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June 12th 2018
Published: June 13th 2018
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We are finally here. This place is adorable, and is a half block from the bakery and an ice cream shop. More on here later. Figure I better catch everyone up on our travels the past two days. Headed out from Carol’s Sunday morning with Boston in our sights. Checked into our hotel and headed to historic downtown Boston. We were really lucky. Had no problem getting downtown and finding parking. We were less than a block from Fanuiel Hall. stopped at a visitor Center to get a map of Freedom Trail and check out the street artists and the Portuguese Festival. after that things went downhill in a hurry. Boston has changed so much that it was hard to find anything I recognized. Only place we found was the old Granary Cemetery when Benjamin Franklin, Paul Revere and Samuel Adams are buried. I remember walking down a street with old houses with original leaded glass windows, but could not find it anywhere. There definitely are a lot of new buildings though. Guess history doesn’t hold a lick to big money anymore. After trying to read the map and then following directions on Carol’s phone, we gave up, and headed back to the car. On the way we stumbled over the Union Oyster house and decided we needed some sustenance. A bowl of clam chowder and cornbread later, we decided to call it a night. Yesterday we headed to Cape Cod and Provincetown. Our AAA map was not really helpful, could not get just a Mass or Maine map, had to deal with the Northeastern states and southern Canada. Stopped at another visitor’s center and she gave us good advice. We took the scenic route up to Provincetown. Road wound through small towns, along bogs, forests and quaintly named towns and businesses. Had a really nice time, though the streets were narrow and full of people and vehicles. Walked to end of wharf overlooking harbor where some chart boat captains tried to get us to take a cruise. We politely declined but upon chatting we found they were snowbirds, summers in Maine and winters in Key West. Decided to have a big lunch so went to the Lobster Trap, a Ptown tradition. Carol went all the way and got a lobster. Me, I got whole belly fried clams. Both dinners were delicious and we left stuffed. Back we drove to Orlean, halfway down the coast. We stayed at a Rodeway Ineed that was really comfortable and we got to sleep with the windows open.Tried to go back to Boston this morning but that fell through in a spectacular way. First of all, we came upon Boston from a different direction and we got totally screwed up. Even with two gps going we could not get to historical district. Kept getting rerouted and missed turns because lanes were not marked. Dang machines actually started sending us down alleys. After an hour of that we said baloney and headed for Maine. Came upon the scenic route which took us through Salem and Glouster then realized it would take us another hour to get to South Portland, so had to go south to go north because we had gone to the ocean at a place where we had to backtrack so we could head here. Was not q bad trip though and we made it by five. Next blog will tell about this place.

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