Blogs from Providence, Rhode Island, United States, North America


Dear All After a really wonderful three days on Cape Cod, whilst I felt ready to leave, I was also a little sad to be leaving and I missed it after I left - I'm not quite sure why, but perhaps it was because if its tranquil nature, and different pace to the rest of the places I visited on my journey. Nevertheless, a Peter Pan bus was ready and waiting to pick me up at the Hyannis Transportation Centre, and take me off westwards on my next adventure for this trip - two nights in the tiny and compact state of Rhode Island, America's smallest state, and nicknamed the "Funsize State" - cute! The bus travelled through some interesting looking places, namely New Bedford and Fall River, two sizeable settlements on the south coast of ... read more
Greetings from Rhode Island
Rhode Island State House
Me, The Breakers

North America » United States » Rhode Island » Providence September 4th 2021

I generally do not post a travel blog when we are at home, however, this is the exception that makes the rule. Providence has a long art history and one of the unique events that is held every year is called Waterfire. Because of Covid they were unable to have the annual lighting last year. This year they were able to bring it back. Waterfire is best described as a moving art exhibit. The main lighting happens in the water plaza where there is a small stadium built into the landscape. From there it is a series of cauldrons filled with cedar and lit on fire. This is all done along a stretch of the river that runs through Providence. Music is also piped along the way. We watched the main lighting then walked along the ... read more

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

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
Beef Carpaccio

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

The last morning was just like the others going to the breakfast café and having some time playing in the morning in pajamas with Nana in her hotel room. We spent the last time swimming in the hotel pool that our energetic Rosie enjoyed by jumping around, screaming, and jumping into the pool. The kids played in Nana and Grandpa’s hotel room as Tory and Steve packed, another example of a huge help they were for the whole trip. After packing we drove to Boston and had to go through the Ted Williams tunnel to get to the airport. Overall, the kids did pretty good with the trip and all the hustling around to do all the things and visiting places, especially 4-month old Vivian. Since Rosie and Nathan were only 2 and 5-years old, it’s ... read more

We had the hotel breakfast buffet again and then left Vivian with Nana and Grandpa at the hotel since they wanted to do some laundry. It worked out great because Steve and Tory could goto Brown again and take Nathan and Rosie. They first went to Brown St. Park and met up with Steve’s old football friend, Jarrod Lynn, and 2 of his boys that were age 2 and 4. Jarrod stayed at Brown after graduating and has been running AIA, Athletes In Action, the Christian Ministry for the Sports at Brown University for around 15 years. Next, everyone went over to the Atheltic Complex and Jarrod's 4-year old Wesley and Nathan had a blast running circles around the big green area. Jarrod with familiar with the sports complex, so he helped show us the new ... read more

Everyone woke up late and had the breakfast buffet again for the 4thstraight day. By this time, we had found our own corner table where we all fit and the kids can sit on the wall together. As was with almost all of the trip, there was great weather, so we decided to go to Narraganset and Salty Brine beach. The sand was white and the kids could watch the Block Island Ferry and fishing boats come and go. Steve, Tory, Nathan, and Rosie also had fun climbing on the rocks and took a walk down to climb the ladder at the lifeguard station neat the Galilee beach club. Everyone ate some tasty clam chowder at Geroge’s of Galilee and then went back to the room for late naps for Rosie and Vivian. Nathan swam with ... read more

A very early morning For Rosie allowed Steve and Grandpa to take her out of the room and down for breakfast so her loud excitement would not wake up Tory and Nathan. After breakfast, Rosie went back and played with Nana in the other room, which was a huge lifesaver several times during the trip. This allowed Steve to go back to bed as he, Tory, and Nathan caught up on sleep until about 9:30. Since Rosie woke up so early she was able to an early nap, so Steve, Tory, Vivian, and Nathan decided it would be a great day to go out and visit Brown, Steve’s old college alma mater. Before heading to Brown the group stopped to get Tory some breakfast at Wendy’s and some beach toys at The Dollar Tree store for ... read more

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