Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Christmas Lights: Temple Square, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA

Christmas lights at Temple Square, Salt Lake City, Utah begin to lit up on the following day after Thanksgiving Day. Hundreds of thousands of Christmas lights sparkle from trees are lighting up around Temple Square every night until New Year's Day. Free entrance is opened to everybody, including tourist, to enjoy the Christmas Lighting at Temple Square at nights. 

Temple Square is owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) and also becomes the world's headquarter at the square. If you are interested to learn more and experience the Mormon culture and its pioneer heritage, you can join the guided tour here:

Horse carriage outside the Temple Square

Temple Square building was taken at the main street

Temple Square building was taken from inside compound

The Birth of Jesus Christ story at the compound of Temple Square

Jerusalem AD 33 model

Christus statue at North Visitors' Center, Temple Square 

The model layout of Temple Square in the building

The model layout of Temple Square at the corners of the building

Christmas Lighting within the compound of Temple Square

Assembly Hall is located in front of Temple Square

At the side of Assembly Hall

The front entrance of Assembly Hall with the Seagull Monument

Inside the Assembly Hall

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints conference center is located outside of Temple Square

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Thanksgiving Day: Salt Lake City, Utah, USA

We stayed at Salt Lake City, Utah for three nights during the week of Thanksgiving day, last year. It was our first time to experience and celebrate Thanksgiving Day with a friend and his family for home dinner, outside the downtown of Salt Lake City. Thanksgiving day is celebrated in a similar custom like other festive seasons such as, Chinese New Year, Hari Raya, Diwali etc. where the family members get together to chit chat and have a warm and home cooked dinner on the eve and the day of celebration. Roasted Turkey is the main dish to be served on Thanksgiving day followed up by other dishes like mashed potatoes, bread rolls, vegetable and dessert like apple pie, pumpkin pie or cake.

Utah Welcome Signboard along the highway

It's snowing and chilling in Utah.

Spotted a mosque (masjid) at Salt Lake City, Utah

A quiet downtown on Thanksgiving day

A church located behind the mountain which reminded me of beautiful scenery at Switzerland.

Government State of Utah building

Rear view of Government State of Utah

Utah Bull display

Another Utah Bull display

Utah Council Hall

Scott M. Matheson Courthouse

Salt Lake City City and Town Halls

A church near the university campus at Salt Lake City

Upcoming posts: Highlights of the attractions at Salt Lake City, Utah

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Winter Photos: Idaho Falls, Idaho, USA

In my recent post, Winter Photos: Highways I-15 & I-80, I shared some pictures of my traveling trip to Idaho Fall, Idaho and Salt Lake City, Utah during Thanksgiving week last year. We wanted to visit Yellowstone National Park but the road was closed due to unpredictable snow storm. Thus, we had to reroute our trip back to San Francisco, California.

We were stranded at Idaho Falls, Idaho for two nights since the highways were closed as it was hit by heavy snow storm. The locals were advised to stay home throughout the snow storm.

Welcome to Idaho signboard along the highway I-15

Outside view from my hotel room

Weather forecast on the TV local news.

The front entrance of the hotel was covered with snow blanket

Even my car was covered with snow in an overnight

Chilling weather on the next day, morning

Spotted a snow plough vehicle at my hotel. Every property owner has to clear the pathway and street way after every  snow shower and storm each time.

On the way to get some coffee and breakfast. After staying outside for more than an hour, the clear weather suddenly changed to snow storm. We had to return to the hotel soonest possible.

Strong wind blow and snow storm hit at Idaho Falls. It suddenly turned dark.

It became low visibility and we had to drive extra careful on the road.

Continuously snowing and windy throughout the day.

Another snow plough machine which normally used to clear the snow on the streets

William enjoyed his huge 'birthday' snow cake :)

Baby and Max didn't enjoy their walk. They couldn't stand the chill and windy outside the hotel.

In my upcoming post, I will share some pictures of Salt Lake City, Utah.