Christopher D. Wright

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Christopher D. Wright

My husband and I are passionate about traveling and food. When we travel, our goal is to get a real feel for the place we are visiting. We do not just seek out the main attractions but get off the beaten path, try to experience what the locals experience. We have a great respect for other cultures, history and food. We try to work all of this into our travels. I started this Blog to share our adventures in hopes that others might have a better experience when they travel.



North America » United States » Rhode Island » Providence September 6th 2020

Not much to say about Sunday, just a day of getting to know the area in a Zipcar. We used the day to get a head start on daily living. Where is the Trader Joes, Whole Foods, Farmer's Market, the wine store, and so on. It was a beautiful day, low 80's no humidity until it was time for dinner. We had a quick lunch in the car, sandwiches from Eastside Market, an upscale market between a Safeway and Whole Foods. That was pretty much the day. Dinner was at Hemenway'S, possibly the best seafood in the city. It was a very quick walk from the hotel and sits on the edge of a park on the river. The decisions were difficult, there were several things that just looked really good, especially in the starters. I ... read more
River Scenes
Martini Time
Stuffed Lobster

North America » United States » Rhode Island » Providence September 5th 2020

This will again be a short entry, not much to blog about when your looking at apartments most of the day. It will be so short, I am actually typing this directly into the blog. My normal pattern is to type the entry in Word, so I can spell check and get my formatting the way I want it. This is the first time since I started blogging in Thailand that I have done it in this free hand way. The day began the same as yesterday, breakfast at the hotel, (eggs didn't need salt and the potatoes were not overly salty). From there it was off to the first of our two apartments for the day. All I really need to say, is that we have found the place we want to live. A great ... read more
Water Place Park
Entrance to Atwells Street.

North America » United States » Rhode Island » Providence September 4th 2020

The day started early, first alarm when off at 6 the second at 6:30. But we were both awake before then, not because we couldn’t sleep, as the bed was very comfortable, just because we thought it was much later when we did wake. Also, once Tarragon senses any chance you might be a wake, it becomes all about him and needing to be paid attention to. Not that he did not spend most of the night stretched out between us at the end of the king (Tarragon) sized bed. First order of business was a shower then making some coffee. Since we are at a Homewood Suites, they all have mini kitchen’s so you have pretty much everything you need at your fingertips. After showers and coffee, and much petting of Tarragon we went down ... read more
Lobster Salad
Cobb Salad
Art Deco Building

North America » United States » Rhode Island » Providence September 4th 2020

It is the Thursday before Labor Day weekend and we have planned a short get away to Providence, RI. There are several reasons for this trip 1) to get the heck out of NYC during Covid and 2) we have decided it is time to move somewhere else. Seven years in Manhattan is enough and the city is well, not for us. It has lost all appeal, there are no Broadway Shows, you can’t go out to dinner, the crime is out of control and the subways, just to risky. Why Providence, it reminds me of Portland before it turned in to hipsterville. Its small, extremely clean and surrounded by water. I will still work for the same firm, just remotely and go into the city a couple times a month, more if needed. The day ... read more
Parkside
Gazpacho
Beef Carpaccio


Before I begin today’s activities, which were few and far between. I forgot to mention two things from last night, one probably because it was just more average food (not even picture worthy) but the other was the most exciting thing that has happened on the trip. First, last night’s dessert. The special dessert was Strawberry Shortcake. Those of you that have been reading this for a while know exactly how much of a strawberry snob I am. Oregon has the best and that is all there is to it. We went with this because somehow in July strawberries still seem to be in season here. The Oregon Season has long been over. I should have taken a picture, because the first thing you would ask is, where are the strawberries? They were hidden under some ... read more
On the Prowl


No alarm, well at least I didn’t set one but Jerry did. Even without an alarm I still woke up at 6:00 am, but instead of getting up and looking forward to 9+ hours in front of my computer working, I turned over petted Tarragon and went back to sleep. I didn’t wake up again until Jerry’s alarm went off at 8. I might have kept sleeping but for that alarm. It was good that we got up, since the continental box breakfast was only served until 9. I washed my face, rinsed my mouth with some Listerine and walked to the main office to pick up our coffee and box breakfast. The humidity was already high and I was drenched by the time I got to the office. I was the only one picking up ... read more
Sunnyside House
The Sunnyside From the Lawn
What Form

North America » United States » New York » New York » Bronx July 2nd 2020

This blog was supposed to be about our 3-week trip to Ireland and Scotland that we had planned for May/June. That of course was rescheduled due to Covid-19 and the severe travel restrictions. It is tentatively set for October/November of this year, but if the 14-day quarantines are still in affect in Ireland and Scotland, that is likely to get rescheduled yet again. We do have a Plan B and Plan C for out October trip, but Plan B (Southern Driving Tour) has already been scrapped because of Covid. Plan C Autumn in New England, is in the planning stages, but again unless states lift the 14-day quarantine, that is likely to not happen. That brings us to this 4th of July weekend trip. We are in the middle of phase 2 and 3 reopening’s, but ... read more
Tarragon
The General Store

North America » United States » Vermont » Manchester February 29th 2020

Still full from dinner last night, we just had some coffee before we headed out for the day. Kitty comfortably on the bed while we went out into the cold. The first stop today was Bennington Pottery Barn. I have had some of this potter for over 25 years and when ever we are in the area, we stop by to pick up new pieces or replace a piece that has broken. Today it was the latter. While the pottery is molded by machine, it is all hand finished to get rid of the rough edges left by the molds and presses. In addition to lots of pottery, they also have two black shop cats, we did not take their picture, because we didn’t want to become social media stars. After our stop for pottery we ... read more
Bennington Pottery Barn
Ruben on Marble Rye
Wood not Gas

North America » United States » Vermont » Manchester February 28th 2020

This year for my birthday we decided to spend the weekend in Vermont, specifically Manchester VT. This city itself is nothing special but it is just close enough that it doesn’t take all day to get there and there is a Kimpton hotel, which means Tarragon gets to come along. To get here involves a commuter train and a zip car. We could have rented a car and drove from the city, but rental cars are very expenses in the city and the stress of driving in the city is not worth it. We started with a subway ride to Grand Central Station, luggage and cat in tow. From there it was 2 hours on Metro North to Poughkeepsie, where we picked up the car and had lunch before heading on our way to Vermont. No ... read more
Happy Birthday to Me
Alpine Raclette
Caesar

North America » United States » South Carolina » Charleston December 2nd 2019

We are at the part of any trip where we start making changes to the itinerary because we realize we were over ambitious in what we wanted to try and see and maybe more, because the aging process is catching up with us, and a few more minutes of sleep each day becomes very important. Today is our last day and we originally had three things on the schedule, one we did yesterday so now we have two, so the day will not be as rushed. The only thing we took off the itinerary was breakfast at the local hotspot. Will save some time and money by just eating another vegetable frittata. The trip has been a good one and I am glad we finally made it to Charleston. This like Savannah and New Mexico have ... read more
Dolphins
Fort Sumter
Unrestored cannon




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