Tag: Connecticut

The Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center

Yesterday afternoon was a refresher course in history, humanity and culture. Four hours with the Pequot Indians, trying to get an insight into life as they knew it and the wars they fought was like going back in time to the creation of America. Intense, informative and fascinating. The Native Americans spoke in many different languages, as distinct from one another as Japanese and English. … Read the rest

Pic(k) of the Week – First Night in Danbury

“Hey Shorty,” grinned the man on the stilts and then cheekily added “well, that’s all of you!” Stilt walkers from Macy*s Thanksgiving Day Parade could be seen walking and cracking jokes near the Palace Theatre in Danbury on New Year’s Eve. Above is a pic of one of the men chatting up the crowd on Main Street.

Ice Ice Baby

Waterbury based ice carving company Ice Matters was part of Danbury’s First Night 2010 -2011 celebrations. Covered from head to toe in rain-proof gear, chef-turned-ice-carver  Matt  sawed away at the  ice with unwavering concentration stopping only to smooth the edges with a steaming hot iron.

The sculptures were part of a wide variety of programs ranging from a 5K run to magic, music, fireworks, crafts … 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

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