Newport and the Newport Cliff Walk
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In May last year, while driving back from Boston to New York, I very briefly visited the State of Rhode Island, the smallest state of the USA. It would fit about 12 times in The Netherlands, and is slightly larger than Luxembourg.
Rhode Island, also know as The Ocean State, is a rather strange name; although the state encompasses many islands, the majority of the land is still connected to the mainland. Some say the name originates back to the explorer Giovanni da Verrazzano, who saw one of the islands of the area and found it looked like the Greek Isle of Rhodes. In other ancient documents the island is found to be called Rhod Island or Isle of Rodes. Another theory is that the name was given by the Dutch explorer Adriaen Block, who, inspired by the fall colors called one of the islands Roode Eylant, ancient Dutch for Rood Eiland (Red Island).
Rhode Island borders New York State, but only via the Sea, where the waters around the tip of New York's Fisher Island border the waters around Rhode Island's continental tip. By car one has to traverse the state of Connecticut, or Massachusetts, a drive of at least 3 hours.
Since the heat, see yesterday's log entry, was just sticking around I thought it would be pleasant to be inside my air co-ed car. Besides that the forecasted temperature in Rhode Island was about 10° C (16 F) lower than in hot New York City. My colleagues Gerry and Stuart had advised me to visit the picturesque and historic city of Newport rather than the capital Providence, which I had originally in mind.
Newport is a small city, the 14th of the state, located on Aquidneck Island.
Apart from that, the nice historic colonial homes (the highest concentration in the US), plus some nice shops and restaurants, Newport offers a very famous attraction, the Newport Cliff Walk.
I arrived rather late, and just at a moment some, clouds made their way into the sky. By the time I had hiked the walk the many mansions had closed. So, I will have to go back some day. I look forward to it!
More pictures below! And... NEW (!!!) also a video!