Farewell USA …. till next time!

Sadly this will be my last post for this holiday.  It was an amazing experience, just wish I was heading off now to do it all over again.

Over the weeks I have posted a few photos of various places, but thought I would finish with a few random photos that defy description.

Hope you have enjoyed my trip … I did!

BOSTON … yes, I have often thought of doing that to my clarinet!

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My brother Nick played the violin when a teenager – maybe he would have wanted to keep playing longer with this one!

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Spotted in PROVINCETOWN

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Seen in BOSTON

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From San Francisco

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The Golden Gate Bridge

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Seen on USS Midway

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A Gallery doorway at LA JOLLA

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PORTLAND – don’t know what it is meant to be though

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OREGON CITY – on the Freeway, near Uncle Willy’s house

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And, finally, I know it’s blurred but I still had to share.  They say travel broadens the mind, well, when I was in SAN FRANCISCO I saw this – I now think I have seen everything … a lady walking along with her cat as a hat!

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Salem

When people mention Massachusetts, Boston comes to mind, but so does Salem, so on my last full day I went to see the town.  The history was full of the famous witch trials, but also of the rich import/export industry, as it has a good natural harbour.

The first settler – 1626

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The “jellyfish” are actually plastic bags collected on the beach – the town is hoping to ban the use of them totally in Salem

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The original cemetery

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The only known Mayflower grave

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The memorial garden to those who were killed in the witch trials.

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In the gateway, are final messages from some of the victims

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I ended up quite sad really, as the poor people, and dogs (yes, 2 dogs were found guilty), who were hanged as a result of being called witches were not witches, just people who got in other’s way.  Yet the whole town is witch mad – everywhere there are people dressed as witches, things sold, haunted walks.  To me it seems a contradiction of the whole sad history of those men, women and dogs who lost their lives 300 years ago.

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Cape Cod

As I said when I went to Plymouth there would be more news of the Pilgrims, well they landed here, at Provincetown, to ratify the treaty of travel, stayed a few weeks, before moving onto Plymouth.

It was a good crossing, about 1 1/2 hours, but lovely and calm … and packed! A fun place.

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In the Pilgrim Monument Tower Museum

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Behind Provincetown is the protected area of Dunes … we went on a car trip, but it had to stick to certain roads.

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An Artist’s shack

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“High Society”

For anyone who has seen the film (and it is a favourite), it is set in Newport at a Jazz Festival … with a comment about the glorious houses being sold.  On our trip to Plymouth, we crossed over the State Line to Rhode Island, and went round the holiday hole of the Vanderbilt’s – stunning … the camera doesn’t do it justice.

Breaker’s Mansion

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The entrance

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Facing the sea

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Yes, his bath has 4 taps – being marble it had to be filled 3 times before it was warm enough … sea water was used.

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The Music Room

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The games room has solid marble walls

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Main Staircase

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Plymouth

No, I am not back home by typing that title, this is Plymouth Massachusetts, and the site where the Pilgrim Fathers are said to have stepped onto USA land (more about that in a later post!)

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Anyway – here is “THE” rock! …

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… And where it is located.

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This memorial is to the women of the Mayflower, for what they had to undertake –

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We then drove to a re-creation of Plimouth Plantation (yes, spelled differently!).  All the guides “lived” their role … so good to speak to some. Sadly when the Pilgrims landed, they found part of a camp, left by the Wampanoag Indians (who went inland in winter). So, that is where they settled.

Some actual artifacts found on the site –
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The Wampanoag Indians

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The Pilgrims

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Anyone For Tea?

If Boston is famous for something, it’s The Tea Party.  They have 2 ships and a well-run re-enactment running.  (I do think I should have got in free!!).  Anyway, you are given the name of someone who’s life you can follow, you join in the debate, and learn what happened.  However, whatever the politics (No Taxation, Without Representation), I still think it was a waste of tea!!

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Another place I visited was Quincy Market.  If you want to buy and eat food, this is where to go.

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I even had a Boston Clam Chowder (even though I don’t eat sea-food)

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