Tag Archives: rhode island

Blackstone River Bike Path

This bike path from Woonsocket to Providence, Rhode Island is one of our favorites. Much of it is on dedicated bike baths and then the last part is along bicycle lanes on the street. It goes through some beautiful and historic sections of the area. Come visit us on a nice day and we’ll take you on a ride. Cheers.

Bellevue Avenue – Newport, Rhode Island

I can’t finish a series on Newport, Rhode Island without showing some of the summer homes (termed “cottages”) built along Bellevue Avenue by America’s wealthy around the beginning of the 20th century. Many are now museums, which give tours, though some, such as Miramar shown here, are still private homes.

Among those pictured

The Breakers is a 70 room Italian Renaissance style palazzo built in 1895 and stands as the most visited attraction in Rhode Island. Not wanting to pay the visitors fee to enter, I shot through the iron gate and was fortunate to catch this group of service men and women exiting the famed mansion

To run the 50 room Marble House, you needed 36 servants. My favorite part of this mansion is in the rear of the building where there is a replica of a Chinese tea house in which Alva Vanderbilt hosted rallies to support giving women the right to vote. Go Alva!

Rosecliff was where the 1974 film adaptation of The Great Gatsby with Robert Redford was filmed. I managed to get onto the property to get a couple of photos. 😀

Miramar was designed for George Widener but completed for his widow. It seems Mr Widener booked passage on the Titanic. It is still privately owned by a former Goldman Sacks executive.

I’ve shown you a few. If you’re in Newport, it is worth touring a couple for the art and craftsmenship…and to perhaps see what it was like to be Jay Gatsby or Daisy Buchanan.


Thames Streets and the Docks – Newport, RI

The heart of Newport is Thames Streets and the docks whose shops and restaurants teem with people on a nice day. Thames St. is one of the oldest continuously used streets in the state leading to some wonderful old architecture.

Newport Tower

This tower stands in the heart of historic Newport. Nobody is exactly sure what it is. The conventional wisdom is that it is a former windmill with radiocarbon testing dating it back to the late 1600s. Alternative hypotheses, suggest it was built by the Vikings, Medieval Templar Knights, Portuguese explorers and Chinese sailors, to name a few.

Where do you think it came from????

Les Jonquilles

Yesterday you saw the cycling part of the Tour de Jonquilles. Today, I present the flowers and fulfill a request.

Tour de Jonquilles

Last weekend, my wife and I drove down to Newport, Rhode Island for the Tour de Jonquilles. Newport is a seaport town that in the 19th century became the place where the wealthy and powerful in America built summer homes. Currently, they have planted over 750,000 daffodils with a goal of a million. We took a leisurely group ride, touring of the town. Today, photos of the tour and tomorrow, photos of the daffodils.