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Thursday, September 18, 2008

Boston & The Cape

Sean and Bonny flew into Boston early this past Saturday, toting a drugged Brigita in a carry-on bag. Chris, Greta and I picked them up at the airport and right away we set off for Cape Cod. Before we even checked into our hotel in Provincetown (at the tip of the Cape), we veered toward a beach along the National Seashore and spent the entire afternoon walking the shoreline and playing with the filthy dogs. We picked up scallops and a huge clam shell that drifted onto the sand. Perhaps the best surprise was watching a sea otter emerge, black and shiny, about 25 feet away from us. Our hotel room sat right along the shoreline with a clear view of the jetty, and we walked into town for an awesome dinner of clams, oysters and calamari. Bonny tried oysters for the first time this trip! Cape Cod is so picturesque with its clapboard exteriors and immaculate, flower-filled lawns. Our hotel sat back off the ocean just a bit, and Sunday morning, I got up early and huddled into a wooden chair outside our room, watching high tide shrink the beach. Greta sat with me in the gray rainy weather, whining at seagulls and other dogs traipsing the shore. Bonny and I both took pictures on the trip, and the shots below are from both our cameras.

Brigita relaxing in the sand
Chris helping a frantic Greta
Scallop out of its shell
Bonny trying her first raw oyster
On our way back to Boston on Sunday, we swung by Plymouth to see the 1620 rock and the replica Mayflower.
On Monday, we lounged around the house then drove to Castle Island in the afternoon. Chris' class started at 6:00, so to while away the time, Sean, Bonny and I ate lobster bisque downtown on the top floor of the Prudential Building looking out on one a great view of Boston and the Charles River to the West. We saw a movie after that and then walked a couple blocks to Chris' school to meet him just as his class let out.

Castle Island
The Top of the Prudential
Chris and I both went to work on Tuesday, so Sean and Bonny drove to Quincy to tour the John Adams and John Quincy Adams houses. That night we ate at Cuchi Cuchi, the 1920's tapas restaurant that Chris and I love so much. We shared tuna tartar cornets, oysters in champagne sauce, lobster in avacado and Russian bliny. Afterwards, we asked our server to pose with us for a picture, and she hopped around, posing and shaking her short, flouncy skirt - I guess she doesn't get asked to be in pictures very often.

For our last day together, we walked around the MinuteMan National Park and to the bridge where the "shot heard 'round the world" was fired (the spot of the monument). Before we left Concord, we stopped by Orchard House, where Louisa May Alcott wrote Little Women - we didn't take the tour, but Bonny and I spent enough time in the bookstore to make Chris drag us out.

Maybe the only down part of the whole trip was that Greta and Brigita didn't get along that well. It was mostly Greta being grumpy and inhospitable. We don't have any trips planned in the near future and don't know of anyone else planning to visit, so it will just be the three of us for now.


Blogger The Charlebois said...

I love the picture of you, Chris and Greta on the beach. You and Chris look so happy and Greta looks CRAZY! :)

11:17 PM  
Blogger Bonny said...

You explained everything that we did so nicely and thoroughly!!! Since I am so behind on my blog, I think I am just going to direct people to yours to learn about our visit to Boston... hehehehh... seriously... ;) I'm a cheater...

11:36 PM  

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