Tuesday, February 26, 2013

A Rhody Minimoon: Mansions in the Rain

After we woke up from our little nap, we decided to walk up to Bellevue Avenue, which is where the Newport Mansions were.  We had each been to a few of the mansions before, but I hadn't been since I was in elementary school, and D hadn't been since middle school.  

We decided to check out two of the mansions, The Elms and The Breakers.  

The Elms is an absolutely beautiful house with gorgeous grounds, including a carriage house, and lush gardens.  Photographs of the interior of the houses are not allowed, but I did take some of the grounds.  

Front of The Elms / Personal Picture

Elm Tree / Personal Picture

D with the Elm Tree / Personal Picture

Delivery Entrance covered in vines and flowers to hide it from the house guests / Personal Picture

D sitting on a solid marble bench along the side of The Elms / Personal Picture

Me sitting on the bench along the side of The Elms / Personal Picture

View of the grounds from the back of The Elms / Personal Picture

The back of The Elms / Personal Picture

Tea House at the end of the grounds / Personal Picture

A marble and iron fountain on the property / Personal Picture

And a closeup, because we are so mature ;) / Personal Picture

After our tour of The Elms, we walked down Bellevue Avenue to The Breakers.  Like The Elms, photographs are not allowed of the interior, but we did take some pictures of the property.  The grounds weren't as extensive as those at The Elms, but the view was spectacular, despite it being another rainy and cloudy day.  The temperature outside here was colder though, being on the water, so we didn't spend as much time at this mansion as we did at the other.  

The back of The Breakers / Personal Picture

View of the Atlantic Ocean from the back patio / Personal Picture

An absolutely stunning view. Can you imagine living in one of these mansions? Life must have been so over-the-top back then.  
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