Saturday, August 15, 2015

New England Vacation – Day 7: Newport and Mystic

After six days in Massachusetts, it was time to travel to other parts of New England.

But first, one last seafood meal; my wife and I had the Lobster scramble for breakfast at a little spot called the Lazy Lobster. With chunks of lobster along with asparagus, onion, and hollandaise sauce, this was more than just scrambled eggs.

And then it was time to get in the car and move on.

Kai was on his iPad during most of the drive to Newport, Rhode Island. And when we arrived at our destination, he had a bit of car sickness and was in no mood to go sightseeing. I was frustrated as the iPad always seems to be a cause for why Kai doesn’t want to see a sight or go somewhere.

But this time, after resting in a shady spot for several minutes, he felt better and we were able to take our tour of The Breakers, the “summer cottage” of the Vanderbilt family that was built in the late 19th century.

Photos are not permitted inside. Suffice to say that this mansion is a stunning example of the opulence of The Gilded Age.

Upon entering the mansion, all visitors are given headphones to listen to an audio tour. I was happy that Kai listened to the entire tour and seemed to enjoy the visit.

After seeing The Breakers, we got in the car and drove Ocean Drive along Newport’s rocky coast.

And then we had a late lunch before heading out toward Connecticut.

Our destination for the evening would be Mystic.

After a dip in the pool, we went into the charming old downtown and had dinner at Mystic Pizza, made famous by the Julia Roberts movie of the same name.

The pizza was quite good.

After dinner we walked around town a bit more. And then we called it an early night.

We’ll have our longest drive of the trip tomorrow.


  1. The food sounded delicious. I especially love a good Pizza.

    I, too, had often gotten car sick when I was a child. The same thing helped me, a rest outside of the car. Although watching something inside the car tends to worsen things, I know how valuable the iPad can be.

    1. Kai has gotten car sick before. When I tell him not to use the iPad in the car, he gets angry. So, it is probably good for him to get car sick to remind him not to look at it in the car too much.


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