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Springtime in Newport, RI Photo Blog

Tour Name: Springtime in Newport, Rhode Island
Dates: June 13-16, 2023
Tour Director: Patti Olson
Tour Highlights: We stepped back in time to the Gilded Age, beginning with a circle and a contra dance led by “Mrs. Astor,” our local guide. Then we toured two of the awesome mansions where the Vanderbilts entertained guests with lavish banquets and similar dances. Each room was a work of art! The weather gave us a great day to walk along the famous Cliff Walk in front of these mansions. Newport is also home of the International Tennis Hall of Fame, and our guide told fascinating stories about the sport and the most famous tennis players. There was even a chance to visit “live” with Roger Federer’s hologram! Heading home, we learned about topiaries, shrubs shaped into artistic and animal shapes and were also wowed by a traveling Lego exhibit at the topiary gardens that is in Newport this year. The giant Lego creations were amazing. As we walked through the beautiful mansions, I was reminded of the Bible verse from John 14:2-3 — “ In My Father’s house are many rooms; if that were not so, I would have told you, because I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I am coming again and will take you to Myself, so that where I am, there you also will be.” As striking as the Newport mansions are, Heaven will be so much more glorious!

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