So, here we are...stop number 2. Rhode Island. We had landed in this lovely state, only after driving through basically monsoon type rains (well close...) and we were staying with Christian's Grandmother's cousin.( Phew, that's a mouthful.) And his wife: Harold and Barb. They are a sweet couple in their early's 80s, but still so spry!! We arrived pretty late, but they were still up waiting for us. Definitely ready to feed us and had a nice warm bed waiting. It was pretty Awesome!!
Day one in Rhode Island we were given the grand tour from Barb and Harold themselves. We went to Newport and saw some pretty ridiculous mansions. The crazy part is that they were all build as private residences, but now you can tour most of them (for an out of this world fee...) So we just walked around the waterfront, had some lunch and then drove down to have a peak at these houses fit only for people that don't know what else to do with their millions. Anyways, it was a very warm and sunny day, and we had some lovely guides so we had a lovely time.
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out, I think our guides were tired so Christian and I took to the roads by ourselves. First stop: Boston! So this was our first experience driving around a fairly big city by ourselves and it was a complete success! We drove right downtown and parked under the Boston Commons. It was a perfect place because we could not forget where we parked the car (which can be problematic). We decided to start with the Freedom trail. This way we got a self guided walking tour of the city with all the history (in a little booklet we read along the way) we saw lots of churches, political offices and even the sight of the Boston Massacre (which, come to find out, wasn't really a massacre at all...) Then we dined at the Quincy Market, which is a fairly large market and is very beautiful. So we're all full of history and food and we decide to head over to the post office and send off some post cards. We are waiting in line and I leaned over to give Christian a kiss when I heard a voice behind me which said "Can I have one of those?" (refering to
the kiss). We both turn to look behind us and see an older destinguished looking gentleman, wearing a suit, standing behind us. It was a little strange, but quite funny. So this man starts talking to us, definatly flirting with me and after a few minutes he starts to sing to me!! Seriously, he was seranading me in the Post office. He was making up a song about how I should leave Christian for him! It was hilarious, and he was even a good singer. Because we were talking to him, it was considerably less creepy then it seems and we we're all having a good laugh. Needless to say, it brightened up my day! So, it was getting on in the afternoon and Christian really wanted to see Fenway Park (Of course!) so we hope on the subway and head over. Unfortunatly, it was closing just as we were arriving...😞 But, we did find the Bleacher Bar which boasts that you can sit in the bar and still see the field (the only bar with those bragging rights!) Of course, we had to go in there. But just before we went in, there was a big escavator outside and
the driver let me get a picture in the scoop, AND he even let me sit in the drivers seat. It was pretty cool. BUT, the best part was, when we finally arrived in the Bleacher bar the Boston Celtics just happened to be hanging out on the field!! So through the gate we saw Shaq, Paul Pierce, Rajon Rondo...etc. And they were just hanging out, playing baseball...What are the chances!?!
Rhode Island day 3: Library, Art Festival and Fire/Water show...It was a big day. We started with practical matters at the library (emails, blah blah). Then our hosts we're rested up enough to take us down to a hugh Art show about 20 minutes away. This was no ordinary art show...It was and street's length (probably a mile or two long) plus it ran onto other side streets, a church parking lot and a park. I couldn't believe it. There was art, food, crafts, antiques, you name it...it was there. And there were thousands of people there. I've never seen anything like it! We spent most of the afternoon there. Finally, we spent the evening in Providence where there was a special fire/water ceremony going on in for
survivors of breast cancer. It was amazing...all the breast cancer survivors had a torch. There were people in boats lighting pits that sat over the water...It's difficult to describe, but it was so beautiful. There was even music to go with the events on the boats.
Finally, Sunday...we're on our way out of the province but we have to go back to Boston to see the tour of Fenway Park. (Seeing the Celtics wasn't good enough, haha...) It was a pretty cool tour though. We got all the history of the curse of the Babe, the Green Monster, etc. And, we got to see 2 World series rings (which one of the Tour guides had). All in all...we had a blast!
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