Archive for July, 2006

Curaçao, Netherlands Antilles

Thursday, July 27th, 2006

Curaçao (pronounced [kura'são]) is an island in the southern part of the Caribbean Sea off the coast of Venezuela. The isle is the largest and most populous of the three so-called ABC islands (for Aruba, Bonaire, and Curaçao) and belongs to the Netherlands Antilles, a self-governing part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Curaçao’s capital is Willemstad, Netherlands Antilles.

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View on the Mori Tower and Roppongi Hills, Japan, Tokyo

Tuesday, July 25th, 2006

View on the Mori Tower and Roppongi Hills in Tokyo.

The Mori Tower is a 238 m, 54-story high-rise building housing an art museum, a cinema complex, restaurants, cafes, stores, the offices of Goldman Sachs, Lehman Brothers, TV Asahi, J-WAVE, Konami, Rakuten, Livedoor and Yahoo! Japan, and the Grand Hyatt Tokyo.
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Avenida 9 de Julio, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Sunday, July 23rd, 2006

9 de Julio is an avenue in Buenos Aires, Argentina. At 140 meters, it is one of the world’s widest avenues. Its name honors Argentine Independence Day (July 9, 1816).

Its north end is connected to Libertador avenue, which serves northwards traffic, and its south end is connected to the 25 de Mayo toll freeway (serving the West side of Greater Buenos Aires as well as Ezeiza airport) and the 9 de Julio elevated toll freeway that connects to the main roads to the South (route 1 to La Plata and route 2 to Mar del Plata and Patagonia).

The avenue’s unusual width is due to the fact that it spans en entire cuadra, the distance between two streets in the checkerboard pattern used in Buenos Aires. The distance between adjacent streets is roughly 110 meters, greater than the equivalent Manhattan distance. The street flanking 9 de Julio to the east is called Carlos Pellegrini (north of Rivadavia) and Bernardo de Irigoyen (south of Rivadavia). The street flanking 9 de Julio to the west is called Cerrito (north of Rivadavia) and Lima (south of Rivadavia). Those lateral streets (which actually just add lanes to the avenue) are included in the 140 meter calculation.