Unfortunately, I had motion sickness on the train ride from NYC to Boston (always an enjoyable time). We woke up really early that morning at 5am NYC time (which was actually 3am our time), as the train left Penn Station around 6:30am or so ... you know those days when you wake up early, not feeling the greatest and you know you're in trouble already? Yah, that was me. Once we were on the train, something triggered something and I visited the restroom a few times. Good thing there weren't many people in our train car witnessing my parade back and forth to the restroom! Blech.
my hand there by the window, trying desperately to stay stationary and focused while the world whips by after being told by the train steward "Oh there's at least another 2 hours to go!" UGH.....
However, I did take my most favorite photo of our entire vacation at a brief stop....isn't this setting beautiful? Perfect autumn colours. No editing at all, aside from the camera zoom.
Unfortunately, I can't tell you where this house is, since it was taken in between restroom trips (or as Hubs so eloquently (and hilariously) put it : "oh yes, that photo was taken in between barfs!") I wasn't really paying attention to the train stops since, well, I had my mind focused on other matters requiring my full and undivided attention. Is anyone familiar with the Amtrak route from NYC to Boston (Acela Express) and know where this house is? I'm guessing somewhere in Connecticut. Any assistance would be appreciated.
Thankfully to Hubs's relief (and mine), I rallied and by the time we pulled into Boston South Station, I somehow got my equilibrium back. I'm sure the train trip was enjoyable for everyone else, and I'm told by Hubs that the scenery was wonderful. Maybe next time I'll be able to take in the views. Good thing the weather was on the cooler side that day in Boston, I actually enjoyed walking around and getting the fresh air. I kinda needed it after the train trip.
Then I proceeded to have the best day ever! See, I recover fast. (I've had almost 31 years experience now with motion sickness so I know the routine.) Hubs, being the history buff he is, was in his absolute glory that day. He LOVES exploring historical sites. I do too.
We strolled around and saw the site of the Boston Massacre:
Faneuil Hall and the Marketplace:
Went to Quincy Market for lunch.
I had even recovered enough by this time to have a Starbucks mocha and a bowl of Boston clam chowder. There was no way I would visit Boston and not have clam chowder. As if!
Walked around Boston's North End, the cobblestone streets and older buildings reminded me of being in Europe:
Paul Revere House:
A Boston Red Sox fan:
Old North Church:
Massachusetts State House:
Boston Common, oldest park in the USA:
Beacon Hill -- love this area! Love the rowhouses, gaslamps, uneven cobblestone sidewalks, the front doors of the buildings, all those little quaint details ....
Then, our favorite stop of all, JFK Library.
To our immense relief, the JFK Library re-opened one week before our vacation, at the end of the government shutdown.
If you ever get a chance to go to the JFK Library, please go and see it and allow yourself at least two hours to look around and take in all the exhibits. Had we not had to cram all of our sightseeing in barely 8 hours, we could have easily spent the entire afternoon at the museum.
We took a cab to JFK Library from the North End. On our way back to downtown, we took the free JFK shuttle bus to JFK/UMass station, where we took the Red Line subway back to downtown. Very simple and very efficient.
Some of the exhibits:
We saw the Cuban Missile Crisis exhibit, which was on display at the museum until December 1, 2013:
Hubs bought me this Jackie replica gold clutch. Love it.
I have always loved this green Cassini dress Jackie wore:
So I bought the little painting of it.
At the end of our tour:
"For this is a time for courage and a time for challenge. Neither conformity nor complacency will do. Neither the fanatics nor the faint-hearted are needed." -- from JFK's undelivered speech which would have been given in Austin, TX on November 22, 1963. Source
I love the above quote, especially "neither conformity nor complacency will do"... I completely agree.
Following our brilliant day in Boston, I was a bit concerned about the train ride back to NYC, but this time I felt completely fine on the train and enjoyed it. Of course, right?
I even followed along where we were on the train route on my iphone GPS map:
The TAPS Ghosthunters crew are based in Warwick, RI (Jason, Tango, Steve, Amy and former crew member Grant)
Also interesting to note where the fictional characters of Mad Men live.....
Trudy Campbell lives here in Cos Cob, CT:
What a fantastic day -- Hubs and I were very inspired by Boston -- the vibe, the history, the architectural details, the scenery. We would love to go there again and explore some more, we would also like to visit Cape Cod and Martha's Vineyard (oh yes and Nantucket, Hyannisport .... )
Thanks for reading!