Better When We’re Together

 

After quite a busy week in Washington DC (which included a morning well spent in the National Museum of Natural History, a trip to the beautiful rural village of Middleburg in Loudon County, Virginia and an amazing Jack Johnson concert) Kiera, James and I flew to Boston, Massachusetts. We stayed in a delightful loft apartment in the historic neighbourhood of Beacon Hill; in fact Kiera could not have chosen a better location. We bought a 2 day pass on a hop-on, hop-off trolley bus which was a really good way to see a lot of the sights of Boston in a short space of time. On the first day we simply sat on the bus and orientated ourselves to this beautiful city.

On our second day in Boston, we visited the Boston Tea Party museum and the USS Constitution, “a wooden-hulled, three-masted heavy frigate of the United States Navy. Named by President George Washington after the Constitution of the United States of America, she is the world’s oldest commissioned naval vessel afloat” (Wikipedia). We also strolled through the streets of the North End district which has a distinct Italian feel to it. We had lunch at a bustling little Italian restaurant – sitting next to us was a group of people who could have been straight out of The Sopranos. I ate lobster for the first time in the form of lobster ravioli and it was davvero delizioso. Afterwards we ate cannoli from Maria’s Pastry Shop, both Boston institutions, and we were not disappointed. (Cannoli are tube-shaped shells of fried pastry dough filled with a sweet, creamy ricotta filling, btw.)

From Boston we hired a car and James drove us up north to Portland, Maine, where we spent a night before travelling further north to a delightful town called Boothbay Harbor. For the most part we drove on back roads that hugged the coast and we stopped along the way to visit lighthouses, ice cream stands, lobster shacks and puffins. Not a bad way to spend one’s holiday.

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packed in like sardines at the Jack Johnson concert - what a blast

packed in like sardines at the Jack Johnson concert – what a blast

 

 

 

 

 

 

Boston skyline

Boston skyline

outside our Boston apartment

outside our Boston apartment

the biggest and best ice cream ever

the biggest and best ice cream ever

stopping for lunch en route from Boston to Portland

stopping for lunch en route from Boston to Portland

 

 

 

 

 

another lobster lunch in a diner in Brunswick

another lobster lunch in a diner in Brunswick en route from Portland to Boothbay Harbor

 

lobster roll served in a plastic basket with plastic cutlery

lobster roll served in a plastic basket with plastic cutlery

 

 

 

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visiting the beautiful botanical gardens in Boothbay Harbor

 

 

 

 

visiting the beautiful botanical gardens in Boothbay Harbor

 

 

 

 

 

 

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puffins are just so darn cute!

a lightbulb moment in Boothbay Harbor

having a lightbulb moment in Boothbay Harbor

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4 Responses to Better When We’re Together

  1. Adam Rice says:

    Sounds like you are having a terrific time, and I am sure you are loving doing it with your family members. I learned from my sister Jo & her husband Kaz, the importance of the ‘obligatory beer photo’ in a exotic overseas location and I am very pleased to see you embracing this important record of any holiday. Have fun Cathy! Adam & Jenny

    • Cathy says:

      I’m glad you approve. The beer here is not half bad, especially the “brick red” pale ale (from this area I believe). Given that wine is so expensive in restaurants I’ve taken to drinking beer with meals – not sure that it’s good for the waistline though.

  2. James says:

    Puffins are great!
    For some reason I made seeing a Puffin a goal on our visit to Ireland. We had no luck in Howth north of Dublin but it gave me a chance for a couple of verses of I’m walking backwards to Christmas (across the Irish Sea).
    Kathryn organised a sea trip at the Cliffs of Moher on the west coast. We went out in cold rain squalls and we could barely see the cliffs but there were puffins everywhere.
    It sounds as if you are having a grand holiday!
    James

    • Cathy says:

      I was also inexplicably drawn to seeing puffins on our trip and was thrilled to see lots of them at Eastern Egg Rock just off the coast of Boothbay Harbor, Maine (the southern limit of puffin habitat in North America). Terns have also been reintroduced to the island and it was a delight seeing them as well – beautiful birds.

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