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    Camelopard wishes you a comfortable stay in your Athens New York hotel. Seasoned travellers will become acquainted with the famous hotels in their destinations. The Hotel Lisboa and its famous casino in Macau, the Grand Hyatt Macau, the Excelsior Hotel in Hong Kong near the famous noonday gun, the New Stanley Hotel in Nairobi, the Fasano Hotel e Restaurante Rio in Rio de Janeiro, the Polana Hotel in Maputo and the Grand Coloane Beach Resort in Macau. are some of the world's most famous hotels.

    Attractions and Sights/Places to See in New York State

    Thousand Islands on the Saint Lawrence River; the Finger Lakes; Niagara Falls, the honeymoon destination on the border with Canada; beautiful Lake Placid, famous for its winter and summer sports; Lake George; the many attractions of New York city, including the Chrysler and Empire State Buildings, the Statue of Liberty and the ancient Cleopatra's Needle; Cooperstown, the birthplace of James Fenimore Cooper (author of the 1826 novel The Last of the Mohicans, a great adventure story and absolutely modern in its anti-racist sentiments), as well as being the home of the Farmer's Museum (where you can see the Cardiff Giant) and the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum; the state capital at Albany; the Darwin D Martin House Complex in Buffalo, a prairie house design by Frank LLoyd Wright; and the George Eastman House and International Museum of Photography and Film in Rochester, are among the attractions of New York State.

    Scary Stories, Myths, Folklore, Ghosts, Legends and Monsters in New York State

    The literary ghosts, including Dorothy Parker, of New York City's Algonquin Hotel; the dwerg (dwarf) of John Coleman, a seaman with Hendrik Hudson (did Coleman not recover from his encounter with the Catskill gnomes and so remained a dwarf?), who still haunts the area near Donderberg (Thunder Mountain) on the Hudson River; Champ, the famous monster of Lake Champlain on the northeastern border of the state; the Catskill Witch who, according to Native American folklore, commanded the weather from Top Mountain and Round Top before playing tricks on anyone who ventured into her domain, once called Ontiora or Mountains of the Sky; the skeletal Rambout Van Dam who rows the Tappan Zee; the ghosts of the Dakota Apartments (used in exterior shots in Rosemary's Baby) in New York City, including an Edwardian little girl, a little boy dressed in clothes of the same period, a young man, a crying woman, Edward Clark (who had the Dakota built) and, it is said, former Beatle John Lennon; and the Montauk monster, an unidentified carcass (but thought by some to be a bald raccoon), are among the true ghost stories, myths and legends of New York State.

    The celebrity ghosts of New York City's Chelsea Hotel (itself immortalised in song by Leonard Cohen), which allegedly include Sid Vicious, Dylan Thomas, Thomas Wolfe and Eugene O'Neill; the pirate treasure, possibly Captain Kidd's, buried on New York harbour's Liberty Island but protected by a fire breathing devil; the Devil's Dance Chamber to the west of the Hudson River, where native Americans performed their divinatory dance rituals until the Manitou manifested himself as a wild animal; the ghosts of Sleepy Hollow (a real village popularly known by that name before it officially became so in 1996), where Washington Irving is buried and which really is haunted, especially around Raven Rock, by a wailing lady in white, the witch Mother Hulda and by a spectral horseman (not headless and usually heard but not seen); the giant serpent of Silver Lake, near Gainesville; the finger marks of the Great Spirit, according to the Iroquois, as seen in the Finger Lakes to the west of Syracuse; and the Cardiff Giant, an allegedly petrified man now on display in the Farmer's Museum, Cooperstown, are other legendary tales of ghosts and haunted places in New York State.

    Alligators in the sewers of New York City, said to be the descendants of baby alligators flushed down toilets; the metal-working Catskill gnomes (originally of Mohican (Mahican) legend but possibly embellished since), pygmies with piggy eyes, long beards and enormous heads (melonheads?), whose games of nine-pins every twenty years cause thunder and flashes of light (September 3rd 2029 should be the date of their next tournament and, for the brave, the mountain behind the now demolished New Grand Hotel was said to be a good place to look but beware, Hendrik Hudson's crew were temporarily turned into gnomes after drinking their liquor and Rip van Winkle met the gnomes with famous results); the ghost ship Adventure Galley, commanded by Captain Kidd, seen near Bear Mountain Bridge; the witches of Native American legend who may still dwell in the glacial Green Lakes; the Devil's Stepping Stones in Long Island Sound, used by Satan to escape from Native American warriors; the ghost ship The Flying Dutchman, usually associated with the Cape of Good Hope but which is said by some to appear at Tappan Zee on the Hudson River (I suspect that it is really Captain Kidd's ship the Adventure Galley); the incredible twenty-two ghosts haunting the house at 14 West 10th Street in Manhattan, which include Mark Twain (Samuel Langhorne Clemens); and events in the Long Island house dramatised in the film The Amityville Horror (please do not linger as it is a private residence), are more weird folklore associated with New York State.



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    America has some of the best facilities for travellers in the world. Being familiar with the USA is as important in the modern Grand Tour as familiarity with Europe. Minneapolis, Fort Lauderdale, Kansas City, Dallas, Fairbanks, Detroit, Anchorage, St Louis, Philadelphia, Albuquerque, Lake Tahoe, Sitka, San Diego, Savannah, Miami, San Francisco, Phoenix, Las Vegas, Seattle, Atlanta, Salt Lake City, Corpus Christi, Indianapolis, Washington DC, Atlantic City, Skagway, Los Angeles, Juneau, Honolulu, Boston, New Orleans, Sacramento, New York, Houston, Santa Fe and Chicago are among the most famous cities in the USA. Other American mainland sites that should not be missed if a visitor to America, or an American for that matter, is to be regarded as well travelled, include Marvellous scenery and sea life in Kenai Fjords National Park, the Everglades, rodeos, the wild west town of Tombstone, Niagara Falls, Yellowstone National Park, Hawaiian volcanoes such as Mauna Loa, the Ozarks, Bryce Canyon, Mount Rainier National Park, the Grand Canyon, the Disney resorts, the plantations and bayous of the Mississippi Delta, the beach at Waikiki in Hawaii, Native American nations such as the Navajo and the Hopi, the Adirondacks, the California coastline, the Arctic wilderness of Alaska, Route 66, the Appalachians, Mount McKinley and fabulous wildlife in Denali National Park, Glacier Bay National Park, the Florida Keys, Yosemite National Park, the Okefenokee Swamp and Mount Rushmore.

    The United States of America are so enormous that even most Americans cannot "know" all of their own country. Even visiting every state would be a major undertaking. It is possible, however, to visit the iconic places known all over the world, especially through Hollywood movies. Happy travelling!

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