Travels with Bentley

Travels with Bentley
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Friday, August 14, 2015

Friday, August 14, 2015 - Grand Island, NY

Friday, August 14, 2015 - Grand Island, NY

I thought I would bring you up to date on what we've been up to since my last post.  Most of all we've just been enjoying our time with Matt, Megan and Josh.  However, Papa (Dean) and Matt finished the fence for their backyard on Wednesday.  They worked really  hard Tuesday and Wednesday in order to get the auger back to Home Depot so they did not have to rent it again.  The fence is really nice and a great addition to their home here.  I'll include a few pictures.

Here's a shot of the yard before the fence was up.

The workers.  Well, at least one worker.  Not sure what the other guy was doing.

I took these from inside since it's so wet outside after the rain.  Sorry for the glare

Megan is a great cook and she has made us some great meals this week, grilled salmon and asparagus, and shrimp with baked sweet potatoes.  Wednesday night we went to eat at a restaurant here on the Island that was really great.  It is called Dick and Jenny's.  I had a great salad with mixed greens, blue cheese, pears, apples, pecans and a blue cheese vinaigrette.  Matt and Dean had a cordon bleu ham alfredo pasta that looked delicious and Megan chose a jambalaya with grilled polish sausage.  We were all quite happy with the meal.  We were served cornbread and a roll that reminded me a bit of a shortbread cookie.  Very, very good.  According to the story on the menu, Dick and Jenny operated a restaurant in New Orleans.  Katrina hit and they came to Grand Island where they had many family members.  After doing something else for awhile they decided to get back into the restaurant business and I would say they have been quite successful.  It was really good.  They also serve breakfast and I hope we make it back to give it a try before we leave.

Yesterday (Thursday) at noon Matt, Dean, Josh and I headed to Lewiston, NY which is a great little community.  It is full of neat restaurants and shops.  We chose a restaurant called Apple Granny.  Another great choice.  The reuben sandwich and cole slaw I ordered was wonderful.  I can't even remember what the guys had but whatever it was, it must have been good because their plates were empty too. 
Apple Granny's Restaurant
The mirror on the wall to the left of the post caught my eye.  It reminds me of one
my "Nana" had over the loveseat in her living room.

Several restaurants had seating outside along the street.  Very cute downtown neighborhood.

Lewiston Opera Hall

Lewiston Museum, in a former church building.

We decided we would take in a little sightseeing Thursday and head to Fort Niagara State Park to visit Fort Niagara.  It is located outside of Youngstown, NY on the eastern bank of the Niagara River at its mouth on Lake Ontario.  It was built originally to protect the interests of New France in North America.  Its history spans more than 300 years, playing critical roles in the French & Indian War, the American Revolution and the War of 1812.

It is a beautifully restored fort with numerous buildings.  The temperatures could not have been any better.  Clear blue skies with temperatures near 75 or so, and a nice cool breeze blowing off of the lake. 

I took a number of pictures and will select a few to share with you below.

The Gate of Five Nations.  The approach to the gate featured a wooden drawbridge that could be raised in times of danger. 

Apparatus to raise the drawbridge.

The "French Castle"
The oldest building of the Fort and the eastern interior of North America.  It was originally the sole structure of Fort Niagara and was designed to resemble a large trading home.  In reality it was a strong citadel capable of resisting Indian attack.  Layout of the ground floor included storerooms, a powder magazine, bakery, guardhouse, and water well.  Living quarters and chapel made up the second floor.  The attic level provided defensive positions for muskets and light cannon from the dormers.

close-up of the "French Castle"
Well inside of "The French Castle".  The well is 25' deep.  It provided water for the Castle's occupants.

Council Chamber


Jesuit Chapel within the "French Castle"

Betsy Doyle, Heroine of the War of 1812

Enlarge this picture.  In the center is a sailboat and beyond it is the skyline of the City of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

You can see the axe marks used to cut these logs for the inside doors.
Three Historic Flags
Commemorates the nations that have held Fort Niagara.  White French flag from 1726 to 1759; British Union flag from 1759 to 1796.  The 15 star, 15 stripe US flag was flown from 1796 to 1818.  The original flag is on display in the Visitor Center.

Rafter, where you can also see the axe marks when cutting the wood.

Last night (Thursday) after our dinner here at Matt & Megan's we headed down the street to Perry's for ice cream.  It was very good.  We enjoyed part of the evening sunset while there.

While we enjoyed our ice cream, we took a tour around the island.  They have a beautiful state park here with a golf course.  I'm sure the guys will be giving it a try soon.  (Note:  In fact they tried this morning, but the rains came in before they even made it on the course.  Maybe tomorrow.)  There are beautiful homes along the water's edge - reminds me of Grand Lake.

Megan has reserve duty this weekend so we are hanging out with Matt and Josh.  Megan will be back Sunday morning and we plan to check out the Erie County Fair Sunday afternoon.  It sounds like lots of fun.

I also have to share a few pictures of our little grandson Josh who is a fun guy!

Enjoying a Klondike bar! 

One day this week Megan and I made a run to Target to pick out a few new yard toys for Josh, now that the fence is up.  Here is his new slide.

Batman's new toy!

It will probably be a few days before I post again.  We are having a great time!

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