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September 7, 2014

Lazy summer days in Rhode Island


To find a destination on Labor Day weekend away from crowds without having planned it in advance? How's that possible?

That's what I thought when Brady told me he was going to get a few days off and would like to go to some place away from people. He is not known for being a guy who makes plan, he is more like 'going with the flow' type, and I am the opposite, I like to make plans.

I had been looking forward to go to some place with him, he's really the best companion to be away from home, but where could we find accommodations calling at the last hour?

Then I remembered of Block Island, it could be a perfect destination, a countryside-like island off of the coast of Rhode Island. We have been to Block Island a few times on daily trips only, and I thought to stay there for a few days would be fun and relaxing.

We could not find a place to stay from Sunday through Thursday on Block Island so we stayed first in Providence and went to Block Island on Tuesday, and it worked pretty fine.


When we got to Providence Brady called his good friend Frank, and we went for a walk at a park and then had dinner together at an Asian fusion restaurant. 

They've been friends since childhood, do you believe that? It's always good to listen to them swapping old stories and remembering all the silly things they did together. 


"Let's spend the day in Newport?" I asked Brady the next morning. "What about a drive to Jamestown?", he asked me back. 
This small island has a special place in his heart, he lived there for a short while when he was stationed in Rhode Island during his time in the military. 

So we took a ride to Jamestown, stopping as we pleased to take pictures and for short walks.

When we spotted this hawk-like bird in its nest on a solar panel pole in a beautiful field we drove back looking for a place to pull over so we could take some pictures of it. So majestic it looked. 




On Tuesday morning we went to Port Judith to take the ferry to Block Island. We wanted to take our car with us, but to bring it on the ferry we were told we would have to have it scheduled months in advance, so we left it in Port Judith along with our beach chairs, bringing only two bags with us.

When we got to the village of Old Harbor we walked to the B&B where we would stay for two days. A charming place tucked away from the busier streets near the harbor and yet walking distance to the restaurants and ice cream stores. Can you imagine summer without ice cream?!?!?!






If you are an outdoor person, Block Island is the place to be. Gorgeous sanded beaches, hiking trails, untouched natural beauty, a quietness not easy to find in trendy summer spots, so packed with our photo gear and water, we rented bikes and off we went to enjoy our days in Block Island, gawking at the beautiful sceneries of this picture-perfect island.


At the Mohegan Bluffs


At the farmer's market


At the end of summer we were blessed with bright sunny days. Away from home feeling at home. 

For a not planned short vacation we were pretty lucky with our choice, don't you agree?


24 comments :

  1. Noooossa, que maravilha de lugar! Adorei ver as belas fotos! Lindas! bjs, tudo de bom,chica

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    1. Muito obrigada Chica, realmente é um lugar especial.

      Um grande abraço, e uma excelente semana pra você.

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  2. O lugar [e maravilhoso e dá para sentir a paz e tranquilidade que você encontrou por aí. E o seu "olhar fotográfico" está cada dia mais apurado. Um grande abraço e a minha saudade.

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    1. Oi Beatriz, eu também estou com saudades, quem sabe a gente se encontra para um cafezinho no mes que vem? Vou ao Brasil no início de outubro, minha mãe faz 90 anos no dia 2. Quero ir a BH por pelo menos uns 2 dias, quem sabe a gente se encontra?

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  3. Que lugar maravilhoso Regina. Fiquei encantado pois na minha visão não existia lugar intocado ai nos Estados Unidos. As fotos ficaram lindas, a paisagem é cinematográfica, fico louca com essas cadeiras brancas no gramado, as vagens verdes e roxa, e são abobrinhas ou berinjelas? A hortaliça na foto ao lado.. Gosto muito de fotografar, mas ainda estou engatinhando, uso como inspiração a fazenda, pois moramos a 30km dela e aos finais de semana vou lá fotografar a natureza e os cavalos. Me visita aqui. https://www.facebook.com/patricia.paulasmantovani. Bjs PATI

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    1. São berinjelas Patrícia, baby berinjelas, lindinhas demais, não?
      Há muitos lugares quase que que intocados aqui Patrícia, há uma grande consciência social e leis que são reinforçadas.
      Entendo essa 'coisa de engatinhar em fotografia' pois eu também ainda me sinto assim, tantas coisas para aprender...
      Visitei seu facebook mas infelizmente não consigo comentar pois o meu é página, e isso me impossibilita de comentar em facebooks comuns. Estou tentando mudar isso mas ainda não sei como.

      beijos

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  4. I love your blog, still in the previous blog and now this. Thanks for sharing your world with us.

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words Gloria, you are a sweet person :)

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  5. Regina, what a lovely way you you found to spend Brady's days off. Actually, I should say *perfect*. As imagens ficaram lindíssimas! I loved every landscape you showed to us! Beijos, Paula

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  6. Wonderful summer pictures. What a beautiful and peaceful place!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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    1. It is really a nice place to spend some summer days.

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  7. deniz, çiçekler, martılar çok güzel, fotoğraflar ayrı güzel..Baktıkça içim açıldı..

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  8. Oi Regina! Esse lugar parece ser um paraíso, aproveite bastante e compartilhe mais coisas boas conosco.
    Beijos!

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  9. Oi, Regina,

    Nossa, que paraíso, a estadia de vocês lá deve ter sido uma maravilha! Nunca tinha ouvido falar em Block Island, mas simplesmente amei o lugar! E estas comodidades todas próximas faz com que as pessoas desfrutem do melhor dos dois mundos, né? rsrs.

    Um beijo

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    1. Olá Marly, tudo bem?

      Eu também não tinha ouvido falar de BI antes de mudar pra cá. É um lugar bem bacana mesmo.

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  10. Amiga... que post encantador!
    Fotos belíssimas!

    Beijo grande

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    1. Obrigada querida, me inspiro em você para melhorar minha fotografia :)

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  11. I really enjoyed this post–both the writing and the photos!

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  12. Great destination Regina (once I lived in Rhode Island for half a year and loved it over there). And very pretty pictures! Thanks for sharing. xxx

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    1. Thank you so much Simone for your kind words.

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