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North America » United States » Massachusetts » Boston September 13th 2023

After a busy morning of last minute chores we left the lake and headed down to Salem, NH to pick up our Euros. All was uneventful until be reached the airport. While going through security Diane was pulled over and asked to take her shoes off so that they could be put through the x ray machine. Evidentially she looked like a possible shoe bomber. We then proceeded to our gate which felt like four miles away. We then realized that there were no places to eat in this section of the new terminal. After much walking back and forth we decided to order sandwiches which they delivered. $50.00 for two sandwiches seemed a little excessive, but when you’re hungry, your hungry. After devouring our sandwiches we headed to the restrooms. As I was hovering over ... read more

North America » United States » Massachusetts » Boston » Back Bay September 10th 2023

Surprise, surprise I was right..........jet lag did its' usual thing and Mandy & I were both, pretty much, wide awake at 5.00 am on day 2, but fortunately, the good news was that the bed was very comfortable and we had both slept really well. The sun was peaking through the clouds as it came up over the sea, when Mandy and I arrived in the lobby for breakfast around 7.00 am, but by the time Steve and Lily had joined us, about 20 minutes later, Mr Sun had disappeared behind a very gloomy looking sky, a sky that rather matched the look on Steve and Lily's faces when they arrived to join us. It was clear that Lily was struggling to walk and they explained that she had suffered a muscle spasm of some sort ... read more
A touch of the sun - 2
The Trolley Bus Tour
Charles Street - 1

North America » United States » Massachusetts » Boston » Back Bay September 6th 2023

First things first, let me apologise if you receive this blog unexpectedly by email, bit I'm afraid that I've not been able to work out yet how to amend the email list, so please just delete the blog if you can't be bothered (understandably) to read it, or alternatively, you may find it a very good cure for insomnia! Now, it may surprise people to learn that one of my favourite songs of all time is the superb 'Weekend in New England' by Barry Manilow, a beautiful ballad, actually written by Randy Edelman. Well, forget 'weekend', the Kilbys and the Forbes are off on their next adventure, this time a two week tour of the USA, principally the joys (hopefully!) of New England in the Fall. Our last trip together was when we were nearly five ... read more
Gate 64
A380 (G-XLEF)
Welcome to Boston

North America » United States » Massachusetts » Boston May 24th 2023

It was not taxation without representation. Forget the actions of a tyrannical king. It was not even the existential urgency of getting Charlie off the MTA. No, the real reason for the Boston Tea Party was Massport. I don't know who was responsible for deciding that this remote outpost of the deepest levels of Hades should serve as an international hub, but it was certainly no one with a modicum of sense. Let's fly through Boston, we said. It will be a fun new way to go to Europe, we said. We can avoid the multiple gate changes and the jitney tango at JFK, we said. Don't listen to us. We arrived on time. Our plane that was to take us to CDG in Paris arrived on time from Israel. It had a mechanical issue that ... read more

North America » United States » Massachusetts » Boston April 14th 2023

A bad start Getting to the airport, check in, great. Security a nightmare. It took me more tan 45 to pass. Should have been a sign for things to come. Boarding and push off was smooth, although somewhat delayed, as you could expect. It went wrong once we hit the apron and we were told that we were number 12 for take off.and even wronger when the pilot announced that for one reason or the other we had to wait for approval from the tower for a flightplan change and we were sidelined. In the meantime rain and thunderstorms had appeared and everything went on hold. A long story short, I missed my conexión in Atlanta and had to find, for expense of the airline, a hotel. Obviously I was not only one looking for a ... read more

North America » United States » Massachusetts » Boston October 5th 2022

A fair bit of rain fell overnight and today is supposed to be pretty wet and when watching the local Boston news on TV they said it was going to be a “dank” day so that’s a new word for me to use when next playing scrabble. When I googled it whilst having breakfast it said it would be disagreeably damp, musty, and typically cold. Maximum will be 15 degrees with a wind chill still around so not sure if we want to go back into the city today or not. Breakfast was light with a bran cereal with a blueberry chobani yoghurt, banana, crappy OJ and coffee. Kerry had honey on toast with a banana and coffee. We did a load of washing and were lucky as the hotel only has 1 washing machine and ... read more
Typical halloween costumes (lots of aisles !)
The Wahlbergs
Is there a market for importing these back home ?

North America » United States » Massachusetts » Boston October 4th 2022

Breakfast was in house here with a modern breakfast facility and was really big. Only a light breakfast of yoghurt, banana and OJ today. We had planned to get a Taxi down to Fenway Park the famous home of the Boston Red Sox baseball team to start the day and we asked reception around 9.00am to call a Taxi for us to make sure we arrived in time for our 10.00am tour and he said don’t pay $70- catch the train instead for only $2.40 ! So we bought what they call here a Charlie Card to get us around. We got the instructions from him on how to get there using a combination of the Red Line from the Andrew T-Line station which was about 900 metres walk away from our hotel. What a coincidence ... read more
View from the “Green Monster”
View from main stand (fancy turf patterns ?)
View from near the famous “red seat” 502 feet away

North America » United States » Massachusetts » Boston October 3rd 2022

Awoke to find the weather unchanged at around 11 degrees and still very windy. We checked out of the Newport Bay Club & Hotel around 10am but not before Kerry did some research looking for a diner for breakfast / brunch on the route to Boston. She settled on the Pandolphi’s Mattapoisett Diner and we arrived at 11am. It’s one of the older classic diners with the shiny silver tram style design with the double entry door system so the cold winds stay outside. Kerry had some french toast with caramelised apple with pumpkin spice mousse on top and I had 2 eggs over easy with rye bread and home fries (aka small potatoes) and coffee of course. Next stop was about 40 minutes away at Plymouth Rock on the coast on Cape Cod. When we ... read more
Kerry’s breakfast is served
This is Plymouth Rock. Impressive ??
Mayflower II a full scale replica of the 1620 Mayflower ship sailed by the Pilgrims

North America » United States » Massachusetts » Boston September 26th 2022

Okay history buffs, this trip was for you! The city, history, museums is not my favorite activity BUT I heard that accessing downtown Boston is super easy and I really wanted to get out and about today. It has been raining, windy, power outages, even Hanscom Air Force Base has been without power for four days now. Listening in on the water cooler conversations around base and researching the commute online I came up with the following plan. Drive Hwy 2, not the 95 (to avoid the morning commuters), park at Alewife Station, purchase a two-stop subway pass ($4.80), take the red line to Park St. That put me at the Boston Common off Tremont St. That was the beginning of the Freedom Trail that I followed. Approximately 2 miles long, lots of wait time at ... read more
Old North Church
Paul Revere
Granary Burying Grounds

North America » United States » Massachusetts » Boston » Back Bay September 19th 2022

This is my 100th published blog. I started the blog when I retired and it is a good record of our travels. We arrived in Boston by train. A short trip from Providence. We take an Uber to our hotel. It is 3:00 and raining so we decide to go to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. The day is almost over and admission is $27 but we decide to go anyway. Yea, we arrive and find out it is one of the few free days. I thought the museum would be crowded but it is not. Since we are short on time we will focus on European art, our favorite. The museum also has the Obama Portraits and the cost is $25 but since today is free day entrance to the Obamas's portraits are free ... read more
The Obama Portraits
The Democratic Donkey
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

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