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Trip Report New Englandly: a Bit of Time in Massachusetts and Maine

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My travel plans for this summer were to go to Colombia and re-visit the Peruvian Amazon. Somehow, this morphed into driving to Prince Edward Island via New England, so this trip report will be a bit unlike my usual ones. But I do have to say it was a great time!

The first lap of the road trip was Philadelphia to Burlington, MA. We chose Burlington because it was close to Concord, easy to access, and, frankly, cheap via Hotwire at $119 a night. (We, in this case, are my three nieces {24, 17, 15} and I.) Our hotel was the Boston Marriott Burlington, http://marriottburlington.com/ , which was fine for location but not really much else, to be honest. Contrary to what their reception desk tried to tell me, their own website will cheerfully book four to a room, but the four had better be stick people. I've never seen smaller double beds. Still, it was easy on/off for the highway and reasonably clean, so...
we were okay.

Day one, Sunday, was for Boston. I'd love to spend a much longer time there, but this gave us a nice overview with emphasis on the historic parts. We parked at the Common for the day and walked from there, with a stop at Dad's Fried Dough on the Common (opens at 11) for breakfast to appease the nostalgia for me. Fried dough had come to Philadelphia for the Bicentennial and I loved it, but it didn't last long in the city (probably due to funnel cake competition.) I hadn't had it since, and it was lovely: basically, it's a deep fried slab of pizza dough that's slathered with melted butter and sprinkled with confectioners' sugar and cinnamon. Not something to eat on a regular basis, I'll grant you, but the four of us managed one pretty well.

The Freedom Trail is marked out quite clearly and we followed it all the way to the USS Constitution, albeit with a few stops due to the 90+ weather. Still, it was quite a gorgeous day of blue skies and light wind, but we were all a bit tired by the time we got back to the Public Garden at the end of the day! One of my favorite things along the trail was the cemeteries with those rather startling carvings. The colonial history mixes, of course, with more modern living, and the North Side was very inviting with its nice looking little restaurants. However, we missed it on the way back (when we might have been ready for dinner) from our visit aboard "Old Ironsides", the USS Constitution, as we took the public transportation ferry back to the center of town.

Here's the New England picture link for a start: http://missalg.smugmug.com/Travel/Massachusetts-and-Maine/New-Englandly-July-2014/43123184_Zj4Vmj

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