Country Road, Sterling, NY

“Country road, take me home, to the place I belong…” With John Denver’s music linger around our years, we drove on Highway 38 — which can hardly be treated as a highway as cars are even allowed to turn around on the lane. Being up and down, we were pretty much enjoying the scenes along the road: large fields of corn, vineyard near the winery, and occasionally, horses and cattle.  Life here is pretty simple, but simple is also a kind of beauty, I guess.

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“Medieval” Lady, Sterling, NY

An interesting festival nearby: The Sterling Renaissance Festival. A typical middle age English town is recreated here in Sterling, and a majority of the people here wear the complicated but fancy costumes (not only the actors and actresses but also visitors!). Walking in this area, sometimes you felt like that you have accidentally caught a time machine and flew back to the old days, to that different age.  Yet more often, you have the feeling that you were in a British movie or TV series, be it Downtown Abbey or Pride and Prejudice. The topic of the festival is “The Highland Fling” on the day we visited, so naturally, we won’t miss the lovely bagpipes and highland dance!

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