We learned yesterday that our visas have not yet been submitted to the French consulate, which means we’re likely in Connecticut until at least June. So we’re going to try to make the best of our time here and check out some fun sites, like Mystic, CT.
Yes, that’s the same Mystic from the 1988 Julia Roberts movie, Mystic Pizza. We took the drive down to the coast on Saturday and walked through the adorable little town to take in the sites.
Below is the Mystic River Bascule Bridge. According to a plaque on the bridge, it was built in 1922 and the power to operate it comes from electric motors. The two large “bull wheels” and giant concrete counterweights are all out in the open, giving visitors a great view of the mechanics when the bridge is going up and down. Unfortunately, we were there in the off-season, so didn’t get to see it go up, but from May 1- October 31 the bridge opens hourly during daylight at 40 minutes past the hour and on demand.
While in Mystic we, of course, had to pick up our own “slice of heaven” from the same pizza parlor featured in the movie. We shared a slice of chicken-bacon-ranch. And what’s a trip to Mystic without picking up some Mystic Drawbridge Ice Cream? We both got affogatos (a scoop of ice cream drizzled with fresh-brewed espresso) and ate them sitting on wooden lounge chairs overlooking Mystic River. Mine was Mystic River Mud and Matt got Kahlua flavored ice cream. The combination of hot espresso over the cold cream was absolutely divine.
The cool breeze and beautiful scenery was a perfect way to start recharging after a crazy couple of weeks of moving.