Boston and Cape Cod

Me in front of the subway train, the "T"So Summer of Travels part one began with four days in Boston. The first day was interesting because of the anime convention going on in the hotel/mall next door to our hotel. EVERYONE was in really elaborate costumes and speaking in full jargon.
The second day we mainly toured Harvard, walked around Boston Common (Boston’s version of Central Park) and went to see "Night at the Museum 2" at a theater downtown. Following the movie we had pizza at a hole-in-the-wall place nearby. The third day we walked the Freedom Trail, which includes some of the most key places in America’s first few years as an independent nation. It included Paul Revere’s house, the church where he saw the two laterns signaling that the British were coming by sea, the church where they planned the Boston Tea Party, a few of the patriots’ graves and the U.S.S. Constitution (also known as Old Ironsides), the oldest ship in the U.S. Navy. 
That night held the highlight of the trip, the Boston Pops. John Williams conducted the whole night. (He wrote many of the most popular movie soundtracks of our time including the first three Harry Potters, Star Wars, Indiana Jones and a lot more.)
 Day Four consisted of touring Fenway Park, where the Boston Red Sox play baseball and lots of shopping. I got to sit in the press box where the NY Times reporter sits when he covers the Sox. I also bought a cute umbrella and red raincoat for my trip to England next month. It was rainy in Boston much of the time, but not nearly as bad as what I expect at Oxford.
Our last day we ate mini Boston cream pies from the Parker House, (the place where it was invented!) Then we headed on down to Plymouth to visit the pilgrim-related stuff there.
The whole four days in Boston were filled with subway rides on the "T"which were so convenient! It got a bit crowded at times though.
We rented a Camry to take to Plymouth and Cape Cod since that was more of a small town. We saw Plymouth Rock, a re-creation of the Mayflower and toured Plimoth Plantation, where they had a reenactment of native and pilgrim life in the 1600s. We also drove down to Sandwich, Mass., to the Heritage Plantation as well. It was a series of small showcase-style museums in the middle of this huge garden. Pretty cool. They had old cars, art, old business signs and miniature toy soldiers.
While in Sandwich we toured another museum in an old glass-making factory. They even had a demo of how to make hand-blown glass. Tara volunteered to press down a lever in one of the examples and got a blue sun-catcher as a reward. There were some cool things, even though it was an entire museum full of old glassware.
 While on Cape Cod, we took the opportunity to drive down along New England’s misty seashore. Since it was in the evening, the lighthouses were already closed to tours, but we got a genuine New England-y experience. Photos at and


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