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1- Washington DC. by Manny Ardouin..
2- Savanah (Ga) by Rachel Moscoso Denis.
3- The Hamptons, N.Y by Rachel Moscoso Denis.
4- NYC by Frankie Morone.
5- Alaska, NY.
6- Niagara Falls, NY.
7- Times Square, NY by François Adrien.
8- Top beaches in Florida by François Adrien.
9- St. Petersburg, FL by François Adrien, Vol 1.
10- Columbus Day Regatta @ Elliot Key by François Adrien.

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Washington, DC with Pikliz
Jul 27, 2007

Photos By Manny Ardouin

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St. Petersburg, Florida & Pikliz.Com
Mar 23, 2009

Photos by Francois & Jessie Adrien

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Discover Downtown Chicago with Pikliz.com
Mar 31, 2010

Photos by Francois Adrien

The Loop or The Chicago Loop are the terms used to designate the histor ...more

ical center of downtown Chicago. Most accurately, the term refers to an area bounded by a public transit circuit along Lake Street on the north, Wabash Avenue on the east, Van Buren Street on the south, and Wells Street on the west, but in general use it refers to the whole central business district.

Chicago's central business district is bounded on the west and north by the Chicago River, on the east by Lake Michigan, and on the south by Roosevelt Road. The term The Loop has different meanings. The term most explicitly applies to the area surrounded by the loop circuit formed by 'L' train tracks, and a preceding 1880s cable car loop, but common usage defines it as the area bounded by the Chicago River on the north and west sides, Congress Parkway to the south, and Columbus Drive to the east.

In official city parlance, delineated by the University of Chicago in the 1920s, the Loop is community area of Chicago number 32, bounded by the Chicago River to the north and west, Roosevelt Road to the south, and Lake Michigan to the east, though the original boundary is strictly the area circled by the elevated CTA tracks. As the downtown area and its many high-rises expanded out past the community area over the years, "The Loop" has been used more generally to denote the entire downtown.

Loop architecture is dominated by high-rises. Notable buildings include the Home Insurance Building, considered the first skyscraper (demolished in 1931); the Chicago Board of Trade Building, a National Historic Landmark; and Willis Tower, the tallest in the United States. Some of the historic buildings in this district were instrumental in the development of high-rises. Chicago's rational street numbering system originates in the Loop at the intersection of State Street and Madison Street.

This area abounds in shopping opportunities, including the Loop Retail Historic District, although it competes with the more upscale Magnificent Mile area to the north, and with suburban shopping malls. It includes Chicago's former Marshall Field's department store location in the Marshall Field and Company Building; the original Sullivan Center Carson Pirie Scott store location (closed February 21, 2007); and Sears on State.

It is the location of a number of government buildings, including City Hall/County Building, the James R. Thompson Center, the Richard J. Daley Center, and multiple federal buildings. Chicago's Downtown Theatre District is also found within this area, along with numerous restaurants and hotels.

Chicago has a famous skyline which is home to many of the tallest buildings in the world as well as the Chicago Landmark Historic Michigan Boulevard District. Chicago's skyline is spaced out throughout the downtown area, giving it a graceful bridgelike appearance. The Willis Tower, formerly known as the Sears Tower, which is widely recognized as the tallest building in the United States, stands at the west end of the Loop in the heart of the city's financial district, along with other buildings, such as 311 South Wacker Drive and the AT&T Corporate Center.

Chicago's third tallest building, the Aon Center, is located just south of Illinois Center, a complex at the east end of the Loop, east of Michigan Avenue. Two Prudential Plaza is also located here, just to the west of the Aon Center.

The Loop contains a wealth of outdoor sculpture, including works by Pablo Picasso, Joan Miró, Henry Moore, Marc Chagall, Alexander Calder, and Jean Dubuffet. Chicago's cultural heavyweights, such as the Art Institute of Chicago, the Goodman Theatre, the Chicago Theatre, the Lyric Opera at the Civic Opera House building, and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, are also in this area, as is the historic Palmer House Hilton hotel, found on East Monroe Street.

Chicago's lakefront, which is almost exclusively recreational park area from north to south, features Grant Park in this downtown area. Grant Park is the home of Buckingham Fountain, the Petrillo Bandshell, the Grant Park Symphony (where free concerts can be enjoyed throughout the summer), and Chicago's annual two-week food festival, the Taste of Chicago, where more than 3 million people "pig out". A recent addition to Grant Park is the architecturally forward Millennium Park, which opened in the summer of 2004, featuring a Frank Gehry's Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Jaume Plensa's Crown Fountain and Anish Kapoor's Cloud Gate sculpture and spanning what were formerly open railyards on the city's lakefront.

The Chicago River, which delineates the area, also provides entertainment and recreational opportunities, including the annual dyeing of the river green in honor of St. Patrick's Day. Trips down the Chicago River, including architectural tours, by commercial boat operators are great favorites with both locals and tourists.

The area is served by several community newspapers.[who?]

The Loop also hosts America's only city-based dusk-till-dawn cultural celebration, Looptopia. In 2008 the event was held on May 2.

New Eastside
The New Eastside is a mixed-use district bordered by Michigan Avenue to the west, the Chicago River to the north, Randolph Street to the south, and Lake Shore Drive to the east. It encompasses the entire Illinois Center and Lakeshore East[1] developments, as well as separate developments like Aon Center, Prudential Plaza, Park Millennium Condominium Building, Hyatt Regency Chicago, and the Fairmont Hotel. The area has a triple-level street system and is bisected by Columbus Drive. Most of this district has been developed on land that was once used by the Illinois Central Railroad rail yards. The early buildings in this district such as the Aon Center and One Prudential Plaza used airspace rights in order to build above the railyards.

The triple-level street system allows for trucks to mainly travel and make deliveries on the lower levels, keeping traffic to a minimum on the upper levels.

Upcoming buildings include the Mandarin Oriental Hotel and Tower and the Aqua building, part of Lake Shore East that is being built by Magellan development. Construction has begun on Aqua, with an expected completion date in 2009. The Mandarin Oriental Hotel & Tower project is struggling with financing.[2]

The New Eastside is served by the following Chicago Public Schools: Ogden School and Wells Community Academy High School.

[edit] Printer's Row

Phillips Academy High SchoolPrinter's Row, once known as Printing House Row, is a neighborhood located in the southern portion of the Loop community area of Chicago. It is bounded by Congress Parkway on the north, Polk Street on the south, Plymouth Court on the east, and the Chicago River on the west. The signature street is Dearborn Street where the annual Printer's Row Book Fair[3] is held. Originally, the buildings in this area were used by printing and publishing businesses. Today, the buildings have mainly been converted into residential lofts. Part of Printer's Row is an official landmark district.[4]

Printer's Row is zoned to the following Chicago Public Schools: South Loop School and Phillips Academy High School.

[edit] South Loop

2009 Lollapalooza in Grant ParkMost of the area south of Congress Parkway and east of the Chicago River, possibly excepting Printer's Row, is referred to as the South Loop. The southern boundary of the neighborhood is under debate. While the southern boundary for the community area is Roosevelt Road, the term "South Loop" is often used to describe an area that extends as far south as 18th Street or Cermak Road. Numerous shops south of Roosevelt Road with "South Loop" in their name hint that this more generous definition may be gaining recognition.

The more restrictively-defined area includes River City, the northern half of Dearborn Park, and portions of State Street, Wabash Avenue, and Michigan Avenue. The more generous definitions would include the Central Station development, Dearborn Park II, the Prairie District, and even the northern growth of Chinatown. In 2006, the Prairie District Neighborhood Alliance, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization was formed to provide representation for thousands of South Loop residents.

The major landowner in the South Loop is Columbia College Chicago, a private school that owns 17 buildings. Also to be found here is the National Vietnam Veterans Art Museum, championed by Mayor Daley.

South Loop is zoned to the following Chicago Public Schools: South Loop School and Phillips Academy High School. Jones College Prep High School, which is a selective enrollment magnet school drawing students from the entire city, is also located in the South Loop.

Weather permitting, large scale flea-marketing takes place here.[citation needed]

The South Loop was home to one of the largest homeless shelters in the city, the Pacific Garden Mission, from 1923 to 2007. The new location is further south, at 1458 S. Canal St.[5]

The Chicago Journal newspaper covers the neighborhood and other urban communities.[6]

[edit] West Loop Gate
While a portion of the Near West Side traditionally called West Loop Gate is frequently abbreviated to "West Loop," Chicagoans also use West Loop to refer to the portion of the Loop community area along the eastern bank of the Chicago River.

[edit] Historic Michigan Boulevard District
The Loop also contains the Chicago Landmark Historic Michigan Boulevard District, which is the section of Michigan Avenue opposite Grant Park and Millennium Park.

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East Coast Florida By Pikliz.com

Photos By Pikliz.Com

An afternoon ride from Fort Lauderdale to west palm beach on a rainy day. Enjoy the Mansions and the beautiful view of the coast.

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Montreal ready for Summer 2009.
Jun 1, 2009

Photos by Jessie & François Adrien.

Montréal,is the largest city in the Canadian province of Que ...more

bec and the second-largest city in Canada.
Montreal was the largest city in Canada up until 1976 when it was surpassed in size by Toronto. Originally called Ville-Marie ('City of Mary'), the city takes its present name from Mount Royal, the three-headed hill at the heart of the city, whose name was also initially given to the island on which the city is located - or Mont Réal as it was spelt in French,

The official language of Montreal is French as defined by the city's charter. Montreal is the second-largest primarily French-speaking city in the world, after Paris, la ville lumière. As of the 2009 Canadian Census, about 2 million people live in the city of Montreal. French is the language most spoken at home by 70.5% of the population.

It's a beautiful city - it's very clean - Pikliz is proud to bring you some pictures. Enjoy them. Bonne visite.

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Savannah, Georgia U.S.
Oct 8, 2007

Photos by Rachel Moscoso Denis

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The HAMPTONS, New York.
Jul 30, 2006

Photos by Rachel Moscoso Denis

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New York City by Frankie Morone
Mar 15, 2008

Photos & narration by Frankie Morone.

Manhattan is the most populous city in the United States, w ...more

ith its metropolitan area ranking among the largest urban areas in the world. It has been the largest city in the United States since 1790. It is rated as an alpha world city for its global influences in media, politics, education, entertainment, arts and fashion. It is also a major center for foreign affairs, hosting the headquarters of the United Nations.

New York City has five boroughs: The Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens and Staten Island. With over 8.2 million residents within an area of 322 square miles, New York City is the most densely populated city in the US.

Many of the city's neighborhoods and landmarks are known around the world. The Statue of Liberty for instance greeted millions of immigrants as they came to America in the late 19th and early 20th centuries; Wall Street, in Lower Manhattan, has been a dominant global financial center since World War II and is home to the New York Stock Exchange. The city has been home to several of the tallest buildings in the world. Among them the Empire State building and many others.

New York is the birthplace of many American cultural movements. Believe it or not Salsa was invented in NYC. 170 languages are spoken in the city.The best cheese cake made right here in Brooklyn; the best pizza in Greenwich Village. With its 24-hour subway system, over 12000 cabs,over 3000 restaurants, 2 major airports and constant bustling of traffic and people, New York is known as "The City That Never Sleeps". It is also called the" Big Apple" because there is a piece for everyone. It is noisy, the traffic unbearable sometimes, duty in some parts but it is the "GREATEST CITY IN THE WORLD" . I invite you to take a pictorial tour of this city. The majority of the pictures were taken by me. Some were simply obtained from various other web sites. Thank you and enjoy. I honestly welcome comments. Do not hesitate to post one please.

Frankie Morone.

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Santa Barbara by Frankie Morone.



Santa Barbara is located about 90 miles North of Los Angeles, along the Pacific coast. This stre ...more

tch of coast of Santa Barbara is often referred to as the "American Riviera" because its geography and Mediterranean climate are reminiscent of the French and Italian Riviera.

The view of the harbor is spectacular, breathtaking so to speak. The mountains rise dramatically behind the city. Some of them resemble the "morne l'hopital" overlooking our capital Port-au-Prince. Sometimes, it snows on the mountains, but it rarely stays for more than a few days. Not too far from the town and adjacent to the "Mission Santa Barbara" there is a mountain known as the "Riviera". On the skirt of that mountain there is a small town called MONTECITO.

Montecito is among the wealthiest communities in the US and is home to many celebrities. It is located just a few miles of Santa Barbara. There are some really really beautiful & expensive homes. Lots of celebrities live there: among them Bruce Johnston, Oprah Winfrey , Carol Burnett, Jonathan Winters,Steve Martin, Tab Hunter, John Cleese, Jimmy Connor, Steven Spielberg, Kevin Costner, Kirk Douglas, Dennis Miller, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Bob Gale, Ty Warner (billionaire toy entrepreneur, "Beanie Babies") just to name a few.
On some of Montecito's road are planted very very tall trees; as one is driving, one can see the bark of those trees peeling and that gives a very very sweet - fresh (comme un jasmin) fragrance the town. I believe they were imported from Australia.

Many artists make Santa Barbara their home (and of course I can understand that). "The Santa Barbara Museum of Art est très très jolie". It's worth the visit.

Other art venues are "the University Art Museum" which is on the UCSB campus. There are several private galleries, and a wide variety of art and photo shows.

The Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History is located immediately behind the Santa Barbara Mission in a complex of Mission-style buildings set in a park-like campus. (you will see a picture of that church). The museum offers indoor exhibits and a state-of-the-art planetarium. (très jolie).There is also "The Santa Barbara Maritime Museum located near the Harbor.

Santa Barbara is simply a beautiful place. A nice place to retire. Enjoy these beautiful pictures and make this place your next vacation stop. You will not regret it.

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A taste of Manhattan by Pikliz.Com
Jul 18, 2009

Photos by Francois & Jessie Adrien

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Times Square In Manhattan, NY
Oct 13, 2006

Photos by François Adrien.

New York City, Manhattan or The Big Apple, no matter what you call it, ...more

is the greatest city in the world. Despite the crowd, the noise, the pollution, the traffic and so forth ,it's a place that everyone loves. No wonder it's called the Capital of the World. It's a city that never sleeps....New York ,New York, New York..... Enjoy these shots.

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Pikliz.Com in the DC Area for independence day ( 4th of July )

Photos by Francois Adrien

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Florida's 2005, Top Beaches @ St. Petersburg,
Aug 26, 2006

Photos by François Adrien

Every Memorial Day weekend, Dr. Stephen P. Leatherman (affectionately k ...more

nown as Dr. Beach) issues his list of America's Best Beaches. He visits over 100 beaches each year in an official quest for just the right combination of soft sand, crystal-blue water and public-pleasing amenities.
After two years in second place, Fort DeSoto Park's North Beach took top honors this year! Florida also scored two other spots on the top 10 list — Caladesi Island State Park in Clearwater and Cape Florida State Park in Key Biscayne.

Let's take a closer look at this year's Florida winners...


Fort Desoto Park
North Beach at Fort DeSoto Park is a natural jewel on the finger of a sun-drenched city," says Dr. Stephen Leatherman, known best as "Dr. Beach." "It's a long, wide, sugar sand beach with great shelling and thriving natural dunes, on the Gulf of Mexico.
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There's a 105-year-old fort that is a landmark of Florida history. Along with being a wonderful place to swim, there's fishing, boating, canoeing, kayaking, bird-watching, camping, biking, walking trails, and even a dog park for enjoying the outdoors with your four-legged pals," he adds with a wide grin. The beach also offers modern facilities and plenty of parking, key ingredients for top swimming beaches.
Located at the mouth of Tampa Bay, the park is made up of five islands with a total of over seven miles of beaches.

Fort Desoto Park is located in South Pinellas County and open daily 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.. Pets are restricted to certain areas (there is a dog park). Saltwater fishing licenses are required in Florida. Reservations for camping must be made in person no more than 30 days in advance. Payment must be made at the time of the reservation. Call 727-582-2267 for further information.


Caladesi Island State Park
Fishing, shelling and nature studies are good ways to enjoy a visit to Caladesi. Located on the Gulf of Mexico, sand dunes line the open beach with turtles and shore birds finding it the perfect location for nesting. Periodic storm tides cover the area limiting the plant diversity, but sea oats and palmetto are two of the most hardy.
Ferry service is available from the mainland, departing hourly with weather permitting. Picnic pavilions, bath houses and a park concession provide additional amenities to make your visit to Caladesi more enjoyable. Boaters can enjoy the bayside marina where overnight docking is permitted.

Caladesi Island State Park is located west of the city of Dunedin (North of Clearwater) on the Gulf Coast. Hours of operation: 8 a.m. to sundown, 365 days a year. Pets are not permitted in many areas. Saltwater fishing licenses are required in Florida. Admission fees are $4.00 for up to 8 people per private boat and kayakers $1.00 per person. Fees vary for parking at Honeymoon Island and ferry to Caladesi Island. Pavilion fees are $32.10 per pavilion with reservations two weeks in advance. Call 727-469-5918 for further information.


Cape Florida State Recreation Area
A little over a mile of wide, sandy beachfront offers visitors exceptional Atlantic swimming year-round. Shoreline fishing from the seawall located along Biscayne Bay along with guided tours of the Lighthouse and Cultural Complex offer visitors a variety of activities. Covered pavilions provide shaded picnicking and overnight boat mooring is available based on availability.
Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park is located on Key Biscayne in Southeast Florida. Hours of operation are year round 8 a.m. to sundown. Pets are restricted from many areas. Saltwater fishing licenses are required in Florida. Admission is $5.00 per vehicle (up to 8 occupants), single-occupant vehicle, $3.00 and walk-ins $1.00. For further information call 305-361-5811.


Top 10 Beaches 2005
Fort DeSoto Park - North Beach, St. Petersburg, Florida
Ocracoke Island, Outer Banks, North Carolina
Hanalei Bay, Kauai, Hawaii
Caladesi Island State Park, Clearwater, Florida
Fleming Beach, Maui, Hawaii
Coast Guard Beach, Cape Code, Massachusetts
Coronado Beach, San Diego, California
Cape Florida State Park, Key Biscayne, Florida
Main Beach, East Hampton, New York
Hamoa Beach, Maui, Hawaii

Dr. Beach
The way Dr. Leatherman began rating the nation's beaches and how he became affectionately named "Dr. Beach" is an interesting story that had its beginning in childhood. What is especially interesting is that in a few short years, he has turned his passion into a legend, and he has become practically an icon.
Dr. Leatherman has been a coastal scientist with 30 years of international experience studying storm impacts, erosion and way to improve beach health. He is Florida International University's director of the International Hurricane Research Center and the Laboratory for Coastal Research. The center is also home to the National Healthy Beaches Campaign founded by Leatherman.

Meet Dr. Beach and read his story, find out how other beaches scored, and discover other beachy topics.

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St. Petersburg, Florida US
Aug 21, 2006

Photos by Francois Adrien

What a beautiful place to visit.We recommend anyone to go for a weekend. You will not regret

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Colombus Day Regatta @ Elliot Key Florida, US
Oct 9, 2006

Photos by François Adrien

This year's Columbus Day Regatta featured nearly 300 different crews, ...more

impressing all with the festive time offered during the regatta. Everyone Party the night away in a truly raucous environment as you watch and cheer on the various sailboats in the regatta. For anyone who was looking for a festive time and something a little different, the Columbus Day Regatta hit the spot.Please enjoy some pictures taken by Pikliz.com

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Los Angeles by Frankie Morone.
Jan 16, 2009

Los Angeles is the largest city in the state of California and the Western United States. It is the ...more

second largest city in the US. (NYC being the largest one of course).
It has an estimated population of 4 million and spans over 500 square miles. Additionally, the Los Angeles metropolitan area is home to nearly 13 million residents who are from all over the world and speak 224 different languages.(Haitian Creole is one of them). Los Angeles county is the most populated and one of the most diverse counties in the United States.

Its inhabitants are known as "Angelinos"

Los Angeles was founded on September 4, 1781, by the Spanish governor Felipe de Neve. It became a part of Mexico in 1821, following its independence from Spain.

In 1848, at the end of the Mexican-American War, Los Angeles and California were purchased as part of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, thereby becoming part of the United States. Los Angeles was incorporated as a municipality on April 4, 1850, five months before California achieved statehood.

Los Angeles is one of the world's largest center of business, international trade, entertainment, culture, media, fashion, science, technology, and education. Los Angeles leads the world in producing "entertainment" — such as motion picture,( remember the old cowboys movies - Wagon Train), television show (Jay Leno - Jimmie Kimmel etc.), and recorded music — which forms the base of its international fame and global status.

To me, it is the most beautiful city of the US. Unfortunately, it is very prone to earthquake (although they haven't had one for nearly 40 years).

Enjoy these beautiful pictures that I took on a recent trip there and make a comment if you wish. Enjoy the visit.