Without realizing it, I’ve quietly accumulated 518 subscribers who have signed up for email alerts whenever The Palladian Traveler posts something new.

Had I been paying attention, I would’ve thrown confetti, dropped balloons and let loose with some canon fire when I hit the 5×100 mark. Instead, I’m making this pronouncement, sans fanfare, on the heels of adding recipient #518, whoever you may be.

Five-one-eight | ©Tom Palladio ImagesSo, why am I calling Schenectady, a city located in the Mohawk Valley region of upstate New York? Because, many moons ago, I used to live in “the clearing beyond the pines” —  that’s what Schenectady means in the Mohawk Indian language — and it’s part of Area Code 518.

Just in case you’re curious, Area Code 518 was established as one of the original telephone area codes way back in 1947.

Five-One-Eight covers 24 counties and 1,200 postal zip codes. At last count, there were 494 landlines and 100 wireless exchanges serviced by 47 different carriers.

Area Code 518 is the largest area code in the Empire State, and extends from the eastern reaches of the aforementioned Mohawk Valley to the Vermont border, and from the Canadian border down to Albany, the state capital.

Five-one-eight | ©Tom Palladio ImagesOne of state’s original five area codes, 518 has never been split or overlaid, and, according to Ma Bell, will remain intact at least until 2019.

Thank you email follower #518 and the other 517 in front of you; and, a big shout-out to “the clearing beyond the pines” in the bigger Five-One-Eight.

Hopefully, I’ll shoot off some fireworks when I reach the 750th email-subscriber milestone. If so, I’ll also be placing a call to someone in Jiangmen, where its area code, inside China, is 7-5-0.

©The Palladian Traveler | ©Tom Palladio Images

The Palladian Traveler's Borsalino over cobblestone | ©Tom Palladio Images

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Written by The Palladian Traveler

Tom traded his hometown St. Louis Cardinals' baseball cap in the United States for a Borsalino and he now hangs his "capello" in the Puglia region of southeastern Italy. A veteran print and broadcast journalist, with well-worn passports that have got him into and out of 49 countries and counting, Tom fell in love with the "Bel Paese" years ago. As he notes, "I'm inspired by the beauty I find in all things that are very, very old, and reliving history, or at least meandering along cobblestone streets that were laid down over a thousand years ago and just looking up and marveling at what occupies the space still today, really gets my 'Vespa' running." Tom has a good eye behind the lens and is a graphic storyteller, but he'll let you decide as he keeps his camera batteries fully charged and the posts flowing from his creative hideaway in the hills overlooking Ostuni. You can also follow his dispatches along the cobblestone via TravelingBoy.com.

19 comments

  1. Congrats! Looks like you have collected quite an array of blog awards, as well. I thoroughly enjoy your photos, so I nominated you for yet another blog award. Check out my post today.

    1. Melanee — As my Cowardly Lion compatriot would say, “Aw shucks, I’m speechless.” Thanks for the BMA nom and for appreciating my lens craft. I’ll accept your kind gesture in an upcoming post. In the meantime, if you have the time, here’s another link to a bunch of my frames that you may or may not have seen: https://webertj.see.me. Cheers! Tom

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