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Connecticut Trip Part One

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Day One: Saturday
I was supposed to get to Connecticut Friday evening, but I didn't get there until 2:00 in the morning on Saturday. I was pretty exhausted, so we got a late start to our day. All we had time to do was go to Lockwood Matthews Mansion in Norwalk. It's one of the earliest Second Empire style homes in the U.S. Part of Stepford Wives was filmed here.

Day Two: Sunday
We ate lunch at Mystic Pizza, which served as inspiration for the movie Mystic Pizza, starring Julia Roberts.

After lunch we headed to Mystic Seaport, which is a living history maritime museum. My favorite part was the 19th century sea village, but looking at the ships was cool too.

Day Three: Monday
Shawn had to work, so all we did was tour Gillette Castle in East Haddam. This was the home of William Gillette, an actor who was best known for portraying Sherlock Holmes. This was the most boring tour I've ever been on, and I've been to a lot of house tours! It was not worth the money at all. Usually, during a house tour there is a tour guide who tells about the house. This house had no tour guide. There were people standing around who could answer questions, but I didn't really know what to ask. I do no recommend this place.

Day Four: Tuesday
Shawn had to work again. I met my first blog friend Re: Becca.. It was so much fun meeting Becca and her son Noah. We drove around and she showed me pretty places in the area. Shawn joined us later in the day and Becca's husband gave a very detailed tour of the Albuquerque. I'd never been on a submarine, and I was glad for the opportunity to see a submarine that is in use. You can read what Becca wrote about our visit here.
Touring a submarine gave me quite the appetite, so Shawn and I drove to Foxwoods Casino, the largest one in the world. We didn't go to gamble, though. Shawn wanted to eat at Hard Rock Cafe and I wanted to check out the design of the casino. I thought it was ugly and that the largest casino in the world should look a bit more updated. Shawn thought I would like the Mohegan Sun better, so we headed there. It was every bit what I expected a casino to look like! A++ design!

Part two is coming soon.

9 Responses to “Connecticut Trip Part One”

  1. Isn't it amazing how the biggest/best "blank" can look sooo "this was last redecorated between 1986 and 1992"??? That always really annoys me, haha.

    Looks like a lot of fun!

  2. I tagged you in a survey on my blog!

  3. You so need to translate this trip into some kind of independent study project. I love how you critiqued the casinos, that cracks me up. Since I'm a software geek, I am constantly critiquing websites and software. heh

    Very cool to meet a bloggy friend! I hope to do that one day as well. :)

  4. Wait, the Gillette Castle tour was more boring than the sub tour? Ugh, I'd be poking my eyes out with a spoon! Lol! Juuuust kidding. I have no clue what he was talking about either. I agree, Mohegan Sun lays the smack down on Foxwoods any day.

    I'm SO glad we got to hang out!!

    Can't wait to read the rest!

  5. I love how into design you are that you were checking out the casinos! You and Shawn look so cute in your pictures!


    Officially jealous. But it looks like you had fun. :)

  7. Looks like a fun trip!! And I love mystic pizza!!

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