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Published: October 19th 2013
Luckily one of my home exchange partners has a house Brewster, Cape Cod and very kindly said yes to my request to stay here for a couple of days ...so here we are in a beautiful condo in a village setting on an ocean golf resort. With only 2 days to explore we will give golf lessons a miss and we set off to drive up the coast to Provincetown making numerous stops along the way at beaches and lighthouses. Just what we imagined it to be like - sunshine on sparkling sea...long sandy beaches with waves of sand dunes and to top it all seals frolicking in the waves a few yards away. Along the tree-lined highway we drove oohing and aahing at the cute little ( and some BIG) shingle and clapboard houses with their impeccable landscaping, white picket fences and porches. We are here at the end of the season so many of the stores, gift shops, restaurants and lobster shacks are closed but with sun shining on us we are happy to enjoy the a much quieter time of year. Getting to P'town as Provincetown is named it seemed very buzzy and known as the gay capital
of Massachussetts evryone there looked like they were having a great time. It was time for lobster for lunch and later as we wandered the streets maple walnut icecreams from the "best ice cream in the world" store ...why are there so many of these??
Decision time for our second day here was whether to make a trip by ferry to Marthas's Vineyard or Nantucket but a quick browse of the ferry schedules which are a bit limited at this time of year told us that Hyannis to Nantucket was the best option. Everything seems to be closing down after this weekend so I think we have been lucky with our timing. Nice folk at the Maritime museum in Hyannis said we could park all day in their carpark and we got our tickets for the 1 hour trip. ( The English Channel is sometimes known as an expensive stretch of water to cross but I think this trip was a bit pricey $79 return for a foot passenger !!- shame no deals !!!) We sat out on the deck and enjoyed the trip but as you can see from the photo it was not a good hair day!!
But arriving in Nantucket you realise it is quite a unique place ...cobbled streets , no traffic lights billboards or neon signs and quaint houses with strict planning conditions so the whole island has a uniformity of style. On some of the streets the sidewalks are paved with massive paving stones ( I have never seen them so big anywhere) ... it certainly is a most beautiful place. Around the harbour are little house boats on the piers once fishing shacks but now desirable residences !! We took a tour on a mini bus round the island so that we could see more of it including the cranberry bogs !! At one time the island was top producer of cranberries in the cranberry bogs - I had no idea until I read fellow bloggers, the Brinkleys, that cranberries grew in bogs and blokes with big waders and diggers went in and harvested them !!! You can learn a lot on travel blog !! So there they were I saw them with my own eyes !!! Finishing with a visit to the "world famous" Leah's fudge shop our perfect day was almost over. Not quite back in port at Hyannis
we trooped off to Spanky's Clam Shack ...and fried clam strips for my feast ...Cape Cod and chips for Suz. I have been waiting for about 40 years to have fried clams again- I had had them in Nova Scotia many years ago when I lived in Canada ...these were better than I remembered them and what a massive plateful ...but I ate every strip...and left the chips.
So there we have it - we leave the Cape for New Hampshire tomorrow and a week in the White Mts, so fingers crossed for more sunshine and good leaf peeping.
Love to all xxx
PS Message to Susan G - good tip pack a couple J-cloths - very useful.
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