For my walk with Jo this week I am taking you on a little stroll along the beautiful waterfront in Buffalo, New York.
These photos were taken in 2007, when my husband and I took a sunset stroll in downtown Buffalo.
Buffalo is famous for snow, steel and chicken wings…
but it is also noted for some other things!
like gorgeous sunsets with pink in the sky…
and a waterfront area that is warm in July
The origin of the name Buffalo is from the French words beau fleuve, meaning beautiful river.
And there really ARE days in this town when you do not shiver….
There are other theories about the origin of the name, but I like beautiful river because it highlights the great water access, as well as the important role that Lake Erie played in the early development of this city; in fact, the major streets all radiate from the downtown waterfront area – see the maps below:
Buffalo’s waterfront is also home to several decommissioned US Naval vessels, which are part of The Buffalo and Erie County Naval & Military Park.
And for the last part of the walk with Jo – in good ol’ Buffalo –
I have to share a story from this quick summer before I go-
One of the days we took a group of kids to this playground that was in a “decent” neighborhood.
We noticed there was some graffiti in a few spots, but overall things looked pretty good…
Seven of the cousins were playing that day- while we were chatting with grandma in the shade.
Suddenly, we heard my nephew “sounding out” some inappropriate terms. We did not realize that there was swear word graffiti up on the slide and once we realized it – we left! It was time for lunch anyway, but this photo reminds me of how much we laughed that day – because my nephew was confused – he was a new reader at the time and he was completely bewildered as he was sounding out a few of the words… and we were shocked by what we heard….
In closing my walk with Jo this week – HERE is a song by Buffalo’s Goo Goo Doll’s – called Broadway- and this street is one of those major arteries that radiates from downtown. I also bought my first car from a used auto lot that was on the corner of Broadway and Bailey (that lot has gone for a long time and there is now Tim Horton’s coffee shop there)
Also, did you know there is another city with crazy weather that can also be quite beautiful too? Well Jill takes us to Wellington, the capital of New Zealand – where I guess it rains horizontally and has the “sort of weather poets fill anthologies with…” more HERE
Have a great day!