Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Everyday life: Syracuse, New York

This past weekend, we went away for an extended 3 day visit to celebrate Augusto's niece, Taylor's graduation in Syracuse, New York. We met up with Augusto's family in Ithaca where everyone was staying, which made for a fun old-fashioned family reunion.
It took us about 5 1/2 hours from Montreal to Ithaca with a stop along the way in Syracuse. We crossed the border at the Thousand Islands border crossing and unexpectedly we came across a photo opportunity at the duty free shop. Who knew?

Greta as a Canadian beaver

Lorenzo as a Canadian Mounty moose

We got to Syracuse at about 3pm and headed for the Dinosaur B.B.Q. restaurant because we had read excellent reviews about it, but even in the middle of the afternoon there was a line up outside the door and a 30 minute wait.
So we ended up at the Dynasty USA mall where the DSW shoe store was located (we had a coupon and Greta needed a pair of shoes).
We also grabbed lunch at UNO pizzeria and we had the best burgers and pizza ever. And guess what? There's a big gigantic carousel in the mall. It costs $1.00 for a ride. Who knew?

The carousel at the Dynasty USA shopping mall

We drove from Syracuse to Ithaca, which is about an hour west of Syracuse and which is where everyone was staying at the hotel. But we found the hotel prices too high for our taste and so during the winter, we did some research about hotels and B&Bs in Ithaca and came across the Swallow's Nest B&B located in the Eco-village just outside of downtown. That is where we stayed over the weekend and I'll talk about this special place in my next two posts.

Saturday at noon was the graduation at Syracuse University in the Dome stadium. Very large venue and a very hot one. I ended up using the Convocation booklet to fan myself. The two hours that we were there, the temperature on the monitor went from 73 degrees up to 77 degrees. It was hot.

Taylor on stage with the dean

Check back tomorrow for more photos and more about Ithaca, New York.

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