Thursday, October 16, 2008
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
This morning we went back into Boston to see the last thing on the Freedom Trail....the USS Constitution. The ship is really amazing and when you think that it was built over 265 yrs ago, and is still on active duty, it boggles the mind!!
This was a WWII battleship also at the Boston Naval Yard...he thinks he's cool!!!
Next we headed to Salem, MA....site of the witch trials. There is a monument to the people who were hanged because 3 children said that they had curses put on them.
This time of year is called Haunted Happenings at Salem and there are lots of vendors, psychics and all sorts of witchy things going on. It was really cool. Wes got a bit tired and decided to take a short nap!!
It was a fun time in Salem but now we are on our way to Meine and New Hampshire!
Monday, October 13, 2008
Here we are waiting to go on the Duck Tour which is a land and water tour in WWII amphibious vehicles called Ducks. It was really great...but cold and windy. I think I am used to Florida!! (dang)
Here are the Ducks...not ours, though (ours was black and had 4 open seats in the back....quess who sat there amid the wind and cold?!)
Here's a little tidbit...for those of you who watch Boston Legal. Here is the building that they use for the exteriors of their office building.
We took a walk thru Boston Commons, which is the oldest public park in the US. And it's huge. Unfortunately, there are quite a bit of homeless people there.
The squirrels here are really friendly and will come right up to your hand if you offer then something to eat. This one just came over a sat at Wes' feet.
While walking along, we saw this sign on the side of a building. I had forgotten that Edgar Allen Poe was born in Boston. Interesting.
So we are walking past a small park and there is a guy there taking pics of his kids on a statue of a donkey. So my funny sister turns around and says, Oh Wes...you have GOT to do that!" So the guy turns around and says, "Yeah, Wes, do it!" Well, my husband doesn't need too much of a push to do anything so he got on the donkey statue!!! Afterwards the guy looks at him and says, "Ok, I can go home now cause I have definately seen everything!" We all had a laugh over that one.
Once we got him off his ass (LOL)...we started the 2 1/2 miles walk of the Freedom Trail. We made it almost all the way to the end of the trail but I really couldn't walk across a bridge (and not a small one) to cross the Charles River to get to the next cemetery across the river. So we stopped for dinner at a great Italian restaurant on the North End then headed back to the hotel.
Auntie & Uncle John are leaving tomorrow after breakfast and then we are heading to see the USS Constitution and then on to Salem. Should be fun. We have lots more pics of the Freedom Trail, but I am fighting at 11:53 pm to stay awake....so I will post them tomorrow and give everyone the address for viewing. Have a great day tomorrow!!
Sunday, October 12, 2008
We arrived in Newport, RI to packed streets and waterfronts....there were so many people in town you couldn't move. Then we realized that it is Columbus Day weekend and lots of people had off. Guess they wanted to take in the colors also. Downtown Newport was so mobbed and there are streets that are closed off to cars. It took us almost 45 minutes to go three blocks!! Since Newport has been around since the 1600's, the streets are reaallllly narrow and there are few places to park. So Wes dropped me off at Touro Synagogue so I could do the tour (it was about 20 min) while they waited for a parking spot. I was just coming out of the tour when they found a spot!!
Touro Synagogue is the oldest Synagogue in America. It really doesn't look like a synagogue...no markings on it at all. But there are no markings on the churches in the area either. The original settlers wanted everyone to be part of the community, so they decided that the houses of worship should blend into the architecture of the town and not stand out. Interesting. If you click on the pics here you can see larger shots of them.
The synagogue itself only seats about 100...very small but very beautiful. They have a Torah scroll that is over 500 yrs old and written on deer skin. Needless to say, it is behind glass now so no one can touch it. Also, no pics are allowed inside the sanctuary.
After the tour we wanted to look around Newport, but because it was so crowded we decided to venture on to Providence, RI. Well, it being Sunday, and everything closes early, we really didn't get to see much there. So we decided to drive right to Boston so we can get an early start in the morning. And that's where we are now. We seem to be visiting every Motel 6 in New England!!
Well, I have a 6am wake up call for the morning. (UGH!!) We want to get an early start and at least there is a Dunkin Donut right next to the hotel!!!! I'll be having my blueberry muffin in the morning. (Sorry Daisy, can't bring you one!)
See ya tomorrow!!