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Plymouth

We walked over to PF Chang’s from our hotel. This was the meeting point for our bus to Plymouth. My mom and I boarded the bus and sat in the front. The driver seemed nice and told us about a great Cupcake place called Cupcake Charlie’s. We couldn’t wait to try it.

Our first stop was Plimoth Plantation. The first area was about the Native Americans. There were hollowed out canoes and wigwams. They had actors inside that were making blankets and other items. We walked further and came to the wall and entrance to the settlement. It was like immediately stepping back in time. There were all the hatched houses. There were men and women walking around in costume. There were animals wandering around. Some homes you could look around and some had actors completing chores in them. Some of the actors were building a roof for a house. Some were taking care of the animals. Others were farming. The homes were in a long row. It was informative and a lot of fun. You could even see the spot where they originally landed all the way out in the distance. We saw the meeting house and the canons on top of the meeting house. We went into a workshop where the actors were making furniture.

There’s a cafeteria and two gift shops. I did a press a penny and bought several things at the gift stores. We even bought fudge. I enjoyed the stores they were a step above many I have been to. We boarded the bus and were headed to see the Mayflower. The bus driver took us to the town of Plymouth which has the famous Plymouth Rock, the Mayflower II, and a bunch of shops.

We did Cupcake Charlie’s first. Turns out they were about to be on an episode of Cupcake Wars with Duff as the guest judge. I got a cookies n cream one or something similar to that. My mom got a red velvet one. They were amazing! Some of the best cupcakes we’ve ever had. So we bought more to bring back with us. Next we headed to Plymouth Rock. We took pictures and heard a local tell us that the local teen males like to try to pee on the rock at night. Lovely. After that I bought a ticket to go on the Mayflower II. Why II? The first one disappeared and no one knows where it is. So they built a replica of it. I was able to walk around on deck and below deck. Such a tiny space for so many passengers! Glad I wasn’t a Pilgrim. After that we found first street, which is the first street in America. We also found the creek that the pilgrims used to use. We went into several tourist shops and I bought a black and white Mayflower shirt that was on super sale. There were statues commemorating the pilgrims and the Native Americans. We used the public restroom near the Mayflower and got back on the bus.

We then were brought to the National Monument to the Forefathers. It’s 81 ft tall and has the names of the pilgrims on it. It also shows an image of the Mayflower Compact. There’s a section for liberty, morality, law, and education. It was pretty interesting to look at. Once the photo opportunity was over it was back on the bus. The bus driver asked where he could drop everyone back in Boston. We told him we wanted to get off right where he picked us up since we were going to go to Maggiano’s for dinner.

The tour was great and so was dinner. We got fried zucchini and pasta to share. The restaurant wasn’t busy and the waiter offered us a free meal to go. We declined because we didn’t have a fridge at our hotel. We then went to see Make Way for Ducklings and Cheers.

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Boston, Plymouth, and Salem Trip Plan

My mom and I traveled to Boston, Plymouth, and Salem in June of 2010. We had both been to Boston and Salem before. However, this was our first time in Plymouth. To view our trip plan please click below. Unlike my other trip plans the times aren’t exact, but the days are.

Trip Plan

 

Massachusetts Postcards

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A Hauntingly Good Time in Salem

I went to Salem for the first time when I was in 7th grade. We went in February for a class trip. It was freezing! I got sick the day we left and was miserably ill the entire time. I was looking forward to the trip for a while because I love Halloween and everything that has to do with it. I spent my childhood wishing I was a witch. So I was beyond upset that Salem wound up being one giant blur for me. Since then I wanted to go back. During my freshman year of college I thought I would finally have my chance, but our bus broke down so we cut Salem from our trip.

About 5 years after that incident I finally got to go back. We took the train from Boston to Salem. Then we walked to the visitor center. We got to do Salem Tees again. We did Salem by foot instead of taking one of the trolleys. We did the Salem Witch Museum. You enter into a giant dark space and they light up different scenes to help tell the story of the Salem Witch Trials. I enjoyed it years ago (it’s the only part of the trip I remember) and I enjoyed it this time as well. It really keeps your attention. After the museum we went in and out of shops. We took a picture of Brothers Restaurant, which is where my tour group ate all of our meals years ago.

We went to the House of the Seven Gables . It really does have seven gables. There was even a little secret staircase we climbed up. I was a little too tall for it but I managed. Unfortunately, you couldn’t take pics inside the house. I was able to take a picture of the original door to the house and I pressed my camera against the window to try to capture some inside shots. The tour was great.

We also went into a graveyard to look at some of the very old headstones. I couldn’t believe that they were from the 1600’s! We also did the Salem Witch History Museum. It was extremely cheesy. You were allowed to take pictures. We had a guide that sort of lead us through things. The mannequins or whatever you would call them were old and a bit creepy. It was definitely not worth the $8 per person.

My favorite part of Salem were all the stores. I loved all the magical, Halloween, mystical, and other worldly items.

The funny thing was that the first time I was here I didn’t feel well and about an hour into the trip this time I started not to feel well either. I guess it’s become a Salem tradition.

We walked to the train station and were told that there was an issue with the trains. The next one would be by in an hour. A woman asked us where the nearest bathroom was. It was quite far and too difficult to explain. We decided to go with her and show her. We caught the train and there wasn’t any lights in the train. So they didn’t take our tickets. We got a refund at the train station.

My boss goes to Salem every year for Halloween. One year I would like to visit  during Halloween and participate in all the festivities.

Brothers Restaurant-7th Grade

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Boston for my Birthday

April 28 2013

Today is my birthday! So I decided I wanted to stay local and do a bunch of historical sites. I picked many of the sites on the Freedom Trail.

Our first stop was an army store where we bought my dad a Boston shirt. Then we took pictures outside the Old South Meeting House. We passed the location of the old Borders that has a soft spot in my heart because they revived my friend Kathleen and I years ago when we were beyond cold, tired, and hungry. We passed the 7-11 we frequented during my Boston trip with my college. We went into Potbelly Sandwiches looking for the chocolate brownie cookie a friend recommended to me, but they didn’t have it.

We continued on to the Old State House. I’ve always wanted to go inside. We caught a tour of the museum. The tour was informative and it was interesting to hear about the many uses of the building. We then caught the Boston Massacre tour. I learned a couple new things on the tour. I gave all the right answers to the tour guide’s questions so I couldn’t help but be proud of my memory. 🙂 My mom and I went into the gift shop. I bought some postcards. I really wanted to a join or die snake shirt, but didn’t feel like spending $16.

We left and then went to Quincy Market and Faneuil Hall. I went looking for the restaurant my college friends and I ate at. However, it was no longer there. I wanted to go to get the name. We walked through the food area. My mom and I got some free samples. The Greek food looked so good but it was expensive. I really wanted some Mac n cheese from the mac n cheese vendor. There was an entire store for One Direction, which I thought was hilarious. So many of the girls were walking around with life size one direction cut outs. I took a picture in the center of the market to commemorate the stranger that came up to Kathleen and I and said beam me up Scotty. We stopped at the gift shop, but I didn’t buy anything. We left the gift shop and caught the bus to Bunker Hill.

I was really excited to finally do the Bunker Hill Monument (even though it’s really Breed’s Hill). I’ve done the real Bunker Hill before. We got off the bus and walked through a cute quiet neighborhood. The monument looks exactly like the Washington Monument. Unfortunately, the bottom is graffitied. We decided not to walk up. We crossed the street and went to the museum. The museum is two floors and the better part is on the 2nd floor. They have artifacts from the Battle of Bunker Hill and from the Boston Massacre. There’s a button in the back that tells you about the Battle of Bunker Hill. We used the restroom in the basement, bought a postcard, and left.

We decided we were going to walk to Paul Revere’s House. We were going to make sure that on our way we passed the Old North Church. As we crossed the bridge you could see the church sticking out. If the modern buildings weren’t around you easily could have seen lanterns hanging in the church on that famous night. On our way to the sites we passed a bakery that’s open 24/7 everything looked absolutely amazing, but we didn’t have a fridge in our hotel. So we bought cookies. I got chocolate rugelach and it was incredible. We walked down the street to the church. There was a gift shop across the street that was cheap so we got some things in there. We took pictures of the outside of the church. I didn’t pay to go in because I’ve done it before. We went to the official gift shop where I got a pillbox to add to my collection.

We took what was supposed to be a connecting alleyway to Paul Revere’s House. It wasn’t direct. We passed a printer’s press shop. I took a free postcard from there. We finally found Revere’s house. We paid and went right in since there’s no official tour. You only see 4 rooms: the kitchen, living room, and two bedrooms. You have to read the signs to feel like you are on a tour. It was just ok, but my mom liked it. The admission price was super cheap so it was worth seeing.

After that we headed back to the bakery we were at before. I got more rugelach but the woman gave me pieces without much chocolate and were very small. The bag wound up ripping outside of the bakery and they all fell all the floor. The bakery was nice enough to replace them free of charge. We walked down Hanover St. And saw all the famous bakeries with their lines out the door. We walked back to Quincy Market and I bought one oft bosses a pen. We continued on and walked to the Omni Parker Hotel.

The Omni Parker is beautiful and immediately transports you to another time. We went to Parker’s bar. We took a lovely table for two that faced Old City Hall. We ordered the plain pizza and shared it. It was enough for the two of us. It was pricey, but hey it was my birthday and it was good. However, the main reason we came here was for the famous Boston Cream Pie. It was small, but beautiful. It tasted great! The bathroom was huge!!!! 20 stalls. The floor with the bathroom felt haunted. Overall, it was a beautiful yummy historic birthday dinner.

I convince my mom to go with me to Make Way for Ducklings. I loved it when I was a little girl and wanted a picture there on my birthday. Someone had made hats for the ducks. They were so cute!!! We picked up some whoopie pies from 7-11 and went back to our hotel. I don’t want to leave!!!

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Lexington and Concord

April 27 2013

We woke up early so we could catch a train to Alewife Station. From Alewife Station we would have to catch a bus to Lexington. The bus is only once an hour so we didn’t want to miss it. We arrived at Alewife Station and had 40 minutes to wait. My mom got a muffin at Dunkin Donuts in the station and I used the ladies room, which was surprisingly super clean. Our bus finally arrived and we had the pleasure of traveling with a very drunk annoying man.

About 20 mins later we were let off at the Lexington Visitors Center. We purchased our Liberty Ride tickets. Then we immediately took off for the 11am Hancock Clarke House Tour. We walked for a bit and didn’t see it. So we turned back and went to the visitors center. Turns out we were on the right block, but had to walk past about 11 houses to find it.

We arrived late for the tour and my mom convinced the guy to let us on the tour. We watched a short film about the battles of Lexington and Concord. Our tour guide was in a costume and showed us the two levels of the house. She told us about the house and the activities that took place on the night when the regulars (the British) were coming. The tour was informative and I enjoyed it. My allergies were really bad and the tour guide and I felt like someone was sitting on our chest.

We raced to the Buckman Tavern to catch the 12pm tour. Our tour guide was in costume again. We were only shown the first floor of the tavern, which was about four rooms. Again we learned about the tavern in general, the owners, and the night’s activities. One of my favorite things were the window coverings. Each window covering showed you the view from that room in the 1700’s. We then went into the gift shop where I bought postcards.

We walked around Lexington to kill time. Everything in the town was boring and expensive. We went to the visitors center to pick up the Liberty Ride trolley. The trolley wound up being late.

We boarded the 1pm trolley and sat on the right side (the better side). All the important sites were pointed out to us. We saw where Paul Revere was captured, Louisa May Alcott’s house, Emerson’s house, etc. We pulled over at the Old North Bridge. We learned about the battle that took place. We were able to take pictures with the monuments and the bridge. It was surreal to be on the bridge. I had seen pictures and read about this bridge countless times.

We boarded the trolley again. I raised my hand to indicate that I wanted the trolley to stop at the Concord Museum. I wanted to see Revere’s lantern and then I was going to cross the street and do the Orchard House. However, they didn’t see my hand and drove right by the stop. They were supposed to stop even if I didn’t raise my hand. I WAS SO PISSED!!! They drove us back to the visitors center. I wanted to stay on and go back and do the Concord Museum. However, the trolley people were really mean and said we would be stranded there if we got off there. I wanted to get off at the Orchard House stop and cross the street to The Concord Museum. The bus would then pick up at the museum stop in 30 mins. They couldn’t understand that and pretty much insisted me didn’t do that. So much for their hop on hop off concept. I was livid!!! We spent a lot of money and didn’t get what we paid for. I stormed off down the street to wait for our bus to Alewife Station.

We waited at Panera. I was seething. I always make plans and we always accomplish them. Usually we not only accomplish them but we do more than what was planned. I really should not have listened to the tour people and just should have stayed on and did my own thing. GRRRR. 45 minutes later our bus showed up and we then took the train to Maggiano’s.

We arrived at Maggiano’s and they were packed!!! We were over 1.5 hrs early for our reservation. We were early because we didn’t do the Orchard House and Concord Museum. They promised they would seat us earlier despite the 1.5 hr wait they were telling people without a reservation. We were so hungry! The last I ate was a handful if saltines at like 8am. It was now 5pm. They seated us an hour later. They happened to seat us in the same booth we had the last time we were there. We immediate ordered fried zucchini and a flat bread. The zucchini was really good (like always) and the flatbread was delicious. I started to feel nauseous so we decided to take the dessert sampler to go.

We got back to the hotel and put on CSI. We had two apple cobblers, Creme brûlée, chocolate cake, cheesecake, and tiramisu. The cobblers were out of this world. I shared the chocolate cake and cheesecake with my mom they were really good when smushed together. My mom ate the tiramisu and most of the brûlée. It was our first time trying it and we both enjoyed it. What a great way to end a so so day.

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Gun Fight Ahead

July 16 2012

My mom brought up some breakfast which I ate quickly while getting dressed. Our first stop was going to be the Dallas Heritage Village. We would need to take a bus there and then walk. However, the neighborhood looked deserted on Google maps. The hotel was nice enough to offer to drive us to the village. On our drive we passed Pioneer Plaza, which consisted of statues of a cattle drive. We also passed the Dallas Farmer’s Market. We made note of its location so we could go back.

When we arrived we purchased tickets in the gift shop and then I picked up a postcard. The lady gave us a map and informed us that shortly there would a gun show with the actors. We took our seats for the show and were thoroughly entertained. We went into each house and shop. It was like going back in time. I was pleased that my mom was enjoying herself as well. The village is a great historical spot for people of all ages. A lot of people brought their kids and they were having a good time. Nothing was repetitive. In most of the houses we just roamed around since there wasn’t an official tour. However, a docent in one of our final houses (the Sullivan House) closed the house to the public (temporarily) and gave us a private tour. My favorite house was the Blum House. I also enjoyed seeing the Doctor’s office despite the fact all the instruments were scary looking. Thank goodness for modern medicine. We stayed to see the second gun show and surprisingly it was different than the first. I purposely had us go on a Saturday because I had read about these shows and the fact they docents in some of the houses. Additionally, there were animals and the blacksmith was in his shop working. We used the restrooms and walked a couple blocks to the Farmer’s Market.

We saw the Farmer’s Market on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives and thought we would check it out. We went the outdoor portion first where there were tons of vendors selling fruits and vegetables. Many of the vendors were giving out free samples. I didn’t have any, but my mom tried a few. She seemed to enjoy them. Next we went inside and saw the long line for the Pecan Lodge (where Guy visited). We walked around for a bit and bought some sweets. We sat and watched everyone stuffing their faces with BBQ. Everything looked and smelled amazing. We used the restroom and went outside to wait for the bus. We waited for 15 minutes and no bus. It was hot and there wasn’t a place to sit by the bus stop so we decided to walk.

I had read about a mall so my mom and I were going to head there. I figured it is nice and cool after a couple hours out in the sun. I also figured we would eat dinner in the mall. The “mall” was called Plaza of the Americas and it was anything but a mall. It was the bottom levels of a hotel. There was  an ice skating rink. There was a very very small food court that was closed but looked gross anyways. There were probably less than 10 stores and they were all closed. Not one of them looked good. So we decided to leave and see the Holocaust Museum. We boarded a train and realized we were the only suckers who bought tickets. Everyone just got on. The people at the stop we got out at looked kind of scary. I guess we weren’t in the best neighborhood. The museum wasn’t very obvious (bad signage), but we eventually found it.

The admission was pretty steep considering the museum consisted of only 3 rooms (I didn’t know that at the time). There was a holocaust survivor there to talk about the book he wrote and to sign it. We walked around and saw that most of the items in the museum were actually donated by him. There was a recreation of one of the cattle cars that took the Jews to the camps. There was a very moving video at the end that had very informative signs.

We were very hungry at this point and decided to get dinner. We walked to TGI Friday’s and read the menu, but nothing appealed to us. We went into a candy store that was super expensive and left. Back to Hoffbrau’s. This time my mom ordered a bacon grilled chicken honey mustard sandwich with chips. I ordered mac n cheese and mashed potatoes with gravy again. They served us the best hot fresh bread ever! It was just so darn good!!! My mom’s sandwich looked and smelled incredible. She loved it and said it was one of the best things she ever ate. I ate her bread which tasted like honey mustard and the grill (but in a good way). We took the chips back to the room and munched on them later. What a great dinner!

On her way back to the hotel (through the scary tunnel) we had a crazy lady follow us in. She was cursing at us and threatening us. We walked fast and tried not to pay attention to her. My mom had the plastic knife from the restaurant in her hand just in case. There are no cameras in the tunnel so it is so dangerous. We reported the incident to the hotel. We went back to our room and called it a night.

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