Friday, June 19, 2009

Pictures from Long Island, New York

Traveling for work has become a necessity for me. Although traveling for pleasure and vacation fun is not technically a "necessity" ... it is nonetheless quite essential and very beneficial for my spirit and mental well being! This latest vacation was both short and sweet. As promised, here are some highlights of my vacation on Long Island, New York last week.

The weather was great (for me, at least) although it was a little bit rainy. Still, I enjoyed the cool temperatures (20 deg C) which were a welcome relief from the unrelenting heat we have been experiencing here in Houston! Hope you find some enjoyment in these pictures and I very much welcome any comments!

[And please check out my previous posting which has a few photos from my venture into Manhattan.]

The beach scene near Sag Harbor, New York.

The above photo and the pictures below are all from Sag Harbor, New York.

Main Street in Sag Harbor.

A typical house in Sag Harbor. Sag Harbor has a very New England feel to it!

The Whaling Museum in Sag Harbor (located inside the Masonic Temple).

A cartoon at the Whaling Museum! This proves the oil companies are actually "green companies" after all!! Once oil became a popular form of energy and fuel for lamp lighting, the killing of whales for whale oil (mainly for lamps) stopped. So in a way, we can say that the oil companies have saved the whales!!! :-) (OK, OK ... please don't laugh too hard!)

The Customs House Museum in Sag Harbor.

A typical bungalow on Eastern Long Island. Fancy homes, exquisite lawns, expensive cars, etc. all typify this part of Long Island! In fact, the Hamptons are home to many famous celebrities who live in this area.
On the way home, my friend and I stopped in at the Duck Walk Vineyards (in Southampton, NY) where I purchased a 375 mL bottle of a 2007 vintage sweet wine called "Aphrodite" which is classified as a late harvest Gewurztraminer (11% by volume) 'dessert wine'. [The bottle with tax cost $20.58.]

The Ronkonkoma train station. I caught the Long Island Railroad here last Saturday (June 13th) and rode the entire way into Penn Station (mid-town Manhattan) for $19.50 (each way on weekends - higher during peak times).

A family-owned Italian restaurant in Hauppauge, New York that was near my hotel. I recommend the food served here!!

A portable air conditioning system at Gate A-2 in Terminal A in LaGuardia Airport. LaGuardia is definitely an old airport for sure and this temporary cooling system proves it is time for a major renovation at one of NYC's major airports!!
Replies to Comments:
(1) Many thanks for ALL your comments on this as well as on several of the earlier postings in my blog! The recent dearth of comments posted on some of my earlier postings has me wondering about what I can do to elicit the interest of my loyal followers.
(2) Yes, 50 years is a long time and I am so grateful to have known someone for such a long time and to still be able to call them friends!!
(3) And, yes, if you ever get to Houston, we can somehow arrange to meet and share a coffee and swap stories about blogging!!


John said...

Hi Traveling Chemist :)

Glad to see you enjoying and relaxing in Long Island. Great pictures and enjoyed the humour too :)


John said...

Oh, I remember the times when my blog used to be void of comments too, leaving me wondering if there's anyone reading it at all, until I did two things:

1. I added to my blog - looking at the stats somehow gives me the assurance that there ARE people visiting and reading my blog :)

2. I read and comment regularly on a few blogs and I get mixed results. Some will become loyal readers and commentators, which is a joy to bloggers. Some will comment occasionally, which is ok, kinda like a pleasant surprise once in a while. And yet there are those who don't read or comment at all, even though you had been reading and commenting regularly for some time on theirs. This is fine with me, although I feel that it would be nice if at least they dropped a word or two even if it is once in a year.

Just some tips that I hope can help you. By the way, I honestly think you have a great blog, with lots of beautiful pictures and wonderful descriptions of your travels and experiences. And there will be those readers AND commentators that will read AND comment on your blog regularly even if you don't do the same to theirs.

Have a beautiful week ahead!