Freedom Friday Returns…

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Good Ole Coney Island…

A couple of weekends ago I took a ride out to Coney Island to check out to Mermaid Parade and to see the new improved Coney Island.
Boy did we have a great time, between the rides in Luna Park and the sights we saw. My niece loved the new rides for children. 

If you have not been out to Coney Island lately you should do so. And makes sure you stop by Nathan’s for a world famous hot dog. And grab some cotton candy while your there. 

Home to famous rides like the Cyclone Roller Coaster, the Wonder Wheel and the Parachute Jump, this historic seaside section of Brooklyn is about an hour by train from Manhattan and still boasts a lively boardwalk, beach, and the best hot dogs around.

See What Eye See…

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A couple of websites for Coney Island

http://www.lunaparknyc.com/

http://www.coneyisland.com/

Labor Day West Indian Parade…Carnival 2012

Carnival Time 2012. Monday I went onto the Parkway to partake in The World Famous Labor Day West Indian Parade.
This is an event one has to see to believe. The people, the delicious food and the music.
Caribbean Pride in full effect.
These pictures will speak for themselves.

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See What Eye See…

Terracotta Army…

This weekend my pals and I went to see a wonderful exhibit at the Discovery Museum.

The Terracotta Warriors…

The Terracotta Army or the “Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses”, is a collection of terracotta sculptures depicting the armies of Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of China. It is a form of funerary art buried with the emperor in 210–209 BC and whose purpose was to protect the emperor in his afterlife, and to make sure that he had people to rule over.

The figures, dating from 3rd century BC, were discovered in 1974 by some local farmers in Lintong District, Xi’an, Shaanxi province.

The figures vary in height according to their roles, with the tallest being the generals. The figures include warriors, chariotsand horses. Current estimates are that in the three pits containing the Terracotta Army there were over 8,000 soldiers, 130 chariots with 520 horses and 150 cavalry horses, the majority of which are still buried in the pits near by Qin Shi Huang’smausoleum. Other terracotta non-military figures were also found in other pits and they include officials, acrobats, strongmen and musicians.

The Terracotta Army was discovered on 29 March 1974[2] to the east of Xi’an in Shaanxi province by a group of farmers when they were digging a water well around 1.6 km (1 mile) east of the Qin Emperor’s tomb mound at Mount Li (Lishan), a region riddled with underground springs and watercourses. For centuries, there had been occasional reports of pieces of terracotta figures and fragments of the Qin necropolis – roofing tiles, bricks, and chunks of masonry – having been dug up in the area. This most recent discovery prompted Chinese archaeologists to investigate, and they unearthed the largest pottery figurine group ever found in China.

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