July 15 - 18: Hank travels to New England
Circling Boston before landing at Logan Airport
As soon as we land in Boston, we march to the city’s Fine Arts Museum.
Special Exhibit: Dale Chihuly - Through the Looking Glass
Play on words by a glass blower: Mille Fiori
Il fiore più bello: Nancy is mesmerized by ceiling flowers.
Several chandeliers are displayed.
A bit too large for our house
Overlooking the Shapiro Family Courtyard
European Arts Gallery
Trying to capture Murillo's angels
Buy one painting by Giovanni Paolo Pannini and you get many more for free: Picture Gallery with views of (modern) Rome
Although they were not present, Pepper and Yenta would certainly have fancied this painting by Emanuel de Witte
Albert Bierstadt was a passenger on the Ancon, before it drifted onto a reef in Loring Bay Alaska.
The passengers lived in Indian huts for five days before being rescued, ample time for Bierstadt to paint the ship wreck.
Beth Ruskin's favorite painter: John Singer Sargent
(Portrait of Gretchen Osgood Warren and her daughter Rachel)
Little Julia Boit in one of the museum's most famous paintings
An inkwell by Sarah Bernhard for Vital's collection
Hank's favorite: Seated figure by Henry Moore
We leave Boston for Bristol, where we find the Mount Hope Farm.
Hank finds some distant cousins.
What is it with animals lately that when I want to take an action shot, all they can do is to go to the bathroom.
The first of many hydrangeas, blossoming all around Rhode Island
Nothing like spending the evening with three philosophers, after spending the day looking at art
Apfel srudel at Redlefsen's Rotisserie & Grill
After dinner, Nancy and Hank are ready for a snooze.
Day 2: Newport, RI
We start our day with a 3.5 mile hike on Newport's Cliff Walk.
Nice campus location: Salve Regina University
Taking a rest after only one mile
All along the Cliff Walk, we encounter beautiful mansions (www.newportmansions.org).
Here, the Breakers
Martin's excuse for taking a break: The National Museum of American Illustration
More cliff walking
So what's Hank's excuse for taking a break?
Oh yes, Halle Berry!
Almost at the end of the walk, we find Edith Wharton Land's End.
No visits allowed for us
Guests are welcome at Doris Duke's house, Rough Point, viewed here from the cliffs.
Nancy, living large and enjoying the view towards the ocean
View of Rough Point from Doris Duke's flower garden
Memories of a bizarre business deal.
(Doris Duke negotiated two live camels to be delivered with a plane.)
Back in Newport: The Touro Synagogue, the oldest Synagogue in America
Calling for Martin!
Dinner at Tucker's Bistro (www.tuckersbistro.com)
Nancy's Choice: Seared Bomster Scallops
Desserts, not all enjoyable.
The raspberry sorbet put the "rasp" into raspberry and ended up in the flower pot behind Nancy.
Day 3: Hitting the tourist attractions of Providence
Following Marcia Doyle's suggestion and Guy Fieri's recommendation (www.youtube.com/watch?v=omqqpvTSkL4),
we start the day with breakfast at the Liberty Elm Diner (http://libertyelmdiner.com).
The Diner Diva
A "manly man" omelet. I barely could finish it.
Roger Williams, overlooking Providence from his grave
The Capitol of Rhode Island
The "Turk's Head" Building
Martin's edict: At least one art museum a day
Nancy finds a comfortable spot, while Martin is strolling through the halls.
Elisabeth Oltramare's favorite painter: Eugène Delacroix
Savine Pontifell's favorite painter: Childe Hassam
Berthe Morisot, painted by Édouard Manet
Dainichi Nyorai Buddha
View from the top of the museum (with watercolor-effect added)
Nancy, waiting for Martin to return
Another kind of art museum
A wedding cake, prepared by Cile Bellefleur Burbidge
For the trailer, see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IGRjzsRG88c.
Roger Williams Park
The Japanese garden does not compare favorably to the Fort Worth one. Hank gives it the boot.
Dinner at Siena (www.sienari.com) on Federal Hill, besieged by mafiosi in hot rides.
Nancy's surprise selection: Lobster Mac & Cheese
Dessert at Pastiche's
Can I have one of each?
Day 4: Enjoying Boston traffic jams on the way back to Logan Airport