Cynthia - Click to enlarge Edition #19, 16 June 2008

Hello, my name is Cynthia, a mermaid from the waters of New England. Thank you for visiting my current article on coastal New England. Be sure to tell your friends and family about this web site.

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Bridgeport, Connecticut

Bridgeport is located on the coast in southwestern Connecticut, and is the state's most populous city. It is also the fifth-largest city in New England. Bridgeport was first settled in 1659, but was not incorporated as a city until 1836. Here is a map of Bridgeport.

One of Bridgeport's most famous residents was the circus-promoter and once mayor, P.T. Barnum. You can learn about the life and times of P.T. Barnum at the Barnum Museum, located at 820 Main Street in Bridgeport. The city was also the home of the Frisbie Pie Company, and may have been the birthplace of the frisbee flying disc.

The Beardsley Zoo is the only accredited zoo in the state of Connecticut. The zoo covers 36 acres, and is located at 1875 Noble Avenue. Exhibits feature the wildlife of North and South America, and include an indoor rain forest exhibit, New England farmyard, greenhouse, picnic area, Peacock Cafe, and carousel. The carousel, formerly the Pleasure Beach Carousel, is open year-round.

Fayerweather Island Lighthouse and Roses, Bridgeport CT Located on Black Rock Harbor, Captain's Cove Seaport has been entertaining families since 1982. The Seaport features a casual atmosphere, restaurant, harbor cruises, boardwalk shoppes, attractions, and entertainment. The Summer Beach Party will be held on Saturday, June 21st at 8pm. The 400 seat Captain's Cove Restaurant is open from May to September and serves seafood as well as burgers, chicken, salads, sandwiches, and more.

Carmen's restaurant at 140 Fairfield Avenue gets great reviews for its food and service. Carmen's serves American and Southern cuisine with steak, chicken, and seafood as well as burgers, sandwiches, and salads.

Peking Restaurant at 264 Wade Street, Golden Bamboo Restaurant at 926 State Street, and Fei Ma at 4565 Main Street are just three of the fine Chinese restaurants in Bridgeport. For Mexican food, visit Taco Loco at 3170 Fairfield Avenue and try their taco salad.

Live racing fans will want to visit the Shoreline Star Greyhound Park and Entertainment Complex. Live greyhound racing and simulcast horse racing are featured along with a full-service restaurant and gift shop. The park is located in Bridgeport at 255 Kossuth Street.

Have kids? Be sure to bring them to the Discovery Museum at 4450 Park Avenue. Museum admission includes three floors of hands-on exhibits, daily planetarium shows, and the Challenger Learning Center. The new GPS Adventures exhibit explains how the use of Global Positioning Systems is expanding. You may never get lost again!

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People see me in the water on occasion. I use this space to share these encounters...

Man: How are you?
Cynthia: I am very well.
Man: You are the first mermaid I have met.
Cynthia: Oh... (I had to smile)
Man: Most of my time is spent on top of the water... in a sailboat.

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Cynthia at Sunrise: DSI Photo
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