It’s a strange phenomenon what happens to me whenever I cross the US/Canadian border. I’ve crossed many land borders before: 3 in Central America, 3 in South America, 3 in Asia, 1 in the Middle East, and numerous borders in Europe. Besides getting strip searched at the Peru/Chile border–I had food poisoning and darted off to use the toilet when the bus stopped, causing the agents to suspect that I was a smuggler, I guess–I’ve never had any major problems crossing borders. Read more
On my visit to the Finger Lakes, the tourist board invited me to do all sorts of incredible things: taste wine at the vineyards surrounding Keuka Lake, stay at a charming bed and breakfast called the Black Sheep Inn, go for a morning sail on Seneca Lake, and take a scenic flight. (My wife and I chickened out from the flight.) But I was also invited to visit the Corning Museum of Glass. Read more
Watkins Glen is the main town at the southern tip of Seneca Lake. If there’s one thing you learn about the Finger Lakes, everyone is mighty proud of their body of water. Ask anyone in the area, which lake is biggest and you’ll never receive a straight answer.
“Well, if you mean by shoreline, since Keuka is shaped like a Y, then Keuka Lake is biggest,” said a Keuka Lake local.
“Well, if you mean by volume, then it’s Seneca Lake,” said, you guessed it, a Seneca Lake resident. Read more
Most people around the world do not associate New York with wine (or even nature), but the Finger Lakes region has more than one hundred wineries (and some of the most beautiful scenery). While Seneca and Cayuga Lakes boast the greatest number of vineyards, the Y-shaped Keuka Lake, which is the most striking Finger Lake on the map as it’s the only unfinger-like lake, happens also to offer the most striking views, many of which can be enjoyed from the wineries. Read more
One of the things that I believe defines a city is its street art culture. I always love when New York City introduces one of its temporary street installations. The Orange Gates that straddled the walkways in Central Park back in 2005 and the Cow Parade, years earlier, that lined the avenues made people stop. It made people get outside. It made people wonder. I’m always blown away by what the street artists in Philadelphia are able to do with household junk. In Canada, Toronto has incredible street art, too. If you’ve toured around Trinity-Bellwoods and the Kensington Market, then you’ve seen some of the best Toronto graffiti. Read more