Governor’s Island – Pumpkin Patch

Hello People. Tell me who doesn’t feel like enjoying good weather, especially when one knows that it might be the last weekend before the temperatures go down?

This is exactly when I stumbled upon this event at Governor’s Island that involved decorating the island with 5000 pumpkins. Then I made an impromptu decision to go to the Island and make the most out of my last (Or maybe last but one) sunny weekend.






For strangers with no awareness about governor’s Island, it is a 172-acre island in Manhattan, New York. Should you decide to visit, be sure to be informed about the events scheduled for the day of your visit. 

This island is one of the best places to picnic with family and friends. I was on the Island with my husband and a friend. You could tour the Island either walking or biking. Since we had the entire day, we choose to explore the island walking. 

We took a 4 express train from Grand Central to Wall street where we walked to the ferry (5-minute walk). The ferry to Governors Island from 11th Pier/Wall St is an eight-minute-ride and costs $2.75 each way. 


So, as we hopped out of the ferry we found cute signs guiding us to the Pumpkin patch. We passed across the William Castle en route to the pumpkin patch. The castles and the centuries-old buildings made me wonder about how much history this Island has gone through. I am certainly going back to learn it’s history.



We were famished with all the walking around and clicking pictures.






We started googling for food places on the Island and got a few options. Upon reaching the set location, we were amused to see food trucks. The amusement was because I was told that the Island is a car-free zone and people from New York love street food. You can pack your own food (as long as it’s not alcohol) and do a picnic on the lawns of the island.




After lunch, we walked until we came across the longest slide in New York (57 feet, as I was told). My husband and my friend haven’t gone on the slide. But, I did not want to miss a chance to be on the longest slide in NYC. There are slides of different lengths, feel free to choose which one you want to slide on.

We headed to the man-made hill which is 70 feet above sea level which offered beautiful views of the city. We walked past the glamping sites and new sit-outs that are under construction.





I am certainly not exaggerating when I tell you that the views, you get by looking around, and the sounds, you hear while walking along the water are the best things to experience. All the exhaustion caused by walking over 5 miles has been taken away.





Note: Note: Ferry has different schedules on weekdays and weekends, make sure to check the schedule before going. I am sure you don’t want to miss the last ferry to the city getting stuck on the island.

I might go there next week if its sunny, surprise me if you find me there.

Global Citizen Festival – 2019

I had been to the Global citizen Festival 2019 recently which was celebrating 10 years of powering the moment to end extreme poverty. Through this campaign Global Citizens have taken over 1 million actions. These actions have resulted in 18 commitments worth $932.1 million, and set to affect the lives of 7.6 million people. The festival also saw partners and members of Congress make announcements worth $1.6 billion.

The event took place in the open lawns at Central Park which could accommodate as many as hundreds of thousands of people. We arrived at the location at 3ish. There is a boat house restaurant at central park where I planned on having our brunch/lunch.

Central Park never fails to impress. Does it ?

Being a Saturday our lazy bums got lazy and we didn’t get out till 2:00pm. So, we did not get to eat at the boat house restaurant.(there was a waiting time of 2 hours and the event started at 5:00pm). We just grabbed burgers, Salads and fries at a cafe nearby and headed to the event.

Shredded Chicken and everything else!


Oh wait. There was a lemonade truck (very small one which doesn’t qualify to be called a truck) where they offered free lemonades if we followed them on Instagram. Of course all of us did (who doesn’t want a free lemonade).

We got extra lemonades when we promised to tag them on Instagram (So cheap of us, I know but don’t judge).

By the way the lemonades were awesome. I took the pink bottle which was both fancy and tasty. Probably one of the best I have had. ! You should try it if you find one (2-3$ won’t hurt – So just give it a try and Thank me later). Holding our bottles we headed to the event.


Sip while you walk – the line was really big and it took us about 25-30 minutes (including the security check) to get into the venue.

This event was sponsored by Comcast and NSBC. We got free water in free pretty bottles labeled Comcast and NSBC.


While we settled on the lawns, we took few pictures.

The wallpaper is a picture I clicked recently!


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Shades of Brown!

Okay! So now the festival had the amazing people who performed that evening. With a blend of pop and policy, Saturday night was filled with music from headliners including Queen + Adam Lambert, Pharrell Williams, Alicia Keys, OneRepublic, H.E.R., and Carole King; and special guest performances by French Montana, Ben Platt, Jon Batiste & Stay Human, David Gray, and NCT 127.



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Oh wait. The special guest at the show was Leonardo DiCaprio – the wolf of the wall street and an Oscar winner. !


We took one last picture while heading out.


We had an amazing time at the festival.


October is for Pumpkin Picking !

Grabbing a pumpkin from a nearby market is convince.  But, visiting a farm on a sunny day, walking through colorful foliage, plucking the perfect apple, picking the best pumpkin, biting a fresh donut, sipping fresh hot cider with family and friends, fills your fall memories and warm moments to get through winter. 

Initially, when I wrote a post on pumpkin picking, I decided to visit a different farm every year. However, the taste of donuts and apple cider from Wilken’s Farm is unmatched. I was disappointed with the donuts from the last two farms I have visited. So, hitting the road to Wilken’s farms again for the second time after two years.

This is a long weekend with all the schools giving a day off as its Columbus Day, so we decided to head out early. We started at around 9ish and went to a nearby cafe and had an amazing breakfast.



The weather was so gloomy when we were out for breakfast and the forecast was cloudy. So, I haven’t carried my DSLR – Obviously because I was disappointed with the weather.

Guess What? The sun was out so bright, skies so blue by the time we hit the road.

Here I am super excited to back at the Wilken Farms for the donuts. Oh, You should see the line for the donuts. I have included a video on my Instagram stories. We were in line for about 30-35 minutes before we got our hands on the delicious donuts, Banana bread, Coffeecake, Peach Pie, Lemonade, and Apple cider. 


We Loved eating our brunch after breakfast with the bees. (The bees part was supposed to be a joke)

We took a lot of pictures and picked our perfect pumpkin to float at the Central Park on October 30

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Never leave any place you visit without taking as many pictures as you wish for.




Now, Let’s enter into the apple farms. Aaah! The apples were soooo delicious. They are so fresh, juicy and crispy.


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Lots of Illegal Apple eating and even more Illegal photo taking 😛
Trying to get my hands on the best apples!

I hope all of you go Pumpkin Picking and apple plucking.!

HippoBallerina has found her new home!

So, I follow Misschloenyc who has posed and posted pictures with Ms. Hippo on Instagram. Seeing the cute hippo instantly made me want to go see her. The 2.5 ton-statue, designed by Danish artist Bjørn Okholm Skaarup, was installed across from the Flatiron building on 22nd Street and Broadway. She was across from Lincoln Center way back in 2017 – but now she is back and is going to stay through Thanks giving.

“Standing over 15 feet high, Hippo Ballerina has found a happy home among New York’s skyscrapers… I am delighted when people of all ages interact with the bronze sculpture, as they pass, smiling and even posting photos to #dancewithhippoballerina. I know that Hippo Ballerina will enjoy living downtown!” said the artist, Skaarup, in a statement.






The statue was inspired by the dancing hippos in the classic Disney film Fantasia as well as Degas’ “Little Dancer Aged Fourteen” (Petite danseuse de quatorze ans). The new installation of the statue was made possible through NYC DOT Art & Event Programming, Cavalier Galleries and the Flatiron Partnership. 






“The Flatiron District is a storied part of New York City which has taken on new and exciting roles as a booming residential and commercial district,” states Anna Gillis of Cavalier Galleries. “We are very happy to call it Hippo Ballerina’s new home!”

World’s largest Gypsum dune field – White Sands National Monument

I have heard a lot about the white sands from many of my friends who have visited, from many articles I have read, and many Many travel bloggers. Upon seeing the the beauty I was awestruck and blownaway instantly which Is why I have decided to pen down a seperate post just for this beauty.
Cute Little Sit-out
There wasn’t a single soul !
White Sands National Monument is in the northern Chihuahuan Desert in the U.S. state of New Mexico. It’s known for its dramatic landscape of rare white gypsum sand dunes. Trails through the dunes include the raised Interdune Boardwalk and the Dune Life Nature Trail, dotted with interpretive exhibits on wildlife and other features. 
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The sands are filled in as far as the eye can see, The symmetry of the sand wave formation has mesmarized me. I am running out of words to put down my exact thoughts when I first saw – literally.
There is abundant amount of flora and Fauna. 
Look out for these little insects !
Dunes Drive is a looped road from the White Sands Visitor Center to the dune field and make sure you drive through this loop before the hike. I have taken N number of videos but my account doesn’t support videos – SO I shall just stick to the pictures. However, You can visit my Instagram page for videos in the Insta stories.
I strongly urge you guys to wear bright colours if you are looking for few brilliant snaps.
The Brighter – The Better
Clearly, Shades of Pink are your colours when visiting the White Sands!
Red Shades ? Oh YEAH Certainly.
That is the entire group rolling in the dunes!
He asked for it!
Never ever leave a sand place without getting the sand into your hands ! – That is a sin I say!
I had been to the White Sands this September (September 2019) and it was really hot. So HOT that I had like 3 layers of tan when I left the monument and the sun was so bright that I could not manage looking at camera facing the sun.
That is clearly not the cap I was referring to, when I suggested you to get a cap. 
I did Manage to get a decent Picture!
Making my way through the Dunes !
My Baby Bear – Zoe
Making her Mark – While she leaves White Sands
Get yourself a Sovereign – Bottle of Sand
Yupiiieeee ! I did fly that high!
Fun Facts:
* The sand here is not made up of Silica, but is made up of Gypsum
* You might find an Oryx if you look out
* This is a monument and not a park (YES, I was taken back when I read it first)
* Get ready to get lost (Make sure to drop a google pin when you park your car)
* You will not find a single soul – Get sufficient water and a cap if you plan a hike (Short or Long)
Arrive at the monument for sunset or Sunrise for the best views.
I left the place with an everlasting impression on my mind – I hope you would to.



Two Days in Colorado !!

Two days are just not enough to explore Colorado.

This is one of the longest (in terms of days) and largest (in terms of people) trips I have been to in The United States. We have covered Four states (Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona & Nevada) in a  span of 10 days.

We flew into Denver International airport and flew out from Vegas International airport. I have made an itinerary covering each state for about 2-3 days and in this post I will stick only to Colorado.

Let me tell you – two days in Colorado is not enough to relish such a beautiful state. ! However, if you are a first time visitor then this itinerary should do justice to Colorado. I divided my first two days in Colorado between Rocky mountains and Colorado Springs. I have missed a few things which I will put on the list for you to cover.

We stayed at Alphine Ridge Inn which is really close to The EAST entrance (Estes Park) of Rock mountains. Most people spend two-three days just at the Rocky Mountain National Park.

View from my Room!
Coffee with a View!

There are four entrances to this national park and it might get confusing if you do not have all the information regarding the park because you might end up going through the wrong entrance and wasting a lot of time.


The two entrances to the east are better than the west entrance is what I have read from various sources. Initially, when I was beginning to plan, I wanted to see the entire park – But, given the time constraints I wanted to stick only to the east entrance from Estes Park.

I have also read about the numerous hike options in Rocky Mountains and have opted To hike the dream lake which is 2 miles round trip with astonishing views(From the Instagram Pictures).


The hike started from Bear lake trial parking. If you have time and the energy for a longer hike, You can get to Emerald lake which extends to another mile or mile and half.



I have read in many blogs/articles about how traffic could affect trips and I haven’t considered it very seriously. Let me tell you – The entire parking was full at 8:00 am in the morning. If you want a parking spot you should be there by 6:00am. Also, if you do not get there before 6:00am just leave your vehicle where the shuttle starts and take the shuttle – There is no point going all the way up only to head down. Rocky Mountains have exceptionally good shuttle service free of cost.  Please Do not forget to carry your own water bottles and also a jacket or a rain coat. Colorado can surprise you with unplanned showers during the day.


Due to the lack of parking and the crowded shuttles, we have decided to go back to the hotel and dint get a chance to hike the Rockies. I am definitely going to come again just for the Rockies.

We got dressed up for the scenic drive through the Trial Ridge Road. It is also called the Beaver Meadow National Scenic Byway that traverses Rocky Mountain National Park from Estes Park Colorado in the east to Grand Lake, Colorado in the west.

Grand Trial Ridge Road

Let me assure you that the views are breath taking and if you are a photo addict give yourself some extra time to the drive because you will want to take many pictures along the way. !

Traveling through Rocky Mountain National Park can be both breathtaking and frustrating. Beautiful views and wildlife abound, but holiday and weekend traffic can make enjoying the scenery tough even for the calmest of drivers.


1)Rainbow Curve: From here you are able to get unique views of Horseshoe Park, Alluvial Fan and the Beaver Ponds.
2)Lava Cliffs: A stunning contrast to some of the lingering snow on  Trial Ridge Road, the Lava Cliffs are the result of some faulting and regional up-warping  and volcanic activity leaving  young volcanic rock in contact with Precambrian rocks
3)Toll Memorial Trail: Located at Rock Cut near the top of Trail Ridge Road the trail traverses across the open tundra. The trail gets its names from Ranger Toll the former superintendent of Rocky Mountain National Park from 1921 to 1929.
4)Rock Cut:come across Rock Cut – a landmark section of the road that cuts through the mountainside
You’ll find so many photo-worthy views, you’ll quickly fill your phone/Camera with pictures and videos!


My husband/Best friend/Obsession




This is just half of the group

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We headed to hit our next destination- The famous Red rocks Amiptheater which can accommodate 1000 people at a time and is considered one of the most unique and largest amphitheaters in the world.

The natural amphitheater which was once listed as one of the seven wonders of the geological world took more than 200 million years to form.  Red Rocks Amphitheatre is more than just the coolest concert venue in Colorado. It’s one of the most unusual in existence. In fact, it is the only naturally occurring, acoustically perfect amphitheater in the world.


Dine with a view: The Ship Rock Grill is the on-site restaurant, built around two huge boulders both inside and out. For breathtaking views, dine on the outdoor deck. You can even book dinner here before your show, or just visit for the photo opps.

Sadly, there was a concert on the day I planned to the red rocks Amphitheater. I vaguely checked the dates of the concerts but forgot updating my itinerary.


Disappointed, we headed to Red Rocks Open Space. We reached there at around 8:00pm and walked around for about 20 minutes. With the failing light I dint manage to get any good pictures.

However, we managed to click a couple of group pictures at the entrance with headlights on!

Thus we ended the first day of our trip.

The second day I had Garden of the Gods, Manitou Cliff Dwellings and Royal Gorge Train Ride on my to do list. We started at around 8:00 am to the Garden of the Gods. I haven’t planned any adventures on this trip, but this place is popular for hiking, technical rock climbing, road and mountain biking and horseback riding.



The park’s famous red rocks formed millions of years ago due to upheavals in the earth’s surface and erosion. The rocks are conglomerates of red, pink, and white sandstones and limestone. You can travel back in time to learn more about the history of these rock formations by watching an entertaining 15-minute film during your visit to the Garden of the Gods Visitor Center.



There are different varieties of rock formations and you can get the complete guide here. It took us about 2 hours to wander and take pictures at the garden of the Gods.






We headed to Manitou cliff Dwellings which are 4miles away from the Garden of the Gods. It took us 10 minutes to reach the dwellings.




The Manitou Cliff Dwellings are a group of relocated Ancestral Puebloan cliff dwellings and museums located just west of Colorado. The process of relocating these cliff dwellings began in 1904 and was completed in 1907 when the preserve was open to the public. William Crosby, the original founder/owner of the Manitou Cliff Dwellings Ruins Company, wanted to preserve and protect these dwellings from looters and relic pot-hunters. His company spent many months mapping out a blueprint of the dwellings in Mc Elmo Canyon.”





So, I have read opposite views about these Manitou dwellings being a replica. These cliff dwellings are not original to the site – they were originally built in the Southwestern corner of Colorado – close to Mesa Verde National Park’s cliff dwellings. They were collected, packaged and moved by railroad from 1904 to 1907 to the Colorado Springs area and rebuilt using concrete and mortar – which is why you can tour, walk on and climb these ruins with no chance of damaging them.



The move was to protect the ruins from looters and relic collectors before the federal government passed The Antiquities Act of 1906. Check the museum for detailed history.

Finally, do not skip the cute gift shop. The chain that I am wearing in the pictures is from that store and all of them are reasonably priced.


After both of these places you can do the Royal George train ride in noon and Cave mountains in the evening. I did not get tickets for the noon ride – So had to skip and proceed to Taos, New Mexico. I cannot stress how much I miss not going on the train. On this trip I also learnt not to rush things and you should try not rushing too.



You could do Aspen mountains and The city of Fruita if you have an extra day in Colorado. Hope you loved reading as much I enjoyed putting up as much information as possible for you guys.

My Latest Obsession – Orchard Street NYC

I have been living in New York city for about three years now and I have never been to any new places other than the typical tourist attractions. I visited the same places almost ten times now with different sets of people. I recently started discovering NYC through Instagram posts and various other blogs.

I saw these cute bears on MissChloenyc‘s profile and wanted to visit them so bad. They are on display at Galerie Perrotin through June 8, 2019. Sadly, it was closed the day I visited -which is when I decided to just stroll on the streets and fell in love. Orchard street is one of the main thoroughfares of the neighbourhood. With so much history and culture, it can be difficult to navigate through the sprawling district but its totally worth it. 

I started from the Essex station which has a beautifully tiled fish all over the walls.


That’s me trying to pout like the fish 😛

I made a quick stop to grab my bubble tea at this very cute tea place (DIU TEA). 















Eyes Speak a lot !
True that!
Welcome to New York City – Everything has art on them !





The seven blocks between Canal and Houston Streets are lined with historic tenements, trendy eateries, boutiques, art galleries, and second-hand clothing stores.



This is the at the Orchard Street hotel!


P.S: This is a very small part of Orchard Street and there is so much more to do.

Yellow Stone National Park

My husband and I planned this trip with our besties. This trip to Yellowstone National Park was part of our trip to Mt Rushmore and Badlands. I carried my Canon 80D and my two lens  Canon EF-S 18-55mm and Tamron 70-300mm. All of us choose to meet at the Salt Lake City airport. These are the itineraries I made before we started for the trip.


Best Time to Visit: If you prefer to experience the park with fewer tourists, consider visiting in May or September. Pack some cold-weather clothes just in case, because we dint carry our jackets and it was cold. If you don’t mind the crowds I would recommend June-August when the weather is warm and allows you to camp outdoor.

On the first day we landed at 10am in Salt Lake city and had our early lunch in an Indian restaurant which I don’t recommend because the food was so bad. We headed to Bonneville Salt Flats which was about 2 hours drive from the airport.

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We took tons and tons of pictures !

The Bonneville Salt Flats is a densely packed salt pan in Utah. The formation of the Salt Flats began at the end of the last Ice Age, when the waters of Lake Bonneville began to recede. Lake Bonneville covered approx. 2/3 of Utah and was almost 1000 feet deep in the area of the Salt Flats. When this large amount of fresh water slowly disappeared over time, large concentrations of dissolved minerals were deposited in the soils that form the watershed for the Bonneville Salt Flats.

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For Good pictures Wear bright/dark colours preferable sky blue !!

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We spent about an hour taking pictures making weird poses. before we started our drive to YSNP. I, initially dint have Shoshone falls on my itinerary, but included a stop at Shoshone falls on our way which isn’t a big detour. It is also called the Niagara Falls of the west for a reason and I strongly suggest you visit it. We also made a quick stop at Perrine Bridge. This may be the only man-made structure in The USA which allows base jumping all through the year without a permit. We saw about 2-3 people jump off while we made a quick stop for 10mins.


Shoshone falls are located at the edge of Twin Falls and is a natural beauty on the Snake River. At 212 feet, the falls are higher than Niagara Falls.  I have seen many blogs that suggest visiting Idaho falls, but I replaced Idaho with Shoshone falls which I don’t regret.

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Shoshone Falls !!


After the falls we headed directly to Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel where we booked our stay. Book your hotels much ahead of time if you are sure of visiting YSNP. We had free breakfast which included over 20 breakfasts in the buffet. The views from the hotel were beautiful. The mountains covered with snow reminded me of Kashmir, India.

We reached the hotel at around 2am in the morning the second day. Do not drive during  late hours like we did. The roads are narrow we regretted the drive.

On the second day we toured few places in Yellow Stone National Park. The places I covered were Mammoth Hot Springs, Norris Geyser, the Canyon Village, Yellow Stone Lake, Grand Prismatic and Old Faithful.  Mammoth Hot Springs being 6miles from our hotel was our first stop.

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Mammoth Hot Springs
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Walk through the trails to the highest point to appreciate them !


Then we went to the Norris Geyser which I could not appreciate that much, then the Canyon Village where we had our lunch at the Canyon lodge.


After lunch we went to the Yellow Stone Lake which is also called the Grand Canyon of YSNP.  We had to stop at many places to get a proper view. There are trails all over the place. One of the hikers slipped calling for an emergency while we were at the Grand View, so be mindful while walking on the trails. We passed by creeks, water falls, and a lot of different views which we stopped at, every now and then.

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The Grand View !
Grand Canyon of YSNP !

The second half of the day we had time only for the Grand Prismatic Springs and the Old Faithful Gyser. On our way to Grand Prismatic Springs it started raining really bad which left us all in disappointment. We decided to go anyway. The rain stopped by the time we reached but it was really cold and the dress I choose to wear was not appropriate for the climate. You can see in one of the pictures where everyone was wearing a jacket.

Everyone in Colourful Jackets !!
Turquoise Pool !
Of Course, Grand !!

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Our last but the best stop for the day was the Old faithful geyser. It is said that Old Faithful erupts every 35 to 120 minutes for 1 1/2 to 5 minutes. As I said its worth the wait and if you have time, I strongly urge to make time to see the eruption. While we waited we got coffee from Yellow stone Ice cream and cafe.

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We waited for about 90mins to see the Old faithful eruptions which was totally worth the time.

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Finally, I have searched many blogs hoping to see what to wear when in Yellow Stone National park and I found nothing. So I have decided to play and experiment with colours on my friends. Sky blue looked really beautiful in Bonneville Salt flats. I wore a yellow top with  white pants and I liked how it looked in pictures. My husband wore a white shirt and I am sure he stood out in the pictures. You can also try wearing a bright pink at the geysers. If you are going in winter, carry a bright coloured Jacket. Check out these pictures for colour suggestions.

I hope you now know what to expect, what to see and what to wear, Happy travel !

Mt Rushmore & Bad Lands is on the other post on my blog.

NewYork State Capitol

I heard a lot about the New York State Capitol building that I decided to go for a day. I took Amtrak and the journey lasted for about 2.5-3 hours. I experienced few breathtaking views during the entire journey.
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View from the moving Train !
The Albany State Capitol is stunningly beautiful inside and these pictures will not do it justice. It took over 32 years to construct and today it sits incomplete.  This building was completed in 1899 at a cost of US$25 million (equivalent to $735 million in 2017), making it the most expensive government building of its time.
Capitol Entrance !
 There are free Capitol tours starting from 9am in the morning lasting till 5pm in the evening. The guide was patient enough to explain every detail and friendly enough to let us take as many pictures as we wanted. I was amazed to see the old elevator still working just fine even after a fire disaster which destroyed the entire building calling for a renovation..
We walked through the beautiful corridors.
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“Nestled within the labyrinth of stone that is the NY State Capitol lies  the Senate chamber, proclaimed the “most beautiful room in America”. Visitors are allowed only into the senate chamber but not allowed downstairs where the actual sessions take place.
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This chamber that has been designed by Henry H. Richardson is a haven of beauty and elegance. Mr. Richardson designed the room in Romanesque style which was developed in Italy and Western Europe. His plans included carved Oak for the 50 foot high ceiling, pale grey stone for the two huge decorative fireplaces at the rear chamber, golden Mexican Onyx, Yellow Siena marble from Italy, red-brown granite Scotland, red leather from Spain, Mahogany from Caribbean, pink Knoxville marble and 23-kt leaf covering the walls of the arcade. 
Here comes the million dollar staircase. This Great Western Staircase, also known as the Million Dollar Staircase, took an unheard of 14 years to construct, from 1883-1897 costing, more than one million dollars.
It is made of sandstone imported from Scotland. The massive staircase is most notably known for the intricate carvings that decorate the stairs. There are many number of faces carved on the staircase. 77 of which are faces of famous individuals, and the rest are referred to as the ‘Capitol’s Unknowns’, as they remain unidentified. There are over 1000 unidentified faces.



Heading towards the less fancy Lower house.
The walls have beautiful patterns painted and the yellow paint is 23-kt gold.



Finally, the Governor’s War Room has wonderful ceiling paintings depicting the various wars and battles of New York’s history and Lady Liberty in the center of the ceiling.