Tuesday, October 14, 2008

She's Baaaack!

It's always fun to get away, but it's wonderful to be home! I've been absent for several days while visiting beautiful Connecticut. We left Atlanta early Wednesday - up at 4:00AM - to catch our flight to White Plains NY. Relying upon Gretchen Garmin, our trusty GPS for directions, we headed north on I95 to New Haven. This is the location of prestigious Yale University.

Yale’s roots can be traced back to the 1640s, when colonial clergymen led an effort to establish a college in New Haven to preserve the tradition of European liberal education in the New World. This vision was fulfilled in 1701, when the charter was granted for a school “wherein Youth may be instructed in the Arts and Sciences [and] through the blessing of Almighty God may be fitted for Publick employment both in Church and Civil State.” In 1718 the school was renamed “Yale College” in gratitude to the Welsh merchant Elihu Yale, who had donated the proceeds from the sale of nine bales of goods together with 417 books and a portrait of King George I.

Yale’s 260 buildings include contributions from distinguished architects of every period in its history. Styles range from New England Colonial to High Victorian Gothic, from Moorish Revival to contemporary. Yale’s buildings, towers, lawns, courtyards, walkways, gates, and arches comprise what one architecture critic has called “the most beautiful urban campus in America.”

I felt myself growing smarter as if, by osmosis, I channeled years of higher learning. Click on the photo below for a brief slide show of Yale. I would have posted sooner; however duty called. I had a date with our laundry room last night to replenish my diminished pile of clean underwear. A girl has her priorities, you know. Stay tuned for more tales of our east coast adventure...


4 comments:

Starwoodgal said...

Glad you're home safe. Lovely photos!

Mental P Mama said...

You were in my stomping grounds...too bad you all didn't call. We could have had a little mischief.

Judyann said...

Nice photos Debra. Loved being at Yale, it was so beautiful and I too felt a little bit smarter having walked some of the same paths as the students. I was just reading in Wikipedia that Harvard is indeed the oldest university in the United States. It was estabalished in 1636, I think. What a fun time we had.

Roxanne Schwandt said...

Welcome Back!!!!! Glad you had a good trip! Can't wait to see more pictures!