|Apparently you had to have a bit of money to have one of these - people had picnics on these when they came to visit you so I was told....okay...|
|I found this very poignant|
Then it was time to head over to the Connecticut river downtown.
|Loved this sculpture of Awesome Abe and Harriet Beecher Stowe - author of "Uncle Tom's Cabin".|
There were quite a few of these Lincoln sculptures along the river path apparently and being a fan of Lincoln I was disappointed I just didn't have the time to explore.
|Old State house - gorgeous. I can only imagine how beautiful inside - but sadly it is left to my imagination as it was closed on Mondays.|
I carried on walking until I came to the Mark Twain House and Harriet Beecher Stowe home which are side by side.
|I enjoyed touring Mark Twain's home -his most famous works were written. here. What a fascinating man!|
I then took the bus back downtown and transferred onto a bus that took me back to my abode in West Hartford. I just could not face doing any more walking - I figured by then I was well over 10 km.
I was a bit hungry so I went to a nearby restaurant called A C Peterson farms known for their ice cream so guess what I had for supper? An ice cream sundae of course.! Well you know when you are a kid and say when I grow up I am going to do this. Well I do that quite a bit now - this isn't the first time I've had an ice cream sundae as a main course! Accompanied by singing staff...well the less said about that the better....
The next morning I knew there was really not enough time to go downtown and do more exploring so I walked over to a huge shopping area of West Hartford where I did a bit of retail therapy - when there is a Whole Foods Store and a REI in the same vicinity I am a happy traveler!
Back to my abode where I picked up my luggage and said farewell to Natacha and Bastion. I then caught a local bus out to the airport - quickly buying a sandwich at the nearby grocery store before I left. It was a little gem and one of those "oh damn why didn't I see you before now" type places.
I liked Hartford and I feel I have unfinished business there - if planned right it's a short and cheap megabus trip from New York City so who knows...I have to do more exploring of that Mark Twain museum, take a walk along the river to see more Awesome Abe sculptures and get to know Bastion a bit better!!! I really enjoyed my time there.
I had to transfer downtown so checked out the small farmers market in the courtyard of the Old State Capital Bldg and had a homemade sorbet. Very nice on a hot day. Then off to the airport on my two dollar fare - can't beat that.
So off I went home....or did I? Stay tuned!