Today I had an early afternoon appointment, followed by a later obligation to pick my loving husband up from work. Not knowing how much time I would have in-between, I left the house today unsure exactly what the day would bring. Turns out my appointment took all of 15 minutes… and there I was with nearly 4 hours to kill before I had to pick Colin up from work…. What to do? Armed with my trusty iPhone and about 15 dollars in cash… I decided to venture around the small city of Troy NY for the afternoon.
I started with a boutique that features local artist’s work. Some of the most amazing paper cut art I have ever seen! Pottery, felted jewelry, framed ink drawings, handmade soap… everything that I love.
Next I stumbled upon a bakery… who can pass up a good bakery? Local, organic food.. yes. I ordered a three dollar bowl of black bean southwestern soup that came with a big hunk of whole wheat bread. It was the perfect, spicy “warm me up” for a crisp fall afternoon walk.
Troy is a historical city with amazing victorian style architecture. The buildings are quite impressive, with such detail and beauty. I must have taken 100 pictures of where each building meets the blue sky (my favorite view.)
Antique shops, friendly owners, a beatnik vintage record store, conversations with strangers, a cuddly puppy that I spent a few minutes scratching behind the ear, local food, tea, lebanese hummus, old architecture, a riverside view, a vanilla bean cupcake, and trying on a vintage hot pink fur coat with a candy apple red hat… before I knew it, four hours had gone by and it was time to go pick up Colin.
I highly recommend spending an entire afternoon roaming, without a destination, around a near by city that you probably pass through fairly regularly but rarely stop to wander. You will discover new things.
Here is a collage of my unexpected afternoon. Click on an image to view as a slide show.