Aug 5 2017

Kent Coffee & Chocolate

45 N Main St
Kent, CT 06757
(860) 927-1445

Like it a LOT.

I was in the mood of ice cream – someone who doesn’t like sweet.

It has an outdoor and indoor seating, with a HUGE bathroom. It’s small and welcoming. The menu board looks a little intimidating – too many stuff to choose from. Their chocolate is pretty good. I got the sea salt almond bark … and brought them home. Guess I’m not a sweet eater -:(

The town Kent is quaint, on Route 7.

Aug 5 2017

Kent, CT

A quaint little New England town on Route 7 in Connecticut bordering New York. Population 2,858 in 2000 census (wiki).

The Kent Coffee Chocolate shop is lovely. They’re having a car show however, we didn’t find it.

An interesting read on the Atlantic about the little free library.


Aug 5 2017

Housatonic River

@ the Housatonic Park (wiki) south of Kent, on Route 7.


Aug 5 2017

U.S. Route 7

On our way home, we take the route 7, which is a north-south highway in the western New England – wiki. It’s also known for antiques/antiquing.



Aug 4 2017

Rhinebeck, New York

We drive by from Hyde Park on Route 9 from FDR’s home to Tanglewood. The downtown is pretty neat, quaint. It is well known for the culinary Institute too.



Aug 4 2017

FDR @ Hyde Park

4097 Albany Post Rd,
Hyde Park, NY 12538

First Friday of August, the parking lot @ Franklin Roosevelt’s home is full, on a stormy afternoon. We ‘re driving to Tanglewood on Route 9 from Poughkeepsie.

Join the FDRs for an afternoon tea, or reading?


Aug 4 2017

Walkway over the Hudson – Calling Google

Walkway Over the Hudson,
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

On our way to Tanglewood, we made a stop at Poughkeepsie, fully prepared to walk over the New Jersey.
First, it is NOT on the map of iPhone and Google map – the bridge is opened in 2010.
Second, 1/4 to NJ, we are told to turn back because of the impending storm. Oh well. A snake disappearing.

We missed the direction, and ended up at Hoffman by Route 9The small parking lot cost $5 for 4 hours. The north of the bridge is in construction. What would it be?


May 12 2017

Leeds, New York

1096 Ira Vail Road,
Leeds, New York 12451

The Guangming Temple has a pot of land abt 100 acres in upstate Leeds, Greene County in the Catskill. It’s directly north of their Chinatown temple, 127 miles door to door to be exact. According to wiki, Leeds’ pop 377 and area is 0.54 sq miles (1.39 sq km). They don’t have piped in gas but use out door canister.

The two store house is newly renovated. A shed to the side.


The land is very enchanting, although there are far too many bugs that fly into your eyes – it’s only May. Wondering what would be in the summer.


0.7 miles south is 大乘寺 (wiki) Da Chengsi (@ 710 Ira Vail Rd.) It has a temple in Chinatown (133 Canal St., #1, New York, NY 10002, under the name of Mahayana Temple Buddhist Association) too. We drove in but the temple is closed.



May 12 2017


Empire State Plaza
Downtown Albany, NY

I’ve been to NY state capital a few years ago on a tennis tournament but did not come to the power center (aerial photo). The buildings are very grand and impressive, especially the State Capitol (wiki), finished in 1899. And a little free library.


The  State Education Building and Legislative Office Building (built in 1972).


The Egg and more …


Mar 7 2017

Mount Hope Cemetery

50 Jackson Ave,
Hastings-On-Hudson, NY 10706
(914) 478-1855 Barbara levy