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Saturday, May 27, 2017

The Soldiers Memorial in the Bellevue Neighborhood of Schenectady, New York





This statue stands at the
intersection of Broadway
& Guilderland Avenue
in Schenectady.





Men and women from all sections of the city have served in twentieth century wars.  The Bellevue neighborhood erected this memorial to remember their neighbors who served and made the ultimate sacrifice.





A young woman, her arms
 laden with flowers is etched
into the memorial.











The image reminds visitors of the young women from the neighborhood who lost fathers, husbands, brothers and friends to war.





Plaques honor those who
served in World War I...
















.... World War II...
















... & the men & women
of Bellevue who served
& died during the
Korean & Vietnam Wars.






This memorial, and others across America, remind us that our neighbors went to war and of our neighbors who never returned.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Sampling Beers at Wolf Hollow Brewing Company in Glenville, New York

Eric and I continue exploring locally...


















Visitors are taking a tour
of the Brewery.












The bartender keeps the
craft beers flowing...




dishing up Ribs, BBQ Pork,
Chicken & Brisket, with
sides.





Wolf Hollow Brewing 
Company's souvenirs:
Tee Shirts, Sweatshirts,
Hats, Glasses, Wooden
Six Packs & Tote Bags









Visitors are enjoying the
beautiful weather on
the patio. 








Eric & I made out beer
selections...







Eric sampled Campout Stout, Tripel Jump, Look Bock and Laugh, Lock 9 Porter and Wolf Hollow Amber.  I tasted Wolf Hollow Amber, Lock Bock and Laugh, Foothills Pilsner, Lock 9 Porter and Tripel Jump.  We both agreed on our favorite beer at Wolf Hollow Brewing Company is Lock 9 Porter.

Eric and I love exploring locally....  There's a lot to see and do in Upstate New York, and many, many tastes to explore.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Strolling Along Broadway in Saratoga Springs, New York

Joe, our Saratoga Springs Food Tour Guide, shared many interesting facts about the as we walked through downtown.  Here are some photos I took on Broadway....





housed in the former
Saratoga Springs Firehouse.











Saratoga Springs is the home of America's oldest horse racing track.  Since 1863 horse racing enthusiasts from all over the world have been traveling here for the annual Summer Meet.





I love the stonework at
The Algonquin's entry.

Built in the 1890s, The
Algonquin houses
shops & upscale
apartments.

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In a changing world, Saratoga Springs has worked hard to balance historic preservation and growth. Their efforts are paying off....  Last year, Broadway was voted one of the ten best main streets in America.  





is a fun place to learn about
Extra Virgin Olive Oils.




Menges & Curtis is
Saratoga Springs'
oldest surviving
business.










Opened in 1860, the former Apothecary, now Fallon Wellness Pharmacy, continues to strive to meet the community's healthcare needs.






1877, has been renovated
& will re-open on July 1.






The color palate chosen for the front exterior shows off the building's beautiful Victorian features.






Rip Van Dam Hotel, built
in the mid 1800s, now
houses Salt & Char.









The roof line of the building
 at Broadway & Caroline 
catches my eye...














A Saxophone Player
serenades the 
people who walk by.






A Horse greets small children
in front of Impressions of




James & Sons Tobacconists
also sells souvenirs.

















is a lovely shop with many
flavorful teas & honeys to sample.


These are just a few of the historic buildings and businesses that line Broadway in Saratoga Springs. Come for a visit and let me know your opinions of Saratoga Springs' award winning main street.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Exploring Locally: The Saratoga Springs Food Tour: Saratoga Tea & Honey Company





Joe brought Eric & me
to Saratoga Tea &
Honey Company.




Shop co-owner Hayley &
Joe, our Saratoga Food
Guide.





Hayley answers Eric's
tea questions.





Eric & I shared a cold tea
flight.







Hot tea flights are also available.






Hayley showed us the
Lu An Gua Pian Tea
leaves.










Hayley & the staff help
shoppers select from















There is an entire section
devoted to Aged Teas.










Saratoga Tea & Honey Company
brew cold teas....












... & hot teas.













Sue, Hayley's Aunt, is working
in the Honey Room.










Sample honeys (there are a
lot of them) & take home
your favorites.


Eric and I had a lovely time at Saratoga Tea and Honey Company.  I recommend you try some teas and honeys to expand your flavor palate.

Eric and I said goodbye to Joe and thanked Hayley for introducing us to her shop's teas and honeys.

Exploring Locally: The Saratoga Springs Food Tour: The Saratoga Olive Oil Company





Clint, Barbara & Chad Braidwood
opened the Saratoga Olive Oil
 in 2011.




Andrew welcomes
Joe, Eric & me.















Olive Oils are sold here.

Shoppers taste oils &
 make their choices.









Extra Virgin Olive Oil is the product of the first "press" of the carefully selected olives.  This fresh, unrefined oil has numerous health benefits.  Its properties can help lower cholesterol; help control insulin levels in the body and help protect the body's cells from damage.  






Sample the shop's selection
of Balsamic Vinegars.







Find the perfect vinegars to add zest to your meals.






Sea Salts add exotic flavors
to meals.





I also found an eclectic
assortment of gifts.







Saratoga Olive Oil Company is the place to shop for new flavors to add to your meals.  It's also the go to shop for unique gifts for the special people in our lives.