Art of Travel Group Trip
Comments and Photos
Susie Mammel: What a pleasure to work with a small, private, adventuresome group and watch them engage with such high caliber gentlemen from Newport, Rhode Island. Dan, author, lecturer, preservationist, is one of those. His wealth of knowledge is layered by historic architecture, religious freedom and the wild stories from the "Gilded Age." On the other hand, Paul, curator of the Newport mansions, led us through a plethora of decorative arts to build the layers even higher. Gilded Age Newport is one of a kind in the world!
Dan Snydacker: Susie: What a great time we had! This was a wonderful group of very accomplished, intelligent, energetic women. Your prompting to dig deeper into the meaning of what we had seen was really stimulating.
Sandra: As you know, I read "Gilded" on the way home from Newport and finished the book as we landed. One advantage of reading later is that I recognized people in the book I never would have thought about until visiting their homes. Let the group know that there is reference to Laurence and Judith on page 254 and the opposition to their museum being in the neighborhood. Neighbors showed up to oppose their use in zoning hearings. They may not feel welcome yet! Also, on page 264 is a reference to Ronald. We missed a wonderful intellectual by not meeting him. He hosts wonderful dinner parties and is a well known part of the community! So sorry we missed meeting him personally, but we did get to experience his surroundings! What a fun trip! Looking forward to continuing my education in the wonderful estates and gardens on England! Thank you so much for arranging both of these memorable experiences!
Margo: I thought the trip was fabulous...really top guides and Inn. Meals were great (prefer apples at lunch, but I can be flexible...). You really aced the weather! Could not have added one more sentence with more information. But, for my back, I thought the ratio of walking to bus rides, etc. was good and the special touches were really wonderful--Ron's visit, the art gallery, etc., even your reading list was spot-on. Seriously, reading "Gilded" was a terrific introduction. Thanks for such an excellent experience.
Janis: I loved the trip.
Dan Snydacker, tour guide: These are the headlines in this morning's paper (May 17). The boxed quote is from Bea Ross. Thought the folks in the tour might be interested. Update: ...the Touro Synagogue will remain with its congregation and not become a museum only.