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Photo Friday: Yellow House, Furry Friends

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Last week I took a quick trip to Florida for some furry friend therapy.

Just what the doctor ordered.

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Photo Friday: East Isles Autumn

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Last Saturday was one of those days that just demands to be appreciated on a leisurely walk with camera in hand. I love Lake of the Isles in autumn.

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Photo Friday: Florida in the Details

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This month I made my annual trip to Florida, and I brought back a little something for Photo Friday.

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Photo Friday: At the Lake

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Each summer I spend a few weekends at the lake with my family. My visit in August included beautiful weather and some very cute visitors.

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East Coast Adventure: The Providence Athenaeum

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The Providence Athenaeum is one of the oldest libraries in the country, and Amy proved how well she knows me when she included it in my tour. This place is a bibliophile’s dream. The second floor is open to the first, making you feel like you’re in a catacomb of books. You can stroll along the second floor walkways and find various nooks and crannies among the shelves. It was odd and surprisingly wonderful to find a library with almost no computers and an honest-to-goodness card catalog still intact. I wanted to sit at a second floor desk overlooking the main room with a notebook and pen in hand.

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East Coast Adventure: Newport

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Amy took us to Newport, Rhode Island, for a New England beach experience. Newport also has a cliff walk where people can see the coast and mansions built by extraordinarily wealthy people of yore. There’s a Vanderbilt house and another that could easily serve as Mr. Rochester’s home in Jane Eyre. The craggy shoreline creates a nice juxtaposition to the opulence. It was obvious why people use the cliff walk for romantic gestures, like the lock pictured below.

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Occasionally there were steps going closer to the water, and although it’s not strictly advised, some people venture even farther. Katie was the most daring rock-climber of our trio, but we all climbed down a bit. Rest assured, it was not actually dangerous for an able-bodied person. Just one of those things that you have to do because you might never get the chance again.

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There was also an abundance of daffodils in Newport. We came across many patches during the cliff walk, but this was definitely the largest. There were many people trying to take pictures with this backdrop, and even a few sitting down in the grass to take selfies. Looking toward the ocean made me feel like I was in Moby Dick, but looking toward the mansions felt like The Great Gatsby.

I’m glad this little jaunt was part of our trip. If traveling is all about new perspectives, this was yet another.

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East Coast Adventure: Providence

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I loved Providence. In my limited experience with East Coast travel, it’s definitely my favorite place. The tour starts with Brown University, which is one of the most beautiful campuses I’ve ever seen. (Sorry, Harvard, but it’s got you beat.) I spent some time wandering around campus while Amy tended to grad school business, and she gave me a tour later on. As she pointed out, Brown bleeds into the surrounding neighborhood very nicely. One unique and lovely feature on campus is this sculpture by Tom Friedman.

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After walking around campus, Amy and another grad student toured me around the neighborhood. Prospect Park boasted the best view of Providence, and one of the most beautiful structures was the Unitarian church pictured above. My absolute favorite place was the Providence Athenaeum, an historic library that Amy very astutely predicted I would enjoy. Those photos will probably get their own post. Besides being absurdly cute, Providence is known for its restaurants. We always ate well for brunch and dinner.

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This trip made me feel like I was back in college, except with all the fun and none of the work. There was even a spring formal for the grad students while we were there. As the whole world knows, I love Minneapolis, but it’s not old enough to be this quaint. I’m grateful to Amy for hosting us and to her friends for welcoming us into their world.

Tomorrow we travel to Newport!

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