The main purpose of this road trip was to move our son into his apartment in New Haven, Connecticut as he began law school at Yale. Along the way I have shared with you quaint old towns, wonderful inns, some fun shopping, delicious dining, and an assortment of not-to-be-missed scenery, but today’s post is just a bit different. We left Vermont and drove back to New Haven to add the last few things to his apartment, and we toured the awe-inspiring campus at Yale, camera in hand. Today I want you to just soak in this amazing architecture.
A large portion of the area near our son’s apartment is the campus at Yale. It blends in with the city, or rather the city blends in with it. It is often hard to tell where one starts and the other ends in this part of New Haven.
With three children who have traveled across many states in determining where they want to attend school, we have seen our fair share of campuses, but it is safe to say that none are as impressive as Yale. I thought Duke was close, (and it is beautiful) but after touring Yale, Duke comes in second.
As you can tell from these buildings, Yale is old – very old. Its history began in the 1640s when colonial clergymen originated the idea for the school. It was chartered in 1701 and named Yale College in 1718 after Elihu Yale, a Welsh merchant who donated money, books, and a portrait of King George I. The Yale School of Medicine was chartered in 1810 and the Law School in 1824.
The campus covers 310 acres, and its 260 buildings have architectural styles reflecting every major one that’s been designed in the last 300 years. I know I should have been “hearing” some grand classical piece of music playing in my head as we strolled along looking at these buildings – something immensely academic, but what I was really hearing in my head was this…
Yes, the theme from Harry Potter.
Because to me, it looked straight out of Hogwarts (which technically, could be considered to be academic too.) If we had been there at night, I am sure the similarities would have been even stronger.
Just look at the frieze above this door into the law school. While this one shows the students asleep and the professor engaged, at the other door into this building there is a matching one with the professor exhausted and the students engaged.
We went inside the Sterling Memorial library and stood in awe. I can’t begin to imagine what it would take to recreate that kind of detail today.
I even liked the bicycles outside it.
When you walk through Yale, you come out on the other side where there are shops bordering the campus. Across the street, you see this small park sandwiched between two busy roads.
Often times, a market with fresh produce is in the park area, and more places to shop are across that street.
This is the view looking back from that side towards Yale.
There is a wonderful restaurant there on the street level called Maison Mathis.
Our son’s apartment and The Study Hotel (where we were staying) are on Chapel Street, so we spent most of our time on that side of the campus, but one day we happened to drive past Maison Mathis. I loved the looks of it, did a little research, and on our last day in New Haven we had lunch there.
It is owned by two Belgians, so it has a decidedly European vibe. Breakfast is served all day long, and they have some wonderful bakery items along with many other menu choices.
When we return, I want to try the Belgian waffle with chocolate.
Here are a few of their salads and sandwiches.
You take one of the water bottles there to your table self serve.
Cute table and chairs!
And divine looking desserts!
(I should have ordered some to go.)
Here is our son’s coffee and sandwich,
and my ratatouille. It had a good flavor, but I would have liked the veggies cooked a little less so that they were more firm.
My husband’s grilled salmon salad was very good.
I mentioned that we stayed mostly on the Chapel Street side of the campus while we were in New Haven. There are quite a few restaurant choices over there as well. We tried out the vegetarian Claire’s Corner Copia one afternoon. It has been in business serving vegan and organic foods since 1975.
They serve great breakfasts, and Mexican dishes, pizzas, veggie burgers, and a number of other entrees. I had the eggplant parmigiana, and it was quite tasty. Here is a small portion of their menu.
My favorite place to eat in New Haven was on Chapel Street – Shake Shack. We ate there quite a few times – and at all hours of the night! (It was about a 4 minute walk from our son’s apartment making it quite convenient.)
Take a look at all the goodies on the menu!
I couldn’t resist those crinkle cut fries, milkshakes, and concretes. It is a good thing there is not one in our area at home!
Are you hungry now?
I have one more place for you to see from New Haven in the next post – our son’s finished apartment. Remember..he wanted it “functional not decorated,” so do not expect a lot more than minimal.
I hope to see you back here soon.
Until next time…