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Oct 27, 2019 - Boston

Yesterday we drove the undulating semi mountainous I 95 to I 395 and on to Newton Mass. on the outskirts of Boston. We passed by but above towns and small cities along the sea. Inland I 395 treated us to an avenue of reds, scarleets, crimsons and some fire orange maples. The yellows and majority of oranges had already browned and some had dropped. We passed through Connecticut and Rhode Island on our way to Massachusetts. The sun was shining...a beautiful day! We found a hotel...Indigo...in Newton and spent the night. Parking AND breakfast...

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Aug 10, 2019 - JFK Presidential Library and Museum

Arrived at JKF’s Presidential Museum and Library this morning right as they opened at 9. The orientation film dealt w/ his political career up to his nomination at the Democratic National Convention on July 15, 1960 in Los Angeles. The first exhibits then continued on about the 1960 campaign, and from there a chronological discussion of the highlights of his presidency…Bay of Pigs, Cuban Missile Crisis, civil rights, commitment to space, etc. There was quite a bit of video footage, for example there was an exhibit that showed his entire...

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New England 2019

Jun 2, 2019 - A mixed day and Quack, quack...

A short blog because I am really tired and still recovering from moving from part 1 of the tour (west cosst) to part 2 (east coast). Normal blogging activity should resume again tomorrow xx (Written in bits over past 2 days - hope it’s not too disjointed. I am now in Boston! Yesterday was a blur of travel - we disembarked the ship at 8, did a 4 hour whirlwind tour of Seattle, spent a few hours waiting at the airport (that’s after managing to get through security!), had a 5 hour plane flight to Boston - arriving at midnight, spent a good 20...

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Oct 23, 2018 - Don't Fool With Mother Nature

Alas we have come to the last day of our time in New England. After a beautiful cold sunny day yesterday, the forecast for today is back to rain and cold. Plus the first game of the World Series is at Fenway Park tonight so the city should be crowded. We discovered their was no rain in the weather forecast for Newport, Rhode Island with temps in the fifties and it was only 90 minutes away. So we packed into the van and headed off. The unexpected bonus was beautiful fall colors. There hasn't been that much color while here in Boston but...

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Oct 22, 2018 - Monday in Boston

Our mornings have been leisurely and today was no different. Judi pulled a muscle In her back, so we became a party of four for the first part of the day. Public transportation is pretty easy to find, but it isn’t always a direct line from point A to point B. Our destination this morning was the aquarium area where we picked up the Hop On/Hop Off bus for a tour around the city. We had an entertaining driver who went by the name of New York. Traffic was heavy so it was slow going. We stayed on the bus until we got to the Cheers bar, which...

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Oct 21, 2018 - “One if by land; two if by sea...”

As has been our norm we had a quiet, lazy morning... all of our late night carousing catching up to us, no doubt. We hit the road a bit after 10:00. Our first event was planned to be the Lexington and Concord tour, related to Paul Revere’s Excellent Adventure; but we interjected a tour of Waltham, Mass, on the way. Waltham was the birthplace of our first Kathy Corbett, at Murphy Army Hospital, designated as the Waltham Military Hospital for Boston. The site today is an athletic complex for the Gann Academy, a local Jewish high school. We...

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Oct 20, 2018 - And we're upgraded!

Sorry, Jef, but the great thing about traveling with elise instead of you is that we routinely get upgraded from plebeian class to first class :). We were lucky enough to get this upgrade from MSP to Boston...granted, it's only a 2 hour flight but still... Today is a day of shifting time zones. We'll leave Boston at 9:20pm; it's a 4.5 hr flight to Ponta Delgada but when we arrive there, it will be 6am. We have a 2 hour layover there before catching an inter-island flight to Horta, on the island of Faial. So when we arrive in Horta at...

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Oct 20, 2018 - The Ties That Bind

Today we went back in time by visiting family homes, starting off with the home of our grandparents, Timothy and Nellie O'Connor. Upon arrival at 151 Hollingsworth, Mattapan, out came the cameras; but before presuming to walk around the property Kathy W. knocked on the door to ask the homeowners for permission. The current owners are Kim and John Hall. John was a bit reluctant to answer the door, but eventually decided that KW was harmless enough. When it was relayed that it was the home of our grandparents they warmed up to us, especially...

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Aug 6, 2018 - Tour of Boston

We toured Boston in the summer heat. The heat index was 104f. We had intended to walk the “Freedom Trail” to see some of the historical sites described in Bill O’Reilly’s book “Killing England”, but elected to enjoy the “Hop on-hop off” Old Town Trolley Tour instead. We did hop-off for a very good meal in the Italian section of the city and again at the Old Navy Yard to visit the USS Constitution, which unfortunately was closed to visitors for the day. After a brief stop to purchase a E-Z Pass for toll highway convenience, we retreated by...

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Jul 25, 2018 - Boston

We were greeted last night by our tour guide, Barb. She is originally from New York and now lives in San Francisco. But she is giving us a tour of New England. Okay? Turns out she did a wonderful job. On our first day we were introduced to our bus driver, Ron. Ron lives in Vermont so he knows quite a bit about New England. He proved to be a wealth of information and is a remarkable driver. As I said in my review of the trip, Ron could drive me to the moon. He kept us entertained and well supplied with cold water as the weather was quite...

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Touring New England

Jun 19, 2018 - Freedom Trail and Cannoli

We had a leisurely morning, having breakfast around 10am. The apartment has a strange lack of cooking pots so we ended up making fried eggs in a stock pot but it all worked out. By 10:30, we were out the door, heading to the nearest "T" station--the Boston subway system. We bought a 7 day pass because the options were 1 or 7 days (nothing in between) and the 7 day was less than 2 one-days. We hopped on the T to go to the harbor area where we caught our hop on/hop off tour. Our driver/guide was an older man , very Bostonian, with a running...

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Jun 10, 2018 - Urban Adventures

The main event for today was a bike tour of the city. From looking at a map and some things I had read, I became aware the streets in Boston are very difficult to navigate. They are not laid out in a grid but rather run in semi circles w/ "spokes", and most don't go through to anywhere! Due to that,I wanted to get an early start o we left around 8:15. Turns out we were able to navigate to downtown rather quickly and therefore over an hour early for the 10 AM tour. We walked around a bit, grabbed a cup of coffee, then head to the shop around...

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