Chinese Tea Room

One of the places we were highly suggested by friends to visit while exploring Rhode Island were the assortment of historic properties along Bellevue Avenue. We took self-guided tours of most of the Vanderbilt mansions and I know it may come across as an incredibly dull thing for some people to do but it’s the straightforward equivalence for someone ever wanting to visit Europe. People don’t go to these places to say that they were there. They go because they appreciate the art, the architecture and have a sheer curiosity for how the “other people” lived.

My wife was beyond fascinated with the entire tour and experience - so much so that she had me watch with her a documentary she Googled entitled Born Rich which illustrates the lives of children of the insanely rich such as Ivanka Trump, Georgina Bloomberg, etc. From both the documentary and the tour of the mansions, I walked away with a clear distinction of knowing the difference between people who are rich and those who are wealthy.

For the most part, it’s fair to say that athletes, actors and even musicians are rich but perhaps not all necessarily wealthy. Sure they generate a substantial amount of income but unless they were wise to invest their money wisely, the moment they stop working so does the money.

Wealthy people on the other hand don’t seem to be as flashy as the rich. The may have opulent homes but the live more quieter lives. The difference between these people and the rich is that the wealthy make money regardless of whether they work or not. Wealthy people have their money and other people working for them.

Needless to say that the Vanderbilts were and still are extremely wealthy people and by far one of the homes that showcased this fact was a summer house we visited called Marble Mansion. Just think about that for a second. An entire home constructed by imported marble and in it’s expansive backyard, you will find this picturesque and lavishly-decorated Chinese-style pavilion which was commissioned by Alva Vanderbilt back in 1912.

The ocean view as much as the architecture were both astounding.