We head south to
the city of Buffalo. After navigating our way into the city centre, something
we are getting quite skilled at in our own way, and finding
a parking space we head out onto the main street and look for the tourist
office. We find it moderately quickly thanks to our myriad of maps that we
keep stashed in the glove box.
isn't much going on in the town at the moment. Buffalo is quite well known for
it's architecture and the nice lady at the desk gives us a self guided walking
tour leaflet. Wandering back out onto the main street we locate the beginning
of the tour just around the corner and wander amongst the buildings.
The leaflet is
informative, and upon spotting a similarity between one of the buildings and
the former world trade center towers in New York, I am pleased to read that
they were both designed by the same person. It's not really that much fun to
read about a bunch of buildings so I won't go into great detail here. A couple
that impressed me were the City Hall and the Old County Hall. The City Hall
looked like something out of Ghostbusters. But if you want to know something,
know that it is a cold, cold, day and we don't linger very long at many of the
sites. Trams run through the streets at regular intervals but there doesn't
seem to be anyone around to get on them.
My hands are
genuinely freezing. We warm ourselves up with two huge hot chocolates from the
local coffee shop and complete the tour. There are some impressive buildings
dotted around the streets.
On our way back
to the car another vehicle slows down and pulls over next to us.
"Hi, do you know
your way to the outlet malls? We've come over from Canada to do some
What is it about
me that looks as if I know where I'm going? I tell him that there is supposed
to be a huge selection up near Niagara and get back in the car and on our way.
Navigating out of Buffalo is a lot easier than coming in was, and we soon find
ourselves back in Niagara. We decide that we may as well make our own way to
the outlet malls and have a look around. We buy a few bits of clothing and
then head back to the motel to hide from the cold.