...two beautiful villages next to the Connecticut river and very close to the sea side. Old Lyme is an artists- village with lots of small galleries and an impressive arts school. Essex is mainly living from tourism as far as I could see :)
We really enjoyed both of those small villages and we walked around in the sunshine the whole day. Somehow we had the impression that people down there at the river were so much nicer than people anywhere else! We had a lot of really nice conversations and we've been surprised how many people wanted to have a chat with us :)
In Old Lyme they have the sweetest little chocolate store!
We bought a lot of wonderful sweets as gifts for friends and of course for ourselves too :)