When we got there we found it’s actually the main house plus two smaller houses.
A local restoration society looks after the Martin House complex and runs regular informative tours.
Naval and Military Park
At Canalside there is an impressive museum.
You can look over three WW2 vessels; A cruiser, destroyer, and a submarine.
In the museum building I was also interested to find a model of USS Wolverine one of only two Fresh Water Paddle Steamer Aircraft Carriers.
You can also take a pleasant boat tour from Canal Side, which takes you along the canal, and around the only Marina that is shaped like a Buffalo (Don’t believe me then search Google Maps for ‘Erie Basin Marina’)
Some Things We Missed
It was only as we were in the Taxi on the way back to the airport we were told not only could we visit this impressive city hall; we could get a free lift to an observation deck on the top floor.
Exploring the many other Art Deco Buildings in the city
Visiting the Anchor Bar, where the world famous Buffalo Wings were invented in 1964.
I recently invited to Yazd in Iran as a representative of Disaster Aid Australia, the charity I volunteer for . . . . so here are some of the things I have learned.
I applied for my visa in advance to be picked up at the airport.
What I wasn’t told was that the fee varies depending on your nationality.
As an Australian my visa cost 145 Euros to be paid in cash while someone from Mynmar told me she paid less than 40 Euros.
If you haven’t brought evidence of your travel insurance you will also have to pay an additional $14 compulsory travel insurance.
One good thing was once you have paid the visa permission was electronically recorded and my passport wasn’t stamped. (I believe you can have big problems travelling to the USA if you have an Iranian stamp in your Passport)
Banking and Money
Because of the American Embargo a western credit card or debit card is not going to work.
I would recommend that you take hard currency, either Euros or USA dollars.
Most banks wouldn’t change your currency to Iranian Rials but some shops, hotels, and tourist guides will change money.
Because of the huge inflation in Iran, which means people like to get foreign currency, I actually got a much better rate on the exchange than the official rate.
In January 2019 the official rate was 47,000 Rials to One Euro.
Because the Rial is worth so little most people quote prices in units of ten Rials called a Toman.
Overall I found the people very friendly.
There aren’t many westerners around so I am a little bit obvious.
Several times a day I would be asked where I was from.
Frequently the next remark was “Welcome to Iran.”
Iran has a very strong Islamic culture.
This means all women are expected to wear a headscarf, long sleeves, trousers and a mid length Jacket at all times.
For men its long trousers and long sleeves.
Don’t expect to be able to buy alcohol!
When I arrived in Tehran the organisers of the event I was attending had organised my transport to Yazd, over 700km away.
I was surprised to find the transport was by Airport Taxi.
On the 8 hour journey, including stops, I didn’t see many coaches so I can only assume taxis are reasonably cheap and a convenient way to get around.
I did talk to someone from the Austrian Embassy about flying which he said he did, but only on certain airlines.