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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
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

North America » United States » Massachusetts » Boston October 3rd 2013

USA - Bar Harbour, Maine Prior to leaving the ship - we had to go through Immigration. Officers come to the ship to go through the procedure to enter the USA. We had already entered the USA on the beginning of our trip when we landed in Los Angeles on our way to New York and had had our photos and fingerprints done. So we didn't have to go through all that again. Today we went off the ship by tender to Bar Harbour - what a great little town it is very quaint as they all seem to be over this part of the world. We did a bus tour to Acadia National Park and up the to the top of one of the mountains where we had the most fantastic view of ... read more
Stunning views
Downtown Bar Harbo
people at Mt Cadilac

North America » United States » Massachusetts » Boston September 29th 2013

Some last minute pictures from one of our last days in the States. Love from Asia, Ronald & Lindsay... read more
One of the best surprises on this Earth.

North America » United States » Massachusetts » Boston September 28th 2013

September 28, 2013 We had an easy 21 minutes driving into Boston from Framingham early this morning and no problem at all finding a place in the underground parking at Boston Common. It wouldn't have been this fast and easy if it hadn't been a weekend and the parking would have been $40 instead of $12. We are a couple of tired puppies tonight, I think we walked at least 8 miles today. We got an early start to this bluebird sky day...we walked around Boston Common, toured the public gardens, walked through the Faneuil Market and Quincy Market, walked the entire Freedom Trail and saw every sight and read almost every interpretive sign on it, walked over the Charlestown Bridge, climbed the 294 steps to the top of the Bunker Hill Monument, boarded the U.S.S. ... read more
Boston Public Garden
George Washington, Public Garden
Freedom Trail

North America » United States » Massachusetts » Boston September 27th 2013

Boston part of blog here. . . video here read more

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