My un-sightseeing week in Buffalo New York USA

When most travelers think of New York the first thing that comes to mind is New York City, and the same  for those that have never visited the state they have a vision of yellow taxis and skyscrapers.  But there is so much more and on the Canadian border in western New York is the Queen City of the great lakes, Buffalo.  The downtown water front overlooks lake Erie and as you travel north you get to view the rapid current of the mighty Niagara and then you will “fall” in love with the breathtaking view of Niagara Falls.

I will give you fair warning, choose the month of your visit carefully.  If you’re a lover of snow most likely will not be disappointed between November and March.  Also, remember the lake effect will cause the  wind chill temperature to feel much colder than it is.

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Early in the 20th century Buffalo was a robust city of millionaires, a port city of the great lakes and the Erie Canal, with grain elevators and steel mills overlooking the great lake Erie.  If you are savvy in your knowledge of architecture you will recognize the works of Frank Lloyd Wright, Louis Sullivan and H.H. Richardson. Buffalo’s park system was inspired by Frederick Law Olmsted.

There’s a lot happening in Buffalo today as the canal side development downtown and the addition of the Naval park has the city back in the spotlight.  At some parts of the waterside you an literally see another country. our neighbor to the north Canada.

Now for the best of Buffalo….the food….Oh my gosh..I have so many favorite restaurants so I’ll just list a few:

Anchor Bar…the home of the Buffalo wings (Main St. downtown)

Sanatora’s pizza (several locations)

Fazio’s Italian restaurant (Niagara Street-Riverside)

Niagara Cafe ,Niagara Street downtown-Puerto Rican food, the best chicken dish ever

And don’t leave without a peanut donut from Paula’s…..Happy travels…

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Snow thankful ⛄️

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I have a snow story  to share with all of you.  I moved away from my home in Buffalo, New York  many years ago.  My Mom and Dad would visit me in Savannah Georgia in the winter and I would visit them in New York  during the summer, all of us chasing after the perfect 70 degree weather.

I changed the routine up a bit one  February when my  Dad called and asked to speak with my youngest son.  This was not out of the ordinary  for him to call during football season since they always talked about their favorite team “The Buffalo Bills”, but the season was over.

My curiosity over this Sunday night called came to an end when my youngest
son looked over to me and said ” Grandpa wants us to come up this week because they have a lot of snow”.  I jumped into the conversation and my Dad said ” the kids have to get to know snow”.

Two days later along with my two sons I was on a windy cold flight to Buffalo.  The landing was so turbulent the passengers applauded the flight crew when we parked at the gate of the terminal.

My Dad was in his usual waiting area with hands full of coats, scarves, gloves and boots that my sisters gathered up for all of us to wear.
Dad and the boys had a great week sledding, ice fishing, skating and fun things kids do in the snow. I stayed inside with my feet on the floor registers trying to stay warm.
My Dad passed away soon after this visit but I’ve never really felt like he left us because there are so many memories like this one.
When I see  snow photos I can’t help to think that even when the snow melts the “snow prints” will leave big impressions.

Happy Thanksgiving friends……eat more than one piece of pie