The tallest sandcastle is 13.97 m (45 ft 10.25 in) tall and was created by Ted Siebert (USA) of the Sand Sculpture Company and a crew of 19 on behalf of Turkish Airlines, in Virginia Key Beach, Miami, Florida, USA, on 27 October 2015. Using 1,800 tonnes of imported sand, the team worked for two weeks to create the tallest sandcastle.
Turkish Airlines wanted to celeberate their special occasion of bridging Miami to more than 270 destinations via Istanbul in a fun and unusual way. They gifted Miami residents by bringing together 19 sculptures from all around the world by building the largest sandcastle - EVER! - 4500 Square foot, 45 feet 10.25 inches tall.

Don't forget to watch this video of The Guiness World Record Holding Sandcastle linked below:




Day View Of St. Mary Church

Statue of Mother Mary in front of the Church

Beautiful Inside View of St. Mary Church

A beautiful artwork at St.Mary Church

Night View Of St. Mary Church

Mt. Washington's Grandview Avenue is a popular destination for visitors and tourist to the city of Pittsburgh. St. Mary church, perched on Grandview overlooking the city, is frequented by many. Even though the church cannot be kept open all the time, they have created a 24-Hour Chapel, which is in the entry to the church. This provides opportunity for anyone to visit the church any time of the day. People can stop in, see the beauty of the church, stained glass, art and architecture, and bask in the peace of the Lord. The parish provides prayer and reflection materials as well as information about the Church, to support any encounter and experience of Christ and the parish. The church also have a visitors/prayer intention book in the 24-Hour Chapel which collects the comments and prayers of the local community and visitors from around the world!


Mass Schedule
Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 7:00 a.m.
Tuesday & Thursday: 10:00 a.m.
Saturday: 5:00 p.m. (anticipated)
Sunday: 7:30, 9:30, & 11:30 a.m.


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Day View of Pittsburgh Downtown


Night view of Pittsburgh Downtown

Downtown Pittsburgh, colloquially referred to as the Golden Triangle and officially the Central Business District, is the urban downtown center of Pittsburgh. It is located at the confluence of the Allegheny River and the Monongahela River whose joining forms the Ohio River. The "triangle" is bounded by the two rivers. The area features offices for major corporations such as PNC Bank, U.S. Steel, PPG, Bank of New York Mellon, Heinz, Federated Investors and Alcoa. It is where the fortunes of such industrial barons as Andrew Carnegie, Henry Clay Frick, Henry J. Heinz, Andrew Mellon and George Westinghouse were made.
The above pictures were taken from Mt. Washington.

“She cast her fragrance and her radiance over me. I ought never to have run away from her... I ought to have guessed all the affection that lay behind her poor little stratagems. Flowers are so inconsistent! But I was too young to know how to love her...” ― Antoine de Saint-ExupĂ©ry, The Little Prince

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                 Monday Mellow Yellow



Crandon Beach is one of Miami's greatest park treasures. A beautiful, sprawling campus of beaches and amenities, Crandon Park is more than a beach. At Crandon Park Beach on Key Biscayne, there's a Family Amusement Center, a Nature Center and even a place to rent cabanas.The beach remains the main attraction at the luscious and family-friendly Crandon Park. Crandon park has a admission fees of $7 at weekends for personal vehicles and is open from 8 a.m to sunset.

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For all those who wonder how I kill time, here is my garden! I love Gardening and flowers - they are my favorite. I like to share with you some of the flowers that are grown in my garden. When I buy plants I have a tendency to pick flowers that are shades of pink, yellow or white. I don't do it purposefully, but at the end of the day, thats the shade of Flowers I end up buying!









Some got withered & drenched in the rain, but I still like them.



 










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Finally my dream came true. A dream to see one of the seven wonders of the world. I have read about people who traveled to all the wonders of the world and about people who completed their journey within a span of just 13 days! You know, I just wanted to visit ONE of them, and here I am - the one that represents Freedom!

On my visit I learned new things about this great Statue, which I love to share with everyone. The Statue of Liberty represents many things, like friendship between nations and freedom from oppression. Historically, the Statue of Liberty is important because she was given to the U.S. by France to celebrate America’s first 100 years as a nation.


Lady Liberty’s classic stature, face, and attire come from the Roman goddess Libertas, who also represents freedom from tyranny and oppression. The crown is reminiscent of a halo and its spikes show similarities to those of the sun gods–the Roman Apollo, and the Greek Helios. Her right foot is raised as if she is continually on the move, forever bringing freedom to others.


Lady carries enlightenment to the world with the forever-lit torch (Liberty’s original name was Liberty Enlightening the World). Along with tools, the ability to create fire is one of the skills that led to civilization as we know it. Fire is symbolic of knowledge and brings light to the people.

As she bid goodbye to us in the evening, I realized that it was a trip that will stay close to my heart forever. 

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Centaurea cineraria, the velvet centaurea, is – like some other plants – also known as "dusty miller" and "silver dust". It is a small plant in the family Asteraceae and originates from the Island of Capraia in Italy, where it is called fiordaliso delle scogliere. The mature plants will grow from 15 cm to 60 cm (6inches to 24 inches). They prefer full sun, but will tolerate light shade, and also prefers average to rich well-drained soil. Small daisy-like flowers produced singly or in few-flowered clusters top the branches in summer. Centaurea cineraria will produce small white or yellow flowers in summer, but these are usually trimmed because the plant is normally grown as foliage. Depending on climate, it can be grown as either an annual or as a perennial. The silver color of the leaf is from the dense mat of small thick hairs which cover the upper and lower surfaces.


The Green Leaf Wax Begonia (Begonia semperflorens) is probably the most popular annual for shade gardens and container growing. In tropical or subtropical climates, the wax begonia is a perennial plant that can grow to the size of a small shrub. In cooler climates, it is grown as an annual. It has been popular in gardens since the Victorian era, and it is one of the most common plants in commercial cultivation today. It is noted for its tolerance to hot and humid summers. It is easily grown in average to moderately fertile, moist, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. Green Leaf Wax begonias are prized for their constant bloom and the uniformity of size and shape within each variety.


Nestled in the grassy hills of the western San Joaquin Valley near historic Pacheco Pass, San Luis Reservoir State Recreation Area is noted for boating, board sailing, camping, and picnicking. But it's anglers who find the unit's three lakes most inviting.

Niagara Falls is the collective name for three waterfalls that straddle the international border between Canada and the United States, more specifically, between the province of Ontario and the state of New York. From largest to smallest, the three waterfalls are the Horseshoe Falls (one on the left side), the American Falls (biggest of the two in the right side) and the Bridal Veil Falls (smallest of the two in the right side of the picture). The Horseshoe Falls lie mostly on the Canadian side and the American Falls entirely on the American side, separated by Goat Island. The smaller Bridal Veil Falls are also on the American side, separated from the other waterfalls by Luna Island.The Niagara Falls are renowned both for their beauty and as a valuable source of hydroelectric power. Balancing recreational, commercial, and industrial uses has been a challenge for the stewards of the falls since the 19th century.

Every evening beginning at dusk, the Falls are lit in the colours of the rainbow. The below video shows the different color change during the night.


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