Pandorica

Are you familiar with the phrase “It’s bigger on the inside?” Do you know about a time traveler known as the Doctor? If so, you probably are a fan of the British TV show, Dr. Who, that airs on BBC and BBC America.

In Beacon, N.Y. there is a Dr. Who-themed restaurant run by a British ex-pat. The establishment on Main Street is decorated with show memorabilia and artwork related to the show. (The art is for sale by local artists). The restroom/ water closet resembles a Tardis inside and out, and, yes, it is bigger on the inside.

Exploding Tardis from the Van Gogh Episode
Door to the restroom decorated like a Tardis

There are a variety of items on the menu at Pandorica. Some traditional British fare includes: Bangers and Mash and Chicken or Beef Cottage Pie. Other items include pierogies and Caribbean spiced salmon. In homage to the show, some dishes have Doc Who inspired names that include: Are You My Mummy Meatloaf, Madame Vastra Clev’r Boy, WHOmmus (hummus), and Gallifreyed Potato Pancakes. Pandorica carries some salad choices on the menu as well as some gluten-free and vegan items.

Broiled Caribbean Spiced Faroe Islands Salmon with Coconut Rice and Broiled Mango

Madame De Pompadour Cake with Blueberries and Mascarpone Filling

How to get there From Manhattan take the Metro-North Hudson Line to the Beacon station. You could either walk up to Main Street or take a cab from the station. The restaurant is only a block or two from the corner of Main Street and 9D. See more details on the restaurant website.

If driving, there are parking spots on Main Street and side streets off Main Street. Parking in Beacon is free. The address of Pandora is 165 Main Street.

Are you a fan of Doctor Who? Do you have friends or relatives who are fans of the show? This would be a great destination to experience. You don’t have to be a fan of the show. If you are looking for a spot with a different atmosphere and great food, pop on over to Beacon. For more information check out Pandorica’s websites at: https://www.thepandoricarestaurant.com and https://www.facebook.com/thePandoricaRestaurant/ .

Pandorica- Prison beneath Stonehenge
Weeping Angel
Decoration based on “The Snowmen” Season 7 Episode 6

Getting Great Destination Photos (With Help)

When you are visiting a location, how do you find the best spots to take photographs? Wouldn’t it be better to go on a tour with a local photographer?

I went on a “Photo Tours in Bath” tour. The guide, Simon, was a local pro. He is a longtime resident of Bath, England, and he has won a lot of awards as a photographer.

Simon tailored the tour around my schedule. I was spending a week in Bath, so I had a lot of flexibility. Photo Tours in Bath took me to the best locations around Bath to snap some sunset and night photos.

I love taking photos. I am an amateur photographer who is always trying to improve what I do with the camera. I had not spent time working on night photography in the past. Photo Tours in Bath’s guide was more than happy to give advice on angles to get shots from. He also tells you some of the history of the different locations. Bath, with its Cotswold stone buildings, is beautiful during the day or night.

I know I have more to learn as far as photography goes and there are a lot of things I need to work on to improve, but this first foray into night photography was a great experience. I highly recommend this tour. You can’t beat the location either!

The famous Sally Lunn’s
A side street
Bath Abbey

For more information about this tour go to: http://www.phototoursinbath.co.uk

Or check out other projects the tour guide, Simon, is involved in at http://www.floatingworlds.co.uk

Smaller is Sometimes Better

In America many ascribe to the notion that bigger is better. Newer construction builds involve houses that are many times over 3,000 square feet. Single people and small families have large SUVs. Sometimes, though, smaller is better.

This past weekend I traveled to Otis Ridge in Otis, Massachusetts to watch my godsons ski. I have been to several ski areas growing up. This one was quite small. How small is it? The ski center is on 23, a two lane road with hardly any traffic on it. I could park on the same side of 23 as the ski center and walk a very short distance to the lodge. There was also a larger parking area across the street. What it lacks in size and number of runs it more than makes up for in friendliness and experience.

This resort is family-friendly. They have a winter break camp for kids and a ski racing team. Otis Ridge goes out of their way to make your mountain experience enjoyable. They play music over a speaker system on the mountain. They have events such as a Cardboard Box Race and a Gaper Day (people dress up in 1980s apparel).

Cardboard Box Race
Two or three racers competed against each other in separate heats.
Some of these cardboard racers went quite fast down the hill.

Most elaborate cardboard box racer

If a family-friendly ski area with short or nonexistent lift lines peaks your interest, Otis Ridge may be a good weekend destination for you.

NYIP Portfolio

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A hawk looking for lunch
Pick Your Own Apples at Minard’s Family Farm in the Hudson Valley
This sheep wanted to communicate with us.
Parade to mark Sinterklaas in Rhinebeck, NY
A Chinelos dance from Morelos, Mexico as performed in Rhinebeck at Sinterklaas
Nachos from Crossroads Brewing Company in Athens, NY
First Walk on January 1st on the Walkway Over the Hudson
Snowboarding at Otis Ridge
Eagle working on fortifying its nest near the Hudson River in Dutchess County, NY