Discovering Upstate New York with Simon Richmond

Discovering Upstate New York with Simon Richmond


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There's so much more to New York State than the bright lights and skyscrapers of NYC. Buckle up for a grand road trip across this most historic and picturesque slice of the USA with guidebook author Simon Richmond. He has devised an ideal itinerary to the state that really does offer something for everyone.

Travel up the Hudson River Valley towards the Catskills and the state capital Albany, taking in national parks, contemporary art treasure troves like Dia: Beacon, and the lavish mansions of the nineteenth and early twentieth century tycoons. Marvel at the magnificent mountains and Lakelands of the Adirondacks and the scenic wonderland of Lake Ontario and the Thousand Islands.

Head west to Niagara Falls and resurgent Buffalo on Lake Erie, a must pitstop for lovers of Frank Lloyd Wright. Then loop back toward the Big Apple via the scenic Finger Lakes, the state’s premier wine-growing region.

Led by Simon Richmond, a contributor to over 100 travel guidebooks including Lonely Planet’s New York and the Mid-Atlantic and USA’s Best Road Trips, this interactive seminar aims to help participants to discover the highlights of upstate New York State. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an enthusiasm to hit the road and discover what lies beyond the Big Apple.

Simon Richmond is a writer and photographer who has specialized in travel for over 25 years. He co-wrote the first five editions of the award-winning Rough Guide to Japan and Rough Guide to Tokyo. Simon’s expertise on Japan was gained whilst living for several years in Tokyo in the early 1990s and working as an editor for the business news organization the Nihon Keizai Shimbun. He first visited Naoshima in 2000 and has returned several times since to document this unique art project as it has spread to other islands in Japan’s Inland Sea.

This conversation is suitable for all ages

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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Visit to Upstate New York with Simon Richmond

My wife and I have talked for years about visiting upstate New York, going up Hudson River. I was excited to see this Conversation offered. It, unfortunately, left me disappointed.

This presentation was well organized. Its structure, multiple smaller loops, which could be linked together, worked well. I did find Simon using multiple pictures on one slide to be confusing. Also, his presentation style lacked that engaging personality I have found in so many other Conversations. Simon came across as boring.

Simon may just have different tastes in what he finds interesting. After other Conversations, my overriding thoughts have been, "I want to go there." Not so with this presentation.

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J.G.
Visit to Upstate New York with Simon Richmond

My wife and I have talked for years about visiting upstate New York, going up Hudson River. I was excited to see this Conversation offered. It, unfortunately, left me disappointed.

This presentation was well organized. Its structure, multiple smaller loops, which could be linked together, worked well. I did find Simon using multiple pictures on one slide to be confusing. Also, his presentation style lacked that engaging personality I have found in so many other Conversations. Simon came across as boring.

Simon may just have different tastes in what he finds interesting. After other Conversations, my overriding thoughts have been, "I want to go there." Not so with this presentation.