The fall has slowly started to unveil its palette of colors. We have also entered the New England region with its own distinct ambience. Vermont is a small state, but the experiences it offers are memorable nevertheless! Lukas initially thought New England was a separate state, maybe because of the New England Patriots football team, but he could not find it on the map.
The whole state felt like a network of tiny villages. Wherever you go, you feel like you are in the middle of the woods, but it is enough to drive a little further you find the cozy café inviting for a cup of coffee or a local produce booth. You will not find any major cities here and even the largest one is surprisingly small. The contrast with the western US is that here the small towns are welcoming and local communities keep them well maintained. The basic ingredients are a post office, a church and a couple of crafts shops and cafés.
On our way through Vermont, we made some unexpected social connections with an architecture historian Jonas Mačiuika (thank you, Danute Januta, for the introduction and we always love reading your letters) and a couple of architects who designed the SF MOMA! We had dinner, they told us a lot of interesting stories and we introduced them to Kolūkinis Barokas in response.
The second visit was to my friend Laura’s mother-in-law house. A quiet place in south Vermont surrounded by flowers and forests offered a great dinner and a joyful time. Margo loves her old, almost 300 year old, house where she and her dog Sophie spend their days painting and assembling puzzles.
These were the highlights of our stay in Vermont and the rest is in the pictures. Even though Lukas took most of them at the same museum dedicated to president Coolidge, they are representative of our trip through Vermont.