New Hampshire and Vermont autumn

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Joyce and I at a covered bridge in Vermont (the longest 2-span wooden bridge)
We woke to some overcast clouds which was burnt off by mid morning to reveal a beautiful day in New Hampshire. We walked into town and tried to have breakfast at the very popular Lou's bakery restaurant, but the wait was just too long, so we ended up at another restaurant for a buffet breakfast.

Joyce and Peter then asked if we wanted to bike around a bit, so we set off on their bicycles for a tour of town. We went down to the basement of the Baker Library to see 24 murals by the Mexican artist Jose Orozco called "the epic of American civilization", painted in the 1930's. The murals depicit the history of Americas from the Aztecs to the arrival of Europeans. The murals were very controversial when they were painted, but is now considered an important artwork for the period.
Baker library in Dartmouth College
There were socialist style workers similar to what we saw in Moscow, and there were futuristic depictions of what technology does to humanity. It's bold and definitely interesting to look at.

We biked past the pond (where the cross-country ski team center is) we walked by last night, and up and down various streets to see several fields, sports buildings etc in the college. Then we went across a bridge over the Connecticut River into Norwich in Vermont and visited a small craft show with booths, people selling various wares. One of them was selling these hats which were made of knitted wool, and then shrunk in water to become felt like, it was interesting to see the before and after versions.

Then we stopped at the King Arthur Flour and Bakery store.
The mural at the basemnet of the Baker Library made by Orozco. Keep in mind this was done in the 1930's
It was a store over 4000 sqft of baking tools, various flours, mixes etc. Enough to drive any baker right home to bake something in his/her oven! We bought some scone and biscuits mixes so we can try them at home.

Eventually we got back at mid afternoon. Then we set off to see a covered bridge in Vermont (the longest) and stopped by Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site in Cornish , NH. It's the home, garden and studio of the sculpter Augustus Saint-Gauedens (1848-1907). The studio was closed when we arrived but we walked around the garden and looked at several outdoor sculptures.

We went back to Joyce's home to relax, while Joyce cooked our dinner (thanks, Joyce! She is really a wonderful host and cook!). After dinner, we went on Joyce's free ticket to see the movie "Devil wears Prada" in the school's nice auditorium.

travelman727 says:
Portia, I'm glad you're having such a wonderful time!
Posted on: Oct 13, 2006
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Joyce and I at a covered bridge in…
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Baker library in Dartmouth College
Baker library in Dartmouth College
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more of the mural
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Weird depiction of technology, par…
Weird depiction of technology, pa…
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The pond near the cross-country sk…
The pond near the cross-country s…
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Fall colors near the covered brid…
The nice back porch of the Saint-G…
The nice back porch of the Saint-…
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Butterflies in the garden at Sain…
One of the outdoor statues at Sain…
One of the outdoor statues at Sai…
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