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North America » United States » Massachusetts » Boston » Back Bay December 31st 2013

New Year’s Eve traditionally involves going to parties, most with lots of alcohol. In 1975, a group of Boston artists decided the holiday deserved something better than repetitive pop music, bad drinks, and a televised ball drop. They founded First Night, a huge arts festival with performances and installations around the city and not a bar in sight. It became a huge success and spread to cities across the country. In 2008, the deep recession hit the non-profit that runs First Night hard. Last June, they finally ran out of funds for good and closed, leaving a huge hole in the city’s cultural fabric. Unwilling to let one of the region’s signature events disappear, the city of Boston took over organizing duties. Unlike the previous group, who tended to emphasize high-brow performance groups and family friendly ... read more
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We are in Toronto for the next 3 days to explore the city and most importantly celebrate my birthday, Toronto's been a pretty cool place its a really big city and has a real buzz around it everyone's running around and busy I like it. For my birthday I woke up to cards and presents that Grant had kept hidden in his bag this whole time, a card from my mum & dad and one from my Nan & granddad with a bottle of perfume, Grant got me a voucher for my kindle which will be a life saver and tickets to see the bluejay baseball team in Toronto. Also my mum and dad gave me some money which I'm going to put towards getting an ipad which I'm very excited about woop woop although a ... read more
Glass floor CN tower
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North America » United States » Massachusetts » Boston » Back Bay December 30th 2012

Departed Washington DC for Boston, an 8 hour train journey via NY. The Manhattan skyline was different when seen from the train although it was not possible to photograph as it was raining and the windows on the train were fogged up. The scenery was beautiful towards the latter part of the journey as we followed the coast through the state of Rhode Island which is the smallest in the US. We have now traversed 20 states in our "road trip" across the USA and when we tell Americans they are astounded as most of them have not visited that many states, and they live here. Very cold and snowy in Boston and we been shopping for warm clothes (watch for a preview in future blogs). I have to say that I won't be sorry if ... read more
The Boston Public Library
Boston Library
Trinity Church

North America » United States » Massachusetts » Boston » Back Bay September 29th 2012

Debbie went to the hospital this morning and the prognosis is that the ligaments have come off the ankle and pulled a chip off the bone with them. She is now hobbling on crutches and taking painkillers. I caught the E line outbound to the Museum of Fine Arts to meet up with Jean and Christine. I spent the day mooching around the museum and then came back to the hotel to check on Debbie. Jean, Christine, Debbie and I all met up for our final dinner at the Typhoon Restaurant on Boylston Street and then progressed to the Cheesecake Factory for dessert. Jean and Christine have a few more days in Boston but we are off to Philadelphia tomorrow morning.... read more
Jean & Chris at MFA
BMFA Modern Art
Menkaure & Queen

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North America » United States » Massachusetts » Boston » Back Bay September 28th 2012

This morning Debbie and I went on the Old Town Trolley Car tour around town. It started off past Boston common and then through the town to the west and to Fenway Park (the baseball stadium of the Red Sox). It then went over the river and back down into town and around the north end. We got off and went on a harbour cruise and then walked down to the Tea Party Ships & Museum to go into the Museum. After this we walked around Boston Common and the Public Gardens and then walked to Paul Revere’s house. Finally we got the trolley loop down around the seaport district and got off near the Barking Crab, where we were meeting Jean and Christine for dinner. http://www.barkingcrab.com/locations/boston/... read more
USS Constitution
Tea Party Museum
Boston Common

North America » United States » Massachusetts » Boston » Back Bay September 28th 2012

Today was wet and cold in Boston (about 18 degrees). Debbie had sprained her ankle last night so she stayed in the hotel while I met Jean and Christine for another day on the Trolley Car. We did an entire loop around the city and then got off to have lunch at the Custom House down at the wharves. They had clam chowder and scrod stuffed with crab. Scrod is a local fish which is white fleshed and firm, a bit sweeter than cod. After lunch, we continued on the trolley car and I got off at the Charlestown Navy Yard to have a look at the USS Constitution, also named as ‘Old Ironsides’, which was in use from the late 1790s and fought in the War of Independence.... read more
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North America » United States » Massachusetts » Boston » Back Bay September 26th 2012

This morning, we caught an express Amtrak train from Penn Station in New York to Back Bay in Boston. The trip was very scenic and comfortable. After we checked into our hotel, we had a quick walk around a few streets to orient ourselves. It is definitely cooler here. Tomorrow is forecast to be about 23 degrees but after this, it will drop to about 16 or 17 so the cold is setting in.... read more
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Trinity Church


BOSTON Day 1 The first leg of our American adventure is to Boston, Massachusetts. We flew out of Heathrow T5 at 11:20am on Saturday with British Airways, arriving 1pm local time. We had 23kg luggage allowance but mine was 13kg and Oli's was 12kg so we were well under. We were not overly impressed with BA (well the food was poor compared to China Eastern's constant stream of prawns), but Heathrow T5 was nice, especially the train between gates. We quickly got through customs, where we had to give our fingerprints, and our luggage was amongst the first out. We decided against taking a cab and instead took their version of the tube, the T, as it was cheaper and we didn’t feel prepared to deal with our first tipping scenario yet. We caught the free ... read more
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MATTHEW We travelled on American Airlines from Tokyo to Boston via LA. It was a 14 hour trip which was a bit annoying given Tokyo Boston direct air route had just started running - unfortunately tickets were not available when we booked. American Airlines is not the sort of airline you want to bring carry on baggage on because everybody tries to stuff all of their bags in the overhead locker and its a catfight to try and get your belongings out. I stayed awake for most of the trip which was annoying but I only started trying to sleep after we had crossed the international date line. When we landed in Boston it was about 10:00pm but felt like it was midday. CHRIS It was a really boring day as we travelled most of the ... read more
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