Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Cape Cod!

This is Cape Cod:

Daughter Gillian lives in Sandwich, Massachusetts.  This translates into beaches, seafood, lots of maritime and American history, and, in summer, lots and lots of tourists.  I am eager to hear her reports.

The Hoxie House in Sandwich was built in the mid-1600s.  It is a very typical "saltbox" style of New England architecture:

 Gillian and I drove east to Newport, Rhode Island, to tour some of the mansions built during the Gilded Age (late 1800s-1920?).  Families such as the Vanderbilts and Astors made Newport their vacation spot.  We toured five mansions.  (Actually, four, because after standing in two rooms listening to some lady tour guide reciting her blurb, I motioned for Gillian to follow me and we exited the mansion.  I don't "tour" well.  Gillian will have to return to that house on her own.)  The houses are massive, but what was most remarkable (to me) was the craftsmanship and fine art of these old homes. 

We went down to have a look at the fishing boats in Newport:  More lobster pots than you can shake a claw at:


Angry Lobstermen:
 The remainder of my fun, fun Cape Cod week was spent eating fresh seafood, walking on beaches, visiting art galleries and museums, and reading books.  It was a great time!  Thanks, Gill!  

Gillian after a day at work.  What a beautiful workplace!

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