ProvidenceJune 11, 2017 in the United States
Headed into Providence after a good breakfast at the hotel. Garmin was under pressure with roadworks. Also didn't seem to like the address for State Capitol. I later realised that there are two 82 Smith Streets in Providence. Only one is the Capitol. Guess which one I put into Garmin!
First stop was Benefit Street, historical area. Old houses and churches. Went to see Brown University. Went into Episcopalian church during mass. Vestments, Incence, singing. Memories of the early 1960s. Interior very Catholic too.
Rhode Island & Providence Plantation was established by Roger Williams. He had been thrown out of Massachussets. He believed that power derived from the people, not from the King or even from God. He was one of the first to advocate the separation of church and state. The charter granted by Charles II, allowed for freedom of conscience for papists, atheists, Jews, Turks, and Quakers in RI.
Visited the State Capitol, impressive for a state the land-size of Co. Limerick. Saw the preparations for Portugal Day parade, colourful, brass bands, Benfica & Sporting floats. Went to Macy's to benchmark shirts and jackets. Also handbags. Tasty lunch at the food court. Philly Cheesesteak and Bourbon Chicken. More fine dining!
Very hot & humid. Record heat wave is forecast for next week.....hotter than this!!??!!
Walked over to see the Arcade, the world's first indoor shopping mall, 1928.
Back at the hotel, I sat out front on one of the Adirondack chairs to read. A frivolous pot-boiler, Stiglitz on the coming demise of the Euro.Read more