Longfellow’s Wayside Inn (Sudbury, MA)

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Recently, I visited Longfellow’s Wayside Inn in Sudbury, MA. It started out as a two bedroom home in the year of 1707. Then, in the year of 1716, it was named Howe’s Tavern. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow would frequent the tavern, and wrote his famous poems about the tavern including The Tales of the Wayside Inn. Longfellow’s Wayside Inn is the oldest operating inn in the United States, and is located on72 Wayside Inn Rd in Sudbury, MA. It’s also a famous historic landmark in Massachusetts. A history fact that we’re all familiar with is the ride of Paul Revere. Paul Revere rode all the way to Lexington, MA before being captured by a British on his way to Concord, MA. In fact, he stopped by the Tavern at Longfellow’s Wayside Inn on his way to Lexington, MA. In 1923, Henry Ford purchased Longfellow’s Wayside Inn property along with 3000 acres and added three other famous attractions to the property, which include The Grist Mill, The Martha-Mary Chapel, and The Redstone Schoolhouse. The Inn is a living museum with rooms preserved with period furniture and living history actors that are happy to share historical stories with the patrons. The dining restaurant serves tasty food and tavern provides appetizers and a full bar.

First, the grist mill was built in 1929, and operates using a water wheel to turn the mill used to produce corn meal and flour. All of the products produced from the grist mill are used in Longfellow’s Wayside Inn’s food or sold in the gift shop. Visitors who also visit the grist mill, will find the beautiful waterfall as a great place to have a picnic and take pictures when visiting Longfellow’s Wayside Inn.

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Next, the Martha-Mary Chapel was built in 1940 by Henry Ford as he was developing the property. He named the chapel after his mother-in-law, Martha, and his mother, Mary. This chapel has been recognized along with the inn as a historic landmark in Sudbury, MA. It has also become a very popular destination for weddings. If you’re in the area, you will hear many great stories about Longfellow’s Wayside Inn and the Martha-Mary Chapel.

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Finally, The Redstone Schoolhouse is a one room schoolhouse that taught grades one through four, and was built in the late 1700’s on Redstone Hill in Sterling, MA. Henry Ford purchased the school because it wasn’t being utilized and moved it onto the property near the Martha-Mary Chapel in Sudbury, MA at the Wayside in 1927. A fun fact about the Redstone Schoolhouse is that the nursery rhyme Mary Had A Little Lamb was based on a true event at the schoolhouse and was written by Mary’s classmate. The schoolhouse is open mid-May through mid-October, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 11:30am to 5pm. The school has been restored to a one room classroom, and is a great place to stop for a little history lesson of Mary Had a Little Lamb. The onsite historian was happy to share stories of the times about what went on throughout the school day years ago. It is a great place to take the kids for a live history lesson.

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Finally, Longfellow’s Wayside Inn is a great place to go if you want to learn some history about Longfellow’s Wayside Inn, The Grist Mill, The Martha-Mary Chapel, and The Redstone Schoolhouse. I highly recommend visiting if you are in the area of Sudbury, MA. If you are interested in checking out Longfellow’s Wayside Inn online, click here: http://www.wayside.org

© 2018 Sundown Pointe

 

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Top six to do in Paris🇫🇷

  1. Eiffel Tower/ Dinner at 58 Tour Eiffel
  2. Seine River dinner cruise on La Marina
  3. Roué de Paris (Ferris Wheel)
  4. Notre-Dame de Paris
  5. La Cuisine cooking class
  6. The Louvre

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Bonjour everyone, and welcome to Paris! The city of Paris also known as the city of love, is filled with so much excitement, and plenty of attractions to see. Some of the attractions include the Eiffel Tower, Notre-Dame de Paris, Roué de Paris, and the Louvre. While visiting Paris for the first time this past spring, I instantly fell in love with the city and the food. Even though pastries are big over in France, my favorite was the escargot. I know escargot sounds crazy, but these were in a basil pesto sauce which made them taste unbelievable! Definitely worth trying when visiting Paris.

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My first favorite attraction in Paris is the Eiffel Tower. The Eiffel Tower is one of the busiest landmarks in Paris.

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On the second floor of the Eiffel Tower is the 58 Tour Eiffel restaurant. This restaurant has wide open windows allowing customers to view the beautiful city from up above. The food that was served was very delicious. My favorites included the seared prawns for the appetizer, roasted chorizo stuffed chicken supreme for the main course, and the profiterole with vanilla ice cream and hot chocolate sauce for dessert. I highly recommend trying this restaurant if you’re looking for a special night with your loved one, or you just want to experience something new. Unfortunately, when I booked my reservation on their website, it said the restaurant was on the top of the Eiffel Tower, but it was actually mid-way on the second floor.

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After dinner was finished, it was nice to take a ride up to the top of the Eiffel Tower and be able to watch the sunset and see the whole city lit up. The view was breathtaking! Then, to make it even better, they lit up the Eiffel Tower every hour. This really made my stay in Paris so much more memorable.

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Secondly, a gourmet dinner cruise on the La Marina cruise ship down the Seine River through Paris Cityvision is a perfect way to view the city at night. During the cruise, customers enjoy a gourmet meal with a bottle of wine. The seating is set up for each party to enjoy their own individual table with a view through the large windows that continue through the ceiling. After being seated at our table, we were offered a glass of champagne and given a brochure with the map of our journey with all the highlights along the way. The three course meal offered a sampling of four appetizers and desserts with a choice of four entree options that included chicken, beef, fish, and vegetarian. The food was very delicious. My favorite included the thick steak with green pepper, potato rosette, and seasonal vegetables.

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Roué de Paris is a giant Ferris wheel in Paris that allows tourists to view the city of Paris from a new height. When viewers reach the top, they will be able to see the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre. One of my favorite ways to view a city is by Ferris wheel, if the city has one. Riding the Ferris wheel definitely gives viewers a different perspective on the city. It allows you to truly take in the gorgeous city and the famous landmarks. As a person who loves to travel, I feel it makes you appreciate where you are and what amazing things the city has to offer.

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Notre-Dame de Paris is a famous cathedral in Paris. You will also recognize the cathedral in the animated Disney movie The Hunchback of Notre Dame. When we arrived in the cathedral, there was a choir rehearsal in progress. The acoustics in the church were unbelievable. It sounded absolutely beautiful. The intricate stained glass and woodwork as well as the history of the cathedral made the visit worthwhile. There were many tombs and statues around the outer perimeter of the cathedral that documents the history. It was definitely well worth the visit.

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Since France is known for their pastries, I decided to take a pastry cooking class at La Cuisine Paris. There are a variety of different pastries that can be made, but in this class we were taught how to make a Mille Feuille. A Mille Feuille is a Napoleon French pastry that can have either a vanilla or custard filling. It was the most delicious French pastry I’ve tried. You can eat them for breakfast, snack, and dessert. For anyone who visits Paris, I highly recommend taking a French cooking class at La Cuisine Paris, and trying all the French pastries you can.

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Finally, the Louvre is the largest art museum in the world. It is also the busiest museum you’ll find. As you walk through the museum, you’ll find a variety of famous paintings and statues throughout the grand halls of the Louvre. In fact, the painting of the Mona Lisa was quite a sight. The room was so crowded that we couldn’t even get close to see the detail. This photo is with a zoom lens on my smartphone as I was holding the phone above everyone’s head. The museum has an abundance of history and art that it can be a bit overwhelming at times. However, this isn’t a museum that takes 2 hours to discover. It’s a museum that will take you a full day to go through. Beware of the massive crowds and try to find a time that is not so busy.

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I have truly enjoyed my time in Paris visiting all of the exciting places, and experiencing new things. Paris has truly been a dream come true! I definitely look forward to many more travel adventures in the future!!

© 2018 Sundown Pointe

Miscele e Fuoco (Rome, Italy) 🇮🇹

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Rome is filled with a variety of restaurants, but my favorite was Miscele e Fuoco. It is located a few blocks from the Colosseum on Via Cavourright down the street from Hotel Romano. Miscele e Fuoco serves everything from breakfast, lunch, dinner, desserts, and cocktails. They have a variety of seating both inside and out. The food that I ordered was very delicious. My favorite dish was the chocolate waffle. It was super moist with tons of whip cream, and cut up strawberries drizzled with chocolate sauce. It was by far the best waffle I’ve ever had!!!! This is a meal I would recommend to anyone who eats at Miscele e Fuoco for breakfast. If you’re looking for something more on the healthier side, I recommend their bowl of fruit. The fruit was amazing and super fresh. It consisted of pineapple as your base with strawberries, oranges, raspberries, blackberries, and honeydew melon inside.

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Customers who sit inside will find the atmosphere very comfortable, and those who sit outside will find it a little busy on the street.The staff is very nice and takes great care of their customers. I definitely look forward to coming back to Miscele e Fuocothe next time I visit Rome.

© 2018 Sundown Pointe

Top things to do in Rome, Italy 🇮🇹

  1. The Colosseum of Rome
  2. Try some Gelato
  3. Italian Opera
  4. Spanish Steps
  5. Altare della Patria
  6. Vatican City

 

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Buongiorno Roma, Italia! Today’s blog is on the top things to do in Rome. There are plenty of things to do and see in Rome, and I have to admit that Rome is my favorite city in Italy. The weather in Rome was warm and sunny during the day and a little chilly at night. The things I enjoyed doing most while in Rome included the Colosseum of Rome, Gelato, an Italian Opera, the Spanish Steps, the Altare della Patria, and the Vatican City.

My favorite attraction was the Colosseum of Rome, also known as the Flavian amphitheatre. The Colosseum of Rome is located in the center of Rome right across from the metro station. In school, I remember doing a paper on the Colosseum of Rome, and to actually stand in front of it and explore the inside was a dream come true. It was definitely an experience I’ll remember. Here’s aa fun fact about the Colosseum of Rome, it was built in 70 AD and was the largest amphitheatre ever built.

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Besides the delicious pasta, I became obsessed with the Gelato. Gelato is a very delicious Italian ice cream that’s similar to a sherbet texture. Each gelato restaurant is filled with a variety of flavors. My favorites included mint, tiramisu, white chocolate raspberry, and mixed berry. Since a small one didn’t fill me, I ordered a bigger one, but with fresh fruit this time. It was very delicious, and very filling.

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Next, if you are looking for a fun evening out, I highly recommend seeing an Italian Opera. In Rome, I saw La Traviata at Salone Margherita. La Traviata is a three act opera. I purchased the option of watching the performance with dinner that included a 3 course meal. We ate the first course of the meal before the show, and then went to our seats to watch the first act. We went back to our table to eat the second course during intermission between acts. After the second act we had our third course, and returned to our seats to see the final act of the opera. They allowed us to bring our beverage to our seats in the balcony to drink as we watched the performance.

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The Spanish Steps is a very busy attraction in Rome. We climbed a total of 135 steps to get to the very top where the Trinità dei Monti Church sits. We also notice flower pots with beautiful flowers inside spread throughout the staircase.

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The Altare della Patria is a monument building in Rome built for the first King of Italy, Victor Emmanuel. The Altare della Patria is an amazing building filled with many statues and the history of Rome. The building had an elevator outside that took us up to the top of the building with an amazing view of Rome. We even saw the Colosseum of Rome from the top!

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Finally, another popular place to visit in Rome is Vatican City. Vatican city is the home of the Catholic Church and the Pope. The  museum, MCSEI VATICANI is the busiest museum in Rome. There are multiple lines of people down the street waiting to go inside to see the ancient artifacts. It takes hours to get inside, so I highly recommend going during the early hours of the morning when it first opens at 9 am. Also, if you prebuy your tickets, you can schedule your entry time to eliminate waiting in the long lines.

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I look forward to visiting Rome again someday! Grazie mille for reading!!

Ciao

© 2018 Sundown Pointe

A Day in Venice, Italy 🇮🇹

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Buongiorno Italia! Today’s blog is on a day in Venice, also known as Venezia, Italy. Venice is an island city that is surrounded by water. The only transportation visitors can take to travel around Venice is by boat or walking through the cobblestone streets. So, be sure to wear comfortable shoes. Venice, is filled with numerous famous attractions and things to do. It also has two small islands across the canal which include, The island of Murano and Burano. My top things to do in Venice included taking a Gondola ride, visiting the Saint Mark’s Basilica, and finally the island of Murano. The Gondola ride was fantastic and the most relaxing activity in Venice. It is a great way to see the city from a different perspective and learn about some of the history.

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The streets and piazzas in Venice were extremely crowded with tourists and the lines were so long that unfortunately, I couldn’t see Saint Mark’s Basilica from the inside.

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It is important to schedule your day to accommodate the local customs because there are very few restaurants that open before 7 pm for dinner. Many of the bars were open, yet only offered light snacks. Next, the island of Burano is filled with colorful houses and many hand crafted lace garments and linens. As a keep sake from the island of Burano, I bought a beautiful pink blouse with pearls sewn onto it.

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Finally, The island of Murano was full of glass artists that display their intricate glass works of art in shops. Some of the glass artists open their factories for glass blowing demonstrations. Their skill and talent for designing and developing their works of art is truly mind blowing.

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Venice, is a wonderful city to experience in Italy. I recommend doing all your exploring during the morning hours due to the busy crowds in the afternoon and evening. I also added a short video of the glass blowing down below for your enjoyment.

Ciao Italia!

© 2018 Sundown Pointe

 

Pizzeria Tortuga (Venice, Italy) 🇮🇹

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Buongiorno! Venice is an island city in Italy that is surrounded by water. The only transportation visitors can take to get around the city is to travel by boat or walk through the cobblestone streets. Vehicles are not an option. Venice, is filled with a variety of delicious pizzeria and pasta restaurants. However, I recommend visiting the smaller local mom and pop restaurants, to experience the atmosphere with traditional Italian dishes.

My favorite mom and pop restaurant in Venice, is Pizzeria Tortuga, where many of the locals eat. Pizzeria Tortuga is a small Italian restaurant that is located on Salizada dei Spechieri, around the corner from the ferry to Murano Island. They serve a variety of pizza, pasta, and wine. When customers walk in, they will find a variety of seating throughout the dining room, bar, and outside. The food was very delicious from start to finish. A few of my favorites included the Lasagna with Bolognese Sauce, Cannelloni, and Gnocchi with red sauce. 

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Customers will find the food very fresh and reasonably priced, which makes it definitely worth it. Best pasta dishes I’ve had! The owner was very friendly and attentive to our needs. This restaurant was open extended hours between lunch and dinner, when all the other restaurants were closed, . Finally, customers who dine at Pizzeria Tortuga will find the atmosphere very relaxing in both the dining room and the bar, and full of activity outside. I look forward to coming back to this restaurant the next time I visit Venice.

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Ciao!

© 2018 Sundown Pointe

A Day in Verona, Italy 🇮🇹

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Verona is a city located in northern Italy, which is well known for William Shakespeare’s story, Romeo and Juliet.

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In fact, one of the popular attractions in Verona is Casa di Giulietta, also known as Juliet’s house. It is best to go first thing in the morning before the crowd arrives. People still write notes to Juliet hoping she’ll answer. However, it’s Juliet’s club that respond to the letters. A good example of this is the movie Letter’s to Juliet. The movie, Letter’s to Juliet, is set in Verona, Italy where a girl named Sophie visits the wall where all the people write to Juliet, until she finds a letter in the wall that was written years ago by a girl named Claire. She then takes it upon herself to respond to that letter, until one day Claire’s grandson Charlie stops by the secretary of Juliet’s office asking which one of them wrote the letter to his grandmother. Sophie is surprised Claire received the letter, and in return follows Charlie to where his grandmother is waiting in front of the wall where the letters lay. Sophie then asks Claire if she can help her find her long lost lover Lorenzo. So, they travel all around Italy to find him until they find him on a wine vineyard farm right outside Siena, another beautiful town in Italy.

Today in Verona, people cannot stick the letters up on the wall outside Juliet’s balcony anymore because they have been damaging the structure. In fact, if a letter is found stuck to the wall, people can be fined 500 euros.

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Inside the museum, you will find each room has time period artifacts depicting their way of life as well as photos and writings from William Shakespeare.

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There are many piazzas throughout the city with wonderful restaurants including the historic area of Verona called Centro Storico.

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Piazza delle Erbe and the Torre Dei Lamberti which you can walk or take the elevator to the top to get a beautiful view of the city.

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I suggest wearing comfortable walking shoes on the cobblestone streets and piazzas. Finally, another popular attraction in Verona that gets used for a lot for performances is the Arena di Verona. Arena di Verona in Piazza Bra, is a Roman amphitheater that was built in the first century, and is used for Italian operas. I truly enjoyed my time in Verona, and look forward to visiting again someday.

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© 2018 Sundown Pointe