Skip to main content

If it's Monday it must be New England!


It snowed last week.
Whilst the locals are well over their long cold winter, 
for those of us visiting from Australia, this was exciting.
We don't ever wake to snow on the ground in Melbourne!

There was not a humongous amount of snow,
no huge deluge that would stop us from getting places,
but a pretty amount, a light frosting 
that made everything in New England look beautiful.
A chilly start to the day

We are in the States visiting my daughter on exchange at NYU and were driving to my Uncle and Aunt's house in Litchfield, North Western Connecticut.
The town is a two and a half drive from New York city.
The drive was an experience for me at the wheel!

We wanted to show our son life out of New York city
We loved the quaint main streets and village greens
of the small towns along the way,
with the American Flags fluttering.
Each town we drove through we said
"wow - that's pretty!"

We said that a lot!
 
The houses got bigger and bigger, as we drove through the scenic hills 
and valleys there were more and more pretty churches and houses.
... and a few power lines!


We visited 'The Lure of the Litchfield Hills,' 
a newly opened exhibit at the Litchfield museum on Colonial Revival. 

Litchfield is often described as the quintessential New England town,
 and it was fascinating to learn more about the town 
and the immaculate homes with white paint and black shutters. 
These are not a product of the colonial era, but a late 19th and early 20th century movement known as colonial revival.

We also went to the Tapping Reeve House and Law School 
America's first law school.

Hats off to the Litchfield Historical Society for both these wonderful museums.


The next day with the snow had gone, we called in at Woodstock, 
the sleepy arty town close to where we were staying. 
Famous for in the 1969's refusing a permit for the Woodstock festival
Which is why the festival ended up at Bethal Woods...

Two of our children have ended up at Woodstock boarding school 
in the foothills of the Himalayas, India
and so I was gathering material for a future Woodstock blog
Do you do this on holiday,
Plan your days out around potential blog posts?!

Woodstock, NY famous for lending it's name to the Woodstock festival

We then drove nearly 60 miles
to the site of the actual Woodstock festival at Bethal Woods
for The Story of the 60's museum.

A chance conversation over lunch with a couple of employees
 and a remark that this was the most expensive tourist attraction
we'd been to, so it better be good,
led to a personal guided tour by Glenn
that will be one of the highlights of our entire trip!
The multimedia permanent exhibit includes 20 films, 5 interactive productions, text panels and artifacts

Glenn was at the original festival as a food vendor, 

although his job finished early after they ran out of food after a day and a half,
We loved hearing Glenn's stories!
He brought the original festival to light 
and explained to us about the upcoming season of concerts.

Thanks Glenn - our visit turned out to be great value!

Downstairs we found a exhibit America Meets The Beatles!
A celebration of the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ arrival in the U.S. in 1964.
I liked the above photos of the Beatles going by train to Washington,as we were just rushing to catch the train to Washington ourselves!
Unfortunately no-one told us that getting back to New York was going to be a nightmare trip, DH missed the train!
New York in the distance - from the car park waiting to get through the Lincoln tunnel

So that was New England, next stop Washington DC!
I hope you have enjoyed joining me on my if it's Monday it must be New England, whistle stop tour of America
I hope you can join me again soon to find out what Washington was like!

I love receiving your comments, so please leave a comment if you can.
For those without Google+ I can be reached by e-mail,
found on the side bar.
Thank you for stopping by!

I am linking with Our World Tuesday
thank you to all the hosts




Smiling Sally at Blue Monday
Thank you Sally






Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Vitamin Sea and Orchid Friendship Thailand

Hello, hello, I hope you are all doing well where ever you are reading this in the world! Thank you to all of you for your lovely comments on my last post and encouragement to Wander on Wren !  I'm glad you are happy to travel vicariously through me, I  know some of you are in deteriorating situations with COVID-19.  I am forever grateful that my Bangkok life enables me the freedom to travel the country - at the moment. So with this, I will bring you some Vitamin Sea from Phuket, Thailand. The weather was feisty and rather moody this past weekend in 𝐏𝐡𝐮𝐤𝐞𝐭, but we didn’t care. ⁣ It’s always like this here in 𝐒𝐨𝐮𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐧 𝐓𝐡𝐚𝐢𝐥𝐚𝐧𝐝 in August as the strong 𝐒𝐨𝐮𝐭𝐡 𝗪𝐞𝐬𝐭 𝐌𝐨𝐧𝐬𝐨𝐨𝐧 𝐰𝐞𝐚𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐫 gathers pace. I love the rainy season and the cooling air it brings!  We’ve lost power, we’ve lost water supplies, but we know we are the lucky ones. ⁣ Turn on the news, speak to our friends and family in far off places, and we know how lucky we are in Thailand. ⁣ T

Little Wandering Dippy Wren

Hello, hello how are we all doing? All is good in my little world here in Thailand. I've just got back into my Bangkok nest from a wonderful trip to Chiang Mai in Northern Thailand.  Without the 40 million overseas visitors that were anticipated here in 2020, life is tough for those in the tourism industry. I am trying to do my bit and get out and about, to see more of the country whilst things are quiet. It is an amazing time to travel, there are some incredible deals for locals, thankfully! It's a good job too as  unfortunately, I did something a bit dim!  Have you ever been on holiday without your purse? Yep, no money, no credit card, nothing! I don't recommend it unless you  A. want to lose weight or  B. want to update your LinkedIn profile with Born Survivor ! I'm on a quest to check out Thailand at the moment for the solo female traveller. We have a super safe country for female travel. I'm in the most popular demographic (over 50's) for solo travel. So I

Thailand's Elephant Tourism

Hello and greetings to you from Bangkok. I have just finished an incredible week of travel looking at Thailand's elephant care tourism. Thailand was expecting 40 million visitors this year, the pandemic closed the borders and has decimated all aspects of Thai tourism. I was one of eight bloggers, journalists and influencers invited by the Tourism Authority of Thailand to learn more about the current situation for elephant care. I came with a clear set of assumptions that : Elephants are wild animals and should be in the wild. Riding elephants for tourism is not something I would support. Elephant circus and tourist shows should be abolished. In 2018 for my birthday, we attended the annual fundraising King's Cup Anantara Elephant Polo . The monies raised went to support amongst others the  Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp and Resort. We spent our honeymoon at this wonderful elephant sanctuary and I was keen to contribute towards their work.   We joined a dawn yoga lesson