Escaping the city

Trip Start May 23, 2012
Trip End Jul 11, 2012

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Foxberry Inn Provincetown
Read my review - 4/5 stars

Flag of United States  , Massachusetts
Monday, June 25, 2012

It was an early start this morning to pick up our rental car and escape the rat race of New York. There was a lot of traffic so it took a while to get beyond the city limits but it wasn't till we actually got on the road for real that we both realized how relieved we are to be leaving the Big Apple and heading off to somewhere quieter and more relaxed. I can understand now why my son said that although he enjoyed visiting, he would not like to live in New York. At the risk of offending the people who think it is a wonderful city, we found it a lot less sophisticated than we expected, it was quite grubby and for the most part people were rude and disinterested in giving any customer service. For a place that makes so much money from tourists it would be nice if they behaved a little better towards them.

We have come across some very strange place names on this trip but today's was exceptional - Cos Cob. Why would someone name a place after lettuce on a bun?

We stopped for breakfast at Cracker Barrel (can't remember where) and we were both really ready for it because we had no dinner last night. It was a great place to eat (thank you Marie-Claire & Hal for recommending).

We had rain for a couple of hours today - the first real extended period of rain we have had on the trip, but once again it didn't really affect us as we were driving. We were both so tired this morning and the drive so long that we had to pull into a couple of rest stops for a quick zzz.

We took a detour to Narragansett as that was where Matt stayed on his trip. We found the bridge where he stopped and took his photos and quite close to the road was a pole with an enormous nest on top. In it were two osprey babies and while we were taking photos of the bridge, their mother flew in carrying something in her mouth and she fed them. We watched her through the binoculars. We have seen plenty of osprey already on this trip but not nearly as close. Narragansett looked like a lovely place to stay with some gorgeous old houses. We'd love to re-visit it sometime. It is strange to be driving on roads so far from home and thinking that Matt drove along them last year.

We had a quick look around Newport too and then hit the road again as we still had a way to go. The drive itself was fairly uneventful. Apart from a few places where we got good views there is not much to see on the interstates as they are lined with trees.

Finally we arrived at the tip of Cape Cod and are absolutely delighted with it. Our inn is not in the busy part of Provincetown and overlooks the sand dunes. The peace and quiet and seaside atmosphere is just what we needed after a week of city life. We went into the busy part of town (really only two main streets) to get dinner and had a look at some of the shops. The streets are really narrow and parking is almost non-existent. There are lots of funky little shops, eating places and art galleries. It reminds me a little of Ambleside in the Lake District in England. There is a booklet in our room telling us about the little art galleries and shops here and Dave is horrified as there are 50 of them! I have promised that I won't try to see every single one.
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Hal on

Wish we could join you in Provincetown---I've read about it for years but haven't gotten there yet. I have been to Narragansett. My undergraduate roommate is a history professor (and twice acting chairman of the Theatre Department---long story) at The University of Rhode Island. I came close to buying a business near the bridge you mentioned but opted to stay in Illinois.

P.S. Your buddy Larry is in love. Well, that might not be quite the right way to phrase it. Hope to send photos soon.

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