There is a stone, dedicated to the navigator from Italy:
Who in 1524 crossed the perilous northern ocean first to behold the coast of the future United States cast anchor in this bay explore its islands, one of which because of its shape. He christened Rhodes name later extended to the entire state of Rhode Island. Donated by Carrara, the marble city. And by Greve in Chianti where Verrazzano was born. In pledge of ever growing friendship between the American and the Italian peopels.
217 Westminster St
Providence, RI 02903
This DownCity restaurant is a fusion that’s below the par. The taste in general is too sweet and the Bulgogi, both beef and pork are way too chewy. The only refreshing dish is the marinaded cucumber. The high ceiling is nice. Service is so so.
A 17-year old darling from my home town Beijing needs a ride from JFK to the camp at Rhond Island School of Design. So I get a chance to revisit Rhode Island. The last time was 1993 and we stayed at Newport (wiki), which is 30 miles south of the state capital – Providence.
The flight from Beijing CA989 touches down at JFK at 10:18 (scheduled 10:40am at purchasing. The night before at departure, it changed to 10:13 and 10:20am the following day), and the kid came out at 11:08am – yes, I was bit late.
Photo above: the small white steeple to the left is the First Baptist Church in America below. The middle obelisk is in the Memorial Park and the building to the right is the Providence county courthouse – I think. Revisit in Aug
Roger Williams founding this city in 1636, which is one of the oldest in US. Smithsonian magazine states that St. Augustine, Florida is the oldest, established in 1585. Wiki has a longer list of the oldest.
There are a few high end restaurants near the water, DownCity (RI 02903):
We ended up having dinner at Teriyaki & Korean House in the vacant downtown after visiting a mast and costume shop. The lady host said kids are left for the summer – it’s a college town. Brown is next to RISD. This shop owner entertained us.