Back in Hampton MeridenJune 24, 2017 in the United States ⋅
Just over two weeks ago we stayed in this Hampton after picking up the car at New Haven train station. My TA review mentioned the AC as loud. This time the room's AC unit is humming along nicely. It looks like a newer unit. They hardly replaced every unit after my review, though they did acknowledge that the first unit might need a service.
I had also mentioned the inter-room lack of soundproofing, last time. This time there were earplugs in the room. Didn't need them. Having spent a fortune on doctors over the years to syringe compacted ear wax, I am loath to use earplugs. But I will bring them for the flight, just in case.
Last time we went to the Colony Diner for a race-against-time dinner with the fastest waitress this side of the Mississippi. This time we stayed closer to the hotel and went to Lido's Italian. After our Bear Smokehouse experience last night, I was looking forward to a vegetarian pizza.
The server listed a long series of specials so we went with two. Best meal this trip, pipping Sturbridge Seafood. I had surf & turf and MTC had seafood fettuccine with scollops, shrimp and lobster. Proving yet again that the tastiness of a seafood meal in New England is equal to the distance from the coast squared.
Even the bread was delicious, almost European.
A girl's team arrived while we were eating. The coach asked MTC what her dish was, as many of the girls wanted it. That was before they had even sat down!
Before dinner, I cleaned out the car to minimise the risk of being charged a cleaning fee by Budget. I haven't rented from them before, so I don't know their form.
Back at the hotel, the priority is packing for the train to NYC and getting our timings right. I have to get petrol to fill the tank. The car return is at the station.
The following morning were are all set by 09:15even though our latest departure time is 10:30.
I have come to the conclusion that shares in US handkerchief companies are a bad investment. Nobody seems to use handkerchiefs here.
Below are some random photos from the road trip, which may not have appeared in earlier footprints.....or indeed, may have.Read more