It was bittersweet leaving Ottawa as we had such a great time visiting with all my brothers, their partners and my childhood friends and there's never any angst or issues on our short visits! We are so lucky Paul and his lovely wife Gloria always make us feel so very welcome on each of our visits back home.
Tiny and so, so picturesque Lake George Village, nestled at the foot of the Adirondacks, was a perfect place to stop for lunch and see the lake and its cruise boats. These were the first photos I took for the blog with my new phone.
What better place to find Adirondack chairs than in the Adirondack village.
One of the main reasons Steven wanted to return to Albany after about a 50-year absence was to visit his maternal grandparents' home on Western Ave. He remarked that he and his younger sister, Barbara, visited regularly from their home in Gloversville, NY, about a 1 1/2 hour drive away.
His grandparents owned the whole house but rented out the upstairs accessible by the door on the right.
I, too, had a family connection to Albany as my great aunt on my father's side had moved there from New Brunswick to be a nun.
A five minute drive away from the house was Washington Park, an 81-acre park created during the 1870s-1880s from a design by the same people famous for Central Park in New York City. Steven never knew of the park's existence until we were looking for things to do in Albany even though it was so close to his grandparents' home.
We lucked out being in Albany on May 10th because the park was hosting its annual Tulipfest for Mother's Day weekend. The displays of tulips was the largest we'd ever seen and were spectacular.
Marilyn Lily-Shaped Tulips:
Seeing this photo reminds me of seeing one my mother took of me about 60 years ago in a bed of tulips in Ottawa. At least this time, I wasn't sitting among them!
The elaborate fountain in the center of the gardens was erected by Henry King in honor of his father Rufus King in 1893.
The park's Mall:
In 1912, the large marble monument at the end of the Mall was dedicated to the memory of the Civil War veterans who had once participated in drills in Washington Square.
The other side of the Memorial:
Retracing our steps to the car, we noticed some very unusual trees, to say the least.
Cool Crystal Fringed Tulips:
Flaming Parrot Tulips:
A while back Steven and I decided to visit as many of our state capitols as we can without going crazy about it. We've seen a good number of them over the years so our 'goal' is to see more when it works out while traveling stateside.
The capitol's very impressive stone Great Western Staircase was accessible from the top floor to the bottom.
It was interesting to read that the women's suffragette movement started in Seneca Falls, NY, a century ago.
The Memorial plaza was only comprised of the pool and stone benches.
Posted from NYC on May 12th, 2017.