We visited the Hudson Valley, Massachusetts, and New York City in June of 2008.  
Hudson Valley was first.  This is the front entrance to FDR's house in Hyde Park near Poughkeepsie, New York.


And this is Eleanor Roosevelt's private place some miles away, called Val-kill.


This is only a few miles away from the previous homes.  It's the mansion of Frederick Vanderbilt, so it's a New Money Mansion near the Roosevelt's Old Money.


One of the gardens on the Vanderbilt estate.


One of the reasons for visiting Hyde Park was to take a tour of the main campus of the Culinary Institute of America (CIA).  This is the main classroom and administrative building.


This is CIA's Italian Restaurant (where we had dinner), and their herb garden here in the back.


While in the Hudson Valley, we drove through an intense rain storm, followed by this double rainbow.


This is Kaaterskills Falls, in the Catskills Mountains.  These falls were immortalized by the Hudson River School painter Thomas Cole.


Perhaps the most surreal artistic experience in America is visiting Storm King Sculpture Park, not far from the U. S. Military Academy at West Point.  
Here, dozens of large sculptures are erected on hillsides, in fields, near streams... the natural surroundings and these modern sculptures don't immediately seem to go together,
but somehow it works.  




That's me, risking my life by standing almost underneath this precarious statue.  OK, so it's not precarious at all, but it looks that way.


This old mill is Philipsburg Manor in Sleepy Hollow, New York.  It's only an hour or so from New York City, but it feels like it's miles and ages away.
Sleepy Hollow changed its name sometime in the past to honor their native son, Washington Irving, the author of "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow."


Frank Gehry designed a Performing Arts Center for Bard College, which is about an hour south of Albany.  
He designs a cool building, doesn't he?  Though you could make a case that if you've seen one... (sorry, Frank).

After our ramble about the Hudson Valley, it was on to Massachusetts.  


Our first stop was in Amherst.  There we saw Emily Dickenson's house.  


Then, we went to the suburb of North Hampton or NoHo.  This is the City Hall, which gives you an idea of the full sense of humor the residence make the most of.


After a day in Boston for business, we continued the tour of Mass.  This is Walden Pond...


...and these stones mark the location of Thoreau's cabin.


Walden Pond is near Concord, MA, of Lexington and Concord fame.  We saw the Old North Bridge...


...and, continuing our literary tour, stopped in and toured Louisa May Alcott's home in Concord.


We also stopped in the little town of Shelburne Falls.  They feature the Bridge of Flowers (here and below)...




...and the Glacial Potholes, dug out when the falls are running high in the spring (a rock gets stuck in one place and the swirling water uses it to dig these holes).


Speaking of literary tour, this is the view out Melville's window when he was writing, "Moby Dick," near Pittsfield, MA.  
Supposedly, the shape of Mt. Greylock (shown in the picture) reminded Mr. Melville of a whale, helping keep him inspired as he wrote.  


The above picture is a barn on the property of Hancock Shaker Village near Pittsfield.  
The next two pictures are from the same area.  Visitors are allowed to wander through all the buildings, learning about the Shaker's practices and beliefs.


This is the teacher's lecturn at the Shaker school.


The Shaker's Meeting House.


Then, back to NYC, the city so nice they named it twice!  This is, of course, the Brooklyn Bridge...


...United Nations Headquarters...


...and the famous statue suggesting a new use for weapons on the U. N. property.


We also took in a game at Yankee Stadium in its last season before the new Yankee Stadium is ready.  
I didn't realize you can only go to the Wall of Fame before games, so I thought I wouldn't get to see it, but one of New York's finest was nice enough to take the picture below for me.  Thanx!