Shall we continue with the travelogue of our February vacation? I should probably tell you about the very first thing we did on this trip.
We drove to Hartford. Try and contain your excitement over that statement.
Okay, we had an ulterior motive in visiting Hartford. One was a terrific hotel rate. And the other was visiting the Mark Twain House. This is something we had planned to do last summer and we just never got around to it. It was the perfect way to break up our drive to New York City and I’m so glad we went.
It’s a truly amazing location. The outside is brick and the patterns are beautiful. And the inside – well, I don’t have pictures but trust me when I tell you that it’s stunning. It’s warm and inviting and not pretentious at all. The tour we took was full of little anecdotes about Twain’s time while he lived here, about the stories he made up for his children, and about how the house came to be built.
The Visitor’s Center is also terrific. There is a film about Twain (made by Ken Burns so you know it’s good) and lots of his quotes are on the walls.
Of course we had fun taking some photos. Above is Dale posing as Twain. Can I just tell you that he loved the suit? He’s so disappointed that I won’t let him have one.
And here is Dale posing with a statue of Twain made entirely out of Legos. So cool!
We enjoyed our visit immensely and highly recommend this to all of you.
Allow me to close with my favorite Mark Twain quote:
Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.