Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Winter’s last snowy gasp pesters Washington region

By the thousands, people who thought they were uniquely clever called it March Madness, and just as many with long memories wagged their fingers with talk of some year in the past century when it snowed in April. But for most people in the Washington DC region, Monday’s late-season snowfall was a pain in the tuchis.

It felt like winter’s afterthought, a belated delivery of something most people dread in the heart of the season and few were ready to entertain after three cold, dreary months bereft of noteworthy snow.

Even many school children, who draw double delight in the stuff when it shuts down their classes, were robbed of that pleasure because they already were on spring break.

After a frosty start to the day on Tuesday, temperatures were forecast to roll up toward 50 degrees, consigning the remaining snow to the storm sewers. Winter-weary weather watchers said they now believe only what they see for themselves.

“Every time this winter when they've predicted something, it’s never occurred,” said Drucie Andersen of McLean, recalling the warning of a major snowstorm a couple of weeks ago. “After that last one, they kind of lost their street cred.”

On Monday morning, the “ wintry mix” she expected instead dropped more than three inches of snow on her daffodils.

Up to six inches of snow was reported west and north of the District. Reagan National Airport had more than one inch of snow for the first time since January 2011. Power outages, the best bellwether of any local storm’s muscle, were no greater than the number on any sunny day.

A crash Monday morning in the Glenn Dale section of Prince George’s County killed two men, though authorities were still trying to determine whether the accident was related to the snowy weather.
Two of the big school systems — in Fairfax and Montgomery counties — were among several already closed for spring break. In Prince George’s, officials pushed back the start of the school day by two hours, as did public schools in Culpeper, Spotsylvania and Stafford counties.

Nick Peters of Severna Park said his drive into Washington wasn't bad once he got west of the snow-covered highway outside Annapolis. In Middleburg, Va., Jennifer McCloud rejoiced, “I don’t have to slog into town and deal with the slush and the mush.”

The snow was not expected to affect Washington’s renowned cherry blossoms.
“The good thing is we did get a cold snap,” said Carol Johnson, a National Park Service spokeswoman. “So the blossoms aren't out, which means that the snow won’t knock the blossoms off.”
She said the Park Service is sticking with its prediction that blossoms will be at their peak from April 3 through April 6.

“It’s really very, very hard to predict,” Johnson said.
The snow should all be but a memory by Friday, when the Nationals take on the New York Yankees in an exhibition game that will shake the winter cobwebs out of Nationals Park.

Not so fast, say those with a long memory, who remember a snowy ballgame in April, 26 years ago. That was during baseball’s very long winter in Washington, those years without a team when benevolent major league nines dropped in for guest appearances.

In 1987, it was the Phillies and the champion New York Mets, headed north from spring training, who stopped at RFK Stadium for a charity exhibition game.

Like Monday, the forecast that April 5 was for a cold, wet day.
The newspaper said, “Going on 16 years after it left for Texas, baseball is back. Unfortunately, winter is too, but organizers believe the two can coexist for a day at RFK Stadium.”
The organizers proved wrong.

There were 38,437 people in the stands and snow flurries in the air as the two teams trudged from the relative warmth of their dugouts. The fans’ show of support took on civic significance, for the previous autumn Washington had been the only city in the country that had higher television ratings for a Redskins “Monday Night Football” game than for the seventh game of the World Series.

Ted Lopatkiewicz of McLean, now 60, was one in the shivering throng.
“It snowed and it snowed,” he recalled Monday. “They made it to the fifth inning.”
Called after that, it went down in the preseason baseball books as a 1-0 win for the Mets. It went down in the weather books as one of those days when it snowed in Washington in April.

William Branigin, Mike DeBonis, Susan Svrluga, Ovetta Wiggins, Michael E. Ruane, Robert Barnes and Matt Zapotosky contributed to this report.

Sunday, 24 March 2013

Most beautiful islands in the world

Santorini, Greece
An ancient island that endured one of the largest volcanic eruptions in history, Santorini feels like no other place on earth. Here, 120 miles southwest of mainland Greece, everything is brighter: the whitewashed cube-shaped houses, the lapis lazuli sea and the sunsets that light up the caldera.

Bali, Indonesia
Lapped by the warm waters of the Indian Ocean, Bali is but one of 17,500 islands in the Indonesian archipelago; yet even among its colourful neighbours — and even after decades of tourism development — it stands alone in its lushness and incomparable beauty

Cape Breton, Canada
Readers love this island in Nova Scotia for its captivating vistas: cliff-backed beaches and forested headlands studded with lighthouses. Local culture commingles Scottish, Acadian, Irish, African and native Mi’kmaq influences and the music scene is an eclectic mix of fiddling played in parish halls to the popular dance gathering.

Boracay, Philippines
Now that even tiny islands such as Koh Samui are becoming mainstream, Boracay may be one of the last little-known Asian beach getaways. The sandy-shored speck is accessible via an hour-long flight from Manila to Caticlan, followed by a 10-minute ferry ride. Go now, before the crowds arrive.

Great Barrier Reef, Australia
Though the competition for the best island in Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific is steep (consider Bora-Bora, Fiji and Tasmania), the Great Barrier Reef, which unfurls from Australia’s northeastern coast, is by far the champion. The area’s spectacularly cerulean water and vast sweep of coral teems with sea life — baleen whales, leatherback turtles, giant clams and about 400 other species.

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Monday, 18 March 2013

Tour to Washington DC

Washington, D.C., is the capital city of the United States, located between Virginia and Maryland on the north bank of the Potomac River. The city is home to all three branches of the federal government, as well as the White House, the Supreme Court and the Capitol Building. More than 500,000 people live in Washington, D.C.

Washington, DC offers an array of options for seeing the city. Take a tour on a futuristic Segway, bike your way around the sites or simply sit back on a double-decker bus. For those with niche interests, DC offers tours for foodies, history buffs, ghost hunters ... even junior spies!

The manicured yet inviting Japanese-style garden at Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens, once the home of Marjorie Merriweather Post. 

Hillwood's gardens were designed for cereal heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post and located at one of her former homes. Wooded paths connect the gardens and encircle the sweep of lawn on the mansion's south side. Among Hillwood’s delights: a Japanese garden featuring a waterfall and bridge, a rose garden and greenhouses containing more than 5,000 orchids.

 Giant pandas at the Smithsonian's National Zoo

International Spy Museum

Bike the Sites under the cherry blossoms

Amelia Earhart Vega at the National Air and Space Museum

Only in DC can you see the original U.S. Constitution and stand where Martin Luther King, Jr. said “I have a dream.” From touring The White House to attending School for Spies, we’ve got once-in-a-lifetime attractions you should make part of your history.

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Tuesday, 12 March 2013

What’s causing extra slow traffic at D.C.’s 11th St. Bridge

There are some changes in the traffic at 11th Street Bridge and D.C. 295 north of the bridge after reconstruction of the Bridge. So, travelers should have been care about the traffic congestion.

The 11th Street Bridge reconstruction changed the connections between the freeways on the banks of the Anacostia River. A lot had to be done within a small space to give freeway drivers the links they longed for while creating separate connections primarily for local traffic.

In the aerial photo at the top of the page, you see the main thing bothering morning commuters now. The photo was taken for the bridge project toward the end of the morning rush hour. Traffic from Capitol Hill toward the Anacostia side (top to bottom in the photo) is very light.

Traffic remains heavy on the inbound side, going toward the Navy Yard, Capitol Hill and I-395. That stream is coming north on I-295 in the left side of the photo and from the southbound lanes of D.C. 295 on the right side.
In the middle, drivers are weaving between lanes. Many came in from southbound D.C. 295 are trying to move left so they can be in the two lanes that go through toward I-395, downtown D.C. and the 14th Street Bridge.
This pattern will remain until 2014, when demolition and reconstruction on the Capitol Hill side of the rider will allow for a third inbound through lane, eliminating the need for some of that weaving.

For now, the slowdown on the bridge for the weaving drivers ripples back onto I-295 North and D.C. 295 South. Drivers heading north should line up for the bridge’s far left lane, so they can avoid getting involved in the weave. Drivers on Singh Limo Service DC 295 South who have patience and don’t like to change lanes too much should stay in the left-most lane on the bridge ramp, so they have to change lanes only once to reach the lanes that go through to I-395.

Sunday, 10 March 2013

Top 5 dating site in New York

A romantic walk down the High Line is the number one date among New Yorkers looking for love, a report has revealed.

In's list of the best date spots in the city, Central Park came in at second place and Metropolitan Museum of Art came in third position, the New York Daily News reported.

Williamsburg favourites Brooklyn Brewery and Brooklyn Bowl completed the top five.

Ariana Anthony, a spokesperson for the Brooklyn-based site, said that the company had analyzed over one million date suggestions that were posted on their site between January 2010 and September 2012 to come up with the interesting tidbits about singles' love lives.

Top 5 dating site in New York
1. High Line

2. Central Park

3. Metropolitan Museum of Art

4. Brooklyn Brewery

5. Brooklyn Bowl

Friday, 1 March 2013

An intersection of grit and hip in Baltimore

Baltimore is situated in the state of Maryland which is positioned in the central area along the tidal portion of the Patapsco River, an arm of the Chesapeake Bay. The independent city is often referred to as Baltimore city to distinguish it from surrounding Baltimore. 

The Bromo Seltzer Art Tower, modeled after the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence, has a Seth Thomas timepiece that still serves the city after 102 years.

Joe Wall, who manages the Bromo Seltzer building and leads tours of the clock tower twice a month, checks the gear oil on one of the four faces.

Baltimore's skyline is seen through the arches of the Bromo Seltzer Art Tower.

 Sylvia Matusik, who works at Trinacria, an old-school sandwich shop, helps a customer.

Howard Carrasco of 7M Graphix hangs a mural of Baltimore Ravens player Ray Lewis onto a garage door.

Watercolors wait to be applied in Martha Dougherty’s studio space in the Bromo Seltzer Art Tower.

Outdoor art dots the landscape around the artists studios of Clipper Mill in the Hampden neighborhood.

The Katyn Memorial rises from the circle in Harbor East.

 Harbor East features generic upscale architecture, swanky shops, a Four Seasons hotel, destination restaurants and apartments designed to attract a Georgetown demographic.

High-end dining has sprung up in the Harbor East neighborhood with places such as Cinghiale.

Watercolor artist Martha Dougherty rents one of the 30 artists studios in the Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower.

Bohemian Coffee House, which sometimes features live music, has a hipster vibe and a good selection of tea.

At Ouzo Bay, a newish Greek seafood spot in Harbor East, the waiters know their fish. High-end retail, hotels and other restaurants have likewise sprouted in the area.

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