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Obsession of the Day:

Dragons And Other Mythical Creatures


You are a wayfarer at sea venturing through Europe, East Asia and Greece. The wind whirls around you. Endless tufts of water surround you on all sides. Situated in a boat that is being tossed about the ocean blue like a buoy on a beach in a storm, you look up. There is nothing but sky above you, no sign of land before you. You appear to be in the middle of nowhere and yet… you are here. Where is here exactly? In the sea of the serpents my friend, that place where the dragons be.

Dragons: Why We’re So Obsessed With Them

First of all they’re fire breathing. Plus, they fly. This is not to mention the fact that dragons add a little hint of mysticism to just about everything they’re featured on from globes to video games to movies but the main point of intrigue is this… They might actually be real.

Dragons: Gracing Ancient Maps and Modern Legends

“Hic Sunt Dracones” declares the Hunt-Lenox globe of 1510, a globe you can still see displayed at the New York Public Library. The controversial phrase is allegedly Latin for “Here Be Dragons”. For supporters of the “dragons do exist” theory, this spherical map is all the proof that they need but it isn’t really all the proof they have. Several attempts at disproving dragons have been unsuccessful and, in truth, the scientific community is somewhat baffled by the phenomenon. Experts claim that maps from the ancient world were elaborate and colorful intentionally. They were designed to make journeymen and journeywomen want to, you know, journey. Brave the seas and hunt for treasure and come home with elaborate, colorful stories of their own. As legend would have it, this is the reason maps and globes were so often decorated in mythical creatures— in order to arouse intrigue.

Why This Theory Doesn’t Hold Water

This theory doesn’t hold water mainly because when it comes to our own planet, we’ve almost completely stopped exploring. It appears that facing the roaring sea and staring into the eye of the ocean or even the giant squid for that matter, is no longer at a high point on our list of priorities. We feed our fancies with virtual realities, leaving the real life monsters out there lurking in the muddy waters.

“But we have tons of maps,” you might be thinking. And that’s true. We have all sorts of digital directions stored in data bases across the globe but here’s the problem. 95% of the oceans still remain uncharted and when you consider the fact that 71% of the planet is water, you’re talking about a whole lot of unaccounted for space. There’s a debate in here that I’d like to propose— Which do we know more about, Earth or Mars?

Could Dragons Really Exist?

Well, here’s what we know for certain. Dragon stories have been in heavy circulation since even before the written history of humankind emerged. There is also some archeological evidence for dragons. You’ve seen this evidence in museums but you know it by a different name—Dinosaur bones. The thing about the rumors, myths and legends related to dragons that’s rather shocking is the descriptions were near identical. We’re talking about a time when villagers from even neighboring towns were unlikely to meet due to the sheer danger posed by travel. Yet people from all corners of the Earth who likely didn’t know each other shared eerily similiar stories. Today, paleantologists think they have the answer to this mystery.

The Tie Between Dragons and Dinosaurs

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Meet Draconex Hogwartsia whose name was inspired by Harry Potter. He’s pictured above. This prehistoric skeleton is what paleontologists believe all the fuss was about. According to independent scholar and author Adrienne Mayor, the knobs, horns and muzzle all support the theory that this fossil is in fact a dragon and not a dinosaur as was previously presumed. Records indicate that it could be as ancient as 66 million years old. It recently took center stage at “Dragons Unearthed”, an exhibit that examines ancient stories and the fossils that coincide with them.

Yes. Ancient Stories Have Fossils That Support Them

It makes sense that our ancestors were probably too busy struggling with basic survival to be bothered telling fictional tales. Stories were once the only way information was passed around so these stories were probably sacred. More than likely, they were also probably true. The aforementioned scholar has dedicated a great deal of time to proving the links between myths and fossils in an attempt to show that many mythical creatures were, and maybe even are, real. Other legendary characters that went from the fiction to the non-fiction section of the library include:

  • Giant Squid
  • Unktehi (the horned sea serpent)
  • Chupacabra

While the above listed species went by different names and were often found to be slightly different from the tales it doesn’t change the fact that they exist(ed).

Were Dragons Just From Prehistoric Times?

Given our inability to further examine the oceans of the planet, the world may never know…

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“None of the animals is so wise as the dragon. His blessing power is not a false one. He can be smaller than small, bigger than big, higher than high, and lower than low.”

         Chinese scholar Lu Dian

 

dragon stories from around The World

Here is a brief overview regarding what people in different regions said about dragons and Sea Monsters.

Asia’s Dragon Tales

In Asia, dragons were beheld in a realm with deities. In addition to fire breathing powers and the ability to soar through the air, they were also believed to:

  • Change the Seasons
  • Control All Bodies of Water on Earth
  • Bring Rain
  • Give Out Magical Powers
  • Protect Land and Sea

The small details varied from village to village but the descriptions of the actual dragons along with the respect for their authority was agreed upon. The dragon has held a spot in Asian culture for more than 4,000 years. To this day, these mystical beings are widely accepted power sources for various religions like:

  • Buddhism
  • Taoism
  • Confucianism

The Dragon Fables of Ancient Greece

The fabled dragons of ancient Greece were spookily similar to those described in Asia. Much like the inhabitants of the Orient, the Greek often worshipped them and ascribed powers to them. The dragons of Greek mythology were winged, ferocious and magical. Many were believed to have multiple heads. One multiple headed dragon known throughout Greece as Lernaean Hydra was closer to a Sea Serpent. He was made famous after allegedly being slayed by Hercules and henceforth, his picture graced many a piece of ancient pottery. Fanged and venomous, he was also reputed to be immortal, that is, until he was slayed. While this elaborate description may not shock you at first, please consider that this same description was retold elsewhere…

 

Sea Serpents Chronicled in the Middle East

 

At this point, it might come as no surprise to you that the fabled maritime monster known as Lernaean Hydra in Greece was being called by a different name in the Middle East. Nevertheless, this guy was spotted donning multiple heads and battling a slew of different deities. Other regions that bear records of a multi-headed sea dragon include:

  • Syria
  • Scotland
  • Scandinavia
  • Denmark
  • The British Isles

While many speculate this dragon tale was based largely on the giant squid it is notable to mention that giant squid were thought to be fictional until 2004. Also worth looking into— the mention of the Sea Serpent in the bible along with stories of a Catholic Saint who slew him.

Was Dragon Talk Just Whisper Down the Lane?

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Pictured above is one of those elaborately decorated maps we mentioned earlier but it’s an important one because this particular map marks the onset of an era. The 15th century, ironically the time the talk of dragons began, was historically significant for a different reason. This era was known as the Age of Discovery and it was right about the time when sailing started getting smooth. As a result, the spice trade, another one of my obsessions, ensued. The spice trade brought people from all corners of the Earth together for the very first time. Did they get together and embellish wild stories about giant lizards, snakes and fish? You decide.

Some Have Entered, Some Have Crouched-Dragons In Pop Culture

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If dragons really were just an exaggerated tale (tee hee), then none have told a taller tale than we. We’ve perpetuated the myth and the monster in everything from film to festival. We even ride the serpent on our boardwalks. Here are just a few fun facts and modern dragon spottings to peruse.

Gaming Dragons

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Rayquaza is back with a vengeance thanks to the reemergence of the beloved Pokemon which, by the way, made $14 million in its first week. But let’s not forget about an equally cute, awe-inspiring dragon by the name of…

Yoshi 

 

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Yoshi’s first spin off was created by the same crew that brought you Pokemon so double bank for them. Another fun Yoshi fact is that his character was inspired by a Japanese video game called Devil World. Speaking of Asian inspired video games… 

The Mortal Combat Dragon

 

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Finish Him!

And that’s my obsession. Dragons— Fact or fable, fiction or fossil? Did they leave behind a legend or a legacy? The verdict’s still out and there’s definitely room for a sequel.

upcoming obsessions Fueled By this topic

Blogging about dragons has stirred in me thoughts about fossil hunters, Earth Vs. Mars, Harry Potter, Dungeons and Dragons, video games, Stanford researchers, arcades, lanterns and moats. Stick around because any or all of these subject matters are bound to show up in coming posts.

the obsession that started today’s topic

This topic was brought about after I obsessed over Ancient Maps, an obsession that was driven by my first published obsession: Underwater Worlds.

Sources

Whenever possible, I like to gather my information the good old fashioned way—by heading over to the library. Below are the books and websites I relied upon to create this post along with which part(s) of the topic they covered.

This webpage contains unaltered versions of Wikimedia’s DracorexDisplay, Age of Discovery,Hercules and the Lernaean Hydra, 1875-1876, by Gustave Moreau – Art Institute of Chicago Sea serpent and Flickr’s Here be Dragons!, Black Dragon Pool Park (黑龙潭公园)  Dragon and This dragon breathes fire at random times. It’s very cool. #harrypotter #universalstudios, as well as Deviant Art Yoshi pretends to be godzilla all of which were available under Creative Commons licensing.

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Obsession of the Day:

Unique Restaurants/ Plate It Up


You can tell alot about a person by the way they eat. In fact, you can tell alot about an entire society by studying gastronomy aka the science of cooking. There are many scientists who believe that it is, in fact, the way in which we humans eat that puts us at the top of the food chain. It could be argued that our consumption of food and drink is definitely unique, particularly when you consider the fact that humans are the only known species on Earth that heat their food and furthermore, the fire is lit, not just out of tradition, but also out of necessity. Imagine what would happen if you consumed a chicken the way a coyote would, by devouring it raw in a secluded place in the wee hours of the morning. So today, I serve you up another new obsession— Unique Restaurants. Bon Appetit.

Human Diet and the Paleolithic Period

 

For all intents and purposes, it should be known that ancient man had a much stronger stomach and a less finicky palate altogether. Should you ever get the urge to scroll through the stone age diet, you’ll be surprised to find that despite a lack of fire, our stone age ancestors from the Paleolithic period were die hard carnivores who appear to have consumed about 73% of their food intake from meat alone. Depending upon who’s telling the story, this meat was entirely raw. It is suspected that carbohydrates were introduced to the human diet when the concept of cooking was introduced. This is where the Paleo diet stems from— the idea that it is healthier to eat the way humans are believed to have eaten prior to the innovation of flame but of course to still cook the meat since modern day stomachs aren’t equipped to ingest raw meats.

Unique Restaurants: Who Started The Fire?

The question of when fire was actually introduced to the diet is much more complex than it appears. Scientists are in disagreement and their disagreement is millions of years apart and also dependent upon much more complicated scientific theories like evolution. One point they all do agree on is the profound impact the command of fire had in propelling humankind to the top of the food chain. What we also know is that prior to 3,000 B.C., cooking with fire was little more than described. People ate to satisfy their hunger and of course, to socialize but there were no spices, no drawers full of recipes, no fancy flatware and no cookbooks.

Even more interestingly, if you study the history of cooking, is that you will notice that during times of crisis humankind has the tendency to revert back to its ancient ways, to leave out the seasonings and cast the elaborate silverware aside. Because of this, you can often get a glimpse into how nations and generations are faring simply by setting your eyes on their meals. In effect, it is indeed feast or famine.

 

The World’s First Recorded Cookbook-China 3,000 B.C.

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By The earliest recorded cookbook is believed to have come into existance some 47 centuries ago. It emerged from China via the great emperor Shennung and it contained everything from pasta to soyfoods. Its technictal knowledge remains unparelleled to this day.

Who Invented the Fast Food Chain? Rome or China?

Did you ever pull up to a drive through window and wonder where it all began? Well, you now know the origin of recipes and cookbooks so it might not surprise you to learn that China had a hand or two in some of the very first restaurant-like kitchens of the world but guess who their competition was? Rome. That’s right; the toga clad cosmepolitanites were set to leave their mark on everything, including cooking. At the peak of Roman rule, civilians could have their fill of food and drink by pulling up to the local thermopolium which you see pictured above. Thermopoliums were social spaces where communal meals were cooked and consumed. They were also quite often the place where violence broke out and laughs were shared.

The Chinese precursor to Mickey D’s was more than just a restaurant. It was a full on experience complete with vendors, menus and theatrical performances. The earliest known Chinese restaurant was situated in Eastern China and it was there that a myriad of entrees were served. Delicacies ranged from tea to soup, from dumplings to pie and this Asian restaurant hub became a popular gathering place from locals and travelers alike. Today, buried in the ashes of Asia and Pompeii, archeologists are still uncovering remains from the predecessors of modern day eateries.

The Fall of Food and Economy

The Dark Ages was a dark time, particularly for foodies. At approximately 1,000 A.D., following the fall of Rome, gastronomy teetered on the edge of non-existence, at least in the European section of the globe. There were other happenings for sure, some even more catastrophic and others much less so, but when Rome fell, food fell like the Romans. Culinary art simply wasn’t at the top of the list of priorities in this space of decline. Society crumbled and barbarity ensued. Plates and minds alike were vacant. People were eating to live and, if the theory that commandeering in the kitchen is what keeps civilization afloat holds true, then it could be said that when the culinary coals went out the light of humanity did the same.

In regards to general meal consumption in the Dark Ages, it’s safe to say that things were truly darkest just before the dawn. Historians have pinpointed a link between poverty and cannibalism, particularly in Prehistoric Europe as it seems to have played a large role in the spread of various different plagues. On the contrary, it would appear that this heinous practice altogether vanishes whenever social circles prosper and food reemerges as art. This brings to the forefront an immensely pressing question. How important is the art of eating really?

Africa, the Middle East, the Spice Trade and Beyond

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While the Roman Empire may have fallen and chaos swept the European landscape, countries like Africa were fairing far better and the proof was, quite literally, in their pudding. Enter the spice trade and you will soon see that while Rome and China were busy building up an intimate eating atmosphere, Africans and those of Middle Eastern descent had something entirely different abrew— Seasoning. It was, indeed, all the rage. The search for spice was so prolific at the time that salt and pepper drove the world economy and Africa and the Middle East were well ahead of the game. Some of the common spices that were treated like treasure aside from pepper and salt of course were:

  • Ginger
  • Turmeric
  • Cinnamon
  • Cardamom

The last spice mentioned played a huge role in the cultivation of coffee, a topic deserving of its own obsession page.

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“The best ecclesiastical brains on the continent studied the egg, and discovered the formulae for making it appear on lenten boards as a rose, a cabbage or a roasted duck.”

m.f.k. fisher “the art of eating”

 

unique restaurants around The World

Today, the culinary arts have reached an all new plateau and restaurateurs aim to build eateries that are aesthetically pleasing and satisfying for the palate. Below, you will find amazing and unusual eateries located all over the world.

The Wreck Bar-Florida U.S.A.

This one’s rather appropriate when you consider my first obsession. The Wreck Bar is a sunken city themed restaurant complete with live mermaids and realistic looking debris. Come in off the sands of Fort Lauderdale and cool down with the sights and sounds of the sea. Other awesome Florida Faves include the Murder Mystery Dinner Train and Kissime’s Medeival Times. Whether you prefer jousting, mystery or mermaids, there’s a unique restaurant for you in Florida.

Dinner in the Sky-Various Locations

One table for up? Why absolutely. In case you can’t tell from the above photograph, Dinner in the Sky is exactly what you;re picturing in your head right now. Do you see the giant red crane looming over the landscape dangling an ablong tented contraption overhead? Well, that’s the dinner table and seated there are some rather daring foodies waiting to dig in. The gentleman depicted below is one such customer. He looks pretty thrilled to be dining at high altitude.

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Dining in the Sky is a unique restaurant that started out in Belgium and is slowly but surely making its way across the globe. You can catch this hard to miss attraction popping up just about everywhere now, from Copacabana to Dubais. Wondering what’s on the menu aside from the clouds? Dining in the Sky proudly serves an aptly diverse menu that the chef described as “Classical French Mediterranean with strong Pacific Rim & Asian influences”. Eaters are urged to dress for wind and weather as this table can be adjusted to max out at 165 stretching feet into the atmosphere.  

 

The Snow Castle of Lumilinna- Finland

 

Finland’s exotic Snow Castle boasts the largest restaurant made entirely of snow in the world. Notice we said the largest, not the only. Other “cool” places you can go to get your meals and your seating on ice include:

  • The Pommery Ice Restaurant in Montreal
  • The Minus5 Ice Bar which maintains locations in Vegas, Orlando and NYC
  • The Chill Out Sub Zero Lounge in Dubai

Shady Maple Lancaster, P.A.-U.S.A.

You may have heard of the concept of farm to table dining. If you aren’t familiar with farm to table dining, all you really need to know about it is that the food you eat in a farm to table restaurant comes directly from a farm. It’s not processed, packaged or shipped which is why it’s now a trending delicacy. What you may not know is that this concept definitely isn’t new to Pennsylvania. There are several farm to table dining establishments in the state of Pennsylvania that have been implementing this practice for decades. Shady Maple is one of them but what makes this particular eatery so unique is that it’s a farm to table buffet. Oh, and also, it’s run by the Amish.

So if you like the idea of an Amish run, fresh from the farm buffet that’s situated right on the outskirts of Pennsylvania Dutch territory and just so happens to be adorned in floor to ceiling 3D sculptures depicting historical moments, you’ll love Shady Maple. It’s a three story building complete with a gift shop and surrounded by authentic Amish attractions.

Treehouse Restaurants-Various Locations

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Dr. Suess must have been onto something all those years ago because dinner in a tree, while it might not be green eggs and ham, is definitely trending. Some of the most awe-inspiring treehouse restaurants on the map to date include:

France’s Treehouse in Dienne

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The U.K.’s Alnwick Gardens

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New Zealand’s Yellow Treehouse

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If you’re a diehard Dr. Suess fan, you can try other dining options he suggested in his books such as:

  • Dining on a train at the All Aboard Diner in Chicago-U.S.A.
  • Dining on a plane at Los Aviones- Puerto Rico
  • Dining in the dark at Blindekuh- Zurich, Switzerland

Or, how about this for a unique restaurant…

Suess Landing Restaurant —Green Eggs and Ham for All

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When it comes to unusual eateries it appears I haven’t had my fill, so be on the lookout for a future installment related to this post. Something along the lines of unique restaurants a-z or within that vicinity.

upcoming obsessions Fueled By this topic

Writing about unique restaurants has me thinking about spices, bazaars, the Mediterranean, coffee, museums, streamliners, Dr. Suess and tree houses. Stay tuned for any or all of these subjects in upcoming posts.

the obsession that started today’s topic

This topic was originally an offshoot of my obsession with caves which stemmed from my first published obsession: Underwater Worlds.

Sources

Whenever possible, I like to gather my information the good old fashioned way—by heading over to the library. Below are the books and websites I relied upon to create this post along with which part(s) of the topic they covered.

  • For a thought provoking look at eating we highly recommend the foodie oriented novel “The Art of Eating” by M.F.K. Fisher.
  • For more on the dietary evolution, see this post from National Geographic.
  • To continue reading about ancient Chinese and Roman restaurants, check out history.com.

This webpage contains unaltered versions of Wikimedia’s Food and dining in the Roman Empire, Tree House , Islands of Adventure and Flickr’s Dinner in the Sky at the top, Yellow Treehouse and Dinner in the sky, Riga 2013 (38) as well as iha.com, all of which were available under Creative Commons licensing.

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Obsession of the Day: boardwalks/ The paths best traveled in the sun


The summer breeze weaves in and out along a sand ridden corridor. A million sounds and sights and smells accompany it. Overhead, the roar of speeding amusement rides and the squawk of seagulls echo out. Below, the dunes that meet the ocean waves are ever so still, sending forth a sandy, salty mixture that’s pleasant to the nostrils, less pleasant to the bikini area. Here, where the lights are all neon and everything’s covered in confectioner’s sugar, is that place where vacation begins.

If this is your idea of a boardwalk, you’re not alone, but like most things, boardwalks didn’t quite start out the way they are now. These heavily travelled walkways were once  simple paths designed to keep millions of beach combers en-route. It wasn’t until the innovation of adding commercialized property to the waterfront that the term boardwalk became synonymous with summertime, cotton candy, roller coasters, first kisses and oversized teddy bear prizes. Let’s walk…

USA Boardwalks: The Beginning

For practical purposes we’ll begin where it all started, which, ironically, is also the place diehard boardwalk lovers claim it all ended—the notorious Jersey Shore. Here’s a glimpse of what America’s oldest boardwalk once looked like cerca a postcard sold in the early 1900’s:

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As you can see, the promenade holds promise but it certainly lacks its present day allure. Out on the elevated oceanway, beach goers lean over the rail and eyeball the main attraction which, at this point, is still the ocean.

Enter the world renowned Million Dollar Pier and watch the beach combers swoon:

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Here you get a better idea of the direction the boardwalk is headed in. By 1917, major corporations had already begun to make use of the esplanade. Below, you’ll witness its first Coca Cola billboards and what appears to be the predecessor to the tramcar.

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While the picture above certain shows the commercial transition it still doesn’t explain the wide variety of features we see on present day boardwalks. So how is it that we wound up with so many different kinds of candy, amusement and goods for sale? The answer, simply put, is immigration.At the turn of the 20th century, the United States was a virtual magnet for immigration, with swarms of people sailing in from near and far. The boardwalk, the promenade above the sea , slowly but surely became emblematic of diversity. Everyone from gypsies to hippies to today’s reality stars left their mark along the pier.

Changes In the Economy: Changes In the Tide

By the onset of 1970, after the Great Depression and the Stock Market Crash had turned the economy on its heels, people from all walks of life and all corners of the Earth looked to the Boardwalk as the place to build their empire. They set up shop, selling goods and entertainment that was native to their place of origin. The marvel you see before you today is comprised of millions of different people’s stories. It’s just a tiny glimpse into who they were, the shadows of the corner stores they built.The lights simply illuminate the story but the magic is in who the boardwalk represents as opposed to what the boardwalk presents. 

Night and Day: Today’s Atlantic City Boardwalk

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Boardwalk Sights, Sounds And Smells

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The carousel, like the one depicted above that is ridable in Singapore, is just one of the many sounds you’ll likely hear on a traditional USA boardwalk. Other classics include:

  • Funnel cake
  • Arcade Games
  • Boardwalk Fries
  • Tramcars
  • Bicycles
  • Seagulls
  • Ocean Waves
  • Fudge
  • Pretzels
  • Photo Opportunities
  • Ferris Wheels and More

Paving the Esplenade

In closing, when it comes to USA boardwalks, it was Atlantic City that paved the way for future classics like:

  • Coney Island-Home to the Wonder Wheel and the now defunct giant elephant hotel, Coney Island presented the first roller coaster to the world.
  • Ocean City-This famous boardwalk survived an ancient shipwreck.
  • Wildwood-Home of the “tramcar” and, as of 2015, home of the vintage hot rod. You better watch that tramcar please…
  • Kemah-Houses the only roller coaster on the Texas Gulf Coast.
  • Myrtle Beach-aka the “seaside golf capitol of the world”.
  • Rehoboth-This award winning boardwalk hosts the famous Sea Witch Festival.
  • Bay Lake- Where else can you catch a show, a roller coaster ride and a healthy dose of character acting all while stocking up on your favorite Disney Merchandise?

Onward to bigger and better things, boardwalk enthusiasts will delight to hear that there’s talk of a year round, fully functioning Steel Peir in A.C. with a 200 foot ferris wheel in the works as well.

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In front of Nathan’s, Coney Island 2007

“I liked the boardwalk’s smell: grease and sugar wafting from the takeout stands. cigar smoke. roasted peanuts. ” louis greenstein, “mr boardwalk”

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beautiful boardwalks around The World

The United States isn’t home to the only or even the oldest boardwalk on Earth. In fact, many countries have their own take on these stunning boarded walkways. Fun fact—a boardwalk is still a boardwalk with or without the ocean but a boardwalk with an ocean isn’t just a boardwalk. It can also be referred to as an oceanway. Here are some of our favorite boardwalks from around the world:

Basin Head Provincial Park Boardwalk-Canada

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Canada’s breathtaking Prince Edward Island is home to this oceanway that traverses the “singing sands”. This area is geologically unique for several reasons, the first one being the high pitched sound the sand makes underfoot. Equally interesting is the fact that Basin Head is the only place on the planet where Chondrus, a specific type of Giant Irish Moss, is known to grow. That being said, please bear in mind the fact that our planet is still adorned in undiscovered territories so this grass could be growing someplace we’ve yet to find.

Victoria and Alfred Boardwalk-Africa

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Complete with a towering ferris wheel, a centuries old Clocktower and over 450 Outlet Stores, Africa’s awe inspiring Victoria and Alfred Boardwalk attracts a surplus of more than 23 million unique visitors annually.

Dōtonbori Boardwalk-Japan

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Predating the aforementioned boardwalks by over 200 years, Japan’s Dōtonbori Boardwalk was certainly ahead of its time. Today, it stands as a popular tourist attraction illuminating the Dōtonbori canal.

Honorable Mention: The Promenade Plantee-Paris

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Always the trend setting city, Paris puts a foot forward toward the seemingly inevitable sustainable future by presenting their Promenade Plantee, a stylish rooftop skimming walkway that has been described as the world’s first elevated park. Are elevated parks the future for boardwalks? Should we expect to see more green and less neon in coming years? Only time will tell.

upcoming obsessions Fueled By this topic

Writing about boardwalks has me thinking about amusement rides, skywalks, sand, sea, surf, Prince Edward Island, clock towers and Paris. Be on the lookout for any or all of these topics in upcoming posts.

the obsession that started today’s topic

This topic began as an offshoot of my pirates obsession which came about directly from my first published obsession: Underwater Worlds.

Sources

Whenever possible, I like to gather my information the good old fashioned way—by heading over to the library. Below are the books and websites I relied upon to create this post along with which part(s) of the topic they covered.

  • For a spirited look at 1970’s Atlantic City, we highly recommend the totally beach worthy novel “Mr. Boardwalk” by Louis Greenstein.
  • To continue learning about the Steel Pier, have a look-see at the Philly Voice.
  • You can also refer to Wikipedia for a briefing of the different types of boardwalks.

This webpage contains unaltered versions of Wikimedia’s Boardwalk and Million Dollar Pier, Atlantic City, NJ , A mile of the Atlantic City boardwalk, Atlantic City, NJ , Coney Island in popular culture  and Dotonbori Flickr’s Boardwalk and Hunts Starlight Ballroom, Wildwood by the Sea, N. J.  Ocean City NJ Boardwalk at Night and Split Tone Beach Boardwalk – Blue & Pink all of which were available under Creative Commons licensing.

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