|tourists go around Newport, RI in these cute toy cars for two|
|Fr. McGiveny, founder, Knights of Columbus|
at the Knights of Columbus Museum, New Haven, Ct
The state’s geography has given it a strong maritime tradition, which continues today. Connecticut's other traditional industry is financial services. One of the most distinctive landmarks of the state is the Travelers Tower at the Travelers Insurance building in downtown Hartford. These combine to give the state has the highest per capita income, Human Development Index, and median household income in the US.
|Travelers' Tower, from where you can get a good view of Hartford, Connecticut|
|Trash Museum in Hartford, Connecticut leads the way|
|Yale Chemistry Building in New Haven, Connecticut|
The other city of note in Connecticut is New Haven, home to the beautiful campus of Yale University, an Ivy League school. Bill finally saw this college that had offered him a full scholarship after graduating from Pittsburg High School. He chose to go to Oberlin College near Cleveland, Ohio, though. He found the Yale campus, especially the old district, so charming that Bill has no doubt he would have enjoyed Yale at least as much as Oberlin, if not more.
|Mark Twain House in Hartford, Connecticut|
|Harriet Beecher Stowe house in Hartford, Connecticut|
This is accompanied by excellence in literary works! The lovely Mark Twain (1835-1910) House, where he saw much of his wealth disappear due to bad investments in the printing industry, is in Hartford. It was amazing to find out that the Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811-1896) Center and House sit on the same block. Harriet Beecher Stowe’s landmark novel was ‘Uncle Tom’s Cabin’ which helped lay the groundwork for the Civil War. Mark Twain published the ‘Adventures of Huckleberry Finn’ 20 years after the Civil War, a scathing look at entrenched attitudes in the South, particularly racism.
|flowers, rocks and water merge into one beautiful scene|
at the Cliff Walk, Newport, RI
|lunch at The Porch, soaking up the scene, Newport, RI|
Rhode Island, officially the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations (former names of Newport and Providence), is the 8th least populous but the 2nd most densely populated of the 50 states. It shares a water boundary with New York's Long Island to the southwest with many bays and inlets (14% of its area). It holds the distinction of being the first of the 13 original colonies to declare independence from British rule.
|Roger Williams still overlooking the city he founded, Providence, RI|
|Betsy Williams' cottage at the Roger Williams Park in Providence, RI|
Roger Williams was a theologian forced out of the Massachusetts Bay Colony so he and others founded "Providence Plantations" and he became the voice of religious freedom and the separation of church and state. Beautiful ideals! His statue and memorial stands at the highest hill overlooking the city of Providence, at Prospect Park. There is also a lovely Roger Williams Park and Zoo. The Sentinel Dog is supposed to be in the Zoo but it was closed. But we found his wife’s cottage, a lake and the carousel village.
|Amazing Waterfire at the Waterplace Park and Riverwalk, Providence, RI|
|Waterplace Park Memorial in Providence, RI, stands like a candle|
|at Forty Steps along the Cliff Walk of Newport, RI|
|Bill contemplating life at the end of the Cliff Walk, Newport, RI|
But Newport is downright special. The Cliff Walk is a 2-mile walk along the coastline of the city which featured beautiful panoramas of the sea and land meeting together in spectacular beauty. We didn’t walk it though but drove to three of its most picturesque points: Forty Steps, The Breakers, and Ledge Road at the cliff’s end. The Walk also gave us a wonderful vantage point to the backs of the elegant historical mansions on Bellevue Avenue, closely paralleling the Walk and coastline.
|we found this mansion right on the Cliff Walk at Newport, RI|
|International Tennis Hall of Fame, Newport, RI|
|Venice-type gondolas are available at the Riverwalk, RI|