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Old Sturbridge Village

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  • Day14

    Sturbridge MA lodgings

    June 22, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 81 °F

    I am writing this sitting on my Adirondack chair outside my New England homestead. The chair awaiting MTC is visible on the left of the three red photo, the one of the blue house. Our front door is at the side.
    We have done half of Old Sturbridge Village and we will complete the visit tomorrow morning. The weather is bright sunshine with a warm breeze. Perfect for strolling around 18th century New England.
    The old village folk-park is excellent and very relaxing. They do not appear to have any pigs. None that we saw anyway. Postcards with pigs on them are very hard to find throughout America. We have a bear postcard. We have a puffin one. But no pigs. MTC needs to get her act together. Fast.
    We had an interesting stop at the bank where the costumed guide told us how banks issued loans by way of banknotes. They would give you a loan of say $50 in the form of 10 X $5 bills. Banks would often print their bills on flimsy paper with bad ink on the basis that not all notes would survive as they circulated. That way banks would not have to redeem 100% of their notes. They made more money from that than from the interest they charged.
    Banks would not accept land as collateral for loans because of the difficulties attaching to foreclosure and the impact on their reputation locally.
    I had a brief discussion with the lady making a quilt. I thought she was making a coaster. I said this out loud before I thought about it. Being polite, she accepted that this could indeed have been an option. (Hardly, though, in 1750s New England. She was only humouring me. Even I could see that.).
    Quilt making is all very fine, but cold hard cash arouses my interest far more. Though, in the cold, maybe a quilt might be a good idea. Now that I've had time to think about it. A little. I still preferred the guy at the bank.
    I am still annoyed with revolut. So-called Support tells me that the card is not accepted in unmanned petrol stations. That is fair enough. I agree with that. They shouldn't be.
    But both my declinatures took place in manned stations. With the man, or woman, standing there as my card was declined. Three times. It was declined twice at the first station. I only went for a single declinature at the second place. Total three. Wait till all my Twitter followers hear about this!
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  • Day13

    Holyoke MA

    June 21, 2017 in the United States ⋅ 🌙 70 °F

    Overnight stop. The D in D Hotel stands for Delaney.
    Apart from the photo of the map, the other photos here were all taken at the Yankee Candle shop in Deerfield.
    The receptionist said that the owner likes guests to put a pin in the map, in the hallway, to show where they are from.

  • Day14

    Springfield MA

    June 22, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 73 °F

    Breakfast at the D Hotel in Holyoke was a cramped affair, though the room did empty out shortly after we arrived. This happens a lot.
    Before you rush to agree, the opposite also happens a lot too. We often arrive in a fairly empty restaurant and, as soon as we do, it starts to fill up.
    The room was noisy. Partly because of the TV, loud on an inane channel. And I don't mean CNN. Partly because of the omelette cook, who was gushing in the most stereotypical American way. While the omelettes looked nice, I was not prepared to invest the time engaging with her in order to get one, so I contented myself with the scrambled eggs. I forwent the sausages because they looked as if they had been cooked by leaving them out in the sun for a few days. By the side of a dusty road.
    We hit the trail for Springfield. Not sure if it's the home of the Simpsons but they do have a Homer Street. Court Square was a nice stroll. And that's Springfield. We set out for Sturbridge. We are heading east.
    Along the way, I stopped for petrol. The revolut card was declined at two stations. Outrage, as there is plenty of cash in the account.
    But a nice non-American gentleman did tell me, at the first station, that if I overpaid on the card (you have to prepay before filling up), the excess gets credited back to you if you fill up and don't use the full prepayment. I had been at two stations in Maine where I said I wanted to fill the tank and neither of the American staff told me that.
    When we arrived at the hotel in Sturbridge, I proffered the revolut card to see what would happen. No problem. Payment went through without a hitch and has been charged to the account. I will vent on Twitter later this evening.
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  • Day15

    Day 2 at Old Sturbridge Village

    June 23, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 84 °F

    It's hot and very humid today as we complete the bits we didn't cover yesterday.
    We had an interesting chat with the potter and with the guy in the sawmill. There is a small museum too.
    One of the founder brothers got involved in collecting antiques one weekend when he had gone golfing with friends but got rained out. They convinced him to go antiquing with them.
    The family fortune derived from a business founded by the two brothers' grandfather which at one time was the largest maker of spectacle lenses in the US. Their great-grandfather was the architect who designed the Flatiron building in NYC.
    The main development work on the village was carried out by a daughter-in-law of one of the brothers.
    The village is really good and well worth visiting. It really shows up the Plimoth Plantation, though the latter had much less to play with, being restricted to a narrow theme.
    We are off to Hartford to search for the Gilmore Girls.
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  • Day14

    Sturbridge MA dining

    June 22, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 75 °F

    After an exhaustive research programme, by me, MTC decided we should dine at the no.1 TA rated restaurant in Sturbridge. High standards.
    Marcy was pressed into action and outlined the route. This involved a complicated manoeuvre.
    So we decided to just walk across the road instead.
    We made it to the narrow island from our side fine. But there was heavy traffic on both lanes of the other side. And then a car in one lane and a truck in the other stopped to let us across. I had visions of a pileup behind them as both their lanes were very busy. But all was well.
    We had to wait until we got to inland Sturbridge for decent seafood after plying the coasts of CT, RI, MA, NH & ME without success. The comparison with Lobster Cove near Kittery ME, for a similar meal, could not have been starker. I had my second drink of the trip. A very nice pint of Wormtown BeHoppy IPA from Worcester MA, 20 miles east of Sturbridge.
    We didn't stop the traffic on the way back to the hotel.
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