On that cruise, where PEI was our second stop, our last stop was Newport, Rhode Island. Neither of us was overly excited about visiting this city and we almost didn't get off the cruise ship. We decided to take a walk to the Cliff Walk to see the ocean and the beautiful cliffs that border the water. It was not the experience we were hoping for.
|View of Newport from the cruise ship.|
|Part of the Cliff Walk|
The walk to the Cliff Walk took almost an hour (not the 30 minutes we thought). The Cliff Walk itself was very beautiful and very scenic. It made the walk there worth it because we don't have anything like this near home. The sights of the cliffs next to the water were gorgeous. I could live in any one of the houses that are on that Cliff Walk.
|A house on the Cliff Walk|
|Part of the Cliff Walk|
The Cliff Walk was nice and we were able to take a lot of beautiful photos.
|The Cliff Walk|
|One of the mansions in Newport|
As we were walking the never-ending path back to the cruise ship, Sean did everything he could to cheer me up. He has a great sense of humor so it wasn't long before I was giggling hysterically as we walked (and walked and walked and walked) along. He was making up random and funny stories about the houses and their owners as we walked past. Here is my favorite one. It brings a smile to my face even today.
This house is the Isaac Bell House.
|The Isaac Bell house.|
This house was originally owned by the great-great-granddaughter of Alexander Graham Bell. Why did the parents name the girl "Isaac"? When she was born, the doctor told the parents they had a beautiful baby boy. They named him Isaac. A little while later, the doctor come in and said, "Oops! I was wrong. You have a beautiful baby girl." The parents had already signed the birth certificate and were unable to change her name, so they sued the doctor for making the mistake. They used the money from the lawsuit to buy the house and named it after their daughter.
Finally, we came across an ice cream shop that was not far from the ship. Normally my frugal self would say wait and get an ice cream on the ship as it was free, but after this long adventure I was happy to walk inside, enjoy the air conditioning and enjoy a cold treat. The ice cream was pretty good and was a great pick me up after such a long walk in the heat with no water. I was very happy that we were finally back in town and that our long walkabout was finally over. After enjoying an ice cream we walking the last 400 yards back to the ship and enjoyed the rest of the day on board the cruise ship.
|A house in Newport|
The houses of Newport were absolutely beautiful and the CliffWalk had amazing views. If we took a cruise that went here again, I would for sure book a shore excursion. I do not recommend trying to take a self-guided tour. You will spend so much time walking that you will exhaust yourself before you see anything. If we go back I would want to tour a few of the homes or go whale watching. That sounds like a much better idea then endlessly walking around the town. Sean could still make up some funny stories from the inside of an air conditioned bus or van. The biggest thing we learned from our Newport trip is plan ahead - plan, plan, plan!!
|Another mansions in Newport|
Have you ever been to Newport, Rhode Island? What were your thoughts about the town?