraders’ by Raimundo de Madrazo y Garreta (1875/78 AD). ‘Joséphine-Éléonore-Marie-Pauline de Galard de Brassac de Béarn, Princesse de Broglie’ by Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres (1851/53 AD). Armor from the Indian Kingdom of Sind (18th or 19th-century AD). An elephant sword (or “tusk sword”) used in India (15th- to 17th-century AD). Field armor of King Henry VIII (ca. 1544 AD). Fencing doublet (Western Europe, ca. 1580 AD). A burgonet decorated with a mermaid on top (Milan, 1543 AD). ‘Autumn Landscape’ attributed to Agnes Northrup for Tiffany Studios (1923/24 AD). Big League baseball cards from 1933 AD. A “crazy quilt” – a fad in the last decades of the 19th-century AD. ‘The Five Points’ by an unidentified artist (1827 AD). ‘The Brook’ by John Singer Sargent (1907 AD). ‘Fleur de Lis’ by Robert Reid (ca. 1895-1900 AD). ‘Avenue of the Allies, Great Britain, 1918’ by Childe Hassam (1918 AD). ‘Mother and Child (Baby Getting Up From His Nap)’ by Mary Cassatt (1899 AD). ‘On the Southern Plains’ by Frederic Remington (1907 AD). ‘Arcadia’ by Thomas Eakins (1883 AD). ‘Washington Crossing the Delaware’ by Emanuel Leutze (1851 AD). ‘Cardinal Fernando Niño de Guevara’ by El Greco (1601-1604 AD). ‘View of Toledo’ by El Greco (ca. 1596-1600 AD). ‘Ecce Homo and Mater Dolorosa’ by Pedro de Mena (ca. 1674-1685). ‘Modern Rome’ by Giovanni Paolo Panini (1757 AD). ‘The Meditation on the Passion’ by Vittore Carpaccio (1490 AD) – in this painting, Christ’s dead body sits on a throne with Saint Jerome on the left and Job on the right. ‘Venus and Cupid’ by Lorenzo Lotto (ca. 1540 AD). ‘The Judgement of Paris’ by Lucas Cranach the Elder (ca. 1528 AD). ‘The Harvesters’ by Pieter Bruegel the Elder (1565 AD). ‘Self-Portrait’ by Rembrandt (1660 AD). ‘Joan of Arc’ by Jules Bastien-Lepage (1879 AD). ‘The Third-Class Carriage’ by Honoré Daumier (1862/64 AD). ‘The Little Fourteen Year-Old Dancer’ by Edgar Degas (original: 1880 AD; this cast: 1922 AD). ‘Boatmen of Barcelona’ by Dionisio Baixeras y Verdaguer (1886 AD). ‘Ia Orana Maria (Hail Mary)’ by Paul Gauguin (1891 AD). ‘Wheat Field with Cypresses’ by Vincent van Gogh (1889 AD). ‘Sunflowers’ by Vincent van Gogh (1887 AD). ‘Bouquet of Sunflowers’ by Claude Monet (1881 AD). ‘Woman Before a Mirror’ by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1897 AD). ‘At the Lapin Agile’ by Pablo Picasso (1905 AD). ‘Antoine Dominique Sauveur Aubert (born 1817), the Artist’s Uncle, as a Monk’ by Paul Cézanne (1866 AD). ‘Boating’ by Édouard Manet (1874 AD). The East River. The Queensboro Bridge. The plaza in front of the Seagram’s Building, on East 53rd Street and Park Avenue. Rockefeller Center. The Lower Plaza of Rockefeller Center with the Winter ice-skating rink. Another view of the ice-skating rink in front of Rockefeller Center with the statue of Prometheus in the center. The Christmas Tree Plaque in front of Rockefeller Center, marking where the tree will be placed for the holiday season. Radio City Music Hall, built in 1932 AD. Times Square at night, looking southward. Times Square at night, looking northward. Bottle of New York Merlot. Times Square in the morning. Plaza in front of Macy’s department store. The Empire State Building. Looking up at the Empire State Building. The lobby inside the Empire State Building. Looking westward, at the Hudson River, from the Main Deck (86th floor). Southwesterly view from the Empire State Building. Looking south at the One World Trade Center Building. Eastern view from the Empire State Building, with the East River and Chrysler Building in view. Looking down from the Empire State Building. Northern view of Manhattan from the Empire State Building’s Main Deck (86th floor). Looking out the southern-facing window in the Empire State Building’s Top Deck (102nd floor). The New York State Supreme Court Building. Foley Square Fountain (west of the New York State Supreme Court Building). Intersection of Church and Duane Streets with the One World Trade Center Building in view. The FDNY Hook & Ladder No. 8 Firehouse, better known as the Ghostbusters headquarters. Painting on the sidewalk in front of the FDNY Hook & Ladder No. 8 Firehouse. Little Italy “welcome” sign. John Jovino Gun Shop – a shop I recognized from a scene in ‘Mean Streets’. Intersection of Mulberry and Grand Streets in Little Italy. Another “welcome” sign for Little Italy (located at the intersection of Mulberry and Broome Streets). Old St. Patrick’s Cathedral, built in 1815 AD. Exterior of the New Museum. The Chrysler Building. Headquarters of the United Nations. 42nd Street, near the Chrysler Building. Ramp to the Lower Concourse in Grand Central Terminal. The main concourse in Grand Central Terminal. Donald Trump’s huuuuuge stainless steel globe monument and Trump International Hotel & Tower at Columbus Circle. Playbill and cast list for ‘The Book of Mormon’. View from my room at the YMCA, looking east toward Central Park. Trump International Hotel & Tower and stainless steel globe in the morning light. ‘Charging Bull’ (or ‘Wall Street Bull’) by Arturo Di Modica (1989 AD). One World Trade Center seen from Battery Park. The Statue of Liberty on Liberty Island. Closeup of the Statue of Liberty. Profile view of the Statue of Liberty, which was designed by Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi and built by Gustave Eiffel (1886 AD). Rear-view of the Statue of Liberty with the rising sun above her. One last shot of the statue on Liberty Island. Ellis Island, the United States’ busiest immigrant inspection station from 1892 until 1954 AD. The Main Building on Ellis Island, built in 1900 AD. The Great Hall inside the Main Building, where immigrants were processed. Looking out from the 2nd floor of the Main Building, toward the Statue of Liberty. Dual-language card used to test an immigrant’s literacy – in their native language -, in accordance with the Immigration Act of 1917. The Hearing Room (located in the Main Building), used for legal hearings. Statue of Annie Moore, the first immigrant processed at Ellis Island, on January 1, 1892. Cartoon from 1881 AD depicting Uncle Sam as a modern Moses opening up the Atlantic Ocean for all the Jewish immigrants escaping intolerance and oppression in Europe. Cartoon from 1909 AD showing European leaders cheering as Uncle Sam plays the Pied Piper and leads all the criminals (in particular, the mafia) to the United States. Manhattan seen from Ellis Island. ‘The Sphere’ in Battery Park; the sculpture once stood between the World Trade Center Towers; it was recovered from the debris after the towers collapsed on September 11, 2001 and relocated to this spot. The South Pool at the National September 11 Memorial. Looking up at One World Trade Center from the South Pool. Looking southward from the North Pool at the National September 11 Memorial. America’s Response Monument with One World Trade Center in the background. The boardwalk at Coney Island. Looking east, down the boardwalk. Looking west on the boardwalk with the defunct Parachute Jump ride in the distance (it hasn’t operated since 1964 AD). Coney Island’s Cyclone roller coaster. The pier at Coney Island. Coney Island beach, seen from the pier. Looking out from the beach at Coney Island, with a faux palm tree set up. Times Square at dusk. Hallway inside the Hotel Edison. Hearst Tower on 8th Avenue. The Original Soup Man restaurant on 55th Street, run by Ali “Al” Yeganeh (also known as the “Soup Nazi”). My dinner from the Original Soup Man: butternut squash soup, a piece of bread, an apple, and a chocolate truffle. Manhattan Bridge, seen from Washington Street in Brooklyn. The Brooklyn Bridge, built in 1883 AD. Brooklyn War Memorial, in Cadman Plaza. The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, the building opened in 1959 AD. Looking up at the skylight inside the center of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. Another view of the atrium inside the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. The reservoir in Central Park. Exposed bedrock in Central Park. “The Pool” in Central Park. Another view of “the Pool.” A path in Central Park, illuminated during the daytime. Tom’s Restaurant, made famous from ‘Seinfeld’. Low Memorial Library in Columbia University. Looking out from the Low Memorial Library, at the ‘Alma Mater’ sculpture. ‘The Thinker’, one of many cast sculptures made from the original bronze sculpture by Auguste Rodin sculpture (this one is located at Columbia University). The platform and tracks inside the Cathedral Parkway – 110th Street Subway Station. Tombstones at the First Calvary Cemetery in Queens. Statue of the Virgin Mary covered in dead vines. More tombstones at the First Calvary Cemetery, with the Empire State Building in the distance. Towering memorials to the deceased at the First Calvary Cemetery; the cemetery was established in 1848 AD. On Broadway, south of Columbus Circle. On board the MS Royal Princess (which was christened by Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge) and looking out at Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale. The sunning decks (16, 17, 18) at the center of the ship. Looking between the sea walk and the ship. The barrier island and Stranahan River south of Port Everglades, seen from the MS Royal Princess as she left the port and entered the Atlantic Ocean. The spiral staircases at the piazza on Deck 6. The port at Charlotte Amalie on St. Thomas Island in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Looking back toward Charlotte Amalie on a boat making its way to the neighboring U.S. Virgin Island, St. John. Row of palms on the crest of Little St. James Island. Water Point on St. Thomas, seen while passing through Current Hole. Cruz Bay at St. John Island. Boats anchored in Cruz Bay. Virgin Islands National Park Visitor Center on St. John Island. Trail through Virgin Islands National Park. Bromelia pinguin. Trees and plants smothered by a climbing cactus. Closeup of a climbing cactus on a tree. Further along on the trail through the park. Termites on a tree. Continuing on the trail through the park. The trail near an overlook point. Cruz Bay seen from Virgin Islands National Park. Looking west toward St. Thomas Island. Back on the trail. Hiking through a more wooded part of the park. An ass on Honeymoon Beach. Rocks on the eastern edge of Honeymoon Beach. A maho tree flower. Boats in Salomon Bay. Tall coconut palms at Caneel Bay. Ruins of an old sugar mill near Caneel Bay. Standing inside the ruins of the sugar mill (now used for exclusive parties and special occasions). Looking down at Caneel Bay Resort. Looking back at St. John Island on my way back to St. Thomas. The MS Royal Princess docked at Charlotte Amalie West (Baye de Grigri). Looking out at the Baye de Grigri from the pier. Charlotte Amalie West, seen from the top of the cruise ship. A tsunami hazard sign in Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. The MS Royal Princess in the distance, seen from the waterfront in Charlotte Amalie. Dronningens Gade (a popular shopping street) in Charlotte Amalie. Cozy restaurant inside the Royal Dane Mall. The “99 Steps.” View of the cruise ship and Long Bay. Three Queens fountain in front of Blackbeard’s Castle; the castle was built as a watchtower in 1679 AD and – according to lore – Blackbeard used it as a lookout tower in the early 18th-century AD. Homes on the hillsides in Charlotte Amalie. More steps and crumbling buildings in Charlotte Amalie. A peeling parking sign. Historic buildings along Norre Gade. Frederick Lutheran Church in Charlotte Amalie. Fort Christian (completed in 1680 AD), a Dano-Norwegian-built fort in Charlotte Amalie. The crimson walls of Fort Christian. Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas and Long Bay, seen from the cruise ship. David Geffen’s large yacht, Rising Sun, docked at St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands.