Monday, August 17, 2009

Newport Rhode Island - Saturday: A much slower pace than NY to be sure. It’s a place where the rich and famous live or spend their summer holidays. I’ve never seen so many luxurious yachts and sailing boats – it’s a mecca for those with nautical interests. Getting off the ship today was pretty fast by any standard, thank goodness. We went ashore by tender – with all the vessels in the area, I don’t think it would be feasible to berth a huge cruise liner at a shore dock. We didn’t see too many taxis around to take us on any extensive adventure and after yesterday, it was nice just to stroll around the pretty town area right at the wharf. For lunch, we sampled a delicious fillet steak and mushrooms, with chips and slaw, at a local restaurant and thank goodness, not the enormous feed that we’ve come to expect in the US. We bought a couple a paintings at a gallery on shore. Hopefully they will fit in a suitcase. Alternatively, we may send them home by post from Darwin. It’s about 3pm and the GD is having his nana nap. We sail again at 4pm then it’s all stops out until we reach Boston tomorrow morning about 8am.

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