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Which Male Actor had the best run in the 60s?
It could be the best in terms of anything Paul Newman: The Hustler, Cool Hand Luke, Exodus, From the Terrace, Paris Blues, Hud, Hemingway's Adventures of a Young Man, Sweet Bird of Youth, Harper, Lady L, Hombre, Torn Curtain, Winning, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, The Secret War of Harry Frigg, The Prize, What a Way to Go!, The Outrage, and A New Kind of Love. Gregory Peck: To Kill a Mockingbird, Mackenna's Gold, The Chairman, Cape Fear, Captain Newman, M.D., How the West Was Won, Behold a Pale Horse, Marooned, Mirage, Arabesque, The Stalking Moon, and The Guns of Navarone. Steve McQueen: The Sand Pebbles, The Great Escape, Love with the Proper Stranger, The Magnificent Seven, The Thomas Crown Affair, The Cincinnati Kid, Bullitt, The Honeymoon Machine, The Honeymoon Machine, The War Lover, Soldier in the Rain, Nevada Smith, Baby the Rain Must Fall, and The Reivers. Dustin Hoffman: The Graduate, Midnight Cowboy, The Tiger Makes Out, Madigan's Millions, and John and Mary. Peter O Toole: Lawrence of Arabia, Becket, The Lion in Winter, Goodbye, Mr. Chips, Kidnapped, The Day They Robbed the Bank of England, The Savage Innocents, What's New Pussycat?, The Sandpiper, Lord Jim, How to Steal a Million, The Bible: In the Beginning..., Casino Royale, The Night of the Generals, and Great Catherine. Henry Fonda: How the West Was Won, Firecreek, Once Upon a Time in the West, Madigan, The Boston Strangler, Fail Safe, Sex and the Single Girl, The Longest Day, Advise & Consent, Spencer's Mountain, The Dirty Game, In Harm's Way, A Big Hand for the Little Lady, Welcome to Hard Times, The Best Man, The Rounders, Battle of the Bulge, and Yours, Mine and Ours. Toshiro Mifune: Shinsengumi, The Battle of the Japan Sea, Red Lion, Safari 5000, Hell in the Pacific, Samurai Banners, The Day the Sun Rose, Admiral Yamamoto, Japan's Longest Day, The Sands of Kurobe, Samurai Rebellion, Grand Prix, The Mad Atlantic, The Adventure of Kigan Castle, Rise Against the Sword, The Sword of Doom, Fort Graveyard, The Retreat from Kiska, Sanshiro Sugata, Samurai Assassin, Red Beard, Legacy of the 500,000, The Lost World of Sinbad, Whirlwind, Chūshingura: Hana no Maki, Yuki no Maki, Attack Squadron!, High and Low, Yojimbo, The Youth and his Amulet, Sanjuro, Tatsu, Three Gentlemen Return from Hong Kong, Salaryman Chushingura Part 1 & 2, The Story of Osaka Castle, The Youth and his Amulet, Ánimas Trujano, The Last Gunfight, The Gambling Samurai, The Bad Sleep Well, Man Against Man, and Storm Over the Pacific. Montgomery Clift: Judgment at Nuremberg, The Misfits, Freud: The Secret Passion, The Defector, and Wild River. Burt Lancaster: Judgment at Nuremberg, Birdman of Alcatraz, Elmer Gantry, Seven Days in May, The Leopard, The Professionals, The Unforgiven, The Young Savages, The List of Adrian Messenger, A Child Is Waiting, The Hallelujah Trail, The Train, The Swimmer, The Scalphunters, Castle Keep, and The Gypsy Moths. Marlon Brando: Mutiny on the Bounty, The Fugitive Kind, One-Eyed Jacks, Morituri, The Chase, Bedtime Story, The Ugly American, Reflections in a Golden Eye, Candy, The Appaloosa, The Night of the Following Day, Burn!, and A Countess from Hong Kong. Tony Curtis: Captain Newman, M.D., The Boston Strangler, Sex and the Single Girl, Spartacus, Pepe, The Rat Race, The Great Impostor, The List of Adrian Messenger, 40 Pounds of Trouble, Paris When It Sizzles, The Outsider, Taras Bulba, Goodbye Charlie, Not with My Wife, You Don't!, The Great Race, Wild and Wonderful, Boeing Boeing, Chamber of Horrors, On My Way to the Crusades, I Met a Girl Who..., Rosemary's Baby, Drop Dead Darling, Don't Make Waves, Monte Carlo or Bust!, and Who Was That Lady?. Robert Redford: The Chase, Tall Story, Situation Hopeless... But Not Serious, War hunt, Inside Daisy Clover, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Barefoot in the Park, This Property Is Condemned, Tell Them Willie Boy Is Here, and Downhill Racer. Anthony Perkins: Tall Story, Psycho, The Trial, Phaedra, Pretty Poison, Five Miles to Midnight, Goodbye Again, The Fool Killer, Une ravissante idiote, Le glaive et la balance, The Champagne Murders, and Is Paris Burning?. John Huston: Candy, The List of Adrian Messenger, The Cardinal, Casino Royale, and The Bible: In the Beginning John Wayne: How the West Was Won, The Sons of Katie Elder, The Longest Day, True Grit, El Dorado, Cast a Giant Shadow, The War Wagon, The Green Berets, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, Hatari!, North to Alaska, The Alamo, The Comancheros, The Greatest Story Ever Told, Circus World, Hellfighters, and The Undefeated. Jack Lemmon: The Great Race,Pepe, The Apartment, The Wackiest Ship in the Army, The Notorious Landlad, Days of Wine and Roses, Under the Yum Yum Tree, Irma la Douce, How to Murder Your Wife, Good Neighbor Sam, Luv, The Fortune Cookie, The Odd Couple, and The April Fools. Marcello Mastroianni: 8 1/2, La Dolce Vita, La Notte, Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow, Divorce Italian Style, Marriage Italian Style, The 10th Victim, Adua and Her Friends, Il bell'Antonio, Ghosts of Rome, La Notte, Family Diary, Family Diary, The Organizer, Kiss the Other Sheik, Me, Me, Me... and the Others, Casanova 70, Shoot Loud, Louder... I Don't Understand, The Poppy Is Also a Flower, Ghosts – Italian Style, Amanti, Break Up, The Stranger, and Diamonds for Breakfast. James Stewart: How the West Was Won, Firecreek, The Flight of the Phoenix, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, Cheyenne Autumn, The Mountain Road, Two Rode Together, Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation, Take Her, She's Mine, Shenandoah, Dear Brigitte, Bandolero!, and The Rare Breed. Robert Mitchum: What a Way to Go!, Cape Fear, The Longest Day, El Dorado, Home from the Hill, The Sundowners, A Terrible Beauty, Two for the Seesaw, The Last Time I Saw Archie, The Grass Is Greener, The Way West, Mister Moses, Rampage, Man in the Middle, Anzio, 5 Card Stud, Villa Rides, The Good Guys and the Bad Guys, Secret Ceremony, and Young Billy Young. Robert Duvall: Captain Newman, M.D., True Grit, To Kill a Mockingbird, Bullitt, The Chase, Nightmare in the Sun, Countdown, and The Detective. Jean-Paul Belmondo: Breathless, That Man from Rio, Seven Days... Seven Nights, Trapped by Fear, Classe Tous Risques, The Lovemakers, Two Women, Lettere di una novizia, Love and the Frenchwoman, Le Doulos, Famous Love Affairs, Cartouche, A Man Named Rocca, Mare matto, The Winner, Sweet and Sour, Banana Peel, A Monkey in Winter, Backfire, Greed in the Sun, Weekend at Dunkirk, The Shortest Day, Magnet of Doom, Tender Scoundrel, Is Paris Burning?, Casino Royale, Male Hunt, Crime on a Summer Morning, Pierrot le Fou, Up to His Ears, Ho!, The Brain, Mississippi Mermaid, and Love Is a Funny Thing. Kirk Douglas: Seven Days in May, The List of Adrian Messenger, Spartacus, Is Paris Burning?, The War Wagon, The Way West, Lonely Are the Brave, The Heroes of Telemark, Town Without Pity, The Last Sunset, For Love or Money, The Hook, The Arrangement, The Legend of Silent Night, The Brotherhood, A Lovely Way to Die, and Cast a Giant Shadow. Charles Bronson: The Magnificent Seven, The Great Escape, Battle of the Bulge, Villa Rides, Guns of Diablo, X-15, The Bull of the West, 4 for Texas, Lola, Once Upon a Time in the West, Guns for San Sebastian, The Dirty Dozen, A Thunder of Drums, Kid Galahad, Master of the World, The Sandpiper, This Property Is Condemned, The Meanest Men in the West, and Adieu l'ami. Orson Welles: Casino Royale, Is Paris Burning?, The Trial, Kampf um Rom, The Thirteen Chairs, The Merchant of Venice, Battle of Neretva, Tepepa, The Southern Star, I'll Never Forget What's'isname, A Man for All Seasons, David and Goliath, La Fayette, Austerlitz, Crack in the Mirror, The Tartars, The V.I.P.s, Chimes at Midnight, In the Land of Don Quixote, Marco the Magnificent, House of Cards, The Immortal Story, and Oedipus the King. William Holden: Paris When It Sizzles, The Wild Bunch, The World of Suzie Wong, The Lion, Satan Never Sleeps, The Counterfeit Traitor, Casino Royale, The Devil's Brigade, The 7th Dawn, Alvarez Kelly, and The Christmas Tree. Frank Sinatra: Cast a Giant Shadow, The Detective, 4 for Texas, The Manchurian Candidate, Tony Rome, Pepe, The Devil at 4 O'Clock, The Road to Hong Kong, Sergeants 3, Come Blow Your Horn, None but the Brave, Paris When It Sizzles, Lady in Cement, The Oscar, Assault on a Queen, The Naked Runner, Von Ryan's Express, Marriage on the Rocks, and Robin and the 7 Hoods. Elvis Presley: G.I. Blues, Kid Galahad, Wild in the Country, Follow That Dream, Blue Hawaii, It Happened at the World's Fair, Girls! Girls! Girls!, Fun in Acapulco, Roustabout, Viva Las Vegas, Kissin' Cousins, Frankie and Johnny, Girl Happy, Harum Scarum, Tickle Me, Clambake, Easy Come, Easy Go, Double Trouble, Stay Away, Joe, Live a Little, Love a Little, Speedway, Change of Habit, The Trouble with Girls, Charro!, Spinout, and Paradise, Hawaiian Style. Edmond O'Brien: The Wild Bunch, The Longest Day, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, Fantastic Voyage, The Great Impostor, The Last Voyage, The 3rd Voice, Birdman of Alcatraz, Man-Trap, Moon Pilot, Sylvia, Rio Conchos, The Hanged Man, The Outsider, Synanon, The Doomsday Flight, The Love God?, Flesh and Blood, The Viscount, and To Commit a Murder. Ben Johnson: The Wild Bunch, The Rare Breed, The Undefeated, Hang 'Em High, Cheyenne Autumn, Will Penny, One-Eyed Jacks, Ten Who Dared, Tomboy and the Champ, and Major Dundee. Warren Oates: The Wild Bunch, The Rise and Fall of Legs Diamond, The Rounders, Ride the High Country, Private Property, Mail Order Bride, Hero's Island, In the Heat of the Night, Welcome to Hard Times, The Shooting, Return of the Seven, Smith!, Crooks and Coronets, The Split, Something for a Lonely Man, and Lanton Mills. Sidney Poitier: In the Heat of the Night, Lilies of the Field, A Patch of Blue, To Sir, With Love, A Raisin in the Sun, Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, Paris Blues, The Long Ships, Pressure Point,All the Young Men, The Bedford Incident, The Greatest Story Ever Told, The Slender Thread, Duel at Diablo, For Love of Ivy, and The Lost Man. Rod Steiger: The Longest Day, In the Heat of the Night, The Pawn broker, Doctor Zhivago, No Way to Treat a Lady, Three into Two Won't Go, Seven Thieves, The Mark, 13 West Street, World in My Pocket, Convicts 4, Time of Indifference, Hands over the City, A Man Named John, The Loved One, The Girl and the General, The Sergeant, and The Illustrated Man. Ernest Borgnine: The Dirty Dozen, The Wild Bunch, The Legend of Lylah Clare, Pay or Die, The Last Judgment, Barabbas, The Italian Brigands, McHale's Navy, The Flight of the Phoenix, The Oscar, The Split, A Bullet for Sandoval, Ice Station Zebra, Chuka, Go Naked in the World, Black City, and Man on a String. George Kennedy: The Boston Strangler, Charade, Strait-Jacket, McHale's Navy, The Sons of Katie Elder, The Dirty Dozen, Shenandoah, The Flight of the Phoenix, Guns of the Magnificent Seven, The Good Guys and the Bad Guys, Cool Hand Luke, The Little Shepherd of Kingdom Come, The Man from the Diners' Club, The Silent Witness, McHale's Navy, Mirage, Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte, Island of the Blue Dolphins, In Harm's Way, Hurry Sundown, Bandolero!, The Ballad of Josie, Gaily, Gaily, and The Pink Jungle. Strother Martin: McLintock!, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, Cool Hand Luke, Hurry Sundown, Sanctuary, Shenandoah, Harper, Nevada Smith, The Sons of Katie Elder, The Wild Bunch, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, True Grit, An Eye for an Eye, The Flim-Flam Man, Showdown, Invitation to a Gunfighter, and The Deadly Companions. Clint Eastwood: The Dollars Trilogy, Hang 'Em High, Where Eagles Dare, The Witches, Coogan's Bluff, and Paint Your Wagon. Eli Wallach: How the West Was Won, The Magnificent Seven, The Misfits, The Tiger Makes Out, Lord Jim, How to Steal a Million, A Lovely Way to Die, Seven Thieves, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, Genghis Khan, The Poppy Is Also a Flower, How to Save a Marriage and Ruin Your Life, Ace High, Hemingway's Adventures of a Young Man, The Brain, Mackenna's Gold, Kisses for My President, Act One, The Moon-Spinners, and The Victors. Lee Van Cleef: The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, For a Few Dollars More, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, Posse from Hell, The Big Gundown, Sabata, Death Rides a Horse, Commandos, Day of Anger, and Beyond the Law. Richard Burton: The Sandpiper, Where Eagles Dare, Ice Palace, The Longest Day, The Bramble Bush, Zulu, Becket, Cleopatra, What's New Pussycat?, The Night of the Iguana, The Spy Who Came In from the Cold, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, The Taming of the Shrew, Candy, Boom!, The Comedians in Africa, The Comedians, Doctor Faustus, Staircase, and Anne of the Thousand Days. Paul Scofield: A Man for all Seasons, The Train, and Tell Me Lies. Warren Beatty: All Fall Down, Splendor in the Grass, Bonnie and Clyde, Lilith, The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone, Mickey One, Promise Her Anything, and Kaleidoscope. Albert Finney: Tom Jones, The Entertainer, Saturday Night and Sunday Morning, Two for the Road, The Victors, Night Must Fall, Charlie Bubbles, and The Picasso Summer. Lee Marvin: Hell in the Pacific, The Professionals, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, The Comancheros, Paint Your Wagon, Point Blank, The Killers, Donovan's Reef, Cat Ballou, Ship of Fools, Sergeant Ryker, and Hell in the Pacific. Anthony Quinn: Behold a Pale Horse, Barabbas, Zorba the Greek, Lawrence of Arabia, Guns for San Sebastian, The Rover, San Sebastian 1746 in 1968, The Secret of Santa Vittoria, A Dream of Kings, The 25th Hour, The Happening, Lost Command, Marco the Magnificent, The Visit, A High Wind in Jamaica, Heller in Pink Tights, The Savage Innocents, Portrait in Black, The Guns of Navarone, The Magus, and The Shoes of the Fisherman. Michael Caine: Hurry Sundown, The Magus, Zulu, The Ipcress File, Alfie, The Italian Job, Deadfall, Funeral in Berlin, Billion Dollar Brain, Battle of Britain, Gambit, The Wrong Box, Woman Times Seven, Play Dirty, Foxhole in Cairo, Solo for Sparrow, The Wrong Arm of the Law, The Bulldog Breed, and The Day the Earth Caught Fire. Rex Harrison: Cleopatra, My Fair Lady, Doctor Dolittle, The Happy Thieves, Midnight Lace, The Agony and the Ecstasy, The Yellow Rolls-Royce, Staircase, The Honey Pot, and A Flea in Her Ear. Sean Connery: The Longest Day, Dr. No, Marnie, Goldfinger, From Russia with Love, Macbeth, The Frightened City, On the Fiddle, Anna Karenina, Shalako, The Red Tent, You Only Live Twice, Un monde nouveau, The Hill, A Fine Madness, Thunderball, Woman of Straw, and The Bowler and the Bunnet. Spencer Tracy: Judgment at Nuremberg, Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, Inherit the Wind, The Devil at 4 O'Clock, and It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World. Chishû Ryû: Late Autumn, Otoko wa Tsurai yo, The Human Bullet, Japan's Longest Day, The End of Summer, An Autumn Afternoon, The Human Condition 3, and The Last War. Martin Balsam: Psycho, A Thousand Clowns, Trilogy, The Good Guys and the Bad Guys, Around the World of Mike Todd, Me, Natalie, Around the World of Mike Todd, Hombre, Among the Paths to Eden, After the Fox, Harlow, The Bedford Incident, Seven Days in May, Suspense, Youngblood Hawke, Everybody Go Home, Breakfast at Tiffany's, Ada, Cape Fear, Route 66, and Who's Been Sleeping in My Bed?. Alan Bates: Zorba the Greek, Georgy Girl, Far from the Madding Crowd, Women in Love, King of Hearts, The Fixer, The Entertainer, Zorba the Greek, Nothing but the Best, Whistle Down the Wind, A Kind of Loving, The Caretaker, and The Running Man. Alain Delon: Is Paris Burning?, Famous Love Affairs, Rocco and His Brothers, Purple Noon, The Leopard, Le Samouraï, The Yellow Rolls-Royce, Lost Command, L'Eclisse, The Joy of Living, The Devil and the Ten Commandments, Love at Sea, Carom Shots, Any Number Can Win, Joy House, The Unvanquished, Once a Thief, Texas Across the River, Adieu l'ami, Jeff, The Sicilian Clan, La Piscine, Spirits of the Dead, The Girl on a Motorcycle, The Last Adventure, and Diabolically Yours. Peter Sellers: What's New Pussycat?, Casino Royale, Woman Times Seven, Dr. Strangelove, Lolita, The Millionairess, Never Let Go, Two-Way Stretch, The Wrong Arm of the Law, The Dock Brief, The Pink Panther, Only Two Can Play, Mr. Topaze, Waltz of the Toreadors, Heavens Above!, A Shot in the Dark, The World of Henry Orient, A Carol for Another Christmas, Casino Royale, Woman Times Seven, The bobo, The Party, The Magic Christian, and I Love You, Alice B. Toklas. George C. Scott: The List of Adrian Messenger, The Hustler, Not with My Wife, You Don't!, The Flim-Flam Man, Dr. Strangelove, The Power and the Glory, The Crucible, The Yellow Rolls-Royce, The Bible: In the Beginning..., This Savage Land, and Petulia. Walter Matthau: Charade, Fail Safe, The Fortune Cookie, The Odd Couple, Strangers When We Meet, Lonely Are the Brave, Mirage, Ensign Pulver, Island of Love, Who's Got the Action?, Candy, Cactus Flower, Hello, Dolly!, The Secret Life of an American Wife, and A Guide for the Married Man. Jean-Louis Trintignant: Z, A Man and a Woman, The Great Silence, Austerlitz, Horace 62, Un homme à abattre, La Longue marche, Trans-Europ-Express, Le Combat dans l'île, So Sweet... So Perverse, L'Américain, Mata Hari, Agent H21, Journey Beneath the Desert, Il Sorpasso, Col cuore in gola, Death Laid an Egg, Les Biches, My Love, My Love, The Man Who Lies, Metti, una sera a cena, My Night at Maud's, The Libertine, The Sleeping Car Murders, Diamond Safari, Spotlight on a Murderer, Nutty, and Naughty Chateau. Max von Sydow: The Greatest Story Ever Told, Shame, Hour of the Wolf, The Virgin Spring, Through a Glass Darkly, Bröllopsdagen, 4x4, Winter Light, Hawaii, Adventures of Nils Holgersson, The Mistress, Made in Sweden, The Passion of Anna, The Quiller Memorandum, Svarta palmkronor, The Reward, and Here Is Your Life. Richard Attenborough: The Sand Pebbles, The Great Escape, Doctor Dolittle, The Angry Silence, Upgreen – And at 'Em, The Dock Brief, Only Two Can Play, The League of Gentlemen, All Night Long, Séance on a Wet Afternoon, The Third Secret, The Flight of the Phoenix, Only When I Larf, Guns at Batasi, The Magic Christian, Oh! What a Lovely War, and The Bliss of Mrs. Blossom. Melvyn Douglas: Hud, Hotel, The Crucible, Companions in Nightmare, Rapture, Inherit the Wind, Lamp At Midnight, Advance to the Rear, A Very Close Family, The Americanization of Emily, and Billy Budd. Woody Strode: Spartacus, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, Sergeant Rutledge, The Last Voyage, Two Rode Together, The Sins of Rachel Cade, Che!, Once Upon a Time in the West, Boot Hill, Genghis Khan, Shalako, Black Jesus, The Professionals, Tarzan's Three Challenges, and 7 Women. Yûsuke Kawazu: The River Fuefuki, Ken, Manji, Kiri no Hata, Cruel Story of Youth, Genocide, Fighting Elegy, and Black Lizard. John Cassavetes: The Dirty Dozen, Rosemary's Baby, A Child Is Waiting, The Killers, Devil's Angels, Roma come Chicago, If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium, Machine Gun McCain, and The Webster Boy. Laurence Harvey: The Outrage, Kampf um Rom, The Manchurian Candidate, The Ceremony, The Alamo, The Long and the Short and the Tall, BUtterfield 8, Walk on the Wild Side, The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm, The Running Man, A Girl Named Tamiko, Darling, Of Human Bondage, Summer and Smoke, Two Loves, The Doctor and the Devil, Rebus, The Spy with a Cold Nose, The Magic Christian, L'assoluto naturale, The Charge of the Light Brigade, A Dandy in Aspic, Life at the Top, The Outrage, and The Winter's Tale. Omar Sharif: Mackenna's Gold, Behold a Pale Horse, Lawrence of Arabia, Doctor Zhivago, The Poppy Is Also a Flower, The Fall of the Roman Empire, Funny Girl, More Than a Miracle, Che!, Mayerling, Trois hommes sur un cheval, The Appointment, Genghis Khan, The Yellow Rolls-Royce, El mamalik, The Night of the Generals, Lawet El Hub, Nahna el talamiza, Gharam el assiad, Hobi al-Wahid, The Beginning and the End, The River of Love, A Rumor of Love, and There is a Man in our House. George Peppard: How the West Was Won, Breakfast at Tiffany's, The Carpetbaggers, House of Cards, Home from the Hill, The Victors, The Subterraneans, P.J.,What's So Bad About Feeling Good?, Pendulum, Operation Crossbow, The Third Day, Tobruk, Rough Night in Jericho, and The Blue Max. James Garner: The Great Escape, Grand Prix, Duel at Diablo, 36 Hours, The Pink Jungle, A High Wind in Jamaica,Hour of the Gun, The Americanization of Emily, Cash McCall, The Children's Hour, Boys' Night Out, Action on the Beach, The Art of Love, Grand Prix: Challenge of the Champions, The Thrill of It All, Move Over, Darling, The Wheeler Dealers, Marlowe, Support Your Local Sheriff!, The Man Who Makes the Difference, Once Upon a Wheel, The Racing Scene, A Man Could Get Killed, How Sweet It Is!, and Mister Buddwing. Donald Pleasence: The Great Escape, The Night of the Generals, You Only Live Twice, Creature of Comfort, Will Penny, Fantastic Voyage, The Greatest Story Ever Told, The Hallelujah Trail, The Caretaker, Suspect, No Love for Johnnie, The Shakedown, The Flesh and the Fiends, The Hands of Orlac, Hell Is a City, The Wind of Change, Circus of Horrors, Sons and Lovers, The Big Day, Dr. Crippen, Cul-de-sac, The Inspector, What a Carve Up!, Eye of the Devil, Matchless, Arthur? Arthur!, The Other People, The Madwoman of Chaillot, A Story of David, and Spare the Rod. James Coburn: Charade, The Americanization of Emily, The Magnificent Seven, Hell Is for Heroes, The Great Escape, Our Man Flint, In Like Flint, The Man from Galveston, The Murder Men, Hell Is for Heroes, What Did You Do in the War, Daddy?, Duffy, Candy, The President's Analyst, Dead Heat on a Merry-Go-Round, Waterhole No. 3, Major Dundee, A High Wind in Jamaica, The Loved One, and Hard Contract. Cary Grant: Charade, The Grass Is Greener, That Touch of Mink, Walk, Don't Run, and Father Goose. Horst Buchholz: The Magnificent Seven, One, Two, Three, Fanny, Nine Hours to Rama, Marco the Magnificent, The Empty Canvas, Ankle Bone, Cervantes, That Man in Istanbul, Johnny Banco, and How, When and with Whom. Jackie Gleason: Soldier in the Rain, The Hustler, Gigot, Requiem for a Heavyweight, Skidoo, Papa's Delicate Condition, How to Commit Marriage, and Don't Drink the Water. Arthur Kennedy: Lawrence of Arabia, Barabbas, Hemingway's Adventures of a Young Man, Claudelle Inglish, Cheyenne Autumn, Murder, She Said, Anzio, Shark!, A Minute to Pray, a Second to Die, Hail, Hero!, Nevada Smith,Murieta, Fantastic Voyage, Attack and Retreat, Joy in the Morning, Monday's Child, and Day of the Evil Gun. Peter Finch: Kidnapped, The Trials of Oscar Wilde, The Day, No Love for Johnnie, In the Cool of the Day, I Thank a Fool, Girl with Green Eyes, The Pumpkin Eater, The Flight of the Phoenix, Judith, First Men in the Moon, Far from the Madding Crowd, 10:30 P.M. Summer, Come Spy with Me, The Greatest Mother of Them All, The Legend of Lylah Clare, and The Red Tent. Hugh Griffith: How to Steal a Million,Exodus, Mutiny on the Bounty, Oliver!, The Counterfeit Traitor, The Citadel, Point of Departure, The Day They Robbed the Bank of England, The Inspector, Tom Jones, Term of Trial, The Poppy Is Also a Flower, Hide and Seek, The Bargee, The Amorous Adventures of Moll Flanders, On My Way to the Crusades, I Met a Girl Who..., Oh Dad, Poor Dad, Mamma's Hung You in the Closet and I'm Feelin' So Sad, The Sailor from Gibraltar, The Fixer, Il marito è mio e l'ammazzo quando mi pare, and Brown Eye, Evil Eye. Jason Robards: A Big Hand for the Little Lady, Hour of the Gun, Long Day's Journey into Night, A Thousand Clowns, Act One, By Love Possessed, Isadora, Tender Is the Night, Divorce American Style, A Big Hand for the Little Lady, The St. Valentine's Day Massacre, Any Wednesday, Once Upon a Time in the West, and The Night They Raided Minsky's. George Seagel: The Southern Star, No Way to Treat a Lady, Invitation to a Gunfighter, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Lost Command, The Quiller Memorandum, The St. Valentine's Day Massacre, King Rat, Act One, The Young Doctors, The Bridge at Remagen, The Girl Who Couldn't Say No, Bye Bye Braverman, and The New Interns. Rod Taylor: Chuka, The Time Machine, Sunday in New York, The Glass Bottom Boat, 36 Hours, The Birds, Hotel, Nobody Runs Forever, The Hell with Heroes, One Hundred and One Dalmatians, Seven Seas to Calais, Colossus and the Amazon Queen, Dark of the Sun, The Liquidator, Young Cassidy, Fate Is the Hunter, Do Not Disturb, and A Gathering of Eagles. Robert Ryan: Ice Palace, Billy Budd, The Longest Day, The Wild Bunch, The Dirty Dozen, Battle of the Bulge, The Professionals, Anzio, Captain Nemo and the Underwater City, A Minute to Pray, a Second to Die, Hour of the Gun, Custer of the West, The Busy Body, The Canadians, King of Kings, and The Crooked Road. Christopher Plummer: Battle of Britain, The Sound of Music, The Fall of the Roman Empire, Inside Daisy Clover, The Royal Hunt of the Sun, Lock Up Your Daughters, Nobody Runs Forever, Oedipus the King, The Night of the Generals, and Triple Cross. Michel Piccoli: Le Doulos, Contempt, Diary of a Chambermaid, La Guerre Est Finit, Les Creatures, The Young Girls of Rochefort, Belle De Jour, Danger: Diabolik, Dillinger is Dead, The Milky Way, Topaz, Lady L, The Day and the Hour, Masquerade, L'Invitée, Climats, Les Petits Drames, Adieu Philippine, La dragée haute, Le Bal des espions, Amazons of Rome, All About Loving, The Sleeping Car Murders, The War Is Over, The Game Is Over, Belle de Jour, Benjamin, Shock Troops, La Chamade, and La Prisonnière. Tatsuya Nakadai: When a Woman Ascends the Stairs, Yojimbo,The Human Condition: A Soldier's Prayer, Immortal Love, Sanjuro, Harakiri ,High and Low, Kwaidan, The Sword of Doom, The Face of Another, Samurai Rebellion, Kill!, Goyokin, Portrait of Hell, Get 'em All, Daughters, Wives and a Mother ,Miren, A Woman's Life, Pressure of Guilt, Love Under the Crucifix, The Blue Beast, The Other Women, Kumo ga chigieru toki, Hakari, The Legacy of the 500,000, Saigo no shinpan, Blood End, Arijigoku sakusen, Kwaidan, Saigo no shinpan, Fort Graveyard, Cash Calls Hell, Illusion of Blood, Kojiro, The Age of Assassins, The Daphne, Today We Kill... Tomorrow We Die!, Rengō Kantai Shirei Chōkan: Yamamoto Isoroku, Blood End, Hitokiri, Eiko's 5000 Kilograms, and The Battle of the Japan Sea. James Mason: Lolita, Duffy, Mayerling, The Sea Gull, Age of Consent, The Blue Max, Stranger in the House, The Deadly Affair, Georgy Girl, The Fall of the Roman Empire, The Pumpkin Eater, Genghis Khan, Lord Jim, The Uninhibited, Hero's Island, Torpedo Bay, Tiara Tahiti, The Trials of Oscar Wilde, The Marriage-Go-Round, and Escape from Zahrain. Vincent Price: The Last Man on Earth, Witchfinder General, Convicts 4, Confessions of an Opium Eater, Tower of London, Tales of Terror, The Raven, Diary of a Madman, The Haunted Palace, The Masque of the Red Death, The Tomb of Ligeia, Twice-Told Tales, Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine, The Comedy of Terrors, City Under the Sea, The House of 1,000 Dolls, The Pit and the Pendulum, Nefertiti, Queen of the Nile, Rage of the Buccaneers, Beach Party, House of Usher, Master of the World, Dr. Goldfoot and the Girl Bombs, Spirits of the Dead, The Trouble with Girls, The Jackals, More Dead Than Alive, and The Oblong Box. 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Today, I stumbled upon a YT video from the excellent Nick Crowley discussing the phenomena known as 'the backrooms'. As someone who has spent literal decades savoring the strange, the dark, the occult, the conspiratorial, I have somehow missed out on this particular phenomena/story/concept. Watching his short but intriguing overview of the backrooms, it made my skin crawl. I had a very real, very waking experience, just a few years ago, which took me to a place that is disturbingly similar to these so-called 'backrooms'. Imagine my surprise when the video - and most related content - described this as nothing more than a creepypasta with its roots in 4chan. And while my experience does have a seemingly innocent explanation, the similarities are far too intriguing to ignore. This is all 100% true, as it happened, to the best of my recollection. For background - I am a professional musician and record producer, with a career that started in 2010. Nowadays I spend my time in the studio, but for many years, I toured the US full-time as a bass player with a wide variety of bands. In mid 2017, one of the larger bands I toured with - 40 Oz to Freedom, a Sublime tribute act - was hired to play the Brooklyn Bowl in Las Vegas. This was an excellent gig, paid great, and we were always treated very well by the staff. The Brooklyn Bowl is a part of the Caesar's family of properties. As such, we were always put up in very nice rooms at one of the Caesar's-owned casinos on the Strip. On the night in question, we had been placed in individual suites at the Linq. After playing the gig, we all went back over to our rooms. My bandmates were excited to spend the rest of the evening partying it up on the Strip and hanging with fans. However, I had a very early flight out of McCarran the next morning to play with a different group back home in CO. I decided to forgo the offer of a night of fun and just relax in my room until my flight left. Sometime around 3am, I decided to go down to the lobby for a snack. So I got dressed, put on my shoes, and left my room. I walked to the end of the hall and called the elevator. Getting on, I pressed the big, rounded "L" button - Lobby. That's when things got strange. The elevator lurched slightly, as if it didn't quite know what to do with my request. The overhead light flickered out for a split second. But after a beat, as if nothing was amiss, it began its descent without further protest. In the moment, I didn't think much of it. It was late, after all - perhaps it had been sitting for a moment or just needed maintenance. But when I reached my destination, I knew something was wrong. The doors slid open, but where there should have been a bustling casino lobby, there was simply a large, empty, white room. A rusted, red-painted metal staircase led down from a landing in front of the elevator to the floor. Opposite the staircase - an enormous red metal door. Above the staircase - a loudly humming, off-yellow florescent light. Initially, I was baffled. I looked at the display in the elevator. In confirmed this was indeed the lobby. My mind raced to all of the stories and places I'd learned about - glitches in reality, underground cults, human trafficking rings, illicit auctions, Silent Hill. But all of that was just lore. I had to know what I had stumbled on. I walked down the staircase and approached the door. By sheer luck, it was open. I swung it open and stepped through. Around a sharp corner, there stretched a long, faded hallway, with seemingly infinite rooms branching off in either direction. Aging greenish-yellow wallpaper, patterned with what looked like a leaf or floral motif. Dank, musty, moist carpet. All lit by humming, flickering fluorescent tubes. A sharp sense of danger and wrongness tingled through me. What the hell is this place? How did I end up here? I decided to press forward a bit, overcoming the impending sense of doom that had consumed me. I walked up the hallway a short distance, peering into the rooms. Each was dark and empty, devoid of windows, and covered in the same fading wallpaper. There was what looked like graffiti here and there, scrawled illegibly on the walls in black ink. After venturing past three or four rooms, each step became a dare. I knew I should turn around and get back to my room. Whatever this place was, it was not a pleasant place to be. It made no sense. And so, trusting my better judgement, I turned around, went back through the red door, up the staircase, and called the elevator. After what seemed like an eternity, the doors slid open, and I was whisked without incident back to the plush confines of the Linq. I had decided that I suddenly wasn't that hungry. Several hours later, I readied my things to leave for the airport. I got on the same elevator, wondering if it would take me to the same strange hallway. I pressed the large rectangular L once more. No shudder, no flicker this time. And just a moment later, the doors opened to reveal the bustling pre-dawn casino lobby that should have been there all along. ---- Now - as I said at the beginning of this story - there is a partially plausible explanation for this experience. The Linq was established in 2014, after a short 2-year stint under the name 'The Quad'. But prior to 2012, the lot belonged to the aging Imperial Palace casino. The Imperial Palace was built in 1979, and featured an Asian-themed decor. My best guess was that I somehow happened upon a section of the hotel that was simply a part of the old Imperial Palace that hadn't yet been renovated. Descriptions of the interior of this old property roughly match what I saw. However, there are still key elements of my experience that make no sense to me. The Imperial Palace was destroyed to be rebuilt as The Quad in 2012, 5 years before I was there. How would any section of the old hotel still remain? Even if there was, in theory, still an untouched portion of the Imperial Palace left after the building itself was torn down, 5 years of renovation renovation were done and 2 name changes occurred, why would this area be easily accessible to guests? And through a strange service entrance, no less? The elevator took me to the ground floor, yet the area I was in was clearly old hotel rooms. The ground floor of casinos almost never house rooms, only food courts and gaming floors. Rooms start on the third or fourth floors, typically. Why were these rooms seemingly on the ground floor? The exact button on the exact same elevator took me to the Linq lobby the second time around. Did the elevator massively glitch the first time? These questions all remain unanswered. There is one last thing I'd like to mention as well. I hate to be this guy on Reddit - but while I was exploring this area, I filmed it on my phone. I will do everything I can to find that phone - I'm somewhat certain I still have it. If I can, I will happily post the video. So - did I just find a derelict hallway buried in the bowels of a casino, awaiting a much-needed renovation? Or did I stumble through a strange barrier into the backrooms? I leave it to you to decide.
OBLIGATORY FILLER MATERIAL – Just take a hard left at Daeseong-dong…9
Continuing... “I say that you’re way the fuck out of line, Chuckles. Are you an educated, experienced, fully licensed and internationally renowned master blaster?” I asked. “No, but…” he tried to continue. “But nothing, Scooter.” I said, “What, other than your insane xenophobia and nationalism, causes you to come to such unfounded, not to say stupid, conclusions?” He looked down at the deck. Evidently, he was not used to being challenged in such a manner. He realized he walked face-first into a metaphorical wood chipper. “I’m waiting for your answer, pally.” I continued. Still nothing. He was either deep in thought or ill at ease from newly soggy undergarments. “Want to know why I chose what I did? Fine, meet back here in 15 damn minutes.” He looks at me with a most perplexed, and ignorant, look on his face. “Dax, Cliff? I need you.” I say. We go back to the weapons locker and I explain my idea. “Let’s load a case of typical, TYPICAL Chinese-made dynamite. Then let’s load a case of American C-4. Be very careful with that leaky Chinese shit. Wait one. I’ll do it if you want and you can handle the C-4.” I say. “Ah, Rock; yeah. We’d appreciate it. You being the Pro from Dover, after all.” Cliff agrees. “No worries”, I say, “I got this. You make me up a nice, tightly packed case of C-4. For demonstration purposes.” I find a near-empty case of dynamite and begin to judiciously fill the thing with random samples of shitty and leaky Chinese manufactured and Korean not-too-well-cared-for dynamite. This stuff was so incredibly shitty and poorly manufactured that even when leaking and nasty, it was nowhere near as dangerous as its Western counterpart. It was loaded with so much and many interstitials, like sawdust, diatomaceous earth, literal horseshit, and shredded newspaper, the nitro denatured itself to some degree as it oozed out. Plus, in the non-climate controlled weapons locker; the high humidity, salt air, and poor circulation from the small open grate facing the sea, the nitro had desensitized somewhat and evaporated. It left only sticky, thin, fly-ridden films rather than the usual ‘waiting for a good reason to explode’ puddles. It was in no way as twitchy as that locker back in Nevada. Oh, but be assured, it was still a shit show. If I really wanted to, I could blow myself, this boat and all occupants into the next dimension rather easily, but it was nothing like that old locker back in that disused Nevada mine. I still needed to be scrupulously careful as there could potentially be puddles of the pale yellow, viscous liquid explody stuff, instead of the thin films I was mostly finding. Either way, it required caution and judiciousness. Nitro’s twitchy as fuck and the last thing I need is a dropped nail, blasting cap, or hunk of the rotten box falling into an errant nitro wet patch… Extra attention was exercised. Dax and Cliff are halfway through, and I’m still picking through the leaky, smelly bundles. “Next time”, I mused to myself, “I‘m writing in a ‘Handling fucked-up explosives”-clause in my contract. No matter how much I’m being paid for this, it ain’t enough…” We find a couple of expendable, dry-rotted ‘life preserver’ floaty-rings, upon which we secure both cases of explosives. They’re tethered with a rope and primed with a number of blasting caps. I let the head local Korean crank examine both to ensure that I’m not trying to pull a fast one. He did not notice the 3-pound bag of Tannerite (an impact-actuated explosive) I snuck in the middle of the box of Chinese TNT. “Now. Satisfied that they’re equal?” I asked. “Nothing fishy here. Just dynamite in bundles, with caps. Then, over here, C-4 blocks with cap. OK?” He was satisfied; but only after letting a couple of the shiny suit squad check as well. “Well”, I smirked,” So much for your ‘covert observation’, asshole.” This guy was DPRK secret service or equivalent. “Holy cold-pack cheese-food product fuck”, I cogitate, “They are so goddamned suspicious”. I ask Dax to go over to the pilothouse and borrow the mauled AK-47 I saw hanging on the bulkhead there. They keep it for run-ins with cranky sharks, walruses, and lovesick blue-footed boobies evidently. “OK, here’s what we’ll do. We’ll float each out, and I‘ll trail with demolition wire. Once we’re a few hundred meters out, you can press the big, shiny, green button and detonate your dynamite. I even used 6 blasting caps, to give each bundle its own. You saw that. We green?” I ask. He was, although suspicious of what I had in mind. He agreed although he refused to use my terminology, the stodgy prick. So float away the dynamite case we did. The case of Chinese dynamite floated out and away from the boat, leaving an oily slick in its wake. As it got to around 200-225 meters or so, I requested a rendition of the Korean version of the Safety Dance, as it was just too fucking hilarious to watch. Once completed, I handed Doubting Korean Thomas the detonator. “Your turn, Tweedles”, I said, “Hit the button to spark off your “much-better-than-the-West’s” Oriental dynamite.” He grabbed the detonator, gnashed a tooth in my direction, and mashed down on the big, shiny, green button with a vengeance. PFftt!PAH-foof!fuff There was a cheery little pop, a puff of acrid smoke, and not much else. Let it be said from the onset that I just selected examples of the Oriental manufactured dynamite at random. I didn’t look for the worst or leakiest. Though truthfully I really didn’t have much too choice in the matter. “You! You swindled me! You knew the dynamite wouldn’t explode! Somehow you knew it!!” he swore in my general direction. “Try it again”, I said after retrieving the detonator and doing a quick re-wire to another bank of blasting caps. “Gumeong-e bul!” [“Fire in the hole!”]. MASH goes the big, shiny, green button anew. Pfffft!” *Pop. Poooof! Piffle. Blerp. Nothing but a cute little pop, a poof, and a few acrid puffs of smoke. He was crestfallen. He had taken on the Motherfucking Pro from Dover in a necessarily explosive subject, with inevitably disastrous results. I asked if anyone here was weapons trained. A couple of Coasties raised their hands. “And you are? “ I asked the closest one. “Lt. P'an Tae-Hyun, Sir”, as he snaps a snappy salute. “Groovy.”, I reply and retrieve the AK from Dax. “Can you squeeze off a couple of shots and hit that floating box of dynamite?” I asked. “Yes, sir!” he replied, smiling. “OK then”, I replied and turned to the crowd. “Dynamite is usually pretty stable stuff and won’t detonate without a blasting cap or impulse source. A bullet will most certainly not detonate it. However, I’ve stuck in 3 pounds, imperial, of Tannerite, which is a type of binary explosive used for targeting. Tannerite will most definitely and energetically explode when impacted by a high-velocity bullet. I think we can agree that an AK-47 round is high-velocity?” I asked. There were nods and a buzz of general agreement. “Now, there’s the better part of a case of unexploded dynamite out there. That’s what we in the business call very, very fucking dangerous. Now those three pounds of Tannerite should vaporize everything within a 10-meter radius if it detonates as designed. Agreed?” I asked. Again, there were nods and a buzz of general agreement. “Lieutenant P'an?” I asked, “At your discretion. Fire at will. Or the dynamite case, as it were.” He nodded. He walked over to the furthest point on the stern, checked to see everyone was back and out of harm’s way, as he was a consummate professional. He futzed around with the old AK for a bit and took a shot. It was low and outside. “Ball one”, I snickered. “Sights are off. Not any problems.” He remarked. The next round found its mark. The Tannerite exploded adeptly. It threw sticks of unexploded Chinese dynamite over a 20-meter radius. They each sank into the briny deep leaving only an oily spot to mark their entry and eventual watery grave. The top of the case of dynamite was blown off, but the floaty ring remained. We reeled it back in to find a few more scorched, but unexploded, sticks of fine Oriental manufacture explosive on the bottom of the case. These were motherfuckingly dangerous. Cantankerous dynamite has no place on a ship. I remarked, however, that this would be no problem. Dax and Cliff brought up the case of C-4, which I had wired with one single blasting cap and booster. We had Korean Doubting Thomas and his shiny suit buddies give it the once over to ensure I wasn’t trying to pull a fast one. He agreed, it was nothing but C-4 as advertised. One of the more expendable Coasties jumped down on the stern transom-rack which is just above the waterline on the back of the boat. He wired the two rings together and set them adrift, tethered by a good nylon rope with my nasty, silky demolition wires trailing. Dax was working the rope and I was handling the spool of demolition wire. I had a good 350 meters of the stuff on the spool and wasn’t about to return a single centimeter. Old habits and all. As they floated away, Mr. Kwan asked if we’d like a bit of refreshment, as, gosh, it sure was dusty out here today. Of course, we agreed in unison. Good old Mr. Kwan. So, we’re unspooling our lines slowly, drinking our end of the day refreshers, smoking cigars, and watching our Oriental colleagues getting antsier every minute. I knew what a case of C-4 was going to do when detonated. It would be one hell of a show. I was so confident with my design I had Lt. P’ay return the AK to the pilothouse. Wouldn’t work here anyways if the C-4 failed to detonate. But that’s not going to happen. Dr. Pro from Dover Rocknocker has spoken. Finally, I’m almost out of demolition wire, and Dax has tied off the tether. I motion over to Herr Doubting Thomas and hand him the detonator. “For ye of little faith”, I smiled, recalling the entreaty that even Satan quotes the Bible for his own nefarious uses. But first, an encore of the Korean Safety Dance. They're guaranteed to raise a smile. I look to the character fumbling with the detonator. “At your convenience, good sir”, I say, dripping insincerity. “Gumeong-e bul!” [“Fire in the hole!”]. Mash goes the big, shiny, green button. KA-MOTHERING-FUCKINGLY-HUGE-BOOM! Even over 300 meters away, every one of us not only saw but felt that shock wave. It was like a solid Savate kick to the chest. The boat even rocked a bit in appreciation. I smile, retrieved the detonator, safe it, and reply: “And that is the singular reason why I used good old American manufacture C-4 as a sonic seismic source rather than shitty, leaky Oriental dynamite. Any further questions?” He shook his head in agreement, bowed slightly in my direction, slunk away, and that was the very last we ever saw of Mr. Korean Doubting Thomas. The Captain saw and felt the detonation. He put the boat in park, actually, he handed it over to the sub-pilot for station keeping and came back to the fantail. He wanted to know if we were now officially finished with our project. We maintained that we were and it had come off very, very successfully; in no small degree because of his boat handling abilities. He came over to me and shanghaied one of the translators. “Doctor Stone?” he asked. “Hrmph. Close enough.” I smiled. “May I be first to congratulate your team. In eight sorties, you and your teams are the first to fulfill mission parameters. I am pleased to say that this will go on all our permanent records. It will mean bonuses for all present. I salute you.” And does with a naval flourish. “No shit? Well, thanks, Cap”, I reply, “But I’m just the den mother for this special education class. Without them, and all their hard work, it’d never have happened.” “I knew you would say this”, he smiled, “You are leader of men. We see that. You are teacher, but also not afraid to work. You should do this more often. Use your education and experience to train and teach others.” He says, shaking my hand. Now it’s time for me to wonder. Did he hear of my offer back home? I don’t think he did, I’ve been playing those cards very close to the vest, as it were. I am now officially confused and bebothered. But, since I don’t believe in anything, much less coincidence, I’m going to chalk it up to happenstance and just gratefully consider the source. He asks that we wait here and he’ll return forthwith. “On a boat this size, there are not too many places we can sneak off to…” I chuckle. He returns with a very, very old bottle of something quite unidentifiable since it appears to be lacking a label. He yells something in official Korean and suddenly, a tray with little, itty-bitty demitasse-style glasses appear along with some smoked fish, I think, nibbles of some kind. He pours a dram for all present. No one dares take as much as a preemptory sniff until he’s finished with the ceremony. Everyone thusly charged, he begins a toast. “Shoo-buddy”, I think, “I’ve been down this road before.” It was quick, succinct, brief, and laudatory. According to him, we had ‘hung the moon’. I liked this style of toasting. Left more time to drink and for camaraderie. The project thus finished, as we were running out of potables, especially freshwater, victuals, and toilet paper; we were headed back to base. That is, back to the hotel to see what our comrades who chose to stay onshore had developed. But, that was going to be for another day. First, we needed to chug our way back to port, both literally and figuratively. Ahem. Before which, though, there were some housekeeping and paperwork chores. Dax, Cliff, and I did a quick reconnaissance of the explosives locker and created a ‘used’ manifest; which all three of us signed. They may be officious, they may be obtrusive, but damn, they certainly love their goddamned paperwork over here. We gave copies to the head shiny suit, one for the Captain, and we retained copies for our records. Along with notes that we expended two rounds from the pilothouse AK, as we were trying to out-officious these officious paper-pushers. We made certain the keys were returned and logged in the proper logbooks and the explosives locker was locked securely, solidly, and soundly. Before which, we policed up the weapons locker and actually offered to the gods of the briny deep, quite the quantity of unsafe, leaky dynamite, and other ordinance that was more a disaster waiting to happen rather than inventory. Seawater would neutralize the nasties and in the case of anything metallic, it’d be gone within a fortnight. and the phosphates might provide some nice fertilizer for some lucky passing Cnidarians. We were in water of near 45 fathoms. This stuff would never hurt another living thing. The Captain was very pleased that we had taken that task upon ourselves. He wasn’t allowed to do anything about what was in the locker, but he was responsible for it and keeping the wrong people out of it. I commented that was a fairly stupid way of handling things, and he mentioned that he’d appreciate it if I made an official note of it to the powers that be once we go feet-dry, i.e., get back to shore. I assured him we most certainly would. From then on, all we had to do was putt-putt our way back to port. It was going to take some hours and we’d end up berthing during the wee hours. This would not be a problem as our bus and driver would be waiting for us no matter what the time. He would briskly and without fanfare, return us to our hotel. That we were actually looking forward to bunking back in the old hotel sort of gave one an idea of the Spartan arrangements we had endured for the last three days. Most of the Westerners groused and complained in a humorous manner. Hell, it was only three bloody days. Some of our Oriental friends were so totally aghast they vowed to lodge formal complaints once they returned to dry land. Landlubbers. Odd that once we hit the beach, they all scattered to the four winds and not a single letter nor either a peep of protest was ever forthcoming. Yes, this is an intensely weird place. We wandered down the gangplank, cigars a-fume, and drinks recently and for one last time, refreshed by Mr. Kwan. The shiny suit squad was supervising the offloaded of the seismic data we had collected and had seen it soundly sealed and concealed in the very living bowels of the bus. It was to return with us to the hotel, where we’d demand a receipt. Then it would be off to the ‘Technological Center” on Scientific Street for processing. They assured us that they’d handle that themselves. Evidently we were good enough to acquire the data, but not good enough to see the finished product. Ack, Volna, and Ivan chuckled. “OK, you pirates. What did you do?” I asked “They can try with all their might. But without the decryption key, they’ll spend years processing encoded compressed nonsense.” They snickered. “We did offer to come and help set up the decryption for the decompression of the raw data, but they said they could handle it themselves. Oh, well. We tried. Seriously, we did.” Ack and Volna snickered. “Well, keep it handy in case they come to their senses before we get out of here,” I said. “Always our intention, Herr Denmother”, Volna chuckles. “Oh, you heard that?” I snickered quietly. Back at the hotel, the majority of us sent our sea-gear to our rooms via the on-site laundry. That being settled, the majority of us retired to the catacombs of the basement. We needed strong drink, decent, non-tinned food, and seats that didn’t slop around every time you sat down. Well, with the acquisition of our sea legs, two out of three wasn’t bad. Since the hour was much too late, I decide that tomorrow, well, later today, would be a day of R&R for everyone. Moreover, I was informed that tomorrow would be the “Day of the Sun” celebration, the insanely earnest celebration birth anniversary of Kim Il-sung, founder and Eternal President of North Korea. It’s supposed to be some sort of big, hairy nationwide deal. But aside from a couple of small posters, we heard little and knew less about the holiday and its celebration. Everyone’s being even more uncharacteristically low key. It’s odd like there’s something weird going on here. “What? Something weird and covert and sneaky going on in Best Korea? Pshaw, you old fart. You’re letting the paranoids get to you!”, I mused to myself. This place will do that to you after a while. I asked the front desk to place a note that made the rest of today a day of R&R in everyone’s mailbox. After another cigar, some decent prawn stir-fry, and a couple-twelve really stiff drinks, we were all ready to invade the land of Nod for a few hours. I went downstairs for a drink, a nosh, and a smoke. I ran out of NK won as we tend to use them in Western Expat high-stakes poker games, so I needed to trade some of my weird Middle Eastern currency for weird Best Korea currency. I was used to the 900:1 won:US dollar (equivalent) trade-off, but after cashing in the equivalent of US$500 in Middle Eastern dinero, I walked off with 650,000 won, not 450,000. “Pardon me, Ms. Cashier”, I said to the nice little local woman behind the bird-cage security wires, “I do think you gave me too much.” She took my stack, re-counted it, and proclaimed it correct. “I thought the exchange rate was 900 to the dollar?” I asked. “No”, she remarked, “Now 1,336.” “Any idea what’s causing the fluctuations?” I asked. She just smiled and shook her head ‘no’. I smiled back and tipped her 50 UAE dirhams for the information. “Weird. Now what?” I mused. Little did I know… The next morning dawned dim and early as there some sort of something going on outside. Oh, yes, it was ‘The Day of the Sun’ celebration. I discovered it was is an annual public holiday in North Korea celebrating the birth anniversary of Kim Il-sung, founder, and Eternal President and local Poobah-in-Charge of North Korea. It is the most important national holiday in the country, and is considered to be the North Korean pseudo-secular equivalent of Christmas. “Well,” I thought to myself, “I picked a damn good day to call for an R&R break.” Then I found out, why no one told us about any of this is still unknown, that the next two days after the holiday would also be considered a holiday. Come to find out, there are all sorts of intrusive, inconvenient, and wholly unnecessary nonsense that accompany these high holy days here in Best Korea. There are exhibitions, fireworks, song and dance events, athletics competitions, idea seminars: “Think about it!”, and visits to places connected with Kim Il-sung's life, including his birthplace in Mangyongdae. Shops close, the hotel televisions block any other ‘programming’ and show only ‘special’ movies. Either ridiculously fake documentaries on the life of the also ever so ronrey Kim Il-sung or movies he especially enjoyed. People parade to his statue on Mansu Hill to deposit flowers; later in the day, it resembled a pollinated glacier. There’s general obviously forced elation, all of which is extraordinarily strained and appears fake. People are trucked by the groaning busload to the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun where the dead maniac lies in state. “Fuck this”, I said in the exact spirit of international amity, “I’m going to the bar.” I go downstairs to the basement bar, and even though it’s a high holy day, it’s open early. It didn’t used to be open until the afternoon, but since we’ve arrived, they have adjusted their hours for us. They have also doubled their daily receipts. So they’ve got that going for them, which is nice. One of my favorite barkeeps was station keeping that morning. I greeted him in the usual style and expressed to Mr. Ho Gun the best holiday wishes. “Hi! Ho!”, I said, “Annyeonghaseyo”, which comes out ‘Annie young eez-yo!’ in my Baja Canuckian dialect. Mr. Ho laughs at my attempt at Korean, but he does appreciate the effort. “Doctor Rock”, he says, “Dawn greetings. You will drink what?” Nice and direct, I like that. “Ye’ ken Greenland Coffee, me ol’ mucker?” I asked in a swirl of different dizzying dialects. Koran confounds me, so I thought I’d return the favor. “No, but I’m sure it’s coffee with some of your usual high-proof liquors, correct?” he smiles as I hand him a nice, oily Oscuro cigar. “For Best Most Happy Returns: Day of the Sun”, I said, waggling the stogie, as I hand it over. “However, you are correct. Normally, ‘authentic’ Greenland Coffee is a paltry 1/3rd ounce each of Whiskey, Kahlua, and Grand Marnier with excess coffee. Well, I don’t cotton to those liquors or measures. So my Greenland Coffee recipe, really from Greenland, by the way, is Siku Vodka, or any other high-octane vodka, as long as it’s premium. Then Immiak, which is Greenland’s version of Jagermeister, so let’s just go with Jager. Then finish it off with a shot of Tia Maria or Kahlua, if available. Oh, yes, then hot coffee. Silly me, almost forgot…” I conclude. “And measures?” Mr. Ho asked. “Whatever fills the cup”, I replied, in a bastardization of an old Russian toast. “OK, how about a 35 mils (~1 ounce) stiff shot each booze, then hot coffee to fill your mug? With a chilled vodka chaser, as per usual?” He asks. “Make it so, Mr. Ho,” I say. “No whipped cream or crème liqueurs, please. I’m lactose intolerant, and, well, no one wants to hear that…” He laughs and whips together a very nice morning sunriser. It’s a real day off. In a very, very weird land. It’s Festival outside and I stayed up most of the night calling people back in the world, creating and updating dossiers, doing explosives-tracking paperwork, worrying over logistics, and how and when the fuck we’re going to eventually get out of here. Fuck it, double front. I’m doing my ‘people watch’, perched high on Mahogany Ridge. I’m taking, for the first time since, hell, I left the Middle East, some real downtime. I figured I deserved it. I was the only one at the bar, but after a short time, there were festival-goers who infiltrated down into the hotel's subterranean catacombs. They didn’t know of the bar’s recently expanded hours and when they saw me sitting high up on Mahogany Ridge, smoking my ubiquitous cigar, they rejoiced. Obligatory Festival and alcohol! Better than beer and power tools. In the Baja Canada time-honored tradition, I have a pile of the local currency sitting on the bar. At the new exchange rate of 1,386 won to the dollar, I’m making out like a bandit. Drinks here are cheap, really cheap, to begin with. With this fluctuation in exchange rates, which I figured reflected the holiday, I was flush. In the chips. Well-heeled. I've got a lot of what it takes to get along. So, I was feeling magnanimous. I was tipping people very well. “Paper?” one local asked. “Sure. How much for a week-old English version of the Daily Worker’s Manifest and Pork Belly Futures Digest? 100 won? Here’s 1,000. Keep the change.” Not wanting to become over-caffeinated, I switched from Greenland Coffees after a couple to my usual potato juice and citrus concoction. Each one came in a tall, frosted gimlet glass, a very nice touch, and was expertly made my Mr. Ho after I showed him once when we first arrived. Each one, with the current exchange rate, was about 500 won; an exorbitant sum for any local. It was about US$0.40 for me. I bought several for people who bellied up to the bar and tried to engage me in conversation. I was used to handing out business cards, hell, one never knew where contacts could lead; and not receiving one in return. Today, I collected four new business cards; two from various European ex-pats, and two from locals. I guess Festival! time brings out the best and least paranoid in people. It’s only 1000 hours in the AM and people here are already seriously lubricated. This will be a fun few days. I decided to get a rather tall drink in one of my 100-ounce Kum-n-Go travel cups. With all the hoo-ha going on around here, I haven’t seen a handler, translator, or guide since we got off the boat. I decide with all the shenanigans and goings-on around the place on this festival day, no one would give me nor my wardrobe a second look if I were to venture outdoors for a walkabout. Besides, we’re on a bloody island. It’s not like I can go too damned far. So, quicker than a bunny fucks, I get my drink, fire up a cigar, and walk around the lobby of the hotel. There are the usual comings and goings of tourists, local workers, the security forces, and all that allied tat. I wait until a tour bus pulls up and all eyes are somewhere besides me. Pfft! And I’m standing outside the hotel, looking at all the sights. Which, truth be told, weren’t much. Yanggak Island is a slovenly-manicured island with shrubberies, tracks, trails, and assorted support buildings. The river is basically hidden behind stunted shrubs and nevergreens, and the remains of the defunct golf course. There’s a stadium on the island, which was thronging with festival-goers today. I don’t know what sport, if any, they play there, and didn’t care enough to ask anyone. There was a cinema hall, which was currently empty and looking in need of some dire repair. There’s some sort of Chinese health complex in the process of being built or torn down, it was hard to tell which. Needless to say, the scenery paled almost immediately. I did, after a concerted effort, find a small platform that overlooked the Taedong River. It was a very nice little observation platform with a couple of new-Tudor-esque electrical replica gas lights and two concrete benches where a weary traveler could sit and just watch the river. So I did. I was interested in the fish of the river, and wondered if any of the locals did any fishing; or if it was forbidden, as are so many ‘proletariat’ activities are in town. I did see a few locals, huddled out of plain sight, down by the shores of the river fishing with long, 10 meter, reel-less poles. In Britain, they would call this type of fishing ‘noodling’. I didn’t see them catch anything, but in the bar later, I spoke with a local who told me that they catch various species of fish here. These include Asian Aroana, Blue Guppy, Catfish, Crab, Eel, Halibut, Hucho Perryi, Octopus, Orange Guppy, Pacific Flying Squid, Rainbow Trout, Salmon, and Tuna. I’m not saying my informant was lying or embroidering the tale, but from the nasty condition of the river, I think Coney Island Whitefish, Cotton River Horse, Dumpster Trout, and Bugle-Mouthed Salmon would be the more common species. I had enough perambulation and even though I wasn’t given the least look, I felt a bit uncomfortable out here. That unfiltered sun and equally unfiltered air. After that, I wandered back to the hotel and went to enter to go to my room. “HALT! Who goes there?” some door guard yelled at me. “An American tourista who was out on a walk”, I replied. “Impossible!”, he replied, “Tourists are not allowed out without their guides.” “Look, Herr Mac”, I said, “I’m Dr. Rocknocker, and I am an invited Western Petroleum Scientist with the UN special-invited group here to evaluate the country’s oil and gas potential.” “You are not allowed.” He replied loudly. “My good man”, I replied, equally loudly, "Not allowed? Not allowed? I’m a geologist, I’m allowed everywhere.” With that, I grab the handle of the ornate door, take a slurp out of my drink, and sally forth into the hotel. Of course, he goes non-linear. He follows me and is making all sorts of bad noise. He is almost literally dancing around me, pointing, and exclaiming that I’m not allowed. Then, he made a bit of a mistake. He grabbed my arm. Really, really poor career move. I switched my drink to my left hand and executed a pretty spiffy opposite-side wrist grab on the noisy little nerf herder. He was so shocked by this turn of events, he went slightly white and was rendered mute for a short time. I frog marched the little irritant up to the front desk and asked the head clerk there to explain to my captive audience who I was and why I was here. The clerk smiled and gave the character whom I was dragging around a quick background on the guy who was currently holding him captive. When I heard “닥터 락 노커” [dagteo lag nokeo, “Dr. Rocknocker”], I dropped this guy’s hand and just took a few steps back. After a minute or two, he comes over, very, very abashed. He apologizes as he wasn’t told that any Americans were allowed outside the hotel. I told him ‘No problem’, as I really didn’t have any special permission and didn’t want to get the guy into any trouble. I offered him a cigar, which he refused, but he readily accepted the half-pack of Sobranie pastel cigarettes I had in the pocket of my Hawaiian shirt. I decided from that point to just stay inside the hotel to smoke, drink, and avoid any further Imperial entanglements. I wandered on down to the casino because I was bored and it was unusually quiet. Too hepped-up to sleep, too tired to work, it was that odd interarea between “should I be giving a fuck” and “who the fuck cares?” Leaving the basement, I wandered around the ground floor, just taking in the sights, and looking at the “Festival Specials” at the hotel shops. I found an empty, unlocked conference room that looked inviting. About two dozen chairs, a large wooden table, TV monitors, and a southern view of the city from slightly above ground level. I walked in like I owned the place, as it is always monumentally easier to get forgiveness than permission, sat down at the head of the table, propped my feet up, found an ashtray, and began playing with the remote to see what was available. Evidently, these rooms were available for rent by various factions, cadres, and other sorts of like-minded individuals. However, whoever was here last forgot to re-set the filters on the satellite television. There was real the BBC, real-time. There was German TV, Russian TV, Japanese TV, and even some American TV; all the best of the absolutely prohibited hit parade. I shut it down and left immediately. I went to find my comrades. They simply had to see this. I located Dax first, as he was losing won at a rapid rate down at the basement casino. He said he’d spread the word to any of the team members down in the tunnels and we’d meet at Conference Room #1. I had taken the precaution before leaving to move the “Occupied/Unoccupied” placard to indicate it was in use and that if you hadn’t reserved the room, you’d do best to stay the fuck out. I waited the obligatory 20 minutes for the elevator and went up to ‘our’ floor. I knocked on all the doors where I knew they were occupied by our occupants. I found a few of our team and informed them that if they were so inclined, there would be an unannounced, impromptu, and wholly illicit meeting down in Conference room number 1; complete with refreshments and real, uncensored television. They all agreed and said they’d rouse the rest of our team on the floor. I was feeling so brazen, that when I went down to the ground floor, I stopped at the front desk and ordered lunch and drinks for my team in Conference Room #1. “Oh, sir”, the desk clerk responded, “We don’t have any reservations today for Conference Room #1.” “Well”, I replied, “We are in there and if it wasn’t reserved, how would that have happened? The room would have been marked as unavailable, which it clearly was not; as it was open and available and we are now occupying it. Therefore, it wasn’t marked unavailable so it must have been available; not unavailable as you postulate. It’s almost a simple example of the single equation theory of universal containment. So we are meeting there now and requiring refreshments. It’s simply a logical progression of the facts of the matter.” “You are, of course, correct”, she immediately responded, distracted by all the Festival goings-on in the hotel, “Now, you said you’d like to order 4 dozen assorted meat and cheese sandwiches, two cases of beer, and a mixed case of bottled liquor?” “Yes”, I replied, “You see, it’s only going to be a brief meeting. I’ll also need ice, carbonated and non-carbonated mixers, sliced citrus fruit, and an on-call bartender if you have one available.” “Oh, yes sir,”, she replied, “That will be immediately arranged. Anything else?” “Yes”, I replied, “I’ll need about a dozen ashtrays, of the larger variety. Also, I am going to leave explicit instructions with you to disseminate to hotel staff that we are not to be disturbed. This is a very high-level meeting of the scientists of the IUPG. We will be discussing, umm, ‘sensitive information’”. I used the international ‘don’t-even-think-of-bothering-us’ buzzword to let her know were being very serious indeed. “Oh, yes sir”, she stiffened. “Marvelous”, I said and slipped her 1000 won for her troubles. All sighs of nervousness instantly disappeared. “Excellent. Excellent service.”, I said, rubbing both hands together most Mr. Burnsly. I go over to the conference room and see that our order has begun to already arrive. Have to hand it to them, you call for room service and you get room service. Especially if you’re well known around the hotel to be free with imported cigars, pastel cigarettes, and lavish tips. One by one, my teammates filtered in. There was everyone from out earlier pleasure cruise, and most of the force that remained back in the hotel to prepare the paperwork for our ground assault. Cigars, cigarettes, and pipes were lit. Sandwiches consumed and drinks were downed. After everyone had a chance to see their home-town, or at least home-county, version of the news, I decided that it would indeed be a good time to have a bit of a meeting. It was going nuts outside with the Festival, and as long as we were in here, we were being left alone. After the obligatory facilities break, I returned from a 40-minute round trip to my room to get a couple of my field notebooks. I wanted a record of the proceedings, no matter how spur-of-the-moment. When I returned, I thought the room looked a bit spare. I did a quick headcount and I noted we were missing someone. I glanced through my notes and saw that our Bulgarian geomechanic, Dr. Iskren Dragomirov Dinev, or ‘Iskren’ was not present. “Hey, guys”, I asked aloud, “Anyone seen Iskren lately?” There was a brief conclave and the answer was a solid negative. I called the front desk and got his room number. I asked them to ring his room for me. His room phone rang and rang and rang, but no answer. “Who last saw Iskren?” I asked the assembled crew. The Finnish PT, Joon, recalls drinking with him at the casino the night before last. He seemed normally jovial as was normal for him. “Anyone else? Or since?” I asked. Again, the answer was negative. “Something’s not right”, I thought, my rock sense was tingling. “Dax, Cliff, you’re with me.” We all left, stopped by the front desk, and asked for medical assistance. We explained where we were going and the sudden absence of our Bulgarian friend. We expressed deep concern. 25 minutes later, Dax, Cliff, me, the hotel security chief, and hotel doctor were standing outside Iskren’s room. We had pounded on the door for a good 3 minutes. He certainly wasn’t in the shower. No answer. “Fuck this. Open it”, I said. “Under whose authority?” the chief of hotel security asked. “Mine. Dr. Rocknocker. I’m the team leader of the IUPG crew. Do it.” I said. The door was laboriously opened, as both door bolt locks had to be breached. The room was dark, silent, and entirely unnerving. In the gloom, it appeared that there was a human form, unmoving, on the bed. “I’m a rock Doctor. I think we need a medical doctor here.” I said to the hotel sawbones. The hotel doctor went in without switching on the lights nor touching anything. He examined the mound on the bed. Apparently, it wasn’t a pile of dirty laundry. “Was the occupant of this room a large Caucasian male, approximately 60-65 years of age?” He asked. “Yes”, we all answered together. “I’m afraid he’s dead.” The doctor replied. Dax looked at Cliff who looked at me. In unison, all that was heard was a tripartite: “Oh…fuck.” To be continued...
Khám phá Karlovy Vary - thành phố xinh đẹp ấn tượng của Séc
Cộng hòa Séc tọa lạc trong khu vực Trung Âu, trước đây, Séc và Slovakia là một nước và được gọi là Tiệp Khắc. Tuy có diện tích khá nhỏ, đây là một đất nước đa tôn giáo và có nhiều cảnh đẹp lý tưởng. Mua vé máy bay đi Séc đến với tại đây và khách tham quan sẽ có cơ hội tìm hiểu thêm nhiều điều thú vị và hấp dẫn chuyến tham quan Cộng hòa Séc, các bạn có thể ghé thăm những lâu đài, các thị trấn thời trung cổ, những di tích cổ truyền, những ngọn núi trùng điệp, các nhà máy tạo ra rượu vang tầm cỡ thế giới, tìm hiểu nền văn hóa rực rỡ và hòa mình vào cuộc sống của người dân nơi đây. https://preview.redd.it/d76zndyjlkm41.jpg?width=730&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=a43b111ff4d356c46fd8fc9d28da5c6a0dbea040 Một trong số những điểm đến hấp dẫn của Cộng hòa Séc là Karlovy Vary - một TP phong phú lâu đời. Tuy không nhiều người biết đến bằng thủ đô Prague, Karlovy Vary cũng thú vị khá đông bạn - những người thích spa và nghỉ dưỡng. Karlovy Vary còn có tên tiếng Đức là Karlbad, được xây dựng vào năm 1358 bởi vua Charles, với mục đích biến nơi này thành một TP trong mơ, là nơi để hoàng hậu, vương triều thỏa sức nghỉ ngơi, tận hưởng những nụ cười xa xỉ nhất. Cho đến nay, Karlovy Vary vẫn là một điểm nghỉ dưỡng hàng đầu châu Âu. Thành phố có 13 suối chính và hơn 300 suối nhỏ, trong đó có nhiều suối nước nóng được quy hoạch thành địa điểm du lịch để đáp ứng hành khách. Mua vé máy bay đi Praha giá rẻ đến với khi đến đây và hành khách sẽ có cơ hội khám phá thêm nhiều điều hấp dẫn và hấp dẫn https://preview.redd.it/hk7oz7rklkm41.jpg?width=730&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=1d9538edff686a9b59f5e25b53fe584e5e81f2e2 Không giống như Prague phồn hoa náo nhiệt, Karrlovy Vary là một nơi rất bình an, khiến hành khách cảm nhận được sự nhẹ nhàng, thư giãn tuyệt đối. Đến đây, hành khách hãy đi chuyến tham quan các công trình mang đậm phong cách kiến trúc Gothic, những ngôi nhà tọa lạc dọc theo thung lũng dưới sườn núi, dạo chơi qua những đoạn đường uốn lượn cong queo đẹp như tranh, ngâm mình và thư giãn trong những dòng suối khoáng nóng tốt cho sức khỏe. Karlovy Vary cũng được gọi là thành phố điện ảnh. Những cung đường lát đá xám, những khu phố nhiều màu sắc từng được sử dụng làm phim trường của nhiều bộ phim và MV. Nếu dạo chơi ở đây, bạn có thể dừng chân tại một quán rượu, nhâm nhi rượu Becherovka với bánh quế thơm ngọt, tìm hiểu thêm về văn hóa ẩm thực của nước này. https://preview.redd.it/0u4h1fellkm41.jpg?width=730&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=057248fb43bdf015241713b85287c07a4e6c4cd9 Đặt vé máy bay đi Karlovy Vary đến với nơi đây và khách du lịch sẽ có cơ hội khám phá thêm nhiều điều thú vị và quyến rũ Các địa danh hấp dẫn Bảo tàng kính MOSER Karlovy Vary là một thành phố có lịch sử hon 150 phát triển thủy tinh, là nguồn cung ứng thủy tinh lớn nhất ở khu vực Đông Âu. Bảo tàng kính Moser là một chi nhánh của công ty kính thủy tinh Moser, được thành lập từ năm 1857. Nơi đây trưng bày hơn 2000 vật phẩm về nghề thủ công làm thủy tinh, hằng ngày đều có các đoàn du khách ghé thăm. Nếu đăng kí tour, khách du lịch có thể được dẫn đi chuyến du lịch và xem quá trình thợ thổi thủy tinh trực tiếp làm việc. Hành khách cũng có thể mua những item này về làm quà tặng gia đình và đồng đội. https://preview.redd.it/onmh84vllkm41.jpg?width=730&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=a39c3eb14fbc5a61b53e4a08a492da4411bc7509 Nhà thờ St. Mary Magdalene Nhà thờ St. Mary Magdalene là một trong những nơi có kiến trúc Baroque quan trọng nhất tại cộng hòa Séc. Nhà thờ được xây dựng vào năm 1937 để đáp ứng cư dân và các bạn theo đạo Công giáo La Mã của thành phố. Hành khách có thể đơn giản nhìn thấy nhà thờ từ xa bởi các ngọn tháp hình củ tỏi tựa như các nhờ thờ của Chính thống giáo Đông Âu. Bên trong nhà thờ có các sản phẩm điêu khắc Baroque Eucharist tinh tế, và một bức tượng của Madonna theo phong cách Gothic, cùng với một số hiện vật tôn giáo cần thiết. Bạn có thể dạo chơi tại nhà thờ nhưng không được chụp ảnh các hiện vật. Mua vé máy bay đi Mỹ khứ hồi tại đại lý Aivivu và khách tham quan sẽ có cơ hội khám phá thêm nhiều điều lôi cuốn https://preview.redd.it/6dvo26kmlkm41.jpg?width=730&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=9b3c44562615e1af5cab2c3796ae660243b031ed Tháp quan sát Diana Tháp quan sát Diana cao hơn hẳn tất cả các công trình khác và được bao quanh bởi rừng cây xanh ngắt tuyệt đẹp. Chiều cao của tháp lên đến 35 m, được xây dựng từ năm 1914, là nơi có tầm nhìn tuyệt vời, giúp khách tham quan có thể ngắm tổng thể TP Karlovy Vary và các khu vực quanh nó. Để đến được Đài quan sát, du khách phải đi bộ khoảng 30 phút qua những đoạn đường mòn kéo dài từ trung tâm thành phố đến chân tháp. Con đường này sẽ dẫn hành khách đến nhiều công trình lịch sử khác của TP. Nếu không muốn đi bộ, khách tham quan có thể đi tàu hỏa leo núi để đến tháp. Tháp có 5 tầng với tổng cộng 150 bậc thang. Đi bộ thì khách tham quan có thể lên đỉnh tháp, còn nếu đi thang máy thì chỉ có thể đến được độ cao 25 m. https://preview.redd.it/rfas9z4nlkm41.jpg?width=730&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=c74b87ca5829ee004aff90ae3732aad4e0ed2c86 Thị trấn Spa Thị trấn Spa là khu vực được nhiều các bạn lựa chọn đến nhất. Ở đây có những cơ sở spa hàng đầu thế giới, lớn nhất trong số đó là Spa Elizabeth Neo-Baroque. Spa Elizabeth Neo-Baroque được xây dựng vào năm 1906 và đặt theo tên của nữ hoàng nước Áo. Spa đẹp nhất trong khu vực này có tên là Grandhotel Pupp, được thành lập vào năm 1781 và nổi tiếng là nơi quay một phần phim ăn khách trong series của điệp viên James Bond -Casino Royale (Sòng bạc hoàng gia). https://preview.redd.it/xejevuknlkm41.jpg?width=730&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=326e0a03a2d4c200113b7102bc8ed33d5e509aef Một spa khác cũng nổi tiếng không kém là Neo-Gothic Spa III, được thành lập vào năm 1867 bên bờ sông Tepla, nơi thường diễn ra các sự kiện văn hóa và hòa nhạc lớn của thành phố. Nếu khách tham quan muốn có một tham quan nghỉ dưỡng sang chảnh, hãy đến khách sạn Hotel Imperial, nằm cao trên khu phố cổ và thường xuyên được bình chọn là một trong những khu nghỉ dưỡng spa tốt nhất tại Cộng hòa Séc. Nhà thờ St. Peter and Paul Được xây dựng từ năm 1898, nhà thờ Chính thống giáo St. Peter and Paul cũng là một địa điểm đáng để ghé thăm khi khách tham quan đi du lịch Karlovy Vary. Nhờ có những mái vòm vàng cao và mái màu xanh đậm nên nhà thờ khá nổi bật giữa TP. Bên trong được bày trí nội thất cổ điển và thanh lịch, nhà thờ cũng có nhiều bức tranh tường biểu hiện những câu chuyện về Thiên chúa giáo và các bức tranh nghệ thuật. https://preview.redd.it/7d00io0plkm41.jpg?width=730&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=572890e021412cebc194ee82c2102a66605d1855 Bảo tàng và phòng triển lãm nghệ thuật Karlovy Vary Nếu khách tham quan muốn tìm hiểu thêm về lịch sử của TP thì đừng bỏ qua Bảo tàng Karlovy Vary. Ở đây có một thư viện với nhiều cuốn sách liên quan đến điều trị bệnh, lịch sử nghệ thuật, bộ sưu tập các bức tranh và bức tượng của các nghệ sĩ hàng đầu Cộng hòa Séc. Đây cũng là nơi thường xuyên diễn ra các buổi hòa nhạc và biểu diễn sân khấu. Lâu đài Loket Lâu đài cổ lộng lẫy tọa lạc trên đồi cao tại một ngôi làng ven sông Ohri, cách trung tâm Karlovy Vary khoảng 13 km. Lâu đài này được thành lập từ thế kỷ 12 và được bảo tồn khá tốt cho đến tận ngày nay. Từ thế kỷ 18 - 20, nơi này từng là nhà tù kìm hãm tù binh trong những bức tường đá dày bất khả xâm phạm. https://preview.redd.it/mo71y6mplkm41.jpg?width=730&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=8b80ced2156795e22c3123f392736f32e3638b43 Ngày nay, người ta thường tổ chức các tham quan cho phép khách du lịch đi vòng quanh tour du lịch bên trong lâu đài để chiêm ngưỡng vẻ đẹp của nội thất, kiến trúc cổ truyền. Nếu đi vào tháng 7, du khách có thể nhập cuộc vào lễ hội opera được tổ chức tại lâu đài này. kinh nghiệm du lịch Karlovy Vary Karlovy Vary đẹp suốt bốn mùa nên bất cứ lúc nào du khách cũng có thể ghé thăm vùng đất này. Từ Việt Nam, hành khách có thể mua vé máy bay của các hãng hàng không như đặt vé vietnam airlines, Air France, qatar airways saigon office, singapore airlines việt nam, Turkish Airlines… đến thủ đô Prague. Rồi từ thủ đô Prague di chuyển bằng ô tô khoảng 130 km để đến Karlovy Vary. Lưu trú hành khách có thể tham khảo một số khách sạn như Prezident Luxury Spa & Wellness Hotel, Spa Resort Sansouci, Quisisana Palace, Retro Riverside Luxury Wellness Resort… Giá phòng dao động từ 1,6 đến 4 triệu đồng/đêm. Đặt phòng trên tripadvisor.com.vn hoặc booking.com. Ẳn uống Karlovy Vary có một nền ẩm thực vô cùng hấp dẫn, có dịp chuyến du lịch đến nơi này, bạn đừng bỏ dở các món ăn như Tatarak - món nhắm bia được người bản xứ yêu thích, xúc xích Klobasa thơm ngon, bánh mỳ hấp nhân mức hoa quả mới lạ, bánh ngọt Kolace ngọt ngào, súp Kulajda thấm vị… Các món ăn ở đây thanh đạm, tinh tế từ cách chế biến cho đến cách trình diễn, vừa ngon vừa thích mắt, là một phần thưởng tuyệt vời dành cho hành khách sau quãng thời gian dạo chơi mỏi mệt. https://preview.redd.it/eqgg17aqlkm41.jpg?width=730&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=0bb77d53959db33d70f3520af9e03754738d70f2 Để tìm hiểu hết một vòng Karlovy Vary, khách tham quan hãy dành ra ít nhất là 5 ngày, nếu có thể, bạn hãy liên hiệp ghé thăm thủ đô Prague, nơi có những công trình kiến trúc hoành tráng và là nơi sản xuất phồn vinh nhất Cộng hòa Séc. Hy vọng những giới thiệu trên đây sẽ giúp du khách có được cái nhìn sơ lược về Karlovy Vary – vùng đất thanh bình và có thêm quyết tâm đến tìm hiểu TP này. Chúc khách tham quan có chuyến đi vui lòng và an toàn. Mua vé máy bay giá rẻ 99k đến với nơi đây và các bạn sẽ có cơ hội khám phá thêm nhiều điều thú vị
Khám phá các điểm đến hấp dẫn tại Karlovy Vary, Séc
Cộng hòa Séc tọa lạc trong khu vực Trung Âu, trước đây, Séc và Slovakia là một nước và được gọi là Tiệp Khắc. Tuy có diện tích khá nhỏ, đây là một đất nước đa tôn giáo và có nhiều cảnh đẹp lý tưởng. Mua vé aeroflot hà nội đến với tại đây và khách tham quan sẽ có cơ hội tìm hiểu thêm nhiều điều lôi cuốn và hấp dẫn https://preview.redd.it/r5aqsj9nny441.jpg?width=730&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=d1114525314b534c67cf8de02c5f0c74f11eba04 Một trong số những điểm đến quyến rũ của Cộng hòa Séc là Karlovy Vary - một TP phú quý lâu đời. Tuy không nhiều người biết đến bằng thủ đô Prague, Karlovy Vary cũng thú vị khá đông bạn - những người thích spa và nghỉ dưỡng. Karlovy Vary còn có tên tiếng Đức là Karlbad, được thành lập vào năm 1358 bởi vua Charles, với mục đích biến nơi này thành một TP trong mơ, là nơi để phi tần, vương triều thỏa sức nghỉ ngơi, tận hưởng những nụ cười xa xỉ nhất. Cho đến nay, Karlovy Vary vẫn là một điểm nghỉ dưỡng hàng đầu châu Âu. Thành phố có 13 suối chính và hơn 300 suối nhỏ, trong đó có nhiều suối nước nóng được quy hoạch thành điểm du lịch để phục vụ hành khách. https://preview.redd.it/54pep8tnny441.jpg?width=730&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=c1a6da2a26818af8532d2b993905f215e39fcf2b Không giống như Prague phồn hoa náo nhiệt, Karrlovy Vary là một nơi rất bình yên, khiến khách du lịch cảm nhận được sự nhẹ nhàng, thư giãn tuyệt đối. Đến đây, khách tham quan hãy đi tour du lịch các công trình mang đậm đẳng cấp kiến trúc Gothic, những ngôi nhà nằm dọc theo thung lũng dưới sườn núi, dạo chơi qua những con đường uốn lượn cong vắt đẹp như tranh, ngâm mình và thư giãn trong những dòng suối khoáng nóng tốt cho sức khỏe. Karlovy Vary cũng được gọi là TP điện ảnh. Những cung đường lát đá xám, những khu phố nhiều màu sắc từng được sử dụng làm phim trường của nhiều bộ phim và MV. Nếu dạo chơi ở đây, các bạn có thể dừng chân tại một quán rượu, nhâm nhi rượu Becherovka với bánh quế thơm ngọt, khám phá thêm về văn hóa ẩm thực của nước này. https://preview.redd.it/gpidvf7wny441.jpg?width=730&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=a63c5b198aee8c0054548b537a20217ba7138c25 Các địa danh hấp dẫnBảo tàng kính MOSER Karlovy Vary là một thành phố có lịch sử hon 150 phát hành thủy tinh, là nguồn cung cấp thủy tinh lớn nhất ở khu vực Đông Âu. Bảo tàng kính Moser là một chi nhánh của công ty kính thủy tinh Moser, được xây dựng từ năm 1857. Tại đây trưng bày hơn 2000 vật phẩm về nghề thủ công làm thủy tinh, hằng ngày đều có các đoàn bạn ghé thăm. Nếu đăng kí tour, hành khách có thể được dẫn đi tham quan và xem quá trình thợ thổi thủy tinh trực tiếp làm việc. Bạn cũng có thể mua những cống phẩm này về làm quà tặng gia đình và đồng đội. https://preview.redd.it/th26n7vwny441.jpg?width=730&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=878f7c4b134ace6ec68d97e7b5ede9778f9aaa2c Nhà thờ St. Mary Magdalene Nhà thờ St. Mary Magdalene là một trong những nơi có kiến trúc Baroque cần thiết nhất tại cộng hòa Séc. Nhà thờ được thành lập vào năm 1937 để phục vụ cư dân và bạn theo đạo Công giáo La Mã của TP. Các bạn có thể đơn giản nhìn thấy nhà thờ từ xa bởi các ngọn tháp hình củ tỏi tựa như các nhờ thờ của Chính thống giáo Đông Âu. Bên trong nhà thờ có các tác phẩm điêu khắc Baroque Eucharist tinh tế, và một bức tượng của Madonna theo đẳng cấp Gothic, cùng với một số hiện vật tôn giáo quan trọng. Hành khách có thể dạo chơi tại nhà thờ nhưng không được chụp ảnh các hiện vật. Mua săn vé máy bay tháng 11 đến với khi đến đây và du khách sẽ có cơ hội tìm hiểu thêm nhiều điều thú vị https://preview.redd.it/7baai0ixny441.jpg?width=730&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=f29ace882cf57f9862c4e5b192d0f72dc0adc5e8 Tháp quan sát Diana Tháp quan sát Diana cao hơn hẳn tất cả các công trình khác và được bao bọc bởi rừng cây cỏ ngắt tuyệt đẹp. Chiều cao của tháp lên đến 35 m, được xây dựng từ năm 1914, là nơi có tầm nhìn hoàn hảo, giúp bạn có thể ngắm toàn thể TP Karlovy Vary và các khu vực quanh nó. Để đến được Đài quan sát, bạn phải đi bộ khoảng 30 phút qua những đoạn đường mòn kéo dài từ trung tâm thành phố đến chân tháp. Con đường này sẽ dẫn khách du lịch đến nhiều công trình lịch sử khác của thành phố. Nếu không muốn đi bộ, các bạn có thể đi tàu hỏa leo núi để đến tháp. Tháp có 5 tầng với tổng cộng 150 bậc thang. Đi bộ thì du khách có thể lên đỉnh tháp, còn nếu đi thang máy thì chỉ có thể đến được độ cao 25 m. https://preview.redd.it/t0n5p5yxny441.jpg?width=730&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=79c6d09ea67771f7a9a65ab38e7f1bb71123a0b1 Đặt bảng giá vé máy bay đi Nga đến với xứ Bạch Dương và khách du lịch sẽ có cơ hội tìm hiểu thêm nhiều điều thú vị và quyến rũ Thị trấn Spa Thị trấn Spa là khu vực được nhiều bạn lựa chọn đến nhất. Ở đây có những cơ sở spa hàng đầu toàn cầu, lớn nhất trong số đó là Spa Elizabeth Neo-Baroque. Spa Elizabeth Neo-Baroque được thành lập vào năm 1906 và đặt theo tên của nữ hoàng nước Áo. Spa đẹp nhất trong khu vực này có tên là Grandhotel Pupp, được xây dựng vào năm 1781 và nổi tiếng là nơi quay một phần phim ăn khách trong series của điệp viên James Bond -Casino Royale (Sòng bạc hoàng gia). https://preview.redd.it/3fdjstjyny441.jpg?width=730&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=b6806ec33c309a2f3496b3bebf451174bf05838c Một spa khác cũng nhiều người biết đến không kém là Neo-Gothic Spa III, được thành lập vào năm 1867 bên bờ sông Tepla, nơi thường diễn ra các sự kiện văn hóa và hòa nhạc lớn của TP. Nếu khách du lịch muốn có một du lịch nghỉ dưỡng sang chảnh, hãy đến khách sạn Hotel Imperial, tọa lạc cao trên khu phố cổ và thường xuyên được đánh giá là một trong những khu nghỉ dưỡng spa tốt nhất tại Cộng hòa Séc. Nhà thờ St. Peter and Paul Được thành lập từ năm 1898, nhà thờ Chính thống giáo St. Peter and Paul cũng là một điểm đến đáng để ghé thăm khi bạn đi du lịch Karlovy Vary. Nhờ có những mái vòm vàng cao và mái màu xanh đậm nên nhà thờ khá nổi bật giữa thành phố. Bên trong được bày trí nội thất cổ đại và sang trọng, nhà thờ cũng có nhiều bức tranh tường bộc lộ những câu chuyện về Thiên chúa giáo và các bức tranh nghệ thuật. https://preview.redd.it/iq0ne96zny441.jpg?width=730&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=2b9280dac4f345159806b809e6e1acab6a09f691 Đặt mua vé máy bay đi Mỹ bao nhiêu đến với khi đến đây và du khách sẽ có cơ hội tìm hiểu thêm nhiều điều thu hút và quyến rũ Bảo tàng và phòng triển lãm nghệ thuật Karlovy Vary Nếu khách tham quan muốn khám phá thêm về lịch sử của TP thì đừng bỏ lỡ Bảo tàng Karlovy Vary. Ở đây có một thư viện với nhiều cuốn sách liên quan đến điều trị bệnh, lịch sử nghệ thuật, bộ sưu tập các bức tranh và bức tượng của các nghệ sĩ hàng đầu Cộng hòa Séc. Đây cũng là nơi thường xuyên diễn ra các buổi hòa nhạc và biểu diễn sân khấu. Lâu đài Loket Lâu đài cổ lộng lẫy tọa lạc trên đồi cao tại một ngôi làng ven sông Ohri, cách trung tâm Karlovy Vary khoảng 13 km. Lâu đài này được thành lập từ thế kỷ 12 và được bảo tồn khá tốt cho đến tận ngày nay. Từ thế kỷ 18 - 20, nơi này từng là nhà tù giam cầm tù binh trong những bức tường đá dày bất khả xâm phạm. Ngày nay, người ta thường tổ chức các du lịch cho phép khách du lịch đi vòng quanh chuyến tham quan bên trong lâu đài để chiêm ngưỡng vẻ đẹp của nội thất, kiến trúc cổ truyền. Nếu đi vào tháng 7, khách tham quan có thể tham gia vào lễ hội opera được tổ chức tại lâu đài này. https://preview.redd.it/6o4bywozny441.jpg?width=730&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=acf9dea83866d606d589e197cd8acd058afa28d9 kinh nghiệm du lịch Karlovy Vary Karlovy Vary đẹp suốt bốn mùa nên bất cứ lúc nào du khách cũng có thể ghé thăm vùng đất này. Từ VN, bạn có thể mua vé máy bay của các hãng hàng không như ve may bay Vietnam Airline, Air France, qatar airways, singapore airlines vietnam, Turkish Airlines… đến thủ đô Prague. Rồi từ thủ đô Prague di chuyển bằng ô tô khoảng 130 km để đến Karlovy Vary. hướng dẫn Mua thêm hành lý vietjet tại sân bayLưu trú bạn có thể tham khảo một số khách sạn như Prezident Luxury Spa & Wellness Hotel, Spa Resort Sansouci, Quisisana Palace, Retro Riverside Luxury Wellness Resort… Giá phòng dao động từ 1,6 đến 4 triệu đồng/đêm. Đặt phòng trên tripadvisor.com.vn hoặc booking.com. 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35 unexpected places the Berlin Wall ended up around the world
The Hilton Anatole in Dallas, Texas, has two sections of the Berlin Wall in its Trinity Corridor.
This portion of the Berlin Wall, located in front of St. George's Cathedral in Cape Town, South Africa, was given to former South African President Nelson Mandela in the 1990s.
Children play in a park in Torrejon de Ardoz, Spain, where a section of the Berlin Wall resides.
This colorful portion of the Berlin Wall resides at The Wende Museum and Archive of the Cold War in Culver City, California. It was painted by French-born and Berlin-based artist Thierry Noir.
The French municipality of Courbevoie bought this piece of the Berlin Wall back in 1990. It sits on display in the La Defense business district and includes a painting by famed German artist Kiddy Citny.
The Blloku district of Tirana, Albania, unveiled this portion of the Berlin Wall as part of a memorial to honor victims of communism in the country.
In addition, a segment of the wall resides outside the Imperial War Museum, in London, England.
The Royal Engineers Museum, in Gillingham, England, also holds a portion of the Berlin Wall.
Sections of the Berlin Wall stand as historical remnants in the Cold War exhibition of the Royal Air Force Museum, located in the village of Cosford, England.
A three-ton portion of the Berlin Wall is on permanent display at the Armory in Seattle, Washington.
Chapman University, located in Orange, California, has one of the largest displays of the Berlin Wall on a university campus. The section of the wall is surrounded by an Abraham Lincoln quote which says, "A house divided against itself cannot stand."
Plaza Berlin was built in coordination with the German Embassy of Guatemala and the Municipality of Guatemala in Guatemala City. The large space holds three sections of the Berlin Wall, a fountain made with Venetian mosaics brought by German residents in the country, and stunning panoramic views of the city.
Ten segments of the Berlin Wall are on display outside of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) in Los Angeles, California. The structure weights 25 tons.
The European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium, also contains original pieces of the Berlin Wall.
Here, a chunk of the Berlin Wall can be seen through lush trees in Yokohama, a Japanese city that sits south of Tokyo.
This 12-foot-tall portion of the Berlin Wall is on display at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library in Yorba Linda, California. It is covered with red, white, and blue graffiti on the side that faced democratic West Berlin while the side facing East Berlin remains unpainted.
In this photo, schoolchildren can be seen walking near a piece of the Berlin Wall that sits on display in Battery Park in New York City.
When visiting the Vatican Gardens of Vatican City, you'll come across a slab of the Berlin Wall that was allegedly won by former Ferrari motor sport director Marco Piccinini during an auction in 1990. He gifted it to the Vatican in 1994.
In 1990, the Museum Haus am Checkpoint Charlie (Checkpoint Charlie Museum) in Berlin presented this segment of the wall to the Andrei Sakharov Museum and Public Center in Moscow, Russia. It was decorated by artists and rises above the lawn near the museum building today.
Local artists will often paint portions of the wall. Here, Victor Landeta, a street artists, spray paints a portrait of Nelson Mandela on a segment of the Berlin Wall in Kleinmachnow, Germany.
Oddly enough, a section of the Berlin Wall was installed into the men's restroom of the Main Street station Casino, Brewery and Hotel, in Las Vegas, Nevada. The wall is protected by glass and can be observed by female visitors with the help of the area's security guards.
There's another segment of the wall in Buenos Aires at the garden of San Martin palace, the headquarters of Argentina's Foreign Ministry.
In 1991, Perfil Group, an Argentinian news company based in Buenos Aires, bought 20 segments of the Berlin Wall. The segments represent symbols of freedom to the company and stand protected behind a sheet of glass in the company's lobby.
A piece of the Berlin Wall resides in Ein Hod, Israel. Ein Hod was founded in 1953 by a group of artists and remains an art-centered community where around 150 artists and their families reside.
This portion of the Berlin Wall traveled from Hamburg to Miami Dade College's Wolfs Campus in Miami, Florida, last year. On the day of its unveiling, around 1,500 people gathered at the campus with German flags to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the fall of the wall.
If you happen to be at Chicago's Western Brown Line L Station, located in the Lincoln Square neighborhood, look out for an 11-foot-tall and 4-foot-wide portion of the Berlin Wall. The piece was given to the city by the Senate and City of Berlin as a commemorative relic.
This piece of the Berlin Wall has been on display at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum in Simi Valley, California, since 1990.
These four pieces of the Berlin Wall stand in Indonesian sculptor Teguh Ostenrik's workshop, located in Depok, Indonesia. Ostenrik brought the four original sections to Indonesia in 1990.
The Newseum, an interactive museum of news and journalism in Washington, D.C., houses eight 12-foot-high concrete sections of the Berlin Wall. Next to them, you'll find a three-story East German guard tower that used to be located near Checkpoint Charlie.
In 2004, the Seoul Metropolitan Government announced the creation of an open plaza area in Seoul, South Korea, that would be known as Berlin Square. With three segments of the Berlin Wall, street lights from Berlin, benches, and German trees, the Plaza has been built to stand as a symbol of hope for the reunification of North and South Korea.
This 12-foot section of the Berlin Wall was given to Olympic champion Usain Bolt by the city of Berlin after he broke the world records in the 100 and 200 meter finals of the World Athletics Championships in 200229. The gift sits at the Jamaica Military Museum and Library in Kingston.
"The Day the Wall Came Down" is a statue in the George H.W. Bush Library, in College Station, Texas. The statue depicts horses bolting for freedom over six broken segments of the Berlin Wall.
Three segments of the Berlin Wall were gifted to the United Nations Headquarters in New York City by the Federal Republic of Germany. The illustration displays a boy and a girl meeting over the wall.
Over the years, segments of the Berlin Wall have been gifted and sold to countries around the world. Here, portions of the Wall are up for sale at a storage yard in Teltow, Germany.
The East Side Gallery is approximately a one-mile portion of the Berlin Wall in Berlin, Germany. The gallery is filled with symbolic artwork, like this one of a car breaking through the wall.
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I figured we could make a thread on what everyone is paying for what. Maybe if we could follow a format: Hotel | Days | Avg per night (incl tax, resort fees) | Room Type | Number of People | Comments I'll start... Luxor | Thur-Tue | $252.60 | Pyramid Suite - 2 Queen Beds | 4 | The price online with taxes and resort fees is $299, but if you call them up you can get them to waive the extra person fees for the third and fourth person. Adding the resort fees from another thread... Please include these in your per night price! Hotels in Las Vegas that DO NOT have resort fees: · Bally's · Bill's · Caesars Palace · Casino Royale · The Cosmopolitan · The California · El Cortez · Elara · The Flamingo · Golden Gate · Golden Nugget · Harrah's · Imperial Palace · LVH · M Resort · Main Street Station · Planet Hollywood · The Platinum Hotel and Spa · Rio Las Vegas · South Point * added - Paris, pretty sure no fees(correct me if I'm wrong) Hotels that DO CHARGE Resort Fees (Hidden fee charged per day+tax that they do not tell you about in advance): · ARIA:$25 · ARTISAN BOUTIQUE HOTEL: $9.95 · BELLAGIO: $25 · CIRCUS, CIRCUS: $8.95 · ENCORE LAS VEGAS:$25 · EXCALIBUR LAS VEGAS:$15 · FOUR SEASONS AT MANDALAY BAY: $20 · GREEN VALLEY RANCH: $24.99 · HARD ROCK LAS VEGAS: $24.64 · HOOTERS: $9.95 · LUXOR: $18 · MANDALAY BAY: $25. · MANDARIN ORIENTAL: $24 · MGM GRAND: $25 · MIRAGE: $25. · MONTE CARLO: $20. · NEW YORK, NEW YORK: $18. · PALACE STATION: $14.99 · PALAZZO: $20 · PALMS PLACE: $15 · PLAZA: $10 · RAVELLA: $22 · RED ROCK: $24.99 · RIVIERA: $11 · RUMOR RESORT: $11.99 · THE SIGNATURE AT MGM GRAND: $25 · SILVERTON: $7.50 · STRATOSPHERE: $7.50 · THEhotel AT MANDALAY BAY: $25 · THE PALMS: $20 · TUSCANY SUITES: $14 · TREASURE ISLAND: $25 · TROPICANA:$19.99 · TRUMP:$25 · VDARA: $25 · VENETIAN LAS VEGAS: $20 · WESTIN CASUARINA: $11.50 · WYNN LAS VEGAS: $25
Visiting 28th-1st... Are we doing it right? Can you help us do it better!?
My lovely girlfriend and I will be visiting May 28th through the 1st. Below are some ideas we got from this subreddit (THANK YOU!!) I think we got a lot covered but I'm sure there's even more. Any suggestions would be totally appreciated! But first.. a bit of info about us. Its going to be random.. Sorry.. But thanks all at the same time: We are in our early 20s (old enough to drink). We like to drink. We are Ent friendly. We like to eat (DUH). Not really interested in going to 'clubs'. Free is always good. Cheap is nice too but that doesn't mean we wont indulge in some fine dining or a nice show (We already have tickets to BMG and Vegas The Show). Walking isn't a problem (We will get a bus/Monorailpass). The lady will probably wanna 'shop'. Not really my thing. That is all I can think of right now. Ok so here's our list: Free:
Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Gardens (Find this amazing treat beyond the Bellagio lobby. A 13,573 sq. ft. indoor garden extravaganza. It's ever-changing natural display has five themes per year: Christmas, Chinese New Year, Spring, Summer and Fall. Open 24hrs. daily (702) - 693-7111)
Fall of Atlantis @ Caesars Palace (The gods unleash their wrath in this animatronic extravaganza of epic proportions. Fire, water,smoke and special effects tell the tale of Atlas, Gadrius and Alia, who struggle to rule the legendary undersea city. Surrounded by a 50,000-gallon saltwater aquarium, the mythical sunken continent rises and falls before your eyes. Shows are daily on the hour beginning at 10am till 11pm)
Festival Fountain @ Caesars Palace (Experience the morning sun and evening stars in a sky that changes from day to night and back again. Then see Bacchus, Venus, Apollo, and Plutus regale visitors with a magnificent sound, light, and laser show daily. Shows are daily on the hour beginning at 10am till 11pm)
The Aquarium @ Caesars Palace (The Atlantis Aquarium is a 50,000-gallon, saltwater tank shaped like a horseshoe located at the north end of Caesars Palace's Forum Shops. This thank houses more than 500 colorful tropical fish, including zebra sharks and cow nose rays. Visit at 1:15pm or 5:15pm to watch the aquarists feed the fish during dive. You may even want to take a below-the-scenes guided tour of the support facilities (Monday - Friday at 3:15pm))
$1,000,000 pyramid @ Binions (If you ever wonder what One Million dollars looks like? Head over to Binion's Gambling Hall & Hotel and find out!. Binion's has $1 million on display. Structured in a pyramid design of acrylic glass boxes filled with cash. The $1 million is displayed in the Binion's casino near the Club Binion's Booth)
Free Hoover Dam tour and Buffet (Free sightseeing Day tour. You will experience/see Hoover Dam (includes a 20 min photo stop), a view of Lake Mead, Historic Boulder City, Ethel M Chocolate factory tour, Wayne Newton's Ranch and stop at Primm Valley Resort (for your free buffet and access to a large discount outlet shopping mall). The tour lasts 9-10 hours and operates Monday, Tuesday, Wednesdays and Friday. Hotel pick up times start at 7AM. Call 702-384-7725 (24 hours daily) for reservations and pick up locations and times. Make your tour reservations at least 1 day in advance. This tour uses a fully air-conditioned 57 passenger bus with restrooms included.)
Lee's Discount Liquor (I will be bringing two bottles on the plane as legally allowed but I figured it would be a good idea to locate a liquor store to save money if we run out. The hotels prices are toodamnhigh.jpg)
So my gf and I are planning to go to Vegas during the Thanksgiving break for3 nights: Nov 22nd (Thursday) - Nov 25 (Sunday) We're overwhelmed with the hotel options we have found. Looking around I see that we'll have to spend around 70 dollars per night each (at a decent, but not luxurious hotel). However, there seem to be a lot of options within that price range (Circus Circus, Imperial Palace, etc.) I would really appreciate if any of you guys could help us narrow down a list of what hotels within that price range to avoid and which ones to consider. From what Ive read it's preferable to stay in the middle of the strip, so that would definitely be a plus. Also, it's our first time in Vegas and we just want to do the basics: walk around the strip, check out the hotels/casinos, perhaps a show one night, eat at non-expensive places, etc. Thanks in advance! EDIT: So it seems like MGM Grand might be my best option. Looking on their site it seems like 3 nights will come out to be around $442 (includes: a 75 dollar fee [15 per day] + 20 dollar early-check in fee). Does this sound good for MGM Grand, or should I consider another hotel? Are there ways to get pass the daily fees/early check in fees? Thanks once again!
Almost time to book rooms for EDC 2013. Here's a list of hotels with and without resort fees - hidden fees charged each day +tax
Update the list if needed. Hotels in Las Vegas that DO NOT have resort fees: · Bally's · Bill's · Caesars Palace · Casino Royale · The Cosmopolitan · The California · El Cortez · Elara · The Flamingo · Golden Gate · Golden Nugget · Harrah's · Imperial Palace · LVH · M Resort · Main Street Station · Planet Hollywood · The Platinum Hotel and Spa · Rio Las Vegas · South Point * added - Paris, pretty sure no fees(correct me if I'm wrong) Hotels that DO CHARGE Resort Fees (Hidden fee charged per day+tax that they do not tell you about in advance): · ARIA:$25 · ARTISAN BOUTIQUE HOTEL: $9.95 · BELLAGIO: $25 · CIRCUS, CIRCUS: $8.95 · ENCORE LAS VEGAS:$25 · EXCALIBUR LAS VEGAS:$15 · FOUR SEASONS AT MANDALAY BAY: $20 · GREEN VALLEY RANCH: $24.99 · HARD ROCK LAS VEGAS: $24.64 · HOOTERS: $9.95 · LUXOR: $18 · MANDALAY BAY: $25. · MANDARIN ORIENTAL: $24 · MGM GRAND: $25 · MIRAGE: $25. · MONTE CARLO: $20. · NEW YORK, NEW YORK: $18. · PALACE STATION: $14.99 · PALAZZO: $20 · PALMS PLACE: $15 · PLAZA: $10 · RAVELLA: $22 · RED ROCK: $24.99 · RIVIERA: $11 · RUMOR RESORT: $11.99 · THE SIGNATURE AT MGM GRAND: $25 · SILVERTON: $7.50 · STRATOSPHERE: $7.50 · THEhotel AT MANDALAY BAY: $25 · THE PALMS: $20 · TUSCANY SUITES: $14 · TREASURE ISLAND: $25 · TROPICANA:$19.99 · TRUMP:$25 · VDARA: $25 · VENETIAN LAS VEGAS: $20 · WESTIN CASUARINA: $11.50 · WYNN LAS VEGAS: $25
I would like to sell $52.62 Euro. The current exchange rate is $58.42 USD. I also have $90 in casino chips from Imperial Palace. The hotel was renamed to Linq, but you can still use the chips there or at any Caesar's property. Yeah, I could just wait until I go back to Europe and Vegas, but I need spendable cash now! If you're in the city core, i.e. downtown, first/capitol/queen anne hill, etc., I can come to you. Thanks!
A couple of months ago my dad was getting up for work one morning, felt dizzy and fell down the stairs. He's not a person that goes to the doctor unless something is really wrong so he went and they ran a bunch of tests and determined that it was probably just a combination of him being really tired and his blood pressure being low. A week later his knee started to swell up (he had hit it on his fall down the stairs). Went in for more testing and found he had an aneurysm in his leg that they c [...]
Chocolate chip cookies! In 1930, Ruth Wakefield, the runner of Toll House Inn in between Boston and New Bedford, was making a batch of chocolate cookies and ran out of baker's chocolate. She decided to just grab a slab of semi sweet chocolate, break it into pieces and mix it into the dough, hoping it would melt into the mixture while it baked. Welp, she was surprised when the cookied were done but the pieces of chocolate stayed in place. She served them anyway!
Penicillin: "Fleming recounted that the date of his discovery of penicillin was on the morning of Friday, September 28, 1928. It was a fortuitous accident: in his laboratory in the basement of St. Mary's Hospital in London (now part of Imperial College), Fleming noticed a Petri dish containing Staphylococcus plate culture he mistakenly left open, was contaminated by blue-green mould, which formed a visible growth. There was a halo of inhibited bacterial growth around the mould. Fleming con [...]
Some older kid in school told me and my friends that the goop in the corner of your eyes is called "cum squirt". We all believed it and thus began some of the most awkward conversations I've had with my parents.
When I was about 6 years old my brother told me that the littlest grape in the bunch was poisonous. Problem was sometimes I could not find the smallest one because they were all around the same size... so many grapes wasted...
When I was 5 years old I got a Lego set that I was really excited about it and showed it to my uncle. He looks at it and says it for ages 9 and up and I had to give it back or he would call the Lego police on me. For weeks after that I was paranoid that the Lego police were going to break down my door and haul me off.
Pretty much because of all those stupid movies. It was nothing like you see in film. It was extremely dirty, a huge grate prevented me from going anywhere after a couple of meters and the thing almost collapsed because they aren't built for the load of a human child.
I work in HVAC. Sometimes it is needed, so I do it. Let's just say the inside. Isn't at all shiny and clean like the movies. Not is it all smooth, screws poking in, and pins to hold internal fibreglass insulation poking through also.
Just admit it when you fucked something up. Nothing wastes more time than cover ups and excuses. I can deal with an honest mistake, but I can't stand going on a scavenger hunt just to find out that someone has been covering their ass.
Not the worst but I was checking out a man who gambled away his entire life's savings, kids college fund amongst other things. I'll never forget what he said to me: "The only thing I have of value now is this plane ticket home, and I'm afraid to go back." I really didn't know what else to say so I blurted out "Well, have a nice flight!"
People are crazy. We have a bit of a chillax/lounging room on the second floor. TVs, bean bags, gaming consoles and stuff like that. More aimed towards the teenagers. We also have a large pool table right in the centre of it. One late night, we had to forcibly remove a guy for his behaviour. Blind drunk, naked and laying on top of the pool table, throwing the pool balls (dunno what they're called, sorry) and trying to shove his dick in the holes. Good fun.
This is more of a funny story than crazy. I was working as a security guard a Louis Vuitton in the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace. One day this nice old lady comes up and she's eating a cheeseburger, so I kindly tell her that there's no food allowed in the store. She smiled at me and said "No worries." She proceeded to finish her cheeseburger in front of the store and chatting with these two huge dude in leather jackets she was hanging out with. The Louis Vuitton manager at that point runs over [...]
Set in an exceptional location in the heart of Annecy, the Imperial Palace, four-star hotel, offers an incredible view over Lake Annecy. Upon arrival, its magnificent Edwardian frontage welcomes you in an enchanting setting: a wooded park between lake and mountains… located a few steps from the city centre of the "little Venice of the Alps", in Haute-Savoie, and only 30 min away from Geneva ... Imperial Palace casino owner and Las Vegas Motor Speedway co-developer Ralph Engelstad, 72, died of cancer Tuesday night at his Las Vegas home. A successful businessman and a philanthropist, Engelstad was one of the nation's few remaining independent casino owners. His death throws into question the long-term future of the 2,700-room Las Vegas Imperial Palace, a centrally located property near ... Découvrez L'Impérial Palace, hôtel 4 étoiles au bord du Lac d'Annecy, avec Spa, Restaurants, Casino et Centre de Congrès. Nous vous accueillons dans un lieu enchanteur avec de nombreuses animations. Imperial Palace Hotel & Casino property details section: This casino is found in Las Vegas, Nevada. Imperial Palace Hotel & Casino features 1700 gaming machines and 46 table games for you to indulge in. World Casino Directory also books hotel rooms in the major casino resorts in Las Vegas. You'll also find photos of Imperial Palace Hotel & Casino or read recent headlines about Imperial Palace ... Dieses Hotel mit 5 Sternen im luxuriösen Stil bietet Ihnen einen angenehmen Aufenthalt in Sonnenstrand. Freuen Sie sich auf kostenloses WLAN, einen Innenpool und 3 Restaurants. Einige beliebte Sehenswürdigkeiten – Sonnenstrand und Aqua Paradise – befinden sich in der Nähe. Entdecken Sie echte Gästebewertungen für Imperial Palace Hotel sowie aktuelle Preise und Verfügbarkeit – jetzt ... Die Mindesteinsätze liegen bei 5 $ für Black Jack, sogar am Abend kann man noch für diesen Einsatz sein Spiel machen.Der Eingang zum Casino ähnelt dem einer Garage, das Casino selbst ist aber relativ groß und bietet alle gängigen Tisch und Automatenspiele an. Für den Vegas Besucher der es nicht so chic braucht ist das Imperial Palace Casino eine gute Alternative. … Imperial Palace changed to The Quad before the end of 2012. Of course, that doesn't stop them from *still* listing it as being there now despite repeatedly being told of its closure. This is currently The Linq so don't bother looking for the old Imperial Palace. It now exists only in our memories. … The hotel and casino were owned by Imperial Palace LLC until purchased by the current owner, Harrah's Imperial Palace Corporation a subsidiary of Harrah's Entertainment. From 1959 to 1979 the Imperial Palace Las Vegas was called the Flamingo Capri. In 1979, it was renamed to the Asian-themed Imperial Palace by new owner Ralph Engelstad. The cheapest way to get from Akabanebashi to Imperial Palace Hotel and Casino costs only $625, and the quickest way takes just 15¼ hours. Find the travel option that best suits you. Imperial Palace was an Asian-themed hotel and casino located left of the Flamingo on the Las Vegas Strip in Paradise, Nevada. It operated from 1979 to 2011 and was owned by Harrah's Entertainment (now Caesars Entertainment). The hotel is currently known as the Linq. Flamingo Capri, the motel...
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