Today, we chose a path through the city and suburbs rather than the bike path in the green belt area.
We have very little city experience, but riding the train into Schenectady Sunday made us realize there were some really cool things about a city and maybe we need to work on our city smarts.
So we started smack dab in the middle of old Schenectady (note the photo above of the city hall … and that’s the back!). So many of the old houses all over New York have been fixed up for all sorts of uses: cafés, law offices, duplexes, rooming houses, shops, B&Bs.
That’s not just in Schenectady but all over the areas we’ve walked.
If you want a big ol’ three-story, seven-bedroom house, I can tell you where to find a few. They really have been perfect for B&Bs because the owners can use the front rooms for guests and the old servants’ quarters for their private area. Some of the folks get really creative with the spaces.
Well, back to our city walk. It was all sidewalk through Schenectady and it’s suburbs but the area changed – from old downtown, worn-out edge of town, historic area, 1920-1940s suburb houses, spread out estates and then to where we are, all new stuff.
We watched the buses run back and forth and realized if we decided to take trains on our next trip, we could ride the city buses where we wanted to visit.
Tuesday, by the way, is the last day of our walk.