Thursday, March 19, 2009

Memories of Connecticut...

No, this definitely isn't Isla. This is near Niantic, Connecticut, where my favorite aunt in the whole world lives. I have fond memories of my mom and me visiting her during the summer. My cousins, Kath and Jen, were close to my age so we always had a blast when we'd get together.

I love the east coast (well, except for maybe the traffic)...its quaint little stores and homes...that nautical feeling. Personally, I could live anywhere up through the coast of Maine...Bar Harbor is one of my favorite places. But after living in Texas for a few years, I don't know if I'd want to deal with the winters anymore. So, I'll get a winter place on Isla and a summer cottage in Maine or Connecticut. Problem solved.

My aunt's home is about three houses down from the beach of Long Island Sound. A lot of the places in this little community are summer homes for families. My aunt lives there year-round now.

These pics were taken in May of 2005 and if I recall correctly, it rained almost every day I was there, so I squeezed these in between rainstorms.

That's a little island just off shore.

Kind of makes you think of "Jaws," doesn't it? I'm kidding...although I do remember as a kid they did close the beach once while we were there because of a shark sighting.

These are some of the homes in the area. They can range from very small and plain, to big and gorgeous. And a lot of them have been in the same family for generations.

Here's my aunt's living room. Doesn't it look like it's been there forever? Especially with all the paneling on the walls. Talk about a comfort zone. Good memories there.

Just more views. You have to have pretty thick skin to swim here because the water is icy cold.

But I think I'd take just about anyplace when it's next to the water.


Jamqueen said...

How nice! Next time you come, be sure to let me know & we can get together. I live about as far as you can get from Niantic & still be in CT, but the state is fairly small!

Life's a Beach! said...

Beautiful Deb! I LOVE the Northeast! Some friends and I went to the Maine seacoast 5 years ago and it was a great trip! The homes are just unbelievable. A 'cottage' is often a huge mansion because it was the summer home for some wealthy Boston family. When you buy the summer home, get a big one and I'll rent an apartment from you! :) And Aunt's are so wonderful, aren't they? My favorite person in the whole world is my Aunt Betty! (I was the little girl she never had.)

barry said...

I think it would be great to make that Trip.. along the coast from Maine to Mystic, see all the seaside towns and Gezz . maybe make it "the Lobster and Lighthouse tour".. that would be time well spent....

Isla Deb said...

Ann - I don't know when I'll make it up there next, but I'll definitely let you know...would love to meet up with you and exchange Isla stories!

Beck - I know what you mean about those cute, "little" cottages. MY home actually would be a cottage compared to those! And I agree about those favorite Aunts!

Barry - "Lobster and Lighthouse Tour" it! I'm SOOO ready!