Category: New England

‘Tis the Season to be Jolly

Did you know that the image of Santa most people have today is largely based on Coca-Cola advertising?

Before the profiling by Coca-Cola, Santa’s appearances ranged from big, small, tall, fat, elf-like, bishop-like, gaunt, strict, spooky…and he wore everything from animal skin to a tan suit. Except for the color of his suit, the jolly old man owes much of his persona to the beverage

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Pure Magic

Yesterday afternoon, we attended Boston Ballet’s production of the ‘The Nutcracker’  and my feet has not touched the ground since. Set to Tchaikovsky’s august score, E.T.A. Hoffmann’s popular tale of ‘The Nutcracker and the Mouse King’ came to life within the walls of the lavish grandeur of the Boston Opera House. Pure Magic.

As the Christmas tree grew to an enormous height, I followed Clara’s … Read the rest

Thought of the Week

Every time I see a gingerbread house I think of Hansel and Gretel. Yup, suddenly the drawings and even the staid fonts of my big fat Grimm’s Fairy Tales appear out of nowhere and am drawn into a world of adventure and magic.

I sometimes wonder about the future of books. With the advent of technology, plenty of things are becoming obsolete and that’s good. … Read the rest

African Penguins Join the List

Mystic Aquarium & Institute for Exploration is located in Mystic just off Exit 90 on Interstate 95 and is one of those places in Connecticut which makes for a perfect day trip any time of the year. We visited the Aquarium on a cold November morning just in time to see 20 or more African Penguins being fed fresh fish. They opened their beaks wide … Read the rest

Connecticut’s Foxwoods Casino – A Grand Getaway

Owned and operated by the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation, Foxwoods Resort and Casino is the largest casino in the Western Hemisphere. No, America’s biggest casino is not on the Las Vegas Strip or Atlantic City Boardwalk, it’s in Mashantucket, Connecticut on Indian reservation. 

According to Tribal Nation websiteThe Mashantucket Pequots are an Eastern Woodland people with its traditional homelands in Southeastern Connecticut having

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Meet New England’s Beluga Whales

Mystic Aquarium in Mystic, Connecticut  packs in quite a punch. It has a one-acre outdoor habitat which consists of three interconnected pools holding more than 750,000 gallons of water­, making it one of the largest outdoor beluga whale exhibits in the United States.

I visited the aquarium during a time of the year when the temperature was way down and the mountain peaks of New … Read the rest

Connecticut’s Castle Craig

Every now and then I want to write about an offbeat destination in Connecticut, which doesn’t get the attention it deserves when it comes to tourism.

If you want expansive views of New England and a touch of Scotland, you should consider paying a visit to Connecticut’s Silver City, Meriden. The city was the hub of manufacturing in the 1800’s and among other things, silver … Read the rest

November Blues

A couple of years back, for some reason not exactly clear to either of us, my husband and I had taken a trip down to Rhode Island’s Narragansett in the middle of November. It was windy and well, cold. This  is a picture of  the Narragansett Towers on Ocean Road, once called the gateway to the world. Designed by the New York firm of … Read the rest

Back to Blogging

This is my second post since my first in August and I apologize for the gap. Meanwhile, I have been to Providence, hiked a few trails in New Hampshire and Vermont, learnt to use chopsticks, tried my hand at go-karting and made some new friends. But like Paul Theroux said, “Travel is glamorous only in retrospect.” It was not all fun and games. I have … Read the rest

The Town of Kent Tops the List

For the better part of the 19th century, Kent was one of Connecticut’s leading iron-producing towns. These days it is best described as “quaint”.

We have driven through the town a couple of times…once stopping at the super expensive Belgique Pâtisserie & Chocolatier mainly because it looked too inviting to drive by. Great collection of liquer filled hand-made chocolates but a tad too tiny to … Read the rest