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  • Day16

    Searching for the Gilmore Girls

    June 24, 2017 in the United States

    Fortified by our BBQ excesses the previous evening, we enjoyed a light breakfast of mostly fruit before setting out west in search of Rory and Lorelei. I did my research on the Gilmore Girls and identified three towns in the Lichfield Hills of western CT which are linked with the series and from which the author drew inspiration.
    Our first stop was Litchfield. We visited the historical society's museum and saw the site of the first ever law school in the US. We also saw The West Street Diner, which is supposed to be the prototype for Luke's Cafe. One summer, a college student got a sign made for Luke's Cafe and got a series of cafe owners to hang it outside their place for a few days. He got a share of the increased profits when throngs of Gilmore Girls fans flocked to each cafe. All different places in different local towns. Litchfield holds an annual 10k run.
    We finally secured a postcard for Tom, having held out in the vain hope that we might see one with a pig on it. We had to give up that quest or we would have been at home before the cards arrived in Ireland. We posted all three cards in Litchfield. I'm sure it was the same post office which appeared in Series 2 Episode 8.
    Next to Washington and Washington Depot which is where the railway station for Washington was. All the business moved down the hill to the depot leaving the village itself frozen in time. We met the pastor of the church. She let us in the side door to admire the newly restored interior. She pointed out that there is no stained glass or any religious imagery. There is a cross on the pulpit. It was put there in recent times after a parishioner who is a former Catholic insisted there should be some symbol. But it is on hooks, so it can be removed at any time. The church recently revived an old tradition of distributing oranges to children at Christmas services, in particular throwing oranges up to children in the balconies which run the length of the church on both sides.
    Washington was where the Gilmore Girls' author got the idea for the series, sitting in Marty's cafe. The Hickory Stick bookshop was the basis for the series' bookshop.
    The final leg of our Gilmore Girls' tour took us to New Milford. The gazebo on the town green was the inspiration for the one in the series. The photo MTC took of the band-stand / gazebo will be an inspiration in itself!
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  • Day16

    Back in Hampton Meriden

    June 24, 2017 in the United States

    Just over two weeks ago we stayed in this Hampton after picking up the car at New Haven train station. My TA review mentioned the AC as loud. This time the room's AC unit is humming along nicely. It looks like a newer unit. They hardly replaced every unit after my review, though they did acknowledge that the first unit might need a service.
    I had also mentioned the inter-room lack of soundproofing, last time. This time there were earplugs in the room. Didn't need them. Having spent a fortune on doctors over the years to syringe compacted ear wax, I am loath to use earplugs. But I will bring them for the flight, just in case.
    Last time we went to the Colony Diner for a race-against-time dinner with the fastest waitress this side of the Mississippi. This time we stayed closer to the hotel and went to Lido's Italian. After our Bear Smokehouse experience last night, I was looking forward to a vegetarian pizza.
    The server listed a long series of specials so we went with two. Best meal this trip, pipping Sturbridge Seafood. I had surf & turf and MTC had seafood fettuccine with scollops, shrimp and lobster. Proving yet again that the tastiness of a seafood meal in New England is equal to the distance from the coast squared.
    Even the bread was delicious, almost European.
    A girl's team arrived while we were eating. The coach asked MTC what her dish was, as many of the girls wanted it. That was before they had even sat down!
    Before dinner, I cleaned out the car to minimise the risk of being charged a cleaning fee by Budget. I haven't rented from them before, so I don't know their form.
    Back at the hotel, the priority is packing for the train to NYC and getting our timings right. I have to get petrol to fill the tank. The car return is at the station.
    The following morning were are all set by 09:15even though our latest departure time is 10:30.
    I have come to the conclusion that shares in US handkerchief companies are a bad investment. Nobody seems to use handkerchiefs here.
    Below are some random photos from the road trip, which may not have appeared in earlier footprints.....or indeed, may have.
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  • Day1

    Meriden hotel

    June 9, 2017 in the United States

    Smooth journey from New Haven, north about 20 miles to Meriden. Staying at the Hampton. My travelling companion says the room is better than last night's. Cleaner carpet for a start. I do not disagree. Catching up on world affairs before heading out for eats. Maybe the Pig Rig?

  • Day11

    Into Connecticut

    July 10 in the United States

    So far we’ve travelled through New Jersey, New York, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia. Our last one on this trip is Connecticut. Our destination today is New Haven, on the Atlantic Coast.

    The drive takes us through the Delaware Gap Park. Quite scenic as we travel through historic towns and along various lakes and waterways.

    We arrived at our hotel just shortly after the start of the semifinal soccer match between France and Belgium. Following the game we drove into town and explore Yale University on foot. We found a small Middle Eastern restaurant where we had dinner before heading back to our hotel.

    The day ended with a visit to the fitness center downstairs in the hotel and a bit of TV watching.
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  • Day6

    New Haven & Yale (Teil 1)

    May 15, 2017 in the United States

    Nach unserer Ankunft im Hotel war uns noch nach ein paar Schritten zumute. Also fuhren wir noch mal die 4km nach New Haven rein und schauten uns das Städtchen Abends und zur blauen Stunde an. Sehr schön und architektonisch schnieke schaut der Campus der Yale University aus. Hat bisschen den Charm einer englischen Uni zur Mittelalterzeit.
    Geld verdient haben wir im Frozen-Yoghurt-Laden. Einmal gefrorenes Zeugs mit bissl was drauf sollte 5,09$ kosten. 20,10$ hingegeben und 44,90$ zurückbekommen👍🏼 Da gehen wir morgen gleich noch mal hin...

    Ach ja: Das Wetter ist mitlerweile top👍🏼 Heute angenehme 20 Grad und Sonne, für die nächsten Tage 25-30 Grad angekündigt ☀️😎👍
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  • Day7

    Lux et veritas - Yale (Teil 2)

    May 16, 2017 in the United States

    Nach einem heute ziemlich guten continental breakfast fuhren wir nochmals nach New Haven rein, um uns die Yale-Uni bei Tag (und vor allem bei Sonnenschein und fast 23 Grad) anzuschauen.
    Von den 3 Unis, die wir bisher sahen gefiel uns diese am besten. Die Tour ging mit einem leicht übertriebenen, heroischen und im Musical-Stil gesungenen "Hier-ist-ja-alles-so-toll-und-wir-haben-es-hier-am-Besten"-Film los, so dass eigentlich kein Zweifel mehr bestand, dass man hier schlau werden kann und danach keine Sorgen zwecks Job und Cash mehr haben muss.

    In (auf alt getrimmten) urigen Gemäuern wohnen die Studenten hier in engster Gemeinschaft und man spürt ein sehr ausgeprägtes Wir-Gefühl. Im Prinzip wird vom Shuttlebus über Musikproberäume bis hin zu Fitnesstudios auch alles gestellt, so dass inkl. Übernachtung auch hier die Gebühren durchaus akzeptabel erscheinen.

    Sehr interessant waren das Original einer Gutenberg-Bibel von 14hundert irgendwas und weitere 180.000 Bücher, zu denen wohl wegen ihren Wertes nur 5 Leute Zugang haben und die 12 Millionen anderen Bücher, die hier in Regalen stehen.
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  • Day1

    New Haven in the sunshine

    June 9, 2017 in the United States

    The train pulled into Union Station about 30 minutes behind schedule....not that we are on a schedule. The Budget car rental desk is signposted - by a tiny little sign on the Avis Car Rental desk in the tiny office. Which is signposted. But, intrepid traveller that I am, I found it. The friendly man at the desk sorted us out very smoothly, explaining the full tank / empty tank gimmick. I will fill the tank, but they want to see a receipt for the petrol! Would have thought the needle on full would be enough. Anyway, I googled a petrol station for the journey back and it's in the garmin.
    Yale is impressive, but it ain't Oxford. The art gallery s really good, Monet, Van Gogh's The Night Cafe, loads of Picasso's. Mondrian. Degas. Pissarro, Constable, Seurat. We ate at the Atticus Bookstore Cafe across the street from the art gallery. Tasty but expensive sandwiches and an iced coffee for me. The bill has come off Revolut but not the tip. There seemed to be some fooster, having to write in the tip after the waitress charged the card for the food cost.
    Visited the Yale bookstore, not as impressive as the Notre Dame one. Not many Irish got into waspy Yale, I'd say. Did not purchase. Saw the Law School building.
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  • Day1

    Southport to Milford

    June 22, 2017 in the United States

    Fantastic first day. Hot but bearable, and only one incident... Nate walked straight into a pole while admiring one of those big blowy guy things that they use to advertise at used car shops. GoKarts rock, food was tasty, and we're happily settled into our hotel.

    Stated at Hyatt Place, Milford.

You might also know this place by the following names:

New Haven County, مقاطعة نيو هيفن, Ню Хейвън, নিউ হেভেন কাউন্টি, Condado de New Haven, New Haveni maakond, New Haven konderria, شهرستان نیو هاون، کنتیکت, Comté de New Haven, New Haven megye, Նյու Հեյվեն շրջան, Contea di New Haven, ニューヘイブン郡, New Haven Kūn, Hrabstwo New Haven, نیو ہیوون کاؤنٹی, Comitatul New Haven, Нью-Хейвен, Округ Њу Хејвен, Нью-Гейвен, نیو ہیون کاؤنٹی، کنیکٹیکٹ, Quận New Haven, Condado han New Haven, 紐黑文縣

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