Providence is all aglow

  • Article by: GAIL ROSENBLUM , Star Tribune
  • Updated: April 21, 2012 - 11:15 AM

This Rhode Island city sparkles with surprises, including culinary treats, fascinating history and bonfires on the water.

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henryonhillsideApr. 22, 1212:41 PM

I realize the newspaper has space limitations. I realize travel writers have time limitations. But I would think a piece about Providence would give more than an extremely cursory mention to Brown, which ranks with Yale and Columbia as the coolest Ivy League schools. If you're in Providence (May, June and October are the best months) you owe yourself one hour strolling through Brown's College Green (also known as the Main Green) taking a look at the Administration Building (built in 1770) and Henry Moore's magnificent "Bridge Prop" and also taking a peek (down a little pathway) at the stunning statue of Marcus Aurelius.

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pattieb53Apr. 22, 12 1:42 PM

I also realize the paper has space limitations, therefore I am here to tell anyone listening that Rhode Island is more than Providence and Waterfire but they are a great place to start. Writer Gail hit on many highlights of Providence but let me tell you, there are so many more (historical, architectural etc)....and forget Boston, "The Cape", Martha's Vineyard...we have enough in Rhode Island to keep you busy, educated, entertained, fed and relaxed, that a week or two will only have you hitting the highlights. It's a great place to visit and a better place to live. Come to Rhode Island - we love the company!

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warren47Apr. 22, 1210:30 PM

Thanks for the kind words. I enjoy hearing how we appear to others and, as with the review from the UK, I marvel at what people focus on when in a new city. I mean, the cemetary and an old rail bridge? I suppose I shouldn't point fingers. How many photos do you think I have of your street cars and Charlie Brown? As you probably know, during the rush to tear down and rebuild in the 60s, Providence maintained its 1700s and 1800s buildings leaving us plenty of " normal" architecture that would be in museums in many parts of the country. Our culinary school produces our cheffs who give us gustitory presence way over what our small population would indicate. And the morning after "Waterfire" we can be at the beach in 30 minutes. Come visit and see for yourselves! Remember, good things come in small packages. Warren McGoldrick, Povidence, RI i

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