After depositing our laundry with a most helpful lady in a nearby laundromat, Mark and I headed off in search of culture, history and culinary delights.
First stop was Main Street in Ossining for delicious coffee and Portuguese tarts. We then drove to the gates of Sing Sing Prison – a most unwelcoming sight, even though perched on the Hudson River with extensive views!
Next, we drove through Sleepy Hollow on our way to Tarrytown. Sleepy Hollow has the most exquisite homes on huge manicured lawns, amongst leafy woods. The blossoms of springtime create picture-perfect vistas.
We crossed the Hudson River, this time driving over the Tappan Zee Bridge instead of sailing under it. It still looked spectacular from any angle.
We drove through the riverside village of Nyack and back through the ages to revolutionary times.
Stony Point Battlefield State Historic Site – south of West Point and held by the British in 1779. The Continental Army made a daring three-prong attack and captured it. A lighthouse was built in 1826 to guide ships through the narrow passage of the Hudson River at this point.
Onward, ever onward…
Continuing our drive northward on the western shores, we sped past forts, battlegrounds, garrisons and Washington’s headquarters at Newburgh on a mission to find the CIA in Poughkeepsie. The Culinary Institute of America was once a seminary, but now turns out chefs. The scale is grand. The architecture is grand. The view is grand. It is all so very grand!
We did a ”taste appreciation” seminar, viewed a couple of videos showcasing the CIA and were entertained by two undergraduate chefs – all part of our tour.
Then back to pick up our clean laundry. Today was a long day. We were on the road from 9.30am until 5.30pm. This was a day we saw a lot of the Hudson Valley and villages along the shores.
Such is Life!