Step into the world of Wall Street. The world of money and power, the New York Stock Exchange and big companies situated in this neighborhood. The area is fascinating to walk around in between the buildings and seeing people moving their way to work. Another thing which is quite fascinating is Fraunces Tavern. A historic building that dates back to 1719 which stands in the middle of the high skyscrapers.
Lots of places in DC have beer and even though I do not drink beer I would like to share with you this place in Washington, The Bier Baron Tavern.
9/11 Museum, Memorials, Freedom Tower
After the opening in May last year, the 9/11 museum was at the center of an intense debate. According to sources like CNN still 8,000 unidentified human remains are entombed in the bedrock beneath the exhibition space, while souvenirs like mugs, t-shirts and cheesy stuff are sold at the same place. Families of the victims have expressed their feelings by saying that it is insensitive to sell souvenirs on the place where people died or still are missing, while others criticized the highly admission fee of $24 making this place a commercial enterprise.
At this time it's Sakura season in Japan especially in Kyoto and Osaka. While the cherry blossoms bloom, Japanese people enjoy this by gathering together where the trees are found. Spreading their mats out they are having sake, dine or just walk in the park. This is called Hanami which was a pleasant experience when I was in Japan already 13 years ago. OK people are more interested in drinking and eating but all this together was a nice happening. Kyoto is extremely popular around this time which you might can imagine because of the nice scenery in this old capital. The old tradition of Hanami (accually flower viewing) goes way back in Japanese history and is first mentioned in this meaning in the Japanese first novel – Genji Monogatari from the 11th century. It is said it even started during the Nara period (710-784) where it was ume (plum) blossoms that they admired.