Jun 30 2016

Exited EU messed up their hotel operations too?

I input July 14-17, 3 nights, 3/room at St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel London, and got this quote (@ 5:38 pm)

Junior Suite, Club lounge access, Suite, 1 King, Chambers Wing
The rate for this room changes on 07/15/16 to 370 (GBP) per night 499

An agent is dangling on the screen for a live chat, so I connected to make sure all taxes are included, and the last two nights cost

Jun 29 2016

Glenn Hammond Curtiss museum 格伦

8419 State Route
Hammondsport, NY 14840

The museum has just opened a week ago after a renovation.

Curtiss  (May 21, 1878

Jun 29 2016

Hammondsport, with 731 residents

New York 14840.

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Wiki puts the total population at 731, 2000 census.  It’s at the south end of Keuka Lake, one of the Finger lakes. The most famous resident was Glenn Curtiss, the designer of famous Flying Tigers.

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We’ve lunch at Park Inn on Shethar St., facing the town square. Two burgers and a Ruben and a Cuban panini. All basic and all good. The soup is pretty tasty.

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For a town of this size which is smaller than my kids’ high school graduating class, their library is huge and beautiful. A little inn by the lake.


There are few bed and breakfast

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Jun 29 2016

Keuka Lake


One of the major Finger Lakes at Hammondsport. The water is super clear.

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Duckies are happily playing.

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Jun 29 2016

The restoration shop

At Glenn Curtiss museum, a cool place. At the moment, they’re restoring a P-4 at the rare hall, adjacent to the main building.

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Yes there is a girl! According to this gent in beige there are about 12 P-4s in the world in mint condition – can fly; and all in private hands.

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Explains where and how this P-4 is from

According to Mr. Red, the museum purchased this wreckage for $50,000 from the guy who dug it up. “It wasn’t like this at all when we got it.” I could image. The digger used to drag it around trying to sell this fuselage.

Curtiss P-40 Warhawk (wiki; Tomahawk / Kittyhawk) had a remarkable history: it first flew in 1938, appearing on British P-40s in North Africa in 1940; known as The Flying Tigers to fight the Japs in China between Dec 1941 and July 1942. In this period they downed 286 Jap aircraft and lost only 12 of their own in combat. This photo to the left is 3/4 scale.

People in the shop, girls too are volunteers. I wish it’s closer so I could volunteer too!

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Jun 28 2016

Letchworth state park


I’ve never heard of this top rated park and now feeling being cheated! I can only blame myself.

The first three photos are upper, middle and lower fall. The 4th has many kayaks. When sun shines, there is a rainbow at the middle fall.

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The park is huge, with many activities, including archery. Love their stone picnic tables.

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Yoga on the edge! Be aware: no cellular signal – Make sure you’ve an offline map for escaping -:). Multiple days at the park is better than hit and run.

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Just go!


Jun 27 2016

Tappan Zee bridge

It’s built during the Korean War when materials were hard to find. On average, 138,000 vehicles per day pass by. The bridge was designed to last only 50 years. Now they’re building a new one (wiki) since 2013 and planned completion in 2018. I’m holding my breath. The bridge in May 2016.

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Jun 27 2016

A giantic movie theater

2001 Elmwood Ave,
Buffalo, NY 14207

This Regal is gigantic: at least 18 screens plus an IMAX. Bathrooms are close by but is as cold as a freezer. We took in X-Men: Apocalypse, with Jennifer Lawrence, etc. Hugh Jackman showed up for a few seconds out of, nearly two and half hours of action.

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Jun 27 2016

A corner of Buffalo

Elmwood Ave, near Regal movie house.

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Jun 27 2016

Shango the last time

This is our third time. Probably the last time. King’s graduated, hence less incentive to go up north.

Food is as usual but the service is so so. We went early and the restaurant is empty but the girl couldn’t wait to clean out the table.

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