Niagra Falls, NYC

A short drive from the Buffalo airport approx 20 miles you will arrive at your destination. The water plungs over the edge of the Niagara Escarpment – to what is now known as Lewiston, NY.

American Falls, Horseshoe Falls and Bridal Veil Falls  make up the  Niagara Falls originates from the upper Great Lakes and the river is estimated to be 12,000 years old.

The Horseshoe Falls is 170 feet high is the largest of the 3 falls.  The river below Niagara Falls averages 170 feet deep.  Annie Edson Taylor was the first person to go over the falls in a barrel.

Fun facts:
– At the current rate of erosion, scientists believe that the Niagara Falls will be gone in around 50000 years.
– Approximately 28,000,000 (that’s 28 million!) liters of water travel down Niagara Falls every second.
– The Niagara Falls State Park is the oldest state park in the United States (1885).
– About 20% of the drinking water in the United States goes through and over Niagara Falls. Yup, you have most likely drank water that came from the Falls.

Speaking of fun 2 effects which one is better?

The Battle of Saratoga

The Battle of Saratoga, comprising two significant battles during September and October of 1777, was a crucial victory for the Patriots during the American Revolution and is considered the turning point of the Revolutionary War. The Battle was the impetus for France to enter the war against Britain, re-invigorating Washington’s Continental Army and providing much needed supplies and support.

Recognized as one of the fifteen most decisive battles in world history, the Saratoga National Historic Park commemorates the site where a new Nation emerged.

A Brief Overview of the Crucial Battles of Saratoga
The turning point in the Revolutionary War began as a plan by the British to strategically control Upstate New York and isolate New England from the Southern colonies in an effort to decisively put an end to the Revolution. It ended as an opportunity the Patriots were waiting for.

British troops led by General John Burgoyne, planned to drive south from Montreal to Albany, NY along the historic water route of Lake Champlain, Lake George and the Hudson River. Once in Albany, they would join forces with two other British commands, one coming north from New York City and the other coming east along the Mohawk River valley.

Stillwater Blockhouse New York

Stillwater Blockhouse Museum

block·house ˈbläkˌhous/ noun
  1. a reinforced concrete shelter used as an observation point.
    • historical a one-storied timber building with loopholes, used as a fort made of square logs. 

During the battles of “Saratoga” (Freemans Farm and Bemis Heights). You can imagine peeking through the portholes to fire at the oncoming enemy.

Blockhouse Park, Route 4
StillwaterNY 12170
Phone: (518) 664-6148

Buffalo Wings: The one and only original

In March 4th, 1964, Dominic Bellissimo was tending bar at the now-famous Anchor Bar Restaurant in Buffalo, NY. Late that evening, a group of Dominic’s friends arrived at the bar with ravenous appetites. Dominic asked his mother, Teressa, to prepare something for his friends to eat. Teressa had deep fried the wings and flavored them with a secret sauce. The wings were an instant hit and it didn’t take long for people to flock to the bar to experience their new taste sensation. From that evening on, Buffalo Wings became a regular part of the menu at the Anchor Bar.

Try one of their sauces:
Mild, Medium, Hot, Spicy Hot BBQ, Garlic Parmesan, Honey Garlic Sweet & Sour, Chipotle BBQ or Suicidal.

1047 Main St,
Buffalo, NY 14209
(716) 886-8920

A Wise person travels to discover themselves 40.7127° N, 74.0059° W

A weekend of my favorite lower Manhattan activities. I would be diagnosed with writers block if I had to list my true and only 10 lower Manhattan favorites. Trekking around includes ferries, trains and some comfortable walking shoes.
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Ride the ferries

Ferries Ferry view
The ferry to our statue of liberty is the perfect vessel for picture taking. I catch it from NJ located at 200 Morris Pesin Dr, Jersey City, NJ 07305. (201) 915-3402 The roads are loosely marked but so keep an eye out for the turn. In regards to tickets to highest access of our lady liberty you must book months in advance during the holidays. If your day or time is full, check back frequently as tour availability changes. Calling their customer service center will not award you a spot on a wait list so check their online ticket portal often.

Statue of Liberty Lady Liberty


Ellis Island has that hair rising sense of history. Spend a few hours losing yourself in our nation’s history. This building has seen millions of our ancestors stand in the very same hallways filled with anticipation of a better life for their future generations. With every visit I leave with new information. For those of us interested in genealogy this is the location to start preparing your Ancestor Hunt. Travel is about the gorgeous feeling of teetering in the unknown.

Ellis Island exterior Ellis Island stairs

Ellis Island


Grand Central Terminal
The city underground. The commuter rails cover 48 acres and has 44 platforms, more than any other railroad station in the world. GCT platforms, all consist of 41 tracks on the upper level and 26 on the lower, however the total number of tracks along platforms and in rail yards exceed 100. Visit the NY Transit Museum Gallery and Store. Try this acoustical “whispering gallery” located off the ramps outside the Oyster Bar. 89 E 42nd St is the mecca of people gazing.
Grand Central Terminal

Walking across the Brooklyn Bridge.
The Brooklyn Bridge opened in 1883. At the time, it was the longest suspension bridge. For several years after its construction, the Brooklyn Bridge was the tallest structure in the Western hemisphere. The original toll for crossing the bridge was one penny. We crossed in December and windy does not describe the velocity of the cold force hitting you in the face. Completely worth it.

Brooklyn Bridge  Suspended Bliss
9-11 Memorial
The walk from the bridge a doable stroll to the memorial. I went to New York in October 2011 and was gobsmacked at the devastation. The rubble was still smoldering and the gutted area possessed an overwhelming sadness. Today the memorial stands but the sadness still remains. My heart is still heavy for those who never came home that fateful day. Never forget.

trade nyc 9-11 Memorial

Anne Frank Museum
Born on June 12, 1929, Anne Frank was a German-Jewish teenager who was forced to go into hiding during the Holocaust. She and her family, along with four others, spent over two years during World War II hiding in an annex of rooms above her father’s office in Amsterdam.

Anne Frank NYC Anne Frank

44 Park Pl, New York, NY 10007 (212) 431-7993
A / C train to Chambers Street
E train to World Trade Center
2 / 3 train to Park Place
R train to City Hall
4 / 5 / 6 train to Brooklyn Bridge
Tuesday – Saturday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Closed Sunday, Monday and holidays.

See the facsimile of Anne’s own red plaid diary. Her writing style and creativity is worthy of your time. There is a short video clip of her leaning out a window. The blight of this youthful soul represents the story of many.
Take a short walk after touring the museum and stop at the Amish Deli.
Amish Market Tribeca 53 Park Pl Hours of Operation 6:00AM – 9:30PM. Grocery, Salads, Sandwiches and brick oven pizza. Pick a seat facing Broadway and watch Au fait cinema of Giovanni da Verrazzan efforts. The residents and visitors are a brimful of theatrics.

Amish Deli

Tour of all locations famous. Want to spend a month finding all those familiar big screen locations then this is your treasure ground. I picked one of my favorite sitcom Friends and went location used as Central Perk. My husband was a good sport about the train ride and short walk just to take a photo of a building that has a different awning 199 Lafayette Street in the SoHo. I admit I had to bung him a little with the promise a happy hour well worth the trek.

I'll be there for you

We ventured a above the lower line to Central Park.
If you have never explored the park, put this on your bucket list. Central Park is nonpareil to any other park I have visited. Have a weeks vacation? Central Park offers 7 days of entertainment planned for you. The park sprawls across 843 acres, covering about 3.5 square miles. Visit over the winter holiday and find the “secret” Christmas tree. Hidden is a Christmas tree where people go to hang memorabilia of pets who have bridged. Legend has it they store the ornaments every year and decorate the tree. We all know that if items were left up year round someone would filch them. Besides the dishy joggers, the park, picnics, carousel ride, zoo and Shakespeare Garden the park offers entertainment for just about everyone. A ride in a horse drawn carriage in the park snuggled in blankets is a must do on my list.

Central Park New York