Newport is famous for so much including seafood like the above lobster, boating and the many mansions. We toured two of theses mansions , The Elms and The Breakers. At this time of year they are decorated to the max for Christmas and are so beautiful. The style of architecture is from the Gilded Age and their vastly lavish interiors are so over the top that I was quite awestruck. Photo opportunities are very restricted to assist in preservation so my pictures are limited.The Breakers was owned by the Vanderbilt family. Mr and Mrs Vanderbilt met while teaching Sunday school and apparently continued to do so even whilst stashing away vast fortunes which is quite lovely to know.
The Elms , on the other hand, was standing empty by the 1960's and was destined to be bulldozed to make way for a car park. OMIGOD, what a travesty if that had actually occured. I am not a great lover of museums but took the self guided tour with head set and actually found the history and stories about life in these places quite riveting. It was exactly like wandering Downton Abbey