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Published: June 11th 2017
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We're back on the plane again at 37,000 feet over Barcelona and are off on our very long trip home.
We drove down from Boston to New York yesterday, passing through Conneticut which was very green with thick forests that came right up to the edge of the road. The tolls weren't as bad as the trip from New York to DC but they were annoying enough, having to stop several times to pay them.
We spent the night at the Hampton Inn which was near JFK airport, although mercifully you couldn't hear the planes. Double glazing is wonderful!
It was another successful trip with the GPS doing the navigating and Ross successfully programming it for the best scenic routes and doing all the driving without veering on to the wrong side of the road. I find this business of driving on the wrong side of road very stressful. It was bad enough riding the bikes in DC as I just followed Ross and hoped for the best. The narrow rough streets didn't make it any easier.
The people in Boston were appalling drivers and we saw them do some awful things. One guy was driving a truck while eating his lunch
out of a tub with a fork in one hand and the tub in the other. We passed him quickly.
The A380 plane is not the most comfortable and we are sitting in three seats across with a guy on the end who hasn't had a bath in a week and screaming kids at various points around the cabin. At least the movies are good and the food is not bad. Only 5 hours and 40 minutes to go, then we get on the next one for the delightful flight back to Perth, another 10 hours.
Getting through the airport at JFK was fun. Ross attracted the sniffer dog so we got taken off by the security people. I was very worried that we were going to be strip searched but they just put us in the x-ray machine and then patted us down and went through all our stuff with the wand thingy that they put in the machine that detects traces of I don't know what. They were very polite about it but wouldn't tell us what they were looking for. We of course didn't argue since I am sure that that would have resulted in a strip search.
The most scenic place we visited I think was North Conway and it was a shame that we didn't have nice weather while we were there. There were amazing hiking trails that led off into the mountains right near the condo that would have been very nice to explore and the condo was very comfortable. Not to mention the incredible shopping. Ross got a whole new wardrobe for just over $200 including two pairs of leather shoes.
I didn't know about the outlet shopping when I booked to go there but as we drove around the country and mentioned that we were going to North Conway people were telling us about the shopping. I thought it was going to be like other outlets that we saw in Las Vegas but it was so much better. We were also lucky to be there on the Memorial day weekend and most of the shops had 75% off. A lot of people go there from around North America and also from overseas just for the shopping but it is an all year round destination with hiking in the summer and skiing and snowmobiling in the winter.
Seeing the bears and moose and humming
bird was also a huge bonus. One lady said she had lived there for four years and had never seen a bear.
All the people that we met and stayed with on the trip were friendly and polite. We were rather surprised at one guy who bent our ears in DC who had originally come from Germany and had lived in the US for 50 years and regreted not going back to Germany. He said, when Ross held the door open for him in one of the museums that we mustn't be American because he said the locals wouldn't do that. Then he complained to us for about 20 minutes about the terrible treatment he has received living there.
We found exactly the opposite, as we had on previous trips. People here will just come up to you and start a conversation. They seemed to be fascinated that we were Australian unlike on the west coast were it was like we were just locals. I think that as we travelled to a couple of non touristy places they were surprised to see us, especially in some of the little diners we went to. We found the same hospitality in Canada and even
at some of the motels there they treat you like friends. The restaurants we went to were great and at the one we went to that was recommended to us in PEI the waitress we had even treated us to a complimentary glass of wine when our dinner was a bit late in coming out. She was travelling to Australia later this year and kept coming over for a chat.
A couple of times we got asked for directions by other tourists which was rather funny but we were able to give them. It was usually US tourists asking us.
The cities were a bit overwhelming after travelling through the little back roads out in the countryside. Especially coming into Boston after going through the New England area. The narrow streets and confusing street signs. A lot of the streets were one way but cars were
parked on both sides of the street. I certainly wouldn't want to be there in the winter with the snow ploughs going down the street.
The cities were interesting with their museums and historical places but the New England countryside was the best with its beautiful flowering trees and green meadows and gorgeous old wooden houses. Not to mention the many rivers and crystal clear lakes. The mountains were also lovely with little remains of snow on the tops of the ski runs. Mountains are always my favourite since we don't have any worth mentioning in WA. The ones here weren't as big as the ones in the west and Canada but they were pretty.
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