• Reddy doing his research before a quick road trip to New York City

    I bought the Michelin New York City guide several years ago because it was on sale. It's not very easy to use... far too much information in some cases, and the information is poorly organized. The other book that is open is "New York for New Yorkers".…

  • Funny money

    The United States very unusually uses almost the same colour for its paper money of all denominations, which foreign tourists always find extremely confusing. When Americans go aboard, they find the colourful banknotes of other countries "funny" too. AI…

  • A pair of Megabuses

    Megabus USA is part of Coach USA, a subsidiary of Stagecoach Group plc of Britain. Magebus operates inter-city coach routes covering the eastern half of the United States, and in California and Nevada, as well as Toronto, Kingston and Montreal in Canada.…


  • On the Gardiner Expressway

    The coach from Toronto to New York City takes some 12 hours. A nonstop flight technically takes an hour. But we live about 1½ hours from Toronto's airport, we need to be at the airport least 1½ hours before departure time. The flight takes one hour to…

  • At the Canadian-U.S. border

    Unlike border crossing in the EU, there is still very tight immigration controls between the U.S., Canada and Mexico, even though all three countries are part of the North America Free Trade Agreement zone (called NAFTA). AIMG 0792

  • Canadian Fords heading to the American market

    Historically many "American" cars were built or assembled in Southern Ontario or Quebec in Canada. Because Canada has "free" government health-care for all residents, American car-makers used to find it cheaper to make cars in Canada, as they didn't need…


  • Field Operations X-ray vehicle

    It's hard to see but this is a U.S. Customs and Border Protection x-ray scanning vehicle. It's used to scan large trucks or cars for illegal substances or stowaway persons. A car or truck to be scanned shall remain stationary, and this vehicle with an x…

  • Autumn rain

    Soon after passing Buffalo, New York, rain started. AIMG 0798

  • Kodak being left behind

    The Toronto to New York City coach service makes a few stops along the route: Buffalo Airport, Buffalo Coach Terminal, Rochester and Syracuse. We passed by Kodak's former head office building as we entered Rochester. It's always sad to see Kodak going b…


  • Syracuse Regional Transportation Center

    After Rochester, we made a stop in Syracuse Regional Transportation Center, another important town in Upstate New York. Soon aftre I took this photo, a bus driver told me I shouldn't take photos of the buses. AIMG 0804

  • Rest stop at Syracuse, New York

    Megabus USA is part of Coach USA, a subsidiary of Stagecoach Group plc of Britain. Magebus operates inter-city coach routes covering the eastern half of the United States, and in California and Nevada, as well as Toronto, Kingston and Montreal in Canada.…

  • Time for some fresh air

    A 12-hour bus ride turns many people off, including many of my friends. But I rather enjoy the trip really. The coach seats are rather comfortable, and I like the several stops we made a long the way. xxxx The coach from Toronto to New York City takes…


  • Vintage Buick

    At the Syracuse Regional Transportation Center, I came across this vintage Buick. Not sure what model this is, I'd need to consult with my car expert friend Rod or Charles. The demographics have changed... even American car-makers don't seem to make suc…

  • Vintage Buick Front

    At the Syracuse Regional Transportation Center, I came across this vintage Buick. Not sure what model this is, I'd need to consult with my car expert friend Rod or Charles. The demographics have changed... even American car-makers don't seem to make suc…

  • Manhattan subway map

    I love maps. Obviously, New York City has a very complex subway/ metro system. AIMG 9811


  • Day 1: Empire State Bldg. pays tribute on Veterans Day

    We made a rest stop in Syracuse, New York at 15:30 or so. Soon after that, the sun set and I didn't take more photos until we arrived in New York City at 22:30 or so. It took us about 40 minutes to get to our hotel in Queens. I picked a hotel in Queens…

  • View from Gantry Plaza State Park

    Again, our affordable hotel in Queens is just east of Midtown Manhattan across the East River. Within a 10-minute walk is this Gantry Plaza State Park, where one can have this magnificient view of Manhattan. That building with the slanted roof is the fo…

  • Manhattan, Queensboro Bridge, Long Island City and Pepsi-Cola sign

    The massive neon light Pepsi-Cola sign is apparently quite famous, and can be seen from Manhattan across the East River. The bridge in the middle is the Queensboro Bridge. Needless to say, it links Manhattan and Queensboro. AIMG 0839


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