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    Camelopard wishes you a comfortable stay in your Cold Spring Harbor New York hotel. When you get the chance, stay in some of the famous, luxurious and/or historic hotels of your destinations. The Villa D'Este on Lake Como, the Peninsula Hotel in Hong Kong (featuring in the Clark Gable movie Soldier of Fortune), Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc in Cap d'Antibes, the Four Seasons Hotel Macao Cotai Strip in Macau, the Langham Shanghai Xintiandi in Shanghai, the New Stanley Hotel in Nairobi and the Cascades Hotel at Sun City in South Africa. are among the historic, famous and/or luxurious of the international hotels.

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

    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); the skeletal Rambout Van Dam who rows the Tappan Zee; 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 ghost ship Adventure Galley, commanded by Captain Kidd, seen near Bear Mountain Bridge; 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 among the true ghost stories, myths and legends of New York State.

    The Montauk monster, an unidentified carcass (but thought by some to be a bald raccoon); 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; the Devil's Stepping Stones in Long Island Sound, used by Satan to escape from Native American warriors; the pirate treasure, possibly Captain Kidd's, buried on New York harbour's Liberty Island but protected by a fire breathing devil; 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); Champ, the famous monster of Lake Champlain on the northeastern border of the state; and 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, are other legendary tales of ghosts and haunted places in New York State.

    The giant serpent of Silver Lake, near Gainesville; 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 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); events in the Long Island house dramatised in the film The Amityville Horror (please do not linger as it is a private residence); 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; the witches of Native American legend who may still dwell in the glacial Green Lakes; and alligators in the sewers of New York City, said to be the descendants of baby alligators flushed down toilets, are more weird folklore associated with New York State.

    Birds, Reptiles, Mammals and other Wildlife / Fauna of New York State

    Wild turkeys, hooded mergansers, great blue herons, snowy egrets, black vultures, snapping turtles, ruffed grouse, black racer snakes, rufous sided towhees, black capped chickadees, bottle-nosed dolphins, spring peepers, red foxes, little brown bats, red-winged blackbirds, snowshoe hares, yelow-bellied sapsuckers, northern shovelers, white-winged scoters, spotted salamanders, milk snakes, canvasbacks, opossums, blue-winged warblers, weasels, brown garter snakes, screech owls, gray foxes, muskrats, minks, scarlet tanagers, fishers, ruby-throated hummingbirds, bald eagles, pilot whales, otters, porpoises, fiddler crabs, bobwhite quails, Eastern cottontail rabbits, peregrine falcons, bobolinks, piping plovers, Eastern bluebirds, common loons, ospreys, widgeons, box turtles, woodcocks, woodchucks, Eastern gray squirrels, Baltimore orioles, snowy owls, common goldeneyes, pileated woodpeckers, great egrets, pintails, coyotes, brown thrashers, whip-poor-wills, black-crowned night herons, cardinals, leatherback turtles, bobcats, big brown bats, ruddy turnstone sandpipers, harbor seals, spotted turtles, red-breasted mergansers, smooth green snakes, Eastern chipmunks, a moose population that has grown since they started to migrate back into the state in the late 1970s, painted turtles, diamondback terrapins, porcupines, oldsquaws, White-tailed deer, water snakes, turkey vultures, great horned owls, horseshoe crabs, American goldfinches, belted kingfishers, common egrets, Eastern timber rattlesnakes, raccoons, common nighthawks, sea turtles, black bears and beavers are among the wild animals of New York State.


    It is well-known that in Europe you should see London, Paris, Rome, Naples, Florence, Venice and Athens but in the USA you should see Los Angeles, Sacramento, Washington DC, Salt Lake City, Minneapolis, Chicago, Lake Tahoe, Miami, Atlantic City, Honolulu, Phoenix, Juneau, Albuquerque, Kansas City, Sitka, Anchorage, Atlanta, Houston, New York, Fairbanks, Savannah, Corpus Christi, Indianapolis, Seattle, Philadelphia, Santa Fe, Boston, Skagway, San Francisco, Dallas, Fort Lauderdale, St Louis, Detroit, San Diego, New Orleans and Las Vegas. Then perhaps you can say that you are familiar with the United States of America. The plantations and bayous of the Mississippi Delta, Yosemite National Park, Route 66, the wild west town of Tombstone, the Disney resorts, the beach at Waikiki in Hawaii, Yellowstone National Park, the California coastline, Mount McKinley and fabulous wildlife in Denali National Park, the Ozarks, rodeos, Hawaiian volcanoes such as Mauna Loa, Bryce Canyon, the Adirondacks, the Arctic wilderness of Alaska, Marvellous scenery and sea life in Kenai Fjords National Park, Glacier Bay National Park, the Okefenokee Swamp, the Appalachians, Mount Rainier National Park, the Everglades, the Grand Canyon, Native American nations such as the Navajo and the Hopi, Mount Rushmore, the Florida Keys and Niagara Falls are other places, sights or events that can justify your claim to know America. From, a heartfelt Bon Voyage!

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