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MONDAY’S MAGICAL MOMENT: MORIKAMI GARDENS, FL

REFLECTIONS: MORIKAMI GARDENS

They say that the New Year is a time for reflection.  So, I’ll be posting some of my favorite reflections over the next little bit of time.  Always fascinated by the mirror image, I wonder if there is an alternate reality on the other side.

The lone “survivor” of the failed Yamato Colony experiment of the early 1900s, George Morikami continued to grow and sell fruits and vegetables into his old age.  In the 1970s, he donated his farmlands to Palm Beach County with the intent of creating a cultural link between his two homelands, the USA and Japan.  Thus, the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens was created.  The complex of 6 interconnected gardens is called “Roji-en” or “Garden of the Drops of Dew” and is located in Delray Beach, Florida.

Copyright 2013                          Mary Jane E Clark

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MONDAY’S MAGICAL MOMENT: TOWER BRIDGE, LONDON

LONDON BRIDGE

This is Tower Bridge, as seen from the Tower of London, which is actually a vast complex of towers, palaces, residences, gardens  and barracks.  I was surprised to see that is was painted blue!

Copyright 2013               Mary Jane E Clark

(For all-Irish posts, please go to my blog at http://www.IrishCustomTours.com)

 

MONDAY’S MAGICAL MOMENT: HA’PENNY BRIDGE, DUBLIN

HA'PENNY BRIDGE, DUBLIN

Prior to 1816, the only way to cross the River Liffey in Dublin, Ireland‘s capital city, was by one of 7 ferries.   Then, to replace the deteriorating ferries, this bridge was built and named the Wellington Bridge for the “Iron Duke” who was born on Merrion Street in Dublin.  (He, when asked about his Irish heritage,  famously replied “Just because one is born in a stable it does not make one a horse”.   Summons up his attitude to the Irish, huh?)

Although the name was officially changed to Liffey Bridge, it has always been known as the Ha’penny Bridge, which was the toll to cross the bridge….1 old halfpenny, which was collected at turnstiles on either end of the bridge.   Until 2000, when the Millenium Bridge was built,  this was the only pedestrian bridge across the River Liffey.  Studies in 2001 showed pedestrian traffic in excess of 27,000 people per day and also that critical repairs were needed.  The were carried out by Harland and Wolff of Belfast, the company which built the Titanic.

Currently, the main concern with the Ha’pennyBridge is the removal of the increasing number of “love locks” which are being attached to it and damaging the paint.  Love locks are padlocks upon which couples inscribe or paint their names, attach and lock to the bridge, then throw the keys into the Liffey as a symbol of their undying love and connectedness.  The Dublin City Council is now cutting these off on a weekly basis.

Copyright 2013                                    Mary Jane E Clark

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