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  • Day3

    I'm in USA

    August 19, 2017 in the United States

    Hi,

    So I'm in the USA!!!

    After all the issues with my seat I get on the plane to realise it was a 2-4-2 (A330 Dad & Paula!) so it really wouldn't of mattered. Haha! 😂 Our flight got slightly delayed as x2 people were no shows. I was sat next to a girl from Virginia though who was really nice and quite well travelled we had a good chat comparing USA and U.K. The flight was ok, was surprised to get a free bottle of water when we got on the plane. Landed in to Boston only 5 minutes later than planned.

    I finally got through immigration and got my case, to x2 lovely smiley familiar faces greeting me 💕 We got a taxi to the hotel which is stunning, like a boutique hotel I guess. Although my room really is tiny!! We had a quick freshen up then headed to the Italian area of Boston for food. Before our meal we went for a walk around the area and stumbled across a street market, it was fun, lots of fish and naughty treats but resisted. The meal was nice but it was hard to eat as due to the time difference it felt like I was trying to eat it gone midnight!! On the way back to the hotel I bought some English Tea teabags as I forgot to pack some and coffee or Green Tea just isn't going to work for my morning kickstart 😀

    The walls are that thin in this hotel that I could hear the Spanish guy next door on his phone... and the guy he was talking to!!! I thought they were in the corridor talking...

    Right off to sleep as my eyes are closing as I write, made it to 10pm though which was my goal, been a long day.

    Love & hugs
    x
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  • Day5

    Downtown Boston

    August 21, 2017 in the United States

    Hi,

    So my Spanish neighbours appeared to of checked out, got a good night sleep. 😀

    Today was a day of 2 halves, Downtown Boston and Salem. The weather today was hot and sunny about 87' and high humidity. We started off the day by going passed the 'Cheers' bar which was cool, before following the Freedom trail looking for somewhere to eat breakfast (favourite meal of the day!) In the end we asked a bus tour guide for a recommendation, she suggested a place called Anthony's, she said 'its hot pink you won't miss', it's where all the locals go! She was right, it was great, good food , small but really reasonable, everyone was saying 'Hi Tony' felt like I was in Cheers!!!

    We spent an hour or so walking down by the harbour before getting the ferry to Salem...

    This is part 1 as I can only upload x6 photos per entry using this new app so this is going to be a 2 parter 😂

    Love & hugs
    x
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  • Day19

    J F K Presidential Library

    June 25, 2017 in the United States

    The following morning was bright and sunny and Tony had rented a car so we had a bit more flexibility. The plan was to go the the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum. We went there six years ago and were surprised at how much development had taken place in the area since, but the library itself was the same, a splendid modern building set in a wonderful position on a promontory overlooking Boston harbour with the city in the background. With the sunlight, blue skies, water and white sails of little dinghies, the tall, white concrete and glass building was as impressive as the architect had intended.

    I think everyone who was alive at the time is able to remember exactly where they were when they heard that President Kennedy had been assassinated on November 22nd. 1963. Personally it was a startling month because earlier, on 6th November, our frightening but respected headmaster had suffered a heart attack and had died at school at the age of 60. For an eleven year old boy it was an abrupt learning process.

    I have often wondered whether the Kennedy reputation was rose-tinted because of his untimely death and maybe the jury is still out on the question of what his legacy might have been had he lived and served a full term, if not two. However the evidence of the museum indicates a person of rare intellect and experience, in politics, foreign affairs and war. I think I am able to say, without much chance of contradiction, that there is nobody today in politics, anywhere, with the breadth of experience achieved prior to his presidency by JFK and participation in a war as destructive as WW2 in the Pacific, where he acted heroically, was wounded and nearly died, gives any politician a focus not evident today. He was also quite a prolific author in his own right and his first book, published in 1938, was a response to Churchill’s about Britain’s lack of rearmament. Kennedy disagreed in some way with Churchill and consequently wrote his book. Before the war Kennedy travelled to the UK, Moscow and Berlin as well as other European destinations and his father was ambassador to Britain, so even as a young man his experience of the world was impressive.

    I have said elsewhere that the Americans have great skill in the field of museums and galleries and the display here of artefacts, photographs, books, speeches annotated for delivery, film and recordings is a masterpiece. It charts the life of a boy, admittedly born into privilege, who conquers ill health and physical weakness, enters the Navy even though rejected, to take the place of his elder brother killed in the air over Germany whose trajectory had been political, to enter congress and later to fight one of the closest presidential elections ever. Then as President to go after organised crime, be instrumental in bringing the emancipation of the slaves, instigated 100 years previously by President Lincoln, into some sort of final reality with the Civil Rights Bill, passed by President Johnson after his death, and navigate the Cuban Missile Crisis which I had not realised brought the world within a submariners itchy trigger finger to nuclear war.

    I was terribly impressed by the standard of his oratory, almost Churchillian in style, maybe not as mellifluous as that of Obama, but densely argued and challenging in a way you never hear today in this sound-bite world. At the present time of limited vocabulary seemingly available to Trump, it was a joy to the ear to hear Kennedy’s Massachusetts accent delivering such marvellous and challenging prose, which even 50 years later is still relevant. His inaugural speech, given in full, was worthy of the entrance fee alone and if you are able to find it on youtube somewhere I encourage you to listen to it in full. It was particularly poignant to see the speech, the actual sheets in large print, Kennedy had prepared for delivery in Dallas but which he never had the opportunity to deliver.

    A couple of quotes:

    Inaugural Address January 20th 1961.
    “If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich.”

    “And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you--ask what you can do for your country”.

    Undelivered remarks prepared for Dallas, November 22nd. 1963.
    “We in this country, in this generation, are - by destiny rather than choice - the watchmen on the walls of world freedom. We ask, therefore, that we may be worthy of our power and responsibility - that we may exercise our strength with wisdom and restraint - and that we may achieve in our time and for all time the ancient vision of ‘peace on earth, good will toward men’. That must always be our goal - and the righteousness of our cause must always underline our strength. For as was written long ago: ‘except the Lord keep the city, the watchmen waketh but in vain’”.

    Whatever Kennedy’s long-term legacy might have been, I felt I had been exposed to a towering 20th century figure, the like of which I struggle to see today and am encouraged to do more reading about him. Like all great men, he was a flawed man and many will be interested in the details of those flaws which might have had a bearing on his later performance, but I am interested in finding out more of the essential man, whose unfinished life prevented any further development.

    Stepping out of the dark museum into the tall glass full-height corner of the building overlooking the sea, with sunlight streaming in and a giant stars and stripes hanging, I was in a stimulated and pensive frame of mind. We parted briefly from Tony and Betsy who were going to see an old friend and her family. Mike and I decided to walk along the waterside towards Boston in the beautiful afternoon. We passed beaches with Sunday swimmers, sun bathers and volley ball players, climbed a steep hill into the Beacon Hill area and then walked down Broadway until our legs tired, the weather threatened and we were in the concrete jungle of overpasses and highways. An uber took us to the Fairmont, a cocktail and the beautiful ceiling. Then Barnes and Noble’s bookshop called, after which we walked to the Atlantic Fish Restaurant. Being very early for our reservation, we sat at the bar and had some beers and got into conversation with an older couple (older these days probably being my age, but I am in denial). He was from Florida, she from Boston, so they have an enviable life in both places. He had been to London in his youth in the ‘70s so that was a point of contact and then there was always something Bostonian to talk about.

    Going to our table, thankfully before we were too ‘pickled’, Mike had scallops wrapped in bacon (delicious) and I had crab cake (not quite so interesting) and then we both ordered lobster. Now lobster is one of those sought after dishes that palls easily and on this occasion the meat had been taken out of the shell for us. I am sure they thought they were being helpful but it actually takes away part of the fun and interest of eating lobster and exposes the relative blandness of the meat. It’s awful to have to relate, but we had a hard time finishing it. Don’t tell any Americans I said this, but I have a sneaking feeling that British lobster has more flavour. We also drank a marvellous bottle of Pouilly-Fumé, a great accomaniment. With no room for desert, we paid the bill, called an uber and left.

    We must have tipped the waitress enough because she dashed out while we were waiting for our uber to give us our credit card which we had inadvertently left on the table with the bill. Getting back to the hotel, we had a cup of tea and rolled into bed after a full, thought provoking and energetic day.
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  • Day21

    Just the two of us...

    June 27, 2017 in the United States

    Our final full day in Boston and sadly Tony and Betsy leave this morning. Their flight is quite early so we said our fond goodbyes the night before. Today, we check out of the Hampton Inn and we glam it up a bit for our last night at the downtown boutique hotel Fifteen Beacon. We got a good deal from Amex who also throw in early check in, late check out (very important), free breakfast, wifi and $100 credit.

    Crossing on the Charles River Bridge, we passed through some of the quaint Beacon Hill district which we promised to return to after we had checked in. No chance of an upgrade but our room was pleasant enough even if it did face onto office buildings rather than towards the park. This area of Boston was heaving and you felt that we had picked the most popular time to visit, the pavements sprawled with tour groups, familes and precarious segway riders following the historical freedom trail cleverly picked out in redbrick along the ground.

    We walked back to the quaint Beacon Hill area and had a look in some of the cosy antique stores that lined each side of the tree lined avenue. We also walked back some way over the Charles River Bridge to take a picture of the old Beacon Hill area crowned by the skyscrapers that sit behind in the financial district.

    We decided to go to the much lauded Museum of Fine Art which quite frankly was one of the finest and certainly largest art museums we have ever visited. It is quite impossible to see all the highlights in a day but we made a good attempt to. Botticellis sit across the corridor from Monets and there seemed to be no art period or style that wasn't covered. As you would imagine there was a huge amount of American art which covered painting, sculpture and design. Interestingly we saw a number of Turners which we had never seen before including a terrifying and sickening depiction of slaves being tossed over the side of slave ships to the awaiting mouths of fantastical sea creatures. Presumably they were ill or rebellious in some way. It reminded us again of the solemn history that we had learnt during our time in the southern states. The US really does art galleries so well and we were blown away by the organisation, selection and hanging. Thoroughly worn out we skipped our idea of going to a second art museum nearby and wandered instead through the Fenway Park enjoying the peace and tranquility before hitting the downtown area again and back to the hotel.

    We had an early dinner at the hotel restaurant which was a steak joint. The $100 credit was swallowed up almost immediately in cocktails and we battled through a rather tender though tasteless steak which had been ruined by the addition of far to much salt. It seems to be something we are experiencing a lot in US restaurants. Too much sugar or too much salt. I did like the cheese and bacon Tatertots though!

    We planned to head to the roof garden on top of the hotel but it was closed for the evening so we headed to nearby Boston Common but were beaten back by a sudden downpour. I grabbed a bag of M&M's to try and combat the saltiness on my tongue to no avail. Heading back to the hotel we slept deeply and immediately both looking forward to heading home tomorrow.
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  • Day0

    Boston, Massachusetts

    July 25, 2017 in the United States

    We had a day planned in Boston before setting off on our road trip through Maine. No trip to Boston would be complete without a trip to Quincy Market. The amount of food in this place is overwhelming. I had my eye on one thing and didn’t deviate...Buffalo Chicken Macaroni and Cheese. OMG it was amazing!

    After stuffing ourselves full of food, we walked around Christopher Columbus Park and enjoyed the scenic harbor.

    Next up was Old South Church, one of the oldest churches in the US. The architecture was stunning.
    We wandered through Boston Common, posed with some frogs and encountered some very friendly squirrels.

    We found ourselves at Fenway Park before finding the only REI in Boston!

    A quick stop at our hotel before heading to dinner. A friend recommended Giacomos in the South End. I ordered the special of the day - Basil Pesto Ravioli. It was delicious!

    We didn’t want the day to end so made the trek across the river to see Harvard. I think we automatically got smarter just by walking around the campus. Instead of a nightcap, we got ice cream at one of the local creameries.

    Last stop of the night was Harvard Bridge where we witnessed a gorgeous sunset. Great way to end the day!
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  • Day1

    Boston

    July 26, 2017 in the United States

    We had a few hours to kill before picking up our rental car. We packed up and headed to a local coffee house for breakfast.

    On our walk to getting the car, we were lucky enough to pass Granary Burying Ground, the final resting place of several historical figures. Most noteably is Paul Revere. Placing a penny on his grave supposedly brings good luck. My personal favorite was John Hancock’s tombstone. It made me chuckle!

    We finally made it to the rental car location. I couldn’t resist a photo in front of the Piperi sign. Back to the room to pack up before heading north. Goodbye Boston! We will be back!
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