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Brooklyn & the Mets

sunny 32 °C

An uneventful and only slightly late flight to JFK via Frankfurt. Uneventful is always good when it comes to international travel. Nice 3.5 hours in the airport lounge, including food and rest. We could have even used a sleeping pod, but we chose not to. Luggage arrived after only a small delay and we Ubered to our hotel in Brooklyn. Significant difference in the cost vs Uber in Poland about 4 times the cost for a similar time/distance.

First a few pics from my Sunday morning walk through downtown Brooklyn to the river. You can just see the Brooklyn Bridge in the background.
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In the afternoon, we enjoyed cheering on the Mets to victory over the Phillies, including a home run and a good hitting game by both teams, although the Mets posted a shutout.
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Near Citi Field where the Mets play is Flushing Meadows Corona Park and the site of the 1964 World’s Fair. You might recognize the towers from the Men in Black movie.
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Did a few loads of laundry at a great place around the corner, so we are all set for our cruise, with clean clothes and everything.
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Next post from Caribbean Princess, which will be our first on that cruise line.

Posted by Deb Godley 13:52 Archived in USA Comments (0)

Last day of April 2022 road trip

Recap & Buffalo morning

sunny 10 °C

Great trip, from the Confederate capital (Richmond) to DC, from steel town (Pittsburgh) to nickel town (Buffalo); three hockey and two baseball games; Long Island Sound, Chesapeake Bay, Lake Erie and the Erie Canal, the Ohio, Allegheny, Monongahela, and Buffalo Rivers; and battlefields and museums of the civil war, as well as air & space and PEZ!

My last morning walk was canal-side in Buffalo and I found the infamous shark girl, just by chance.
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The sculpture of the “French Connection” was inspired by a game photo. 1970’s Buffalo Sabres from Quebec.
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Posted by Deb Godley 23:49 Archived in USA Comments (0)

City of Buffalo

Walking tours

sunny 15 °C

Followed two self-guided walking tours found on-line from Explore Buffalo. A wide variety of architectural styles and lots of interesting buildings and art.
Easy to tell where we are:
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From our walks. The first pic is a building by Yamasaki, built while he was working on plans for the World Trade Center. Easy to see the resemblance.
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I liked this sculpture
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The glass wall on the courthouse contains the full constitution written out
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And I liked the stone structure of this gas station
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We ended the day out with a great meal at Giacobbi’s Italian restaurant. We shared the lasagna and a really yummy pasta dish called Penne pPnk Vodka “Al’s way” - best meal and best service of the trip.

Heading home tomorrow.

Posted by Deb Godley 00:22 Archived in USA Comments (0)

Buffalo, NY

Hockey, Graycliff

sunny 6 °C

On our way to Buffalo, we stopped as planned at a beach and lighthouse on Lake Erie
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And at the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Graycliff house near Buffalo.
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Some distinct features include:
Iron oxide in the stone to bring out the rust colour:
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Water features incorporated- if they were functioning, it would appear as the water flowing through and from the house
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Bringing the outside in with lots of windows and rooms flowing into outdoor terraces
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A flower arranging sink
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Unusual for the time, the house had an open concept
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The small structure housed the boiler heating system, reducing the chance of fire. Another feature seen here are the cantilevered balconies.
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Hockey night in Buffalo; finally, a home team win!
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This was the last regular season home game and the Sabres announcer, Rick Jeanneret, retired after 51 years, so there were post-game celebrations. You can see players that have already taken the jerseys off to give to lucky fans (seasons ticket holders).
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And from the walk home
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Posted by Deb Godley 23:09 Archived in USA Comments (0)

Pittsburgh morning walk

Buildings and art in the downtown core.

sunny 0 °C

Just some quick pics in the downtown area. I walked all the streets on the map this morning, stopping finally at a Forbes St bakery fore ham & cheese croissants, almond-chocolate pastries and a chocolate eclair. With our own add-water oatmeal and a banana, it was a great in-room breakfast with lots leftover for tomorrow.
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