Trip Start Apr 11, 2005
Trip End ??? ??, 2006

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Sunday, May 8, 2005


Well we have been here a week now and the pace of life has been a lot slower to that of NY. The people go slower, the traffic goes slower and unfortunately the service goes slower.

The hostel we are now in is a step up from the past few (thank god. for info its the YWCA) you get a full breakfast and a morning that actually is delivered with a smile.

We have been using Boston as a base to go up and down the Coast line, Salem being the first stop.


Home of the Salem witches. There would have been quite a lot to do here except we are out of season so a lot was closed. We did however go to the Salem Witches History Museum it was more for a laugh than for educational purposes and thank god for that what a load of tack. Our young guide was very informative on the Witch Histeria but the displays looked as though they had been there from the early 70's. There seemed to be a lot of Pagans still about in the village but unfortunately Harry Potter merchandise seemed to have over taken the shops!


This was the next stop a bit further up the coast. Well worth a visit for the shear beauty of the town. Picture postcard views and the local fish was to die for. Again unfortunately out of season and most things aren't opening until labour day, which surprisingly when I asked a few locals when this was they didn't really know!
Rockport was full of quaint little shops going up the Bears Skin Neck street and there was a small wooden hut which sells fresh lobster at reasonable prices compared to the restaurants. We are hopefully going back on Tuesday to have a sample as we had just eaten when we found his shop.


The home of some might say to the start of the Revolution where the Boston Tea incident happened. Led by one Sam Adams who now has a beer named after him. We went to the brewery the other day. Again well worth a visit as its free and you get free samples at the end of the tour. Infact the tour was very short and the sampling very long. The way it should be in my opinion. Friday was dedicated to the amber nectar as the next stop was the pub that inspired Cheers. The beer was good but they didn't know my name, I bet they get that joke a dozen times a day.

The weather here has been more wintry than spring, with yesterday confining us to indoors (partly due to the hang over). Tomorrow we plan to go to Plymouth (home of the pilgrims) if the weather picks up and on Wednesday it of to Canada. See you then.

Simon & Katie.
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