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December 19, 2005

Earlier this year an art installation in New York sparked a lot of discussion. Titled The Gates, Central Park, New York, 1979-2005, Christo and Jeanne-Claude's latest large scale fabric conceptual art piece lasted 16 days in February and March.

December 15, 2005

Louis Madison reviews Chouquets, a French restaurant on Fillmore street that is great for a holiday splurge. This is Lou's last review for I'd like to take this opportunity to say, "Thank you, Lou for five years of restaurant reviews and so much more."

November 28, 2005

Yosemite National Park picture gallery additions today include Half Dome at sunset and as viewed from Sentinel Bridge in Yosemite Valley, parts of the valley reflected in the Merced River, El Capitan and Yosemite Valley from the South Rim, Yosemite Valley Chapel and Tuolumne Meadow.

November 16, 2005

I've added a dozen new picture galleries with over 200 images to my Pictures & Prints section just in time for holiday giving. New categories include San Francisco and Golden Gate Bridge pictures, Wine Country pictures, New York City pictures and panoramas, Bryce Canyon, Grand Canyon, Zion and Yosemite National Parks galleries, Flowers & Roses galleries, California Landscape pictures and Sunset pictures.
I bet you know someone who would appreciate receiving one of these archive quality photographic prints. You can purchase the standard size photographs unframed or you can choose from a selection of frames to compliment your purchase.

November 15, 2005

Louis and Michael Madison review Best Panda, an affordable Chinese restaurant specializing in seafood.

October 15, 2005

Louis Madison reviews Blue Light, a large sports-bar/restaurant in the Marina.

October 7, 2005

St. Suprey Winery in the Napa Valley has many acres of vineyards at Dollarhide Ranch in Pope Valley. There is a new 180° panorama of Dollarhide Ranch and additional images linked from the Oakville/Rutherford page. I also added a recent photo of the Conservatory of Flowers in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park.

September 15, 2005

Louis Madison reviews JoJi's House of Teriyaki, a hole-in-the-wall Japanese restaurant serving affordable food on Union Street for 30 years!

September 14, 2005

More photographs were added today; one of the sun setting on the east tower of the Brooklyn Bridge in my New York City section and two in the California Central Coast section. One picture is of the Point Pinos lighthouse in Pacific Grove—the oldest continuously operating lighthouse on the west coast—and the other is a shot of the rugged coastline in Big Sur just north of and looking back at Julia Pfieffer Burns State Park.

September 12, 2005

A page with several pictures and information about the San Francisco International Dragon Boat Festival in Clipper Cove next to Treasure Island was added today.

September 9, 2005

There are many entertainment and nightlife options in New York. Today I added an illustrated article which was written by a young local about New York Nightlife in several neighborhoods.
I also added information and a couple of pictures of the cove and waterfall into the ocean at Julia Pfiffer State Beach in Big Sur along the California Central Coast.

August 26, 2005

New York's Central Park is a great place to be in the milder months for dance, theater and music performances. Read about it in our Central Park Performances article.
A lot has change at Copia in the California Wine Country since I posted a 360° panorama shot in Copia's garden in 2002. Compare that picture with a new panorama shot just this week and check out the additional photos of historic buildings in Napa.

August 20, 2005

I added pictures and updated information on several San Francisco neighborhood pages today: Coit Tower, Embarcadero, Marina and Treasure Island.

August 12, 2005

Shopping is a favorite activity to visitors to many cities whether it be Union Square in San Francisco or New York's Fifth Avenue. I've just added an illustrated article on Shopping in New York.

August 1, 2005

New pages were added to the New York City section of today covering the Little Italy Neighborhood, the United Nations Headquarters and the World Trade Center Memorial at Ground Zero.
At Harry's Bar, Louis Madison finds that the “Best pub food in San Francisco” is also affordable.

July 26, 2005

Lots of pictures, including two 360° panoramas, historical information and more: New York is connecting together parks all the way around Manhattan in a continuous 'Emerald Necklace." If you like castles you'll enjoy The Cloisters—a branch of the Metropolitan Museum of Art focused on Medieval art and architecture located in yet another New York City park, Historic Fort Tryon—also information about Washington Park, Bennett Park, the George Washington Bridge and the 'Little Red Lighthouse.'

July 15, 2005

Louis Madison finds a seafood lover's paradise at Lux in the Marina.

July 12, 2005

Two new New York City neighborhood pages were added today—Upper West Side and Morningside Heights.

July 7, 2005

I've added a picture of 4th of July fireworks and the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco.
Also new are New York City Pages about the Hell's Kitchen Neighborhood, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, a brief History of NYC and the origins of some NYC Street Names.

July 1, 2005

Several additions have been made to the New York City section on New pictures of the Empire State Building itself and both day and night photos from the 86th floor observation deck are now online.
Pages covering two Manhattan neighborhoods—Chelsea and the Meatpacking District—have been added with many pictures and historical information along with a page about the historic 42nd Street Library.
Two articles about New York City Beaches and Fire Island have been added.

July 1, 2005

Louis Madison updates his review of Town's End Restaurant, which just lowered the price of an upscale three-course dinner to $17.95.

June 28, 2005

A page of information about Belvedere Castle in New York's Central Park was added today. Belvedere Castle overlooks the Turtle Pond, Delacorte Theater and Great lawn.

June 22, 2005

New York City's Irish Hunger Memorial is a unique and beautiful half-acre garden/monument to those who perished in the Irish Famine of 1846-1850.

June 15, 2005

Louis Madison reviews Lemongrass, which he considers to be one of the best affordable Thai Restaurants in San Francisco.

June 9, 2005

Today I added a new section to—California's Central Coast. Scenic Highway 1, Big Sur, Monterey and Monterey Bay, Pacific Grove and the 17-Mile Drive through Pebble Beach, Carmel-by-the-Sea and Mission Carmel are all included. History and pictures including fourteen panoramas were added today, more will be added in the weeks and months ahead.

June 3, 2005

There is a replica of an 1880's mining town known as Bonnie Springs Old Nevada next to Red Rock Canyon near Las Vegas.

June 1, 200

Louis Madison updates his review of Tommy's Joynt, a San Francisco Landmark still going strong after 57 years!

May 27, 2005

Valley of Fire State Park rivals Zion NP and Bryce Canyon in Utah for interesting rock formations. Nevada's largest and oldest State Park could easily qualify as a National Park based on its size and variety of interesting features including many locations with 3,000 year old petroglyphs. An article with lots of pictures was added to the Las Vegas section of today.

May 22, 2005

I've just added the exciting Las Vegas, Nevada area to!
The Las Vegas section launches with lots of pictures and information about Casino Resort Hotels on the Strip, dining information, and many Las Vegas area attractions including Golf Courses, Hoover Dam, Red Rock Canyon, Mount Charleston, Auto, Educational Museums as well as the Elvis (closed) and Liberace Museums and animals on the Strip. We also provide information about higher education options in Las Vegas.
Las Vegas is celebrating its 100 year anniversary in 2005 so it's a good time to visit—both online and in person.

May 15, 2005

Louis Madison revisits Isa on the one-year anniversary of his previous review.

May 1, 2005

Louis Madison finds elegant and affordable Vietnamese Dining at Aux Delices on Polk Street.

April 15, 2005

Louis Madison updates his restaurant review of Slider's Diner, with two locations and the best hamburger deals in town.

April 1, 2005

Louis Madison's new restaurant review is Mayflower, which features an upscale but affordable Chinese lunch.

March 17, 2005

By request from two of his regular readers, Louis Madison reviews Thai Angel in the Marina.

March 15, 2005

An exciting new way to tour San Francisco has arrived. Beginning March 24, 2005 the HopOn-HopOff open top double decker bus tours that have been so popular in London, New York and many other cities will be available in San Francisco. The reason they are so well liked is because the tours provide a fully narrated tour with the ability to spend as much time as you want at each location.
The HopOn-HopOff All Loops stops at over 15 attractions. Your ticket is good for 24 hours.

March 1, 2005

Louis Madison continues his review of Great Takeout Sandwiches.

February 15, 2005

Louis Madison reviews Great Takeout Sandwiches. In Part 1 of this series, Lou features his all-time favorite takeout restaurant, The Sandwich Place.

February 11, 2005

The New York City section on now has a page of information and pictures about the Staten Island Ferry. The Staten Island Ferry is free to ride and provides a great opportunity for pictures of Ellis Island, the Statue of Liberty, Governor's Island and the Lower Manhattan skyline. Check out my panorama stretching from the Hudson River across all of Lower Manhattan, the Brooklyn Bridge and most of Governor's Island.

January 24, 2005

I had a great time last week taking a tour of Fisherman's Wharf, Aquatic Park and Marina Green on a Segway HT (Human Transporter). If you have ever wanted to try out a Segway this is a good way to do it while getting a first class tour of some of San Francisco's most popular neighborhoods.

January 20, 2005

Louis Madison reviews Mandalay, the first Burmese restaurant to open in San Francisco in 1985. Since then, the menu has expanded considerably and the quality remains high.

January 11, 2005

Central Park in New York City is an exciting and beautiful place to visit and like New York itself the park's history proceeds the Revolutionary War. I've added a page with pictures, history and other information and a Central Park Map.

January 6, 2005

New York City Museums and the annual Museum Mile Festival held each June on Fifth Avenue are the subjects of a page just added to the site.

January 5, 2005

Pier 7 on San Francisco's Embarcadero is a beautifully restored 840 foot Victorian fishing park. I've added a panorama I shot on the pier at night. Two more night photos on the same page were taken on New Years Eve — one of the Ferry Building clock tower and another of the annual New Years Eve fireworks display with the Bay Bridge in the background.

January 1, 2005

Louis Madison reviews Bistro Clement, the simpler, less expensive creation of the well-known upscale French restaurant Clementine which is just across the street.
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