This photo was taken of me outside the Martin Van Buren home in New York, which I was able to see in the summer of 2009 while spending a week in the Hudson River Valley.
Van Buren represents the move to modern American politics, and his home reflects the changing nature of how people of importance established themselves in houses of comfort.
Touring historic places, seeing new sites and enjoying the company of others who enjoy the same things are hobbies of mine. I also love the Hudson River Valley north of NYC. It is one of the most attractive places on the East Coast of the U.S.