Please Come to Boston

Following the lyrics of the song, we did come to Boston.  It was really only a short trip and like some many other areas we will visit we have barely scratched the surface.

It was a 4 hour train trip from New York which I enjoyed.  Much of the time the track hugs the coastline so we saw a variety of coastal, semi-rural and city scenery.  You learn all sorts of things if you keep your eyes open and have access to the internet.  As we pulled into Bridgeport I noticed a ferry which was named “P T Barnum” and when I googled the name and read the comprehensive entry in Wikipedia I found out all sorts of information about Barnum and his close association with Bridgeport.

We are staying in a studio apartment which is close to the shops and transport.  Yesterday we went to both Trader Joe’s and Wholefoods to buy a few provisions.  While it does not sound particularly exciting I was fascinated to see them in real life as I have read mention of both stores at times in other blogs.

Today we continued our lesson in early American history when we walked most of the Freedom Trail – a marked trail of historic buildings and sites.  One was the Old State House, where the Declaration of Independence was read from the balcony for the first time to the citizens of Boston.

The Union Oyster House is the oldest continuously operating restaurant in the USA.  It has been in existence since 1826 but the building dates back to the early 1700’s.

Tomorrow morning we are picking up a hire car and beginning a new part of our holiday.  We will be driving through parts of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, New York State (a small portion) as well as Connecticut, Rhode Island and back to Boston over the next 12 days.

Come along for the ride as we search out craft breweries, farm-gate stalls, scenic views and covered bridges.  I had hoped to see some early fall foliage but am not sure about that as it has been a long, hot summer here and was 33C in Boston today.


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