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Our retirement adventures

Boston & Cape Cod October 2013

on October 25, 2013

Boston 

13 October 

Leaving home in glorious sunshine, arrive at Gatwick in a downpour but fortunately not too wet by the time we meet Flic who takes us to the hotel at Heathrow airport. Both the check-in and check-out at the hotel were probably one of the best we have encountered at a Holiday Inn, well done. 

14 October 

Our wedding anniversary and a flight to Boston with champers on the way, better seats than we had hoped as well. The tree colours on view on the way into Boston are changing from Green to Bronze so we are in for a colourful vista when we start touring, we hope. 

Fairmont Copley Plaza hotel for the first few nights but food there too expensive and we are too tired so end up saving money and calories and going to sleep! 

15 October 

Usual jet-lag and wake up early, but only at 5am local time.  

Ornate walls inside Boston Library

Ornate walls inside Boston Library

Breakfast in nearby Pret a Manger followed by look around the impressive Boston Library building and take transit to Harvard and quick walk round area and return to an exceptionally busy Quincy market for a seafood lunch and back to hotel to watch England v Poland (2-0) and England qualify for 2014 World Cup.

Antiquated Boston transit car

Antiquated Boston transit car

Boston transit is somewhat antiquated with in at least one instance, passengers able to cross the actual lines at track level within the confines of the station.  

Tight curves on the lines, trains that follow preceding ones by a few feet, not particularly user friendly for wheelchairs and pushchairs but at least clean and frequent.

Dinner at Cheesecake Factory lives up to expectations. 

USS Constitution

USS Constitution

16 October 

Virgin rep never turns up at meeting place despite us being there for 30 minutes.  Not good service, especially as we then find out that one of the tours she had recommended had ceased operation the previous month. (90 minute cruise).

Take Transit to Quincy and opt for 45 minute sea tour although the USS Constitution area is closed due the intransigent attitude of the US politicians. 

Lunch in still busy Quincy market area again talking with a couple from Wiltshire who run a B&B and a New Jersey woman on business in Boston.  Back to hotel for a rest and another Cheesecake Factory dinner, it just has to be done. 

17 October

Try breakfast at Au Bon Pain, mistake; not a patch on Pret a Manger. Walk to park and through side streets past bronze ducks and then antique shops and boutiques.  Catch Metro back to hotel, check out and have lunch at Pret a Manger before getting taxi to Airport for car collection.

Five cars later we surface from the car park in a Chevrolet Captiva, our wheels for the next 6 weeks. First car offered was not in the bay we were told it was, 2nd one was damaged and rejected by us, 3rd one was on Canadian Plates but was fine. We loaded up and got to the exit barrier but Budget then said car had to be changed. 4th car was also non existent, should have been in a bay but there was nothing there and finally, fifth one is what we now have for 6 weeks. 

Traffic on way out of Boston absolutely horrendous even at half three. Eventually arrive at Swansea after about 90 minutes for a 50 minute scheduled journey. Partly using points and partly getting upgrades we are in Holiday Inns, Holiday Inn Expresses or Crowne Plazas until we reach Orlando.

Dinner tonight is a bought salad from Target eat in our room, that saves us money! 

18 October 

Temperature today is over 10F above average at about 80F and we set off for Cape Cod.

Halloween competition entry

Halloween competition entry

Halloween competition entry

Halloween competition entry

First stop is Chatham, a quaint, as America is concerned, village with lovely clapperboard houses.  

The big disadvantage is that the Electricity wires pass in front of the houses spoil any decent pictures.

Manage to catch a falling vase in a shop much to the delight of the owner who was wrapping up to sell it. No reward though!


Coffee outside at Monomoy coffee company was pleasant enough and a walk past a Halloween competition with some very elaborate entries and then on to Orleans.

Lunch in a nearby Greek restaurant and on to the end of Cape Cod at Princetown.

Absolutely glorious weather throughout.Find a shop that sells good Ice cream and take a wander around the town. Many same sex couples as it appeared to be Lesbian week which has brought out some fascinating slogans on T Shirts etc. as well as many other “sights”.

Autumn colours in Princetown, MA

Autumn colours in Princetown, MA

Drive back to Swansea slow and mostly into sun. Finish off dinner from last night.

19 October

Skyped Sarah, Ali and Harry in rainy Jersey before setting off for Newport RI.  Possibly incur wrath of state by not being able to pay a $0.10 toll which could not be paid by cash and was upon us too quickly to avoid it. How ridiculous to charge such a small amount!

Newport, R. I.

Newport, R. I.

Find a free parking bay for 2 hours instead of the in town car park charge of $3.00 per half hour.  Not quite as sunny as yesterday but still short sleeves weather. Local food festival popular, lots of fish based goodies which go down well for lunch.

An upmarket town with a lot of sailing types enjoying the ambiance both on the quayside and on the many boats in the harbour.

Drive around Ocean Drive to view outstandingly wonderful properties and head back via Providence, probably just like any other US city but we didn’t stop to see.  Dinner in Ruby Tuesday’s.

Wealthy New England American Summer House?

Wealthy New England American Summer Houses?

20 October 

A lot cooler today but still very sunny.

Drive up to North Conway in New Hampshire for next 3 nights.

Lots of colours in the trees but less the further north we go. Some detours taken off Interstates to view some of the colours in small villages.

Virtually every house is Halloween decorated, some being very elaborate. What an effort some people go for just the one night.  Certainly this is a wealthy area with many houses considered as summer houses for the rich and wealthy of the NW corridor.

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