Wednesday, July 11, 2012

The Brunch Bunch does Providence

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Next year I will be living in Providence while I do a one-year postdoc, and I'm so excited to explore New England! Even though my job doesn't officially start until the fall, I didn't want to waste any time, so the first weekend in July, a bunch of us headed north for some relaxing and adventuring. We drove up on Saturday and stopped at Bill's Seafood (an old favorite) in Connecticut on the way. That evening, we had some awesome crepes at the Duck and Bunny, then saw Your Sister's Sister at Cable Car Cinema. It was so pleasant and cool in the theater with the leather couches that I totally fell asleep for half of the movie. Oops. On Sunday we checked out the super impressive RISD Art Museum, then grabbed lunch at Geoff's Superlative Sandwiches on Meeting Street. In the afternoon, we were on our way to a nearby State Forest when the radio issued a warning for a severe thunderstorm, so instead, we turned back around and headed for home, stopping at the drug store on the way to pick up some board games. We found one called Mad Gabs, which was hilarious. I also insisted that we pick up SkipBo, a card game that I remember thoroughly enjoying as an eleven-year-old. Alas, it didn't prove as exciting this time around (everyone played it to humor me). The storm blew over pretty quickly, so we headed out again, first to visit a local city park (a nice, quick walk in the forest), then Lincoln Woods nearby, which is really beautiful. We had Indian food for dinner, then picked up Maggie from the bus. On Monday morning, I had to do a little bit of HR paperwork, then we all met up for brunch at a cafe and browsed in a bookstore. After that, we headed down to Newport to see some of the famous mansions. We visited one of the most extravagant: The Breakers. Whoa fancy. To counter the classiness of the Vanderbilts' legacy, we had lunch at a place called Flo's Clam Shack. It was fantastic. After that, it was off to the Green Animals Topiary Garden, which was so nice. We got there just in time to walk around and enjoy the splendor before they closed for the evening. Back in town, we ate pizza at Minerva's (definitely not NYC pizza, but fairly tasty), and then headed back home for some relaxing and more games. On Tuesday we kind of wrapped things up. We tidied up the apartment, Jamie and Ned left for Maine, and we strolled around the campus and got lunch at the Cable Car Cafe. Thanks so much to the brunch bunch for helping me break in my new digs and for sharing the adventure of a new place!

2 comments:

Jill said...

Can't wait to read more about your adventures in Providence.

la_sale_bete said...

Hopefully there will be plenty of adventures to report!