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Thursday, September 2, 2010

Connecticut & Rhode Island

We have always dreamed about travelling to New England in the fall. Coming from Miami where there are no change of seasons, we have always longed to go to a place where you can see the leaves in all shades of reds, oranges, browns. etc. We imagined that New England would be the perfect place to be.

This summer we had an opportunity to visit the North East for a good friend's wedding in Madison, CT. After much research, we decided that flying in and out of Providence, RI would be the most cost effective. So off we went. South West Airlines flies direct to Providence. After a less than three hour flight, we got to our destination. None of us could have imagined the beauty we were about to experience. We had heard how amazing the area was, but in reality we had no true preconceived notions. We were in for quite a surprise!

We took advantage and saw as much as we could. My husband and I went with my parents and daughter. We took in the sights and beauty that New England has to offer. We experienced things we had never done throughout our lifetimes: from sailing to whale watching, to visiting lighthouses and filling our bellies with lobster! Nothing was going to stop us from making this a memorable trip.

One experience which took our breath away was whale watching. We drove up to Cape Cod and took a tour with Hyannis Whale Watcher Cruises. It was a truly unforgettable experience. After travelling at 18 knots an hour ( 32 miles/hour) for an hour and 20 minutes, we were so fortunate to see over 20 whales, dozens of dolphin, and even a seal. The ages on the tour boat ranged from toddler to grandparents, everyone was delighted to see such natural beauty surrounding the ship. We were so close, it felt as though we could just touch the wildlife.

This was just one of our many highlights from the trip. More to come of our Connecticut/Rhode Island getaway...

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