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Today we spent the whole day in the aquarium so I have masses of pictures of fish and not much else! I wasn’t expecting us to be there the entire day but we went to all the talks, had lunch there and saw and did everything.


Harvard Day. This was the day when Pete decided he wants to study at Harvard! It’s good to have something big to aim for. We never really got the hang of US time so it was another start, but we wanted to make sure we got a place on one of the student tours. This is a free tour given by students and is well worth the effort to get tickets. Go to the main Student Centre and pick them up from the front desk.



Tickets in hand, we had 1.5 hours to kill so we headed for the Harvard Book Store for a mooch. We spent most of our time in the basement with the 2nd hand and remainder books and got a few bargains down there. And of course a tote bag!
Then it was onto the Harvard shop for a hoodie for Pete. It’s his most worn hoodie now and only off his back when it needs washing. Doug picked up a bear, called Fluffy.



I was in need of coffee so made the boys go to Starbucks. They’re not fans of queueing for something not for them so it’s always a tiny bit eventful, but worth it. Double shot latte in hand we headed into Harvard Square and found some sun to sit in.



We still had a bit of time so went to see John Harvard and to touch his foot for luck. We later found out that this isn’t actually John Harvard, it’s someone else sitting in for him as no one knows what he looks like.



We headed back to the student centre for the start of the tour and it’s was so worth the wait! I would highly recommend doing this. It takes in all the main sites of the university and gives a full history of the buildings and site. As it’s student led we also found out a lot about student life and studying at Harvard. Pete asked a LOT of questions so he’s fully prepared now. If you go in 10 years time, look out for him!



We went inside a couple of buildings like the Annamar Building and Widener Library, which I wouldn’t have done on my own. I didn’t realise that the majority of buildings in the square are student residences. Very different to my experiences at Cardiff.



It was the Mexican Border Cafe for lunch. Doug’s a big fan of Mexican food (especially nachos). This place was great and a whole $30 inc tip for the three of us to be well fed.



Unlimited nachos with lemonade and beer to start.



Cheese quesadilla, pulled chicken tortilla, guacamole, chunky fresh salsa and refried beans. It was so very good!
We headed back to the apartment for a rest this afternoon before going into JP for a proper look around as we still hadn’t managed to see much of it!



We ended up at JP Licks for ice cream. I had apple pie (vanilla with apple pieces, Graham crackers and warm caramel sauce) and the boys had vanilla with a variety of toppings. It’s very very good ice cream!



And we finished off the day in another playground. There are playgrounds on every corner of JP making it a great place to stay with kids. Plus everything is close and designed around families, it made it really easy to get around. I would definitely say to stay in JP and will be going back again.



Still an early start but we took the opportunity to have a wander around Plymouth. It’s a lovely little town and on our list to go back to. First stop was the Blue Blinds Bakery for breakfast.



Waffles



French toast, cream, fruit, maple syrup and apple cider. Best breakfast ever!



We had to go see Plymouth Rock! We were too early for the waterfront exhibition so we left it this time.



There were brightly painted lobsters all over town and of course we HAD to take photos with them all...



The seafront felt very English but in a very clean and new American way.



Once we’d had a good walk around town and picked up some lunch bits, we headed to the Grist Mill. If you’re looking for action packed holidays we’re possibly not the report to read. We love a good mill museum!!



The tour was very detailed into the history of Plymouth and how central the mill was the growing population. Also about the conservation work going on in the area now.



We headed out of Plymouth at about midday. We wanted to go to Cape Cod to have a look around. I really wanted to go to Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket but there was just no time. Next time! Instead we made do with a run around the beach at South Cape.



And to eat our rather delicious rainbow bagels! We stopped at Mashpee on the way back but it started to rain quite heavily. Instead we headed to Walmart for supplies! The boys minds were blown a bit especially by all the Halloween stuff! We managed to come home without too much but did find lots of M&Ms, honeybuns and PopTarts!



We had to return the car by 6 so headed back into Boston (less swearing this time!). The guy from the hire place gave us a lift back this time which took all of 10minutes. So much closer by car!
No photos from the evening, but we headed out for a quick walk into Jamaica Plains.



Today was the road trip section to Plymouth. Today was also the day tiredness hit and anxiety went through the roof. I’m not going to lie, there was a point today when I looked at flights home for the next day! It was purely down to tiredness and sometimes doing ALL the adulting takes it’s toll.

But back to the trippie! Out of the house and on our way to Enterprise in Forest Hills. The walk was a lot further than we thought! We picked up a Ford Fiesta for the trip down the coast. There may have been a few swears on the way out of Boston as it was the first time I’ve driven in the US for 18 years. Once on the road all was well and we even stopped at a Wendy’s for coffee and loo break! And a lovely chat with the waitress.

And we arrived at Plimouth Plantation at 9.45. I’ve wanted to visit here for a long time so was very excited and it definitely didn’t let me down!



We bought the Heritage Pass tickets for the plantation, grist mill and waterfront exhibition. After the film we headed to the Wampanoag village. There are people of the tribe to talk to who are all very keen to share their history and skills.



Boat building.



Summer house.



Winter house.



I think we brought a picnic for lunch today and ended up eating near the craft centre with about 100 school kids! But it meant the boys found some playmates. We did try some of the ‘authentic’ foods (bar the squirt cream!). We all loved the cheesecake, not so much the pudding which was sweet cinnamon grits 🤢.



The craft centre was great and had some locally made pottery that came home with me. I’m a bit of a crafter so enjoyed having a chat with the people there, especially the potter who came from not very far from my home town! The best one was finding out about Native American headdresses and what the different sizes, colours and designs mean among the tribes.



On into the fort. Of course we had to try and protect the village. The boys weren’t really clear who from though as they said that the Indians were all too friendly to attack.



And into the settlement. It was a well built and quite large recreation. If you’ve ever been to St Fagans near Cardiff, it was quite like that.



We had a wander into most of the houses chatting to people as we went.



A run around the back gardens.



And learnt that American wood fires smell different because of sassafras!



We were at the plantation for a good 5 hours so definitely got our money’s worth. We headed into Plymouth to find the hotel and have s rest. I’m a bit short on photos for the rest of the day so we’re onto stock photos. We stayed at the John Carver Inn and Spa and would definitely recommend it. Nice rooms, clean and central plus a great pool with slide.



We went and had a rest in the room and I got to sleep for a bit which did me the world of good. We headed to the pool to make the most of the slide. I’d love to say we swam but I spent all my time at the bottom of the slide!



Only the one photo of food! We took it easy and went to the hotel restaurant. It was decent food at a decent price and a nice waitress. I had a cobb salad, Pete a burger and Doug chicken tenders and fries. And we collapsed into bed!



Today started off quite chilly, we left villa at 8am to get to universal and finish remainder of rides as this was our last day. We walked straight onto every ride, we then got caught in a very bad downpour and ended up soaked. We went to NASCAR’s grille to dry off, I have put photos on bill came to $63 including tip. We then decided as it was only 1pm to go to mall of Millenia for final bits, I was happy as I wanted to to to sephora, my dd loves the make up here and they signed me up to get 15% discount and got some fantastic make up for her for Xmas. Afterwards we returned to Walmart for final bits to take home got dd a Xmas mickey jumper that she needed for works Xmas jumper day. We then went to villa to pack and for tea headed off to Bahama Breeze, our first time here, and had 10 dollars discount, bill came to $56 plus tip. Lovely food here.
Total spends for the day. $235
























NASCAR’s nachos



Pesto chicken



Pulled pork sandwich



Mall






Lovely tree at the mall



Lovely tree at the mall



Lovely tree at the mall



Emerald Isle clubhouse



Cocktails at Bahama Breeze



Chicken salad at bb



Burger at bb



Chicken jerk sandwich



Today we stopped off at the outlets for some final clothes shopping then we headed to SeaWorld for the day, on arrival we headed for our dine with shamu reservation. I have put in pictures of the food. Me and dd then rode the manta and kraken. By 2pm the queues were getting longer. We decided not to stay for the evening as dd did not want to watch the shows. We headed back to the villa for tea and then took a walk down to the gift shop for a stitch souvenir.
Total spend for the day was $236















Baby dolphin in training






Clothes from outlets



Today was a wee bit cooler so we headed to aquatica about 10.30. We got our cabana at roa rapids, this was lovely when the sun came out later. We went first to ride the ray rush and enjoyed this but it was very cold first thing. We did both the loggerhead lane and the rapids then decided to sit and sunbathe at the cabana for a bit. Unfirtunately while myself and amber were dozing an employee caught me with a LG refuse container then drove it over ambers foot which was very painful and walked off. We complained to a staff member as he was not at all apologetic and within half hour a first aide turned up and the manager. He apologised and explained the staff member had special needs and gave us all a free dinner ticket each. We eventually left around 3pm and headed at Altamonte shopping mall.



View from cabana









Our cabana



Our free food from the grill



Our food


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