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Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Boston and New England Cruise - 13 days from October 3rd to 15/2016.....


On Wednesday, we booked a trip to Newport (Viator $94.50) to see the mansions, and they picked us up at the hotel at 7:15 am.   We were too early for breakfast, but did pick up coffees from the hotel restaurant – food and drink are allowed on the bus.   We stopped at Burger Bar for a snack about half way there, and got to Newport at around 10 am.
 
 
We toured one of the mansions - The Breakers – built by the Vanderbilt family and now a National Historic Landmark.  No elevator - there is a grand staircase, but that is blocked off.  The tour was quite busy – the mansion and grounds were impressive. 
 

After a little tour around Newport on the bus, we went to Flo's Crab Shack (Established 1936) for lunch.  I had fish and chips and a coke ($14).  About half of us ate there – a very pleasant lunch. 

 
Then back on the bus to tour another mansion, The Elms.  There is an elevator, and not too busy here.  Again, now a National Historic Landmark, and the mansion and grounds were also very impressive.   

 
Then the bus ride back to the hotel – had a good visit with two Australians who also took the tour.
For dinner, again we went to Moo restaurant at the Hotel.  I had the weiner schientzel - the meat was very good and nearly filled the whole plate, but the dinner was only the meat - it should have come with vegetables and potatoes.  I had an apple tart for dessert  ($60).    The restaurant was very short of light - some people used the cell phone flashlights – it is hard to figure out a tip when you can not read the bill.

 
We think Newport is one of the quaintest towns in America, and really displays the opulence of the rich in the Gilded Age.  A very nice trip, and very interesting.

 

Photos belong to Phil Bianco  

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