In early April, we tagged along my husband when he attended a conference in Albany, NY. We thought that it was an opportunity for the children – especially the older ones – to supplement their book learning. I had grand plans of going around town so that they could learn about another state, see government buildings and other attractions.

With my husband stuck in the conference and us in our hotel room, I do not think we met our educational purposes. In fact, the best part of the trip, according to the children, was being able to watch Cartoon Network to their heart’s content (although they were a bit disappointed when I told them to please skip Sponge Bob. I just could not tolerate the guy-err, cartoon). As a consolation , however, the two older boys sat with their father in a conference and at the very least, learned about behaving in an adult gathering. As a bonus, the younger one got interested in a kiddie JAVA program and for a few days after our trip, he was happily writing codes to make some virtual crab crawl around the screen.

On our way home, I prevailed upon my husband to bring us to the government center – somewhere in Eagle St. – so that we could, at least, view the historical buildings. But the boys – the rest of the family – instead of accompanying me in my building hunt, chose to find food places and came back to the car with a bag of gyros and boxes and pizza. Here is the result of my solitary educational tour (kindly click the photos to bring you to the carousel)- 🙂

State Capitol
This is the back facade of the State Capitol. The State Capitol was built over a 34 year period. It took three architects – each with a differing design inspiration in mind – to finish the job.  The building boasts of  Romanesque, Italian Rennaissance, and French Rennaisance architectural deisgns (whatever that means. All I know is that this building is majestic and imposing 🙂   While the building exterior singles this out among State Capitols, it seems that the  interiors far surpass the exterior in grandeur and majesty, i.e., according to
State Capitol
Here is the front facade of the State Capitol.
New York State Museum
Here is the New York State Museum at the The Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller Empire State Plaza .  This is apparently the USA’s largest and oldest state museum.  Here is more information –
Here are two of the four towers in the Empire State Plaza and located to the right of the  New York State Museum.  Unfrtunately, I could not find the names of these buildings.  For more information about the Plaza, please see here –
The Egg
The Egg is a center for performing arts.  It got its name from its rather unusual shape that looks like an ….. egg.  The tall building behind it is the Corning Tower.  It has an observation deck from which one can see Albany, Hudson River, the Appalachians, and  surround areas. 
For more info, please refer to   and


Education Building
Here is the Department of Education Building with its rows and rows of Greek pillars. Here is some information about the building –
Across the Capitol
This building is across the back facade of the State Capitol. In front of it is a statue of George Washington. The building has the names of the NY counties on its facade.

I posted some scenes from this trip here.  The state capital of NY may not be as grand as  its namesake city, but Albany is a charming place.  Its roads go up and down hills and it opens to the Hudson River.   It has old graceful buildings.  I did not have a chance to take pictures of it but the flagship campus of  the State University of NY  has some gorgeous buildings.  I think that given the chance, I would have enjoyed this place immensely. 🙂


And just to be sure nobody misses the importance of this place in NY life, this marker greets the residents and the guests alike when one enters the city –



Thank you for coming by.  See what Jakes’ friends have for Attractions. 🙂


  1. I agree with you on Sponge Bob – my kids aren’t allowed to watch that one at all!

    Albany has beautiful buildings. The facade of the state capitol is so pretty with intricate details. It also looks old, like it has a long history. That’s the thing about Arizona…everything is relatively new, and there isn’t a sense of ‘old’ architecture like there is back east. Thanks for sharing your photos. Sorry you had to gather them solo 🙂

  2. Geography does leave its mark on architecture. Janna mentioned the difference between Arizona and the eastern regions, and I’m thinking about the buildings in Europe, some still in use since the 13th century and earlier. Your captures are superb and informative. Thanks for sharing.

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