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Kennedy Kulture

(But without a stop at Chappaquiddick)

semi-overcast 24 °C

The plan for the day revolved around exploring Cape Cod...we really
didn't have a plan or an itinerary, but we knew it would involve a
lighthouse, somewhere, someplace along the cape. We decided to make
Hyannis the first stop on our trek. Hyannis was actually quite nice
(despite the rain & fog) and it seemed to be a vacation spot without the
throngs of tourists. We made the JFK museum the first stop. It was a
nice little museum, which focused on the Kennedy family and their times
in Hyannisport, without being political or focusing on the assassination
or other tragedies in the family. Afterward, we found a little French
cafe for lunch, where I experienced cranberry-flavored mayonnaise, which
is not bad at all. Our next stop was to be a lighthouse in Chatham.
This is in the elbow of the cape (if you picture the shape of the cape
as a guy flexing his arm) and to get there, we had to go through several
vacation towns. Traffic was horrible (no thanks to the two-lane main
street). I have never seen so many miniature golf places or places to
purchase large, inflatable water toys. But we did make it, and the
lighthouse was unfortunately underwhelming. It just wasn't very big or
impressive. But then we decided to start back toward "home" and stop in
Sandy Neck. We made it there quickly (the cape is not very big and when
traffic's moving, you can make it from one end to the other quickly),
and found a very nice little beach on Sandy Neck. I dipped my feet in
the Atlantic and it was COLD. I can't imagine swimming in there without
a wetsuit. The beach was also blessedly quiet and serene, unlike the
previous towns we had driven through. On the way "home", we stopped at
a nice little local craft shop, Ali was successful in her quest for a
piece of locally-made jewelry, and I also found an adorable bracelet.
The drive to the hotel was much less eventful than yesterday, and we
found our way back relatively quickly, and without getting turned around
or running into any reservations. Tomorrow we head home, and the fight
to get everything in the suitcase begins!

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Massachusetts can take their rotaries and shove 'em!

Getting lost (and found) in the Cape and Braintree

sunny 25 °C

Well, where to start.

We got a very early start this morning, picking up a rental car and
making our way down to Woods Hole for the ferry to Martha's Vineyard.
After my learning the difference between east and west, we made it to
the remote parking lot, only to find it full. Luckily, we found our way
to the second remote lot, caught the shuttle bus to Woods Hole, and by
some miracle, made it just before a ferry was about to depart (and for
Vineyard Haven, like we wanted!) It was a fairly quick ride on the
ferry, and we were on the island by 10:45. We spent some time checking
out VH, before taking the bus to Edgartown, and finally to Oak Bluffs to
catch the ferry home. There were a lot of little shops to see, but
there were some of the same shops in different towns, which was
annoying-we'd walk into a place and say, "oh, we saw this already!" We
also saw the old, 19th century carousel (Yes, I rode a carousel and am
not ashamed!) and checked out the beach.

Coming home was a bit of an adventure, as you may be able to tell from
the title of this post. It took a while to get off the ferry and back
to the lot where the car was, then it took forever to get *out* of the
lot (but we did see Tom Cruise's twin while we were there!) We seemed
to be on our way back to Braintree, but due to a poorly labeled rotary,
we missed the route we needed. So, we found a place to fuel up and have
dinner, then found our way back to the route we needed. Then the real
fun began. We drove past our hotel no fewer than three times on the
interstate. Each time, we missed the exit. I'm going to let Ali talk
about the run-in with the Indian Reservation in her post. Needless to
say, it was frustrating, but we kept laughing about it (really, how
could you not? I mean, come on? Three times? We're both intelligent,
educated women and we can't find our hotel!) and eventually found our
way back.

Tomorrow's the last full day here, and we're planning on checking out
Cape Cod some more...but I think we're going to need a better map, and
make sure we leave plenty of time to get home...after all, our flights
are Tuesday afternoon and we don't want to miss them :)

Posted by mopo1978 16:11 Archived in USA Comments (0)

Technical Difficulties...

Bear with us!

For some reason, Travellerspoint isn't letting Ali upload her blog entries...we're hoping this is just a one-time error that will resolve itself overnight. We hope to have her entries up and running tomorrow :)

Thanks for reading!

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Visiting Filene and her magical basement

I *heart* no sales tax on clothes!

sunny 25 °C

We had a later start today after a late night last night. Leaving at the crack of noon, we decided to have lunch and go check out shopping in the Back Bay. Our first stop was Filene’s basement, where we gawked at $10,000 dresses and $3,000 coats that were on sale, and wondered how they could have cost that much in the first place. We checked out some of the little shops and things in the area before heading over to Government Center. We looked at the marketplaces around Quincy Hall and Fanueil Hall before changing for dinner. We had reservations at Legal Seafood (which, according to Amy, was excellent!) and spent a nice evening there. True to form, I did not have seafood, but I had a filet mignon. After seeing all the happy little lobsters naively waiting their fate in the tank, I couldn’t do it. I was able to convince Ali to order some wine, and we each had a “flight” of wine to taste; she had white and I had red. They were actually really good wines, and I was proud that she was being adventurous :) I ended the meal with a to-die-for chocolate mousse. We found our way to the North End after dinner, and found Mike’s Pastry, which is a well-known bakery that always has a line out the door. We got some cookies for tomorrow, as tonight we are just too full.

And, on a bright note, literally, there was no rain today! :)

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Desserterie, University, Geneaology, Meteorology!

rain 18 °C

We got an easy early start this morning, after a good night’s sleep in the “Sweet Sleeper” beds. The day looked to be sunny but muggy, and it started out as so. We went to Harvard first, and I was somewhat underwhelmed. Don’t get me wrong, it was impressive in its size, but I think it would have been more impressive if some of the main buildings (ie—library, chapel) were open for the public, which they weren’t. All the same, it was a nice walk. We got our first taste of getting turned around in Cambridge. Streets on a grid system are beautiful thing, and well, they don’t really have those in Cambridge. We eventually found our way, and went to Finale, which is a “desserterie”. We got two desserts to try, and they were honestly some of the best I’ve ever tasted. So if you’re ever in Cambridge, check out Finale :)

The afternoon was spent doing tourist-y things. We went to the Prudential skywalk, and saw some great views of the Boston area. Next it was on to the Mapparium at the Mary Baker Eddy library. The Mapparium itself was pretty—you basically walk inside a 30 ft. stained glass globe. However, it was a quick trip. We hopped back on the T and went to the Isabella Stewart Gardener Museum. What this museum essentially is is a giant mansion that she filled with different antique furniture, artwork, and trinkets. Upon her death, her will said something along the lines of “don’t touch a thing” and so the mansion is open to the public and people come in and marvel at the antique furniture, artwork and trinkets. Both Ali and I agreed that it would have been nice if they had more signage on the different items, as it was hard to tell what everything is or when it was from. When we left the museum, it was raining, and we had some time to kill before the Sox-Sox game, so we went to the Boston Public Library. I had wanted to check out the genealogy section anyway, to see if they had any passenger lists from ships in the 1920’s, when my grandpa had come to America. I had figured that this would be an arduous process, but we were able to find what I was looking for in five minutes! It was exciting to see this piece of the past.

Ali wrote about the Sox game already, so I won’t bore anyone with game details. I did, however, have the misfortune of being seated next to a jerky group of couples who were antagonizing a dad and son sitting in front of us. On the way out, I complained to security and they said they’d have them thrown out. So, I may have gotten people kicked out of Fenway last night. I’m not sorry about it if it did happen though, because they were being total a-holes.

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