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Trip Report yk's Day Trip Report - Hartford CT for 9 hours

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I don't think too many people will be interested in this, but since there aren't too many TRs on Hartford Connecticut, I figure I'll write one.

Ever since I moved back to the Boston area 18 months ago, I kept meaning to visit Hartford for 2 attractions: Mark Twain House and Wadsworth Atheneum.

Not surprisingly, I kept procrastinating this. Finally, I can't anymore, because a special exhibition of Ballets Russes at the Atheneum is closing on July 12, so I have to go.

Thanks to a post by Fodorite bachslunch recently, I realized there are several more places of interest in Hartford that I should try to squeeze in. http://www.fodors.com/community/united-states/hartford-connecticut-marathon-and-week-long-trip.cfm#comment-5738326

I picked today - first Thursday of the month - to go, because Wadsworth Atheneum is open until 8pm. It closes at 5pm the rest of the month. I really needed the extra few hours to see everything on my list. In the end, I made it to all 4 places I wanted to go:

1. Connecticut State Capitol tour
2. Mark Twain House
3. Harriet Beecher Stowe House
4. Wadsworth Atheneum

Since the Ballets Russes show closes in 10 days from now, I could not wait until August to go on this day trip. I couldn't have picked a worse day - it was raining buckets all day long, which made the drive there and back rather horrible.

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It is a 90-mile drive for me, and I left my house around 7:20am. The drive should have been easy: ~50 miles on Mass Pike + 40 miles on I-84. But it was raining so hard part of the way that cars were going only @ 50mph on MassPike! It reminded me of the heavy T-storms in TX.

State Capitol
By the time I got on I-84, rain has subsided, so I arrived at the State Capitol Bldg about 10 minutes before the first tour @ 9:15am.
http://www.cga.ct.gov/capitoltours/
http://i406.photobucket.com/albums/pp146/y2000k/Hartford%20July2009/IMG_4063.jpg

I was the only person on this first tour of the day. The guide did a decent job. The building was built in 1878, and the interior is quite impressive with lots of wood, marble, and a beautiful dome. I was taken inside both the House and Senate Chambers. There are a few historical artifacts, including a bed used by Lafayette. The tour lasted for 45 minutes.

CT State Seal: http://i406.photobucket.com/albums/pp146/y2000k/Hartford%20July2009/IMG_4056.jpg
Senate Chamber: http://i406.photobucket.com/albums/pp146/y2000k/Hartford%20July2009/IMG_4052.jpg
Capitol Dome: http://i406.photobucket.com/albums/pp146/y2000k/Hartford%20July2009/IMG_4062.jpg
Close-up: http://i406.photobucket.com/albums/pp146/y2000k/Hartford%20July2009/IMG_4061.jpg

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