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)- 🙂
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. 🙂