Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Twilight "Corner View"

As the sun dips belows the horizon the light lingers as if not wanting to say goodbye, and in those last moments of light we call Twilight lovers take one last walk along the beach, friends relish in each others company, and lines form at local ice cream shops here in Massachusetts.  What is summer with out ice cream?  I can see why so many flock to the Cape as it is truly magical.  The sand is so pretty and white, the water is warm, and each and every house looks like Martha Stewart took her magic fairy wand over it creating the homes and gardens fit to been in any Better Homes and Gardens magazine or Architectural Digest.  I wish I had a Go-Pro to put on top of my car as then you would have been able to join me in my drive around the Cape.  Honestly, it was all I could do not to get out of my car ever 5 seconds to take pictures, but it was dinner time and the children were hungry.  We stopped in the town of Dennis, and went to a restaurant called the Chapin's where we enjoyed a basket of hot sourdough rolls lathered in butter, pan seared cod with linguine and a white wine cream sauce, and for the children penne with red sauce.  The food was so good. The atmosphere brought me back to when I was a kid and I would go with my Auntie's who would be all dressed up and ladened with pearls for lobster dinners at the beach.  Afterwards, we drove over to the Ice Cream Smuggler. The girls had Cookie Monstah as they say here in New England, I had the raspberry yogurt with chocolate chips and chocolate truffles, Winston had the chocolate peanut butter, and Roman had cookies and creme.  It was the perfect evening to end our day at Plymouth and at the Cape.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

The Mayflower

We are so grateful we had the opportunity last week  to visit Plymouth where a replication of the Mayflower is now docked.  Going aboard really brought history to life.  It is amazing to think that 102 people lived on this ship for 66 days  and that they traveled in not the most ideal weather conditions arriving in Massachusetts in November.  The ship isn't really that big.  I can't imagine having a baby aboard this ship as two woman did.  The children and I learned all about their daily lives.  Totally crazy!  I don't think I would have been so brave to go on a journey where there were no established homes or gardens, and as I mentioned previously in the post on Plymouth half of those who came over died the first winter.  While in Plymouth, we also saw the rock on which the Pilgrims first stepped foot upon.  I have to say the rock was kind of disappointing as I had imagined it much larger that it really is, and I was also disappointed that we could not touch the rock.  Apparently the rock was much larger, but somewhere in time pieces of the rock were sold off.   

Monday, July 27, 2015

The Minute Men

On April 19.1775 the shots were fired that would change history forever marking the beginning of the American Revolution paving way for the Declaration of Independance giving us Independance from the Brtish and the creation of  The United States of America.  My ancestors fought in this war and I am so proud to call this country mine. This post is kind of out of order as it should have come before Plymoth and before Concord, but I am having a hard time keeping up with all our comings and goings.  We visited the Minute Men on the  day we went to Harvard.

Concord Hymm written by Ralph Waldo Emerson so clearly describes the day.
By the rude bridge that arched the flood,
   Their flag to April’s breeze unfurled,
Here once the embattled farmers stood
   And fired the shot heard round the world.

The foe long since in silence slept;
   Alike the conqueror silent sleeps;
And Time the ruined bridge has swept
   Down the dark stream which seaward creeps.

On this green bank, by this soft stream,
   We set today a votive stone;
That memory may their deed redeem,
   When, like our sires, our sons are gone.

Spirit, that made those heroes dare
   To die, and leave their children free,
Bid Time and Nature gently spare
   The shaft we raise to them and thee.

I also found this fun video clip on You Tube. I used to love these School House Rock video clips they played on Saturday mornings along with the rest of the cartoon line up.

Saturday, July 25, 2015


New York is a great place to visit if you are visiting the United States, but I think Massachusetts is even more historical and important in terms of United States History.  So much to see and do in this state.  I would most definitely put Concord on the list of places to see because it is like walking back in time.  I love Colonial Architecture.  Concord is also a great place to stay as it is so central to American Revolution history and minutes from downtown Boston.  Actually, I should clarify that last statement as it is 12 miles from Cambridge and 20 miles from Boston, but the traffic is a bear around here so minutes can turn into about a half hour or more.

Sadly these photos don't even do the town justice as it truly is charming.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Plymouth "Part One"

Plymouth is an important piece of American history, and every child in America learns about it's history in school. I have countless photos of my children of when they were in Preschool and Kindergarten dressed as either Indians or Pilgrims. 102 came over and about half survived the first winter. I can't imagine how heart breaking it must have been to the those who survived to see their loved ones die.  They were in search of a better life and some never got to experience that possibility. We have been to Williamsburg, Virginia which celebrates and teaches of the history surrounding the American Revolution and Plymouth Plantation goes back even farther in history to the year 1620.  I have never been to Plymouth, so I was glad when the opportunity presented itself  that we would be able to visit.  When I told my friend Lucy that we were going, she said it wasn't that impressive and that is true if you are comparing it to Williamsburg.  It is much smaller, but if you take advantage of watching the couple of short films they offer it is well worth going.  One of my favorite parts is that the the workers dress in costumes of that time period and talk in the language that day.  Each worker is assigned to be a person of that time period and tell their history of how they came to American.  So fun!