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I’m back with the rest of our trip to Rochester! We had a tasty dinner at the Genesee Brewhouse, which is quite the local institution, it seems. No beer for this preggo, of course (and I don’t really like beer anyway), but I found another way to indulge in the unique local culture of Rochester: The Genny Plate, Genesee’s version of the “garbage plate.” I had never heard of this—apparently it’s a Rochester thing. It was pretty tasty. (You can read about its history here.)
Even better than dinner: the view outside!
Rochester was a beautiful place to explore. I adore all these historic homes!
We even got to tour one! Lindsay House happens to be where my brother has been working this year as a fellow—it’s definitely no ordinary doctors’ office, that’s for sure!
But on to the second big highlight of our trip: our visit to the Eastman Museum! George Eastman was the pioneer of popular photography and motion picture film and the founder of the company that is now known as Kodak. A beautiful place and I get to nerd out about photography!? Sign me up!
I was fascinated by all the old cameras and chemicals for developing film. It’s so crazy to see how far we’ve come!
Touring the mansion was just as fun! And I was delighted to learn that, unlike on some historic home tours I’ve experienced, photography was not only allowed, but encouraged! (That does seem only right given the context!)
We got to see this lovely dining room…
…the fabulously colorful library…
…and this impressive room called the Conservatory. Clearly I could not decide which angle I liked best. It’s not every day that you see an elephant head on the wall!
Upstairs, we took a peek at the sitting room, and the bedroom that belonged to Mr. Eastman’s mother.
Afton did pretty well being patient with all this adult stuff, but she was very happy to find out about the Discovery Room for kids! There were all kinds of hands-on activities related to different ways of viewing and creating images. It was fun to watch her interact with each one!