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.