Coastal New England

Trip Start Sep 14, 2010
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Trip End Nov 16, 2010


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Thursday, September 23, 2010

Hello Again!!

After picking up our hire car, it was off, out of the hustle and bustle of New York City and in to the start of New England. The first leg of the New England section took us up the coast through Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts. We have learnt a lot about Americn history, the arrival of the Pilgrims at Plymouth, and The Boston Tea Party that led to the American Revolution.

Our first stop was Mystic, Connecticut, an old seaport but also known for the movie Mystic Pizza with Juia Roberts. It was a beautiful spot with some lovely homes and we couldn't resist calling in to the restaurant that featured in the movie and having some pizza.

Pete was getting used to driving on the right-hand side of the road, whilst Courtney navigated. There were a few hiccups when the map and sat nav didn't quite match, but it was a fairly quick and easy drive to Newport, Rhode Island, home of the America's Cup. Some of the homes here are magnificent, huge Great Gatsby - like places. In the 1890's, Newport became the place for wealthy New Yorkers to summer. They built opulent seaside mansions as 'summer cottages'. There were many houses (not only the mansions!) that we would have loved to own.

From there, our stop for the night was Plymouth, Massachustetts. Plymouth was where the Pilgrims arrived, having been headed for New York. A great village has been authentically recreated called Plimouth Plantation. The houses, the crops, the food cooked over wood stoves and the vocabularly used by costumed interpreters are all true to the period. There is even a native-american village, home of the Wampanoag, who helped the Pilgrims through their first winter. Given our location, a seafood dinner was on the menu. For $14, Pete cracked open a lobster and had the sweet juices running down his fingers.

Boston, the largest city in New England was our next destination. We were surprised to find though that it has quite a small, intimate feel and is easy to get around. We were also surprised to see more homeless and people begging than we did in New York.

We all loved the Boston accent, the long drawn out A's and no pronounciation of R's. Bostonians "pahk the cah in Hahvahd Yahd". We again did a hop-on-hop-off tour and the one particualr guide had a great accent and loved pointing out scenes of The Departed.

New Englanders are known to have a reserve and more formal style about them. But that reserve isn't seen at Fenwey Park, home of the Red Sox. They are like the Collingwood supporters of baseball. Courtney wanted to attend a Red Sox game to witness the Friendly Fenwey Fanatics so we got tickets for a game against Baltimore Orioles. We had dinner at a sports bar right outside the stadium where we saw the formal style of New Englanders go out the window when it came to baseball. As an Orioles fan walked past, a father at the table next to us told his young son to yell out "Nice top Nancy!" and laughed and cheered when the boy did so.

For those of you who may remember the song "Charlie on the MTA"about a man named Charlie who boarded the train but never came home again, that was written by a Boston band in protest to the fares increase. The hop-on-hop-off tour also pointed out the Omni Parker House Hotel where JFK proposed to Jackie, Macolm X worked, as did Ho Chi Minh as a pastry chef! Boston is full of history!!

Next stop, Northern New Hampshire!

Love Courtney, Dawn and Pete
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