Wednesday, November 19, 2014


We started off in Dr. Wilson's office!!!
Ross passed with flying colors!!  No glasses for him.
Sis Wilson did not do so well and ended up with glasses.

Pretty darn sassy, huh?!  They were progressive.

After messing around with glasses and exams, we drove to the city of Newport, Rhode Island.  It is beautiful area, a place where tourist go to see how the well to do people of the world live.
There are also some very interesting people to see.  Ross loved the color of this bikers beard.  The wind would part the beard as he biked down the road.
This picture does not capture what we could see and when you are driving, you get what you can with the camera.  The tree was very cool but the house was NICE.

This is only a small portion of a beautiful home.

Wow, was an understatement.  The garage/guest house next to it was also awesome.

It may look old but it has a ton of character.

Whoa, who wouldn't want to live in this house.  The back yard was the ocean!

Incredible to see this beautiful area of gorgeous estates.  A moving car isn't the best way to capture their real elegance!
But we finally found one that we were allowed to actually enter. They all have their special names.  This is Rosecliff.  No cameras were allowed inside but we found ourselves so busy gawking and learning, that we would not have taken pictures anyway.  We each had headphones attached to a recorder that was our own personal guide through each room.
Another shot but with Amy and Kyle ahead of us.  You can get a better picture of what we saw if you Google it.

If a house can be called amazingly graceful, that is what this house is.
This was on the side of Rosecliff.  Yes,she is naked and she is standing in a fountain.

Second Summer Cottage
This is called The Breakers!  This is incredible!!  It was built by the Vanderbilt family to be their summer home with seventy rooms for their seven children.  It was built in the late 1893.  There is over 62,000 sq ft of living area.
Sorry, we were not allowed to take pictures in this "home" but it was breathe taking. 
There were three elegant floor with a lot of gold and platinum.  Each bedroom had its own bathroom and secret doors.  There were gorgeous ballrooms and beautiful fountains through out.  If you notice immediately under the eaves of the house are very small windows, that is the servants quarters, it was extremely hot.  Also notice in the foreground a hand carved white marble bird bath.

Just a different angle.  The color of the "cottage" is more like the picture above.

This is the view from the family patio where Ross, Kyle and Amy were standing.  Nice place to throw a foot ball!!
This is a very weird bird bath.  They loved porpoises, the other side of the bath is just like this one.  Their version of a porpoise is a little strange.  I think the birds would have been traumatized.

The Breakers had several acers of very rare and unusual tree such as this one.  It would have been a young childs dream to climb.  Can you see Kyle AND Amy?
I would love to climb this tree!!  Perfect tree for a rope swing.

Close by are some step built in remembrance of some men that gave their lives for something.  Each step down, has a name on it.

This is at the bottom of the steps. If you time it right, you can stand here without getting too wet.


The Boston Temple!!!  What can we say, it is gorgeous inside!!!

Who doesn't remember "Cheers"?  Then you are very young.  This TV series referred to the "Mormons" more than once.

This is the beginning of the Boston Freedom Trail.  Notice the writing on the stairs.  This was a very interesting
2 1/2 mile walk around the city.  We downloaded the info on our phones and listened at each place as we followed a red brick path that was built into the sidewalks.  Look it up on Google some time.  We can not post all the very informative historical sites we saw.  You really need to start early and have plenty of energy to really appreciate all the education you can absorb.

This is Paul Revere's Grave.  It is in one of the oldest (it sez it is the oldest) cemeteries in the country. 

This is a better view of the cemetery.  The tomb stones have sculls with wings carved on them, that was the custom back then.  It was a little creepy! but very interesting.  All the people that were in the Boston Massacre were buried here. 

We are in the car and driving down a tiny street (which is very common) and quickly took this picture of Paul Reveres home.  It is the brown building.

Not a bad picture for a moving vehicle.  In the old times, the upper floor was extended out and holes were cut in the floor so the people inside could shoot or pour hot liquid down on their attacking enemies.

It was fun to see the very old against the very new.  This is the Boston State House and Boston Massacre Museum built in 1713.  Where the are standing in front of the build is a very large medallion right where it occurred.  Queen Elizabeth stood on this balcony.

This is a typical building, very fun.  Notice the narrow streets, usually one way.

The USS Constitution is very interesting and still sails.  This is another one to Google, there is so much information about it.  It was definitely built for very short people, either that or they had headaches by the end of the days work.

Everything was very shiny and polished.

The USS Constitution set below the dock so one really can't see just how majestic it really is.  It was truly amazing to see.   

This is not the best picture but we were getting very tired and it was late.  This is Bunker Hill Monument.  If we had been there just a few minutes earlier, we could have had the pleasure of walking up the many many many steps inside the monument.  It was here that the statement was made to "don't shoot till you see the whites of their eyes".

Monday, September 15, 2014


After parking next to the Julliard School of Fine Arts, we crossed the street and this is the first thing we saw.  Beautiful and serene. We have been sheltered and are now becoming cultured and educated to the finer way of life.  This is part of Lincoln Square.  As we walked a little farther we came upon the opera house.  WOW

 This is the Metropolitan Opera in Lincoln Square.  There were tons of chairs set out so people can sit outside in the cool of the night and watch the performance on the huge screen.  We passed this later that night and it was filled!!

This beautiful fountain is in the same plaza.  As you are facing the chairs, you turn around and there is the fountain.

I do NOT know what happened to Angle Moroni cuz in our picture he is there but this is the Manhattan Temple!!  The tall building to the left also belongs to the church.  This is across the street and about a half a block from Lincoln Square.

Our personal guides were the Molano's,  They did all the driving and scheduling.  We arrived ahead of our temple appointment so we stopped for a delightful little brunch that was next to the temple.  Sidewalk cafes are everywhere and the service and food is usually wonderful.

This is a view of 5th Avenue with CNN in the center.  We loved all the busyness and lots of vendors with their colorful carts selling everything from hot dogs to hats to scarves etc. 

Fun vendors with lots of "stuff" and food!

Another shot of 5th Avenue with their bike trails.

Entrance to Central Park on the South end.  This is the Maine Monument to remember 266 seamen who perished in the American battleship Maine by fate in 1898.  
Too many other things to see and have to move on!

Enough walking, we finally got a ride of our lives in a cab.  While in the cab we drove by the Washington Square Arch. SOO MUCH HISTORY!!  We found out that the lines indicating lanes on a road are optional WOW, WOW, WOW!!!

This is the NEW replacement of the twin tower.  It wasn't open or completed yet but it was beautiful and looks down on the Twin Pools.

The Twin Pools are much more impressive in person than in pictures  Very impressive!
The museum starts out as a single floor building but progresses down below the ground six stories.  Each level had an abundance of memorabilia.  This was a enlarged photo.

This is what is left of the the only huge antenna on top of one of the towers.
Another view of the fire truck.  

This was one of the long ladder fire trucks.  

This diagram show what level we were on.  One can see the cement walls with huge bolts.  Compare the person standing on the right.  We did make it all the way to the bottom where the footing were still in the ground. 

It was all very interesting and we have a lot more pictures but toward the end it got a little depressing to think of so many lives that were lost here.  

After leaving, we met up with Kimberly's brother and his "partner" at a wonderful Mexican restaurant, Rosa Mexicana.  It was across the street from Lincoln Center.   We were all starving and the food was INCREDIBLE.

Kendall (on the right) is Kimberly's brother and is on the staff at the Julliard School of Fine Arts.  He teaches and composes.  Louis has something to do with "Lion King".  This is a million dollar apartment that was GIVEN to Kendall by a crazy wealthy older lady that really likes him.  Liked him enough that she also gave him another one that he uses as a studio to compose his music in.  The monkeys match the chandelier over the bed.  Very unique.
This is a  secret private garden in the complex where Kendall lives that is gorgeous!  There is a fountain and decorative benches.  It was so quiet and peaceful.

The garden was between two apartment complexes where only the occupants could get to it.