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Buffalo, New York

I just returned from a week away sojourning in Buffalo, NY. Many would offer condolences since Buffalo’s reputation has been heavily tarnished. Unjustly, I would say, as I love it there. Not just because my husband is from the area and much of his family still resides there, but because it holds a certain magic for me.

Buffalo is still a blue collar town, it always has been and always will be. While in the late 19th century and early 20th it was one of the most affluent cities of America, it fell from its lofty perch and stayed there a while. However, I’m glad to say it is now showing signs of healthy renewal and it is pulling itself up by the boot straps, putting a new shine on the old and incorporating its rich, industrial history into the new age.

 Location, location, location is the mantra for success and Buffalo has it all.  Nestled in the northwest of New York state, alongside the northeastern shore of Lake Erie with its payload pouring over the Niagara Falls. It was here that Nicolas Tesla first harnessed the gravitational energy of the falling water into electricity – creating turbines which electrified the world.  In addition, alternating currents were first commercially harnessed here.

Steel and iron was made here as well. The Great Lakes allowed huge shipments of iron ore in colossal ships from Michigan and Minnesota to the Buffalo shores, while often encountering storms as bad as on the Atlantic and preventing some of the shipments from ever delivering the much needed raw material. Providing the fuel to liquefy the iron ore in the smelting process was coal, which was pulled by mile long trains (something else I simply love – the old painted caboose’s and roar along the tracks)  carrying its latent energy from the coal mines of Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Kentucky.  The end product – steel and iron – provided the metallic bones which helped to build up much of the Northeast and beyond.

It was also grain that helped to enrich the Buffalo area.  Its geographical location along the matrix of lakes allowed for shipments of grain grown in the Midwest to come into Buffalo ports, where it could then be shipped along the Erie Canal to NYC to feed its hungry masses.  It was the canal  that provided this additional link to the world and is yet another historical feature of Buffalo, along with its wonderful architecture, which is being incorporated into its current revival.

Like the phoenix, Buffalo rises again.  Visit it sometime, you won’t regret it.

My Favourite Places to Visit:

The Albright Art Museum

The Canals – great for a brisk walk

Frank Lloyd Wright House

The Glass Conservatory

The British Pork Pie Company

(They will send authentic pies nationwide, so get your fill on steak and ale pies, Cornish pastries and so much more. They are beyond yummy!)

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