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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.



Ray and shark touch tank...



Big fish



Lobster talk



Turtle



The HUGE tank! The aquarium is well worth a visit!


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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!



I was awake so early this morning (2.30am) and couldn’t get back to sleep. This led to not great anxiety levels for the next day...and then less sleep..then higher anxiety...you see how it goes. Anyway! This morning we went out for breakfast to Sorella’s in JP.



Pete had the Dylan.



Doug had blueberry pancakes...



And I had the Texas Toast. $23 inc tip and a very friendly spot.



This is Doug sulking because I wouldn’t let him stand on the train!



The plan for today was to do part of the Freedom Trail. With small boys in tow, we have a morning of doing stuff, downtime in the afternoon and then out again later. First stop was Primark for gloves for me as it was so cold! And the boys somehow managed to get hats and scarves too. Onto the first stop of Boston Common.



Park Street Church. See the beautiful, blue, cold sky!



Granary Burial Ground.



Another Boston bronze animal.



Benjamin Franklin.



First school site.



Old South Meeting house. We went in here for a look around.



The boys did some interesting work sheets and I got a chance to look around too. There was a school talk happening so we had a listen to that. I’m afraid I can’t remember too much! I downloaded the NPS Boston app and there’s loads of details on there.



Next destination was the Old State House to have a good look at the Lion and Unicorn. This is a great museum to have a look around with lots of hands on exhibits for children.



Final stop for today was Fenueil Hall for lunch. We did go upstairs but were so tired and hungry we didn’t take much in.



Lunch was lobster roll and clam chowder and it was so good! Expensive at $24 but still tasted amazing.



Much happier with food and a sit down! From here we went to the Christmas shop for a lobster decoration then to Ghiradelli for a box of squares. And the freebie!



Almost forgot that we picked up cupcakes from Magnolia bakery. So tasty!



We ate these back at the apartment and had a lovely rest and a bit of a nap.



About 5 we got ourselves sorted out for dinner. Another lovely JP street.



Bella Luna tonight. It’s in the old brewery close to Green Street station.






We had a lovely warm welcome and the whole place is very much to my taste (they played lots of indie / Brit pop) and lots of families were in so I could relax!



Apple martini sort of relaxed!



And tablecloth art was produced.



Pete had pizza no mushrooms.



Doug had pasta and meatballs.



And I had the most gorgeous autumn salad - kale, sprouts, hazelnuts, cheese, apple and creamy dressing.



And Doug got carried home.



The day began early. 3am early. And no chance of getting back to sleep with a Doug bouncing around. So we read, watched TV, ate breakfast, then second breakfast, showered and finally left the house at 7.30 to get to the Duck Tour. Here are the boys being amazed at a real life fire hydrant!



We were on Red Sox Nathan on the first boat of the day. The trip down was fun as part of the orange line was closed. But the shuttle buses were brilliant! We stepped off a train, onto a bus, then onto the next train. The UK could learn from that rail replacement service! Back to the tour. Not many photos as the windows were down but the tour gave us a great intro to the town and a chance to drive the boat!



Concentrating.



Not concentrating.



Once off the boat we had a wander towards Boston Common as the boys had energy to burn off. Past Copley Square and Trinity Church (I think)



The Library. We’ll be going back to see the Singer-Sargent murals. And I’m a librarian so we have to. It’s the law.



The tortoise and the hare.



More Trinity Church.



And in to the park.



It was the walk through town, the park and the common that made us all start to love Boston! It’s a very lovely, friendly, easy going city and so very pretty.



And they have lots of statues of animals. Watch out for ducks!



Then it was onto the common for a wander to the frog pond and the tadpole playground.



Frog statues.



From here we headed towards Little Italy for lunch. Stopping for a quick photo by the Massachusetts State House.



And to Regina Pizzeria.



Hungry and happy.



Happy and hungry.



Happy.



The special - pulled pork.



Margarita.
Including tip this came to $51.



How many pizzas, Tim?!



We headed back for a rest in the afternoon and picked up a few bits in City Feed and Supply. I managed to confuse and amuse the staff by saying ‘cheers’!
In the evening we headed back out for a wander to Jamaica Plains lantern festival. Here’s a few of the houses around these parts.



This area is very pretty. There’s a plan for a local wander one morning to see a bit more of the area but so far we definitely like it here.






The sun was just setting as we arrived. Lanterns were being lit and the Boston Symphony Orchestra were just starting to play. We drank hot cider and ate popcorn and just took in the surroundings and friendliness of the people in the neighbourhood. Both the boys have already asked to come back soon. Yup, we’ve fallen for Boston!



It’s 3:30am and in the grand tradition of live trip reports I’m awake stupid early so making a start. Day 1 is travel day. Our flight wasn’t until 15:55 so it was a leisurely start to the day. We set off at 10:30 and then immediately got stuck on the M25 - joy! 3 hours later we finally arrive at Heathrow, already a bit late! However we whip through check in and security and get to most important part - the choosing of the flight Lego!



And then obviously onto lunch. Pete had been wanting to go back to Yo Sushi and I’ll never say no to Yo!



We had an array of sushi, tempura, chips, salad, chocolate pudding (the notes on exactly what we had don’t exist!). We did have the Japanese marble drinks that are quite exciting to open! Lots of pressure and sudden pffffzzzzz. This little lot came to about 37 with tip.



It was a really painless boarding experience despite being pulled over for an extra search. We boarded through upper class and got a little glimpse into life at the front. Maybe one day... We quickly got settled in and everything we might need for the flight organised. Then the nagging for the Lego started. Oh joy! They know it’s after take off once we level out.



So this is just as the seatbelt signs went off! They don’t know it yet, but we’ll be heading to the Lego centre this week.



The drinks came around soon after. I’ve had a bit of a packed and anxious year leading up to this holiday so it was nice to finally relax. Building work is finally finished and we’re on holiday! Yay!



Quickly followed by lunch. This is Doug’s child’s meal. Cheese spread, mini cheddars, cheese and tomato pasta, a chocolate pudding and a raspberry fruit lace thing. They played this meal just right for Doug!



The choice for the grown ups (and Pete) was chicken curry, sausage and mash or cheese and tomato pasta. I went for the pasta which was pretty good, although I was starving by now. It came with red wine, Boursin and crackers and a passion fruit gu pot.



Pete went for the chicken curry but didn’t really enjoy it. Or the gu pot. Not really a success for him! But he’d had massed at lunch. I didn’t get any photos of the afternoon tea as I might have been a bit tired and I might have been a bit arsy at this point! But it was a not bad cheese sandwich, chocolate square and crisps. I forgot to ask for tea which didn’t help my mood.



Are the runways quite short at Boston as the braking was super hard on the way in?! We all had our hands on the seat in front! Doug fell asleep 15 minutes before landing so I had to carry him through but Immigration was super fast too and quite pleasant really. I’d booked a taxi service a few days ago and I’m so glad I did! We landed at 6.30 and at the apartment by 7.45. Where we mostly fell onto the sofa and then into bed.


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