Oct 12 2013


The town of Geneva is urbane. The neat brown stone lined the N Main Street. It has Hobart and William Smith College, and NYSAES at Cornell University, among others.


My cousin whose three kids attend Le Rosey in Switzerland commented after seeing a few pictures that it does look like the namesake European city. My memory of Geneva of Switzerland is far more urbane, only because I’ve seen Geneva of New York. Funny enough the town people aren’t sure if the name was indeed taken from the better known European city; because some claimed its confusion of Seneca written in cursive.


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Oct 12 2013

Watkins Glen state park

Watkins Glen is a NYS park in a small town which is famous for auto racing – the only one of two (or a few?) that Nascar isn’t run on the oval track. More pix here

the main entrance on Main Street

the main entrance on Main Street

Golfer told me that we hiked here 20+ years ago, pre-parents era but I had no recollection. A park this stunning, especially with water, I should at least remember some part of it?


(not sure what went wrong: the WordPress or my T2i camera – can’t get the portrait to post right and many shots are portrait…)

This state park is nothing short of spectacular. The entrance is on the little town’s Main Street. It’s a beautiful Saturday and the Main Street was jammed with traffic.


The combination of soft water and hard stone creates mystic and romance. One is flowing constantly and one solid unyielding.

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The park prohibits dogs but few owners managed to come with their companions.

There is a graveyard. A few graves have fake flowers.

Parking is $8, which allows the access to the top parking too. There is a shuttle ($3.00) to take the hiker down to the main entrance should one requires. Beer (mostly local brew) at the top store cost $4.

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There is a camp ground (a wedding was going on, catered by Corning Cater) with out door pools.



The store and bathroom at the top:

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Oct 11 2013

Seneca Lake @ Geneva

Seneca Lake is the largest of the glacial finger lakes in up state New York. It’s a little less than 38 miles (61 km) in length, north ends in Geneva and south at Watkins Glen.

A few NE colleges are having sailing race.



How did this white car get there?


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The water is very clear and cool. A perfect condition for swimming. I’ve my compete swimming gears: suit, cap and gaggles. The widest’s width of the lake is 1.8 miles (3 km). However I didn’t know the local rule for swimming. It would be my regret for years to come.

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Oct 11 2013

Hamburg, New York

A neat small town near Buffalo.  More pix here

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Oct 11 2013

Goat Island

The little island at Niagara Fall is very nice in the autumn. tranquil and serene with limited tourists. We had a good meal at Shango Bistro and Wine Bar.

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Oct 10 2013

Niagara River at Buffalo

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Oct 10 2013

The sound of music @ Georgetown Uni

Oct 9 2013

Chin Chin

216 E 49th St (between 3rd Ave & 2nd Ave)
New York, NY 10017

The smoke duck looked terrible, burned and coarse, unacceptable. We didn’t bother to send back.
Our waiter is very sweet. My review on Yelp

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Oct 6 2013

Mr. K’s

A good place to have a conversation. The ambient is better than the food. High ceiling, warm hue. The water glasses are nice. Peking Duck is terrible.
Food: 2 star
Service: 4 star
Atmosphere: 4 star
My review on Yelp












Oct 5 2013

The National Bar and Dining Rooms

557 Lexington Ave (between 51st St & 50th St)
New York, NY 10022
My Yelp review


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