Although we stay home most of the time because of Covid-19, even I venture outside on occasion when the weather is good. Last week, our outings increased. I took a short walk in the neighborhood, and on Saturday I took Jan for a ride around town, the weather was truly spring-like.
First Leg of the Outing
I thought the busy traffic circles in Apponaug district would be empty and a nice sight but I was wrong. There was quite a bit of traffic and I had to wait for my turn at the yield signs more than once. I thought I would breeze through them. Continuing on that road, we ended up in a good size shopping plaza on Route 2. Although the parking lot looked sparsely used there were still some cars most likely for curbside pick up available in the days of Covid-19.
Second Leg of the Outing
From there I drove on Rt 2, then took Rt 95 towards Providence. Jan had been looking forward to going to Wickenden Street with many small shops. As we approached the destination we noticed that it too was not empty although certainly not as crowded as it usually is.
Last Leg of the Outing
I parked near the Coffee Exchange and we walked around a little. The most noticeable thing missing was open stores as most were closed or for pick-up service only. The vehicular traffic was nowhere near what it usually is. There were people on the streets, most with face coverings including the two of us. We walked a short block, crossed the street, looked at the shop windows there, and came back to the car. These are the photographs Jan took of the small shops and the masked marvel!
The next stop was the new pedestrian bridge over the Providence River. Looking towards the city center presented the familiar Providence skyline with recognizable buildings. The most famous one is probably the Industrial Trust Building which is also known as the Superman Building. The nickname is based on an old rumor that it was used in the old Superman TV series although it merely looks like the building in the series. However, it still remains the tallest building in the state.
We took some photographs, listened to a street performer playing accordion, kept our distance from other people enjoying the nice weather, and returned to our car and then home. Karma was glad to see us!
Below are the photographs I took around the neighborhood and during our outing on Saturday.