Boston – June 2014 – North Shore Highlights

A trip to Boston to help our daughter move provided us an opportunity to see some of the highlights of downtown Boston and the North Shore highlights.

Our 660 mile drive to the Boston suburbs took us 10 hours, and our 15 mile drive from our suburban hotel to her apartment took an hour and a half. But we picked her up and walked up the street for dinner. We treated her to a nice dinner at a place called the Fireplace, where I had a small bowl Lobster Mac & Cheese, which cost $35.

Saturday morning, we picked her up for a tour of Boston and the North Shore area.

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For those fans of milestones we went through the Ted Williams Tunnel under Boston Harbor. The end of this tunnel is the official eastern end of Interstate 90. Having been at the western end in Seattle a few weeks earlier made this even more interesting.

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After cruising through downtown we headed to Winthrop, a town on a peninsula that juts into Boston Harbor, beyond Logan Airport, which gave us cool views of the airport in front of the tall buildings.

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We continued up the north shore to Salem, where we went in a very cheesy tourist trap called the Salem Witch Museum. It was some of the worst animatronics ever made.

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The rest of Salem, especially the Salem Maritime National Historic Site, was very nice.

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In addition, it was just around the House of Seven Gables.

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Later we went to the small seaside town of Rockport, Massachusetts, not to be confused with the more famous one in Maine. Tripadvisor suggested a place called the Roy Moore Lobster Company. We walked in this small shack, where the guys working there immediate gave me shit about my Pittsburgh Pirates shirt, which of course I returned, then we proceed to get 3 complete, fresh from the ocean lobsters for $35, or the same price of a bowl of Lobster Mac & Cheese in Brookline!

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We found a picnic table in the back, over the water and chowed down. Easily the best lobster dinner I ever had.

Early Sunday morning we started for home. Since it was Sunday, and early I decided to take I-95 down the coast to New York City, which normally is far too busy to try.

We made our way through Providence, New Haven, and Bridgeport before crossing into Westchester County, and eventually onto the Cross Bronx Expressway, UNDER a 20 floor apartment building and onto the George Washington Bridge.

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Once in New Jersey there is about 50 miles of suburbs then 300 miles of nothing through Pennsylvania.

It was a long weekend, but it was great to see our daughter.

Boston – May 2011 – A Day in the Hub of the Universe.

With the brief Quebec trip over, we had a day in Boston.

The famous Citgo sign that is normally seen from Fenway Park.

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The original World Series site is on the grounds of Northeastern University.

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Later we took in a game at Fenway.

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Pittsburgh to Boston – May 2011 – A Train Trip

Having yet another trip planned to Boston I decided to do something different, take Amtrak. Yes I knew it would be slow (it was) but it was something different than driving or flying.

My train left Pittsburgh early one morning.

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We rolled through the shabby little station in Latrobe without stopping.

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As we neared Altoona we went around the famous Horseshoe Curve.

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We had an extended stop in Harrisburg where they changed the engine from Diesel to Electric. With the extra time I could wander around the station a bit.

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Eventually we reached 30th Street Station in Philadelphia where I changed trains for an Acela on up to Boston.

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The Acela made much better time, passing through New York City on the way.

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I arrived in Boston well after dark 🙂

 

 

Boston to New York – July 2010 – A Ride on the Acela

On this trip to Boston we had rented a mini van to move stuff up, so for our return trip we were taking the Amtrak Acela to New York City to spend a few days, before continuing on to Pittsburgh.

The train leaves South Station in Boston.

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Our chariot awaits.

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Once you get into Connecticut you spend a decent amount of time along the coast.

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From New Haven on the train runs in urban areas.

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The ultimate car wash.

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Stamford – almost to the New York State line.

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Crossing the very western end of the Long Island Sound in the edge of the Bronx.

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The scenic part of the Bronx.

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In the Queens, just a couple of minutes before we hit the tunnel to Manhattan.

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Boston – July 2010 – Minor League Day at Fenway

Occasionally Fenway Park has hosted minor league teams, offering $5 admissions. What could be better, baseball at Fenway, and at a low cost.

It was perfect until the torrential rains came, flooding the walkways in the lower area of the park, as well as drenching us trying to get back to the subway.

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Boston – May 2010 – Harbor Tour

Since we were in Boston, and had a MBTA pass, the crew told us as long as we didn’t get off the ferry in Hull we could ride out and back without additional cost. How could we pass that up on this warm, sunny day.

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Boston – May 2010 – Fenway Park Tour

Since we were in Boston we decided to take a Fenway Park Tour.

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Our tour guide had the perfect Massachusetts accent, was extremely knowledgeable, passionate about the Red Sox, and funny.

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The tour started in the upper area beyond right field.

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Moving on – we toured the press box, which obviously has the best view of the field.

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We continued on around the stadium’s upper level.

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We returned to the lower level before going back inside.

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Our official tour complete – we headed outside the park to check out the sights including the famous Ted Williams statue for the Jimmy Fund.

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To me it is reminiscent of Wrigley Field with the stand cantilevered out over the street to squeeze in a few more seats.

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