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North America » United States » Massachusetts » Boston July 21st 2014

Boston: Today we arrived in Boston at 7:15 a.m. and as we left at 4:00 p.m. we tried to cram in as many sights as possible, one way to do this was to catch the hop on hop off trolley bus, which took us to a number of historic sights such as the U.S.S. Constitution, Bull and Finch Pub Boston Common America’s first public park dating back to 1634, and Boston’s north end home to little Italy, one of the oldest Italian neighbourhoods in America. From there we went to Fenway Park home of the Boston Red Sox, this is one of the baseball parks where Babe Ruth played, the game is so popular here that every home game since May 15 2003 has been sold out. In 2008 the Red Sox sold out its 456th ... read more
Outside Fenway Park
Cheers Pub
Boston Tea Party

North America » United States » Massachusetts » Boston July 5th 2014

We approached Boston, and the captain did an excellent job of keeping guests comfortable; because, we never were inconvenienced in any way by Hurricane Arthur. I decided to postpone my work-out until after breakfast since the Rotterdam Dining Room would close at 8 AM when disembarkation of departing passengers was scheduled to begin. We spotted Sara and Charles in line just behind us, and asked to be seated with them. It was nice to have a chance to say goodbye to our Penguin Spotters teammates. And we agreed to continue to use the team name on future cruises, including our return leg to Montreal. Charles thought that perhaps in Southern Waters when they cruise with HAL to Antarctica, perhaps they should modify the name to Polar Bear Spotters. I did get my workout in the gym, ... read more

North America » United States » Massachusetts » Boston June 30th 2014

After a day full of (stressful) packing, due to my somewhat excessive procrastination - maybe, in retrospect, starting the night before wasn't my best idea - I made it to the airport just before 5 to meet up with my fellow Dialoguers! While I only had met two of them ahead of time, this kind of experience pushes people together very well and I met a whole range of students going to Bosnia. Most are female, and there's a definite skew towards International Affairs or PolySci majors (unsurprising given the political nature of this trip), with a surprising plethora of first-years. After grabbing a snack, we headed over to the boarding area, where I met a few more who caught up with the group at the gate. I'm now posting this from onboard my Lufthansa flight, ... read more

North America » United States » Massachusetts » Boston April 21st 2014

Okay so since our last update we have been very busy! We have flown to Washington DC, caught a train to Boston and then to New York City. Washington DC is a large, sprawling city with a centre that Canberra clearly modelled itself on. The National Mall is a massive public space that is dotted with imposing memorials to key presidential and public figures and wars on one end and the Capitol building on the other with the White House jutting out at an angle. Depending on your perspective we have been blessed or cursed by timing our trip to coincide with the annual cherry blossom festival. The large memorial parklands and ornamental lake are swarming with locals and tourists here to view the lovely blossoms on the thousands of cherry trees gifted by Japan over ... read more
National Mall
George Washington estate

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
Handel and Hayden youth chorus


North America » United States » Massachusetts » Boston October 31st 2013

Monday 28th October Boston, South End Sunny 14'C This morning we woke up in Salem to another beautiful day. Our last task of the roadie ahead - just needing to drop off the RV at the Camping World RV depot. It only took us about half an hour to get there after refueling and emptying out the unmentionables at the West Essex Treatment plant in Salem - for free. Had a funny surprise when we walked into the office at the depot - Jimmy, who had checked us out from the NY office 10 days ago, was there helping out! In no time our vehicle was all handed back with no hassles; only an additional $175 for an extra 400 kms driven over our quota. The depot paid for a shuttle into Boston instead of to ... read more
The original Cheers bar
About to become a member of the Boston Tea Party
Get your ducks in a row!

North America » United States » Massachusetts » Boston October 17th 2013

We finally met up with Anna in the evening and decided to go for Italian food. She said that even if you make a reservation in a Boston restaurant you should be prepared to wait as much as an hour past that time to be seated. She had selected a restaurant in the little Italy neighborhood in the North End, not far from Revere's house and the North Church. That meant walking another two miles or so to dinner, and then two more miles back to Boston Common. I'm going to say it was probably eight miles total for the day. -------------- On Sunday, Anna got a car from ZipCar, a subscription-based car-borrowing website. You just look on the internet for a car's location, reserve it, and then when you want it -- for an hour ... read more
The Minuteman memorial

North America » United States » Massachusetts » Boston October 15th 2013

Monday:We may not have seen a brown bear in the White Mountains, but when we left our apartment it was clear that 'daddy bear' had visited in the night - the rather large communal trash bin (aka dumpster) had been emptied onto the car park. Today's objective was to potter down to Manchester and the first stop was Center Harbor - this ticked two boxes, firstly, a coffee stop and secondly, the chance for us to view Lake Winnipesaukee on a bright sunny day. Next came the the highlight of the day - a Shaker Village. It's rare that my gnat-like concentration span will cope with a 90 minutes 'narrative' tour - it did this time!! I'm now ready for the quiz question 'Why are Shakers so-called?'. After the tour we looked around other buildings on ... read more

North America » United States » Massachusetts » Boston October 15th 2013

I cannot stay away from the USA this year I am back with Suzanne for two weeks - this time on the East Coast. Our first few days in Boston we are trying out airbnb for accomodation for the first time. We are in a tradional house ( 15 mins walk from Harvard) - the top floor (attic)with a deck in the treetops has been converted and the house owners rent out this cute space. Its all wood and windows - light and airy and we even have a sunken jacuzzi bath to soak the muscles after a tough day sightseeing. Always ready for a bargain we found flights to Boston with Aer Lingus - from Gatwick to Dublin and after a few hours mooching around the airport on to Boston. The plane was great ... read more
Harvard Yard Day 3 (12)
Granary Burial Ground (7)
Granary Burial Ground

North America » United States » Massachusetts » Boston October 13th 2013

More than twenty-five years ago, when my mother was still living, I had the idea to share our travels in somewhat detailed letters so she could experience what we saw, smelled, felt, tasted and learned. She enjoyed the letters, written as stories -- epistles -- but after her death I felt I had no audience, no recipient, who might relish reading what we had done. The last epistle I wrote, about a trip to Seattle, was in perhaps 2004 and, except for a few friends, went unshared. It seems a shame to let a good practice fall away, so when Mark asked that I try again, I agreed. My mother will not be reading this, but she is with me always and I think she would be very happy and, I hope, entertained. The morning was ... read more

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