Little Rhody

Trip Start Feb 15, 2010
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Trip End Feb 14, 2011


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Wal-Mart (Providence, RI)

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Friday, April 16, 2010

TRAFFIC! Oh, traffic, traffic, traffic.  I am frequently astounded by the ridiculous street layouts I find in many cities, but Providence takes the cake so far.  I am no civil engineer and couldn't begin to figure out how to correct the mess of driving around there, but someone should give it a shot.  At the same time, people in other places, *cough* Watertown *cough*, should worry less about the presumed aesthetic appeal of developing new areas with winding, confusing, and cleverly-named roads and more about the practicality of trying to actually locate an address.  Hopefully, they will figure this out before their cities also become an unintelligible knotted mess of pavement. 

Anywho, today I visited the interior of the Rhode Island State House that I photographed outside the night before.  Their capitol was built, like most, on a grand scale, but with much more wide open space inside that I have seen in many of the buildings.  The central chamber was a cavernous tower of cool, white stone with a large helping of roman columns lending to the view and topped by a rotunda painted with large beautiful murals.  Shiny brass fixtures and polished elevator doors gleamed as the clapping echoes of footsteps bounced down the corridors.  It was a large and attractive building that impressed feelings of grandness and power upon me, as all capitol buildings should.

Leaving the State House, I made my way to a vistor's center to get a few recommendations and headed to the Roger Williams Museum.  The museum itself was very small and located in only a portion of the ground floor of an older-looking house.  The museum's namesake was the founder of Rhode Island, who was a firm believer in religious freedom and the separation of church and state.  The colony of Rhode Island was actually established after Williams' ideas had become more and more unpopular everywhere he went.  He was actually banished from Massachusetts and wandered south for many miles through the winter snow to live with natives he had befriended.  The following year, he established Rhode Island as the first colony to establish itself on those principles which he so firmly believed in.  His following words are engraved on the exterior of the capitol building: "To hold forth a lively experiment that a most flourishing civil state may stand and best be maintained with full liberty in religious concernments."

After the museum, I wandered through the older streets of Providence and stopped by Prospect Park which had a halfway-decent view of the city.  I then continued on until finding a small Indian restaurant where I stopped for dinner. 

With dinner finished, I walked back to the center of town along Riverfront Park and made my way to the Providence Place Mall where I went to a showing of the movie Kick Ass.  I thought the movie was pretty funny, but I doubt many of the older readers of this would share that sentiment.  In any case, I enjoyed it, and then drove onward to Newport, RI.
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