I have sampled this life – Hartford, CT

I have sampled this life“I have sampled this life.” This is how we feel. For the past two years we have lived and loved and done more than any other time in our lives. And this quote by Mark Twain struck one of many chords this weekend as we explored Connecticut with our family. 3 generations walked the streets of Hartford, CT and sampled this cities art, food and history while basking in each other’s love. These moments are the ones…


The Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art gave us a sampling of some of the finest pieces of art. Several eras and collections lined the 3 story museum but the ones that were really “touching” to us were by Jackson Pollack and, of course, the European pieces by Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir and William Holman Hunt. To think we were surrounded by millions of dollars of art!

Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art

We were in luck as the museum was having a flower show at the same time. Throughout the museum were various displays of flowers that we all enjoyed.

Flower Display at Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art


Bill’s sister found the best places to eat! Salute on 100 Trumbull Street in Hartford Connecticut was exactly what we were looking for. Delicious Italian cuisine, salads and the biscotti! The meatball salad was a first for us and won’t be a last!

Meatball Salad at Salute in Hartford CT

Grant’s Restaurant and Bar was just as wonderful as Salute.  We felt like we walked back in to the 60’s and the touches of red in the light fixtures and rounded booths added class. The chef Billy Grant knows what he is doing! We liked how they added a touch of uniqueness to their dishes with tiny cheese balls instead of croutons for my apple salad

Grant's Restaurant in West Hartford


We were so impressed to think two literary greats were neighbors back in the 1800’s! Harriet Beecher Stowe and Samuel Langhorne Clemens (Mark Twain) lived right next to each other in Hartford, Connecticut! Imagine the conversations they had!

Home of Harriet Beecher StoweHarriet Beecher Stowe lived in a modest home in Hartford, Connecticut. She was one of 13 children and gave birth to 8 children of her own. How did she find the time to write one of the most influential novels in history? Uncle Tom’s Cabin energized the anti-slavery movement and reached millions of people. Even President Abraham Lincoln recognized her influence.

Harriet Beechman Stowe

The tour of her home was very informative and left us all thinking about slavery, how far we’ve come, and how far we still have to go.

Mark Twain, another great literary giant of the 1800’s built his house in 1874. When he moved in he was not yet a well known author. It was Harriet Beecher Stowe that was well known and had written 30 books! Later, once he moved in to his home in Hartford, Connecticut, he wrote those novels he is most known for: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (The Great American Novel). In addition to these he had 43 literary works published in his life!

Mark Twain

Hartford Connecticut was a lot of fun for all 5 of us that visited this spring. The weather was gorgeous as we wandered around the city to explore, learn and discover the culture it has to offer. And it’s being added on to our list of return locations so you know it was a keeper!

For all our photos from this trip, visit our Facebook album.

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