Blogs from Boston, Massachusetts, United States, North America


Yes, I went in the sweltering heat of July. But it was well worth it, even better than the Capitol Fourth in DC. From 2018: Not only do I finally get to attend this great event, it is held on both July 3 AND July 4!!!! The poster says: Conductor Keith Lockhart directs the Boston POPS Orchestra at the Hatch Shell, on the Esplanade, performing the identical concert which will be played on July 4th minus the fireworks display. Seating for this free event is on a first come basis, it will be crowded, but not as much as on the 4th. This year's headliner is Rachel Platten, along with The Indigo Girls, Rita Moreno, and Rhiannon Giddens. Yes, I will miss both John Williams and the famous maestro himself, Arthur Fiedler. ... read more
Rita Moreno
Arthur Fiedler Bridge
The bandstand and Pops orchestra

North America » United States » Massachusetts » Boston January 1st 2020

Thankfully the day dawned slightly less arctic and wet than previous and we felt confident that the New Year’s celebrations would go ahead. Geoff headed to Samuel Adams for his morning mash beer tasting and the girls and I took it easy at home. After yet another turkey meal (sadly not the last), we braved the weather and wandered to the Common. It seems that word had spread from Central Park and we were greeted by many squirrels. Thankfully they had also heard of my love of a boneyard, so hung in there to keep the younger participants occupied while I meandered through the headstones. A quick visit to Copley Square revealed that yesterday’s weather had delayed the ice sculptures so we retreated to a cafe for some warming snacks. Some more squirrel time, this time ... read more
Artistic reflection shot

North America » United States » Massachusetts » Boston December 30th 2019

And we saw a few! Wet dogs that is...only precious few souls braving this truly ridiculous weather. When we were on the interstate, there were signs up warning a ‘winter weather advisory’ - storms, wind, ice...’a wintry mix’ so my weather app told me. Apparently a wintry mix in Boston is rain mixed with sleet, mixed with horizontal rain and sleet mixed with wind whipping your legs so it feels like -9 (so says my app) until you can’t actually feel your legs at all! But bugger that, we’ve a city to explore! I will admit to a slightly slower start than normal and a sternly issued warning that it was raining yes, and it was cold, yes, but I was NOT GOING TO LISTEN TO WHINGING. So, a quick fire visit to Boston Common (wet ... read more
Who doesn’t love an old yard of bones?! This one holds those of Benjamin Franklin’s parents.

North America » United States » Massachusetts » Boston December 29th 2019

Had an early start today, in contrast to our customary 10.00 lie in of the last few days. Our destination was still a surprise for Beeb, which we had code-named ‘making gingerbread’. So she was quite surprised when we turned up in an empty field with some ruined buildings. The surprise could last no longer as we headed towards a couple of Harris Hawks tethered to perches in the field. We had arrived at New England Falconry. After a quick rundown on the behaviour of the birds and the history of falconry, we took to the field to practise this craft. The girls were given a glove and shown what to do, and as if it had been trained to do so, the hawk flew from the tree to their glove, sat there for a while ... read more
So happy!
A lynx!

North America » United States » Massachusetts » Boston October 27th 2019

Today we were in Boston, Massachusetts. I have been here before and he has not. It is a town enveloped in history. He considers it the birthplace of Boston Cream Pie. Okay, maybe it’s that too? Let’s back up… last night we went to one of the outdoor pool decks to see a movie – Yesterday. Kamie got us warmed blankets and we bundled-up. It really wasn’t that cool – in the high 50s. It was such a sweet movie.. the music, the storyline, and the comedy. The ship docked in Boston just after 5am this morning while it was still dark outside. Our TV said 52 degrees with 94% humidity. It was so foggy we could barely see the lights of Boston directly in front of us. We took an Uber to the Quincy Hall ... read more
Funky chair on ship
Cell wall
Ready to watch the outdoor movie

North America » United States » Massachusetts » Boston August 2nd 2019

July 30, 2019 - Boston, MA - Weather: 93.2°F/34°C, Clear skies, no wind This cruise adventure actually started with a series of car trips: first Waterloo to Ottawa followed by a casual two-day drive down to Boston. The trip to Ottawa was necessitated, in part, by an offer from our good friends to drive us to and from Boston for our cruise. While in Ottawa we celebrated B’s birthday with a house and garden tour in Almonte followed by a delicious dinner over in Gatineau. On our way through Boston we took the opportunity to stop at the excellent John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, before heading on to our hotel for the night in Quincy, MA., just south of Boston. Tuesday morning saw us navigate the heavy Boston traffic and confusing one-way streets before ... read more
3_Birthday dinner
4_JFK Library
5_Audio:visual display

North America » United States » Massachusetts » Boston June 19th 2019

Une fois rendus dans la région de Boston nous voulions voir Salem et ses sorcières! L'endroit n'est pas très long à visiter et l'attrait est dans les souvenirs de toutes sortes qui se rapportent à la magie. La pluie était au rendez-vous et même la brûme nous a empêché de voir le phare tout près. Une journée décevante finalement. Après une journée de repos et de pluie, c'est la visite de Boston, le soleil brille et le tour de ville en autobus nous à permis de voir les bâtisses et les lieux intéressants. Nous avons fait un arrêt au centre ville pour marcher dans le parc public et plus tard nous avons découvert 'Market Place' avec son 'fast food' incroyable, chinois, Thai, Indien, pâtisserie..etc malheureusement c'était à la fin de la journée et il fallait prendre ... read more

North America » United States » Massachusetts » Boston September 26th 2018

Not as much luck with transportation this morn. $75 for the 18 km ride from our hotel to the Cruise Port. Easy peasy embarkation onto Celebrity’s Summit. Met up with our friends Kaye and Richard and started enjoying the avails of our new ride. The Coffee shop has really nice atmosphere , the coffees are top shelf , and the confections are the best on the ship. Kate has been drinking Lattes without added flavours. I slept there the first night as it’s my favourite spot. Just heard someone order a white chocolate mocha with whiskey! We feel like we are in the lower percentile of age onboard, this has happened before but we were not expecting it,on this cruise. The on board entertainment , well that which is provided by Celebrity, has been okay. I ... read more
Boston Commons Plaque
State House
The Bell in Hand

North America » United States » Massachusetts » Boston September 1st 2018

On our New England road trip, after we visited Mystic Pizza, we made our way on the local ferry to eat lunch in Martha’s Vineyard and then ended up traveling to Boston overnight. We had found a tiny room for rent in a high-rise flat, and the price was infinitely cheaper than anything we had seen at a major hotel chain in the city. The location was ideal and right in the middle of the city. The spot was called The Beacon Street Inn. Though we had to walk down the hall to shower and the room was no bigger than a closet, it was an ideal place to stay, as we were only going to be there one night and wanted to spend the entire day exploring the city of Boston. We started our morning ... read more
Beacon Street
Freedom Trail
Paul Revere's Grave

North America » United States » Massachusetts » Boston August 25th 2018

We woke one last time in the cabin that has been our home for over one month. There was no rush this morning. Our two bags in the hall were taken ashore by the porters. We still had our carry-ons, and what we planned to where today. The Lido was bustling with activity and there were actually lines waiting to get food. Again, we sat on the pool deck; but, well away from the window and drainage trough that nearly twisted Sharon’s ankle yesterday. “Did you intentionally choose this table?” Sharon inquires. I just smile. At the Main Desk there was another line. The daily News and Puzzles were not out and available; but, you could still get them from the front-desk staff. We weren’t scheduled to see the onboard immigration until about 9:15 AM and ... read more

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