I am still going through our photos from our holiday to New England - in fact, I have barely started - but having downloaded them to my computer I thought you might like to see a few little things. It turns out that from all the many photos that "we" took, I actually didn't take that many. Most of them were taken by hubby and although I will share a few of the over 500 he took, I won't make you suffer the rest!
Anyhow, just a few little tasters to be going on with and to give you a flavour of what we did.
This statue is in the Boston Public Library, one of two that flank the staircase. The whole library is a magnificent building.
One of the main things that I wanted to do in Boston was to walk the Freedom Trail. I will give you more information about this in a future post, but one of the things that I wanted to see most of all was the various Burying Grounds as I find the headstones so fascinating. It is amazing to think that they are so old and still in such good condition.
We walked most all of the Freedom Trail and went into most of the places that you could visit along the way. The Old South Meeting House was just one of them.
This wonderful painting is displayed in the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. It is an amazing museum. We barely scratched the surface of looking at all that they have displayed, but we did look at all of the American Galleries and I have a lot of pictures, so I will be sharing more of them in due course. This painting is massive, it takes up the whole wall.
When we arrived at our first hotel in Boston it was nearly midnight as it had taken so long to get through immigration - nearly 3 hours - and we were amazed when the reception told us that we had been upgraded to a Suite!! I have never ever ever stayed in a suite before. It was quite small, a bedroom, living room area with a table and chairs and a bathroom. It was "decorated" to within an inch of it's life. We stayed well away from this piece on the wall as we were afraid it would all come crashing down. I think that they are supposed to be bird houses as there seemed to be a garden/bird theme in the decorating. It was a wonderful experience staying in this suite. I doubt that I will ever repeat it, but I can see why people would enjoy it so much! We were incredibly lucky and grateful for the experience.
After leaving Boston we stayed in a lovely small town called Exeter in New Hampshire and one day found a wonderful garden centre that was full of pumpkins and Mums (chrysanthemums to those of us in England). It was so beautiful and I told the staff, and meant it, that I thought it was the most beautiful display I had ever seen at a garden centre. They seemed surprised and as though it was nothing out of the normal, but I thought it was far from normal and took lots of pictures!
We spent a while watching these two little chimpmunks playing running in and around this dry stone wall, they were lots of fun to watch.
The highlight of the visit for me was visiting Louisa May Alcott's home, Orchard House, in Concord Massachusetts. Louisa is the famous author of the Little Women books, but she wrote many other works too and also served during the American Civil War and was a campaigner for womens rights. Those of you who know Little Women will be familiar with the character Amy. I am named after her and got to see Louisa's sisters May's room who the character Amy is based on. It was the most amazing experience for me.
After visiting Orchard House we went to the Concord Museum and I was surprised to see how similar the style of display was to the rooms we saw recently at the American Museum in Bath. It was another wonderful place to visit.
Of course the end came too soon, but I will relive it again in the pictures over the coming days.
Thank you for your supportive and insightful comments on my last post. They are all greatly appreciated and have given me much to consider. Thank you all.