We stopped by Mark Twain’s (Samuel Clemens) house in Hartford and caught the last tour. Geez- these winter days are so short. We started the tour at 4:30 and it was relatively light and by the time it was over, it was pitch black and freezing by 5:30. Anyways Twain had married an heiress and built this amazing house and wrote many of his well-known novels here. I liked his writing process- he had a cubby with all his projects on paper. He would start the day with one and write until he got blocked and then moved onto the next one.
The next day we visited an abandoned site called Holyland USA. It was one man’s attempt to recreate Jesus’ experience with miniaturized scale models. You start at the bottom of the hill and follow his life up the hill until the final crucifixion at the top. There’s even a dilapidated last supper diorama. It’s pretty shabby now and mostly a place where teens come to drink and hang out but there is a great view from the top.
On a side note, when I googled Holyland, another Holy Land came up in my search results. There is a Holy Land Experience in Orlando Florida which is like a Bible amusement park. It looks so kitschy- I can’t wait to go!