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What does one do when coming off the amazingness that is spending the 4thof July in Boston? Why, visit the places that presidents and future presidents lived, of course! My whole reason for staying in Cambridge was to visit the house that had once been General Washington’s headquarters during the Siege of Boston. The house was originally owned by John and Elizabeth Vassall, who were Tories (Loyalists). Their house is one of several – including that of John’s uncle Henry – that are on present day Brattle Street, once known as Tory Row. I spent part of my day walking Brattle Street and seeing the exteriors of these houses – they are privately owned and not open for tours. The only one that is a National Historic Site is the Longfellow House (formally Vassal House)-Washington’s Headquarters. ... read more
The Longfellow House-Washington's Headquarters
Formal Dining Room
Fanny's Parlor

North America » United States » Massachusetts » Lowell July 4th 2017

Today was an unplanned day of rest - we just didn't really want to be traveling on the 4th of July, so we thought we would spend an extra day in Lowell. Even with the extra day, we still didn't have time to connect with all the friends in the area we would have liked. Maybe next time! So we did sleep in a little late this morning, but it didn't matter as we weren't planning on eating the hotel breakfast anyway. Today we were heading back to Lowell for breakfast at the Owl Diner! I know that technically the Owl Diner is really the Four Sisters Diner, but to me it will always be the Owl Diner. It's been around Lowell forever, one of the old fashioned classic counter diner with a few booths, with ... read more
Lowell - City Hall
Lowell - Keith Academy
Lowell - Rousseau Childhood Home

North America » United States » Massachusetts » Boston July 4th 2017

Leaving Marblehead on Monday (after meeting a couple from MN who were out doing family research), I traveled down to Cambridge – the last leg of my trip. The next day – Tuesday – was, of course, the 4thof July. Being so close to Boston, how could I resist? I started out the day (dressed in a Hamilton shirt, of course) at the Government Center, where the Mayor – Marty Walsh – gave a short speech and the parade started. One of the lines in his speech caught at me. He said something along the lines of this being the day that our country declared who we want to be. I have never thought of the Declaration of Independence that way, but I like it. I particularly enjoyed the groups that came to march in the ... read more
Marching off
Drums and fifes!
Reading the Declaration of Independence

After a long bus ride from Camden to Boston and another bus ride back out, I arrived in Marblehead, MA, one of the two towns that claim to be the birthplace of the American Navy and my home base for the week. When General Washington sat in siege outside Boston, he commissioned six ships to harass British shipping. He enlisted the help of Colonel John Glover – a Marblehead man, who would later help Washington cross the Delaware – in finding and converting schooners into ships of war. The ships sailed out of both Beverly and Marblehead, thus the duel claims. Once I was settled at my lodgings – the Harbor Gardens Inn (friendliest and most welcoming proprietor I have met yet) – went off to explore a bit of the town before sunset. The first ... read more
Mumford Monument
Amazing gravestone carving
General John Glover's Grave

North America » United States » Massachusetts » Lowell July 3rd 2017

We're having a couple of days of rest. We were frozen for so long, it will take a couple of days until we are fully thawed. Last night was a good night's rest in a normal hotel - Homewood Suites by Hilton - Thanks Maureen! This morning it was already in the 70's when we got out to the bike and it quickly rose to the mid to upper 80's, a typical Florida fall day. We rode into Lowell, and spent most of the morning just wandering around through some of my old neighborhoods. We visited Burnside St where I grew up, St Margaret's Church and St Margaret's School where I went to church and school as a child. We also went by my first apartment and over to B St and our first house. In ... read more
Boott Mills - Lowell Trolley
Boott Mills - Rows of Looms
Lowell - My First House on B St

North America » United States » Massachusetts » Lowell July 2nd 2017

It rained hard last night. It was if someone knew it was our last day this far north on this trip and we were turning south into the warmth and wanted to make one last point. Breakfast at The Sanctuary was good, we spoke a little with the owner about her hotel and understand that they are offering it as a B&B for now, but the ultimate goal is to set it up as an artist retreat as there are plenty of other spaces available besides sleeping quarters in the building. We wished them luck, loaded up the bike and headed south.. The plan for the day was to stay on US-1S all the way along the coast of Maine until we crossed over the bridge from Kittery, ME to Portsmouth, NH. This is another of ... read more
Camden -  Looking At The Docks
Camden -  The Gallery
Wiscasset-  Looking Down Main St

Poet, novelist and travel writer William Graham lives in Stowe, Vermont. His latest novel is url= Red: A Pablo Nelson Mystery, which is set in Chile’s Atacama Desert. His latest poetry collection is url= Springs:Haiku from Vermont and Other Poems. Nantucket is an island 30 miles off the coast of Massachusetts. But at one time it was part of the mainland until about 5,000 years ago. After the glaciers had receded, the ocean crept into the valleys and cut the land off, creating the island we know today. That is the dry, scientific explanation. A more colorful story involves the Wa... read more
Cobblestone Street in Nantucket
Whale Skeleton af the Nantucket Whaling Museum
Sankaty Lighthouse

North America » United States » Massachusetts » Eastham June 17th 2017

It is very nice indeed to have friends along the way. When I arrived in Chris and Sue's home in Eastham MA, on Cape Cod, I really felt I could let go and relax. So much so that I forgot to take photographs of the glorious evening light on the marshlands as we sat there eating high quality cheese and reminiscing. It was a lovely stay. We traded stories of Vikings. They had just returned from a visit to Iceland and I had visited the site of the first Viking settlement in the New World. We had fun comparing notes. Iceland sounds like a must visit place. I had spent the previous night in Bangor ME, and had arrived at the Cape a little shaken by having to spend an hour underground trapped in traffic on ... read more
Antiques in Brewer.
The old way across the river from Brewer to Bangor
View of the river

North America » United States » Massachusetts » Salem May 17th 2017

Blogging from another platform since the blog I started (Travelpod) is going to be closed down. Scouts is good for more than just the boys! Another scout mom and I went down to MA for a couple things. The first one was another Minuteman reenactment. Since the weather was expected to be lousy some events got moved around to the point of where we did more self guiding, but that was okay. Exploring at a much less rushed pace than the last time we visited. It amazes me that buildings were made so sturdy hundreds of years ago so some parts of them still last today. I took a video of an original chimney/fireplace that was covered so things (people/weather/animals etc) wouldn't destroy it. You can still see some burnt wood in it. Among the places ... read more
British soldiers

North America » United States » Massachusetts » Boston May 15th 2017

I love watching the TV when we're over here. From a practical point of view it has been essential to keep a close eye on weather forecasts now we're in the meteorologically unstable North East. They really go to town on their local forecasts here - much more detailed in specific local forecasting than we are and really very helpful when you are only in a location for a matter of days. The trouble is that I start off with good intentions of just watching news and weather only to get sucked in to the programmes which follow. Jeopardy is on every night at 7. If you haven't seen it this is, by American standards, a serious affair with earnest looking contestants, some quite hard questions at times, and very little glitz and glamour. Following that ... read more
Boston Common
Made me laugh anyway!

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