Holding Court in Connecticut

Trip Start Mar 01, 2009
Trip End Ongoing

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Flag of United States  , Connecticut
Saturday, September 12, 2009

Storms brewing in the Atlantic, led us to reroute our path southward, away from the peninsula of Cape Cod. Even so, wet and grey weather followed us through central Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut.  The only stop we made prior to arrival in New Haven, was Mystic.  The overcast gloom and drizzle couldn't tarnish the centuries old seaport and only enhanced my romantic notion of mariner life.  Many shops and restaurants line the Main Street of Mystic.  I briefly searched for the real "Mystic Pizza" (which is supposedly located on Main St.), but given the nasty weather and perhaps some impatience too, I gave up and decided to move on.

In New Haven, we lucked out with accommodations within one block of Yale University’s campus.  Though I’ve always thought those tourist coupon booklets passed out at visitor centers were useless, much to my surprise, one such booklet provided us with $80 off the rack rate at a Courtyard Marriott.  Given the great deal (and the wet and mucky weather), we were persuaded to stay two nights in what definitely qualified as great comfort and luxury for “the camping kind”.  The predominantly Gothic architecture of Yale University is inspiring, and we split our time between walking the beautiful campus and vegging at the hotel.

Annie Le, Yale University graduate student, had been missing for 24 hours when we arrived in New Haven, and flyers were posted all around.  I followed the story with interest, hoping that she was safe and would be found shortly.  Somehow, being in the area of her disappearance made the national news story seem highly relevant and I felt connected to the ultimately, tragic outcome. 
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