Maine, Mass. and New Jersey

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We stayed with Mary Jane  in Ellsworth Maine. We were welcomed warmly by both the sunny day and Mary Jane.

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Enjoying our steamed lobster and  clam dinner at a local restaurant.

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Delicious!

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Enjoying an omelete breakfast out with Mary Jane and Elaine. Learnt a lot about early history of Maine. includinv the Bar Harbor region. So many threads to follow up on our return home including some  Crapper family history.

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The stop in Ellsworth included a drive past Elaine’s new garden and was finished at Sally’s beautiful tended garden as s
een here.

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Sarah Singer showed us around Boston. We enjoyed a visit to the Museum of Fine Arts together one evening when entrance was by donation only. We then enjoyed spending the entrance fee on food at their restaurant.

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A great collection of tea pots was on  display.

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On a rainy day in Boston the wisest thing to do was find a Pho restaurant and enjoy a bowl of this delicious soup and wait for the rain to stop.

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When the weather improved we took a guided tour of the Boston Freedom Trail.

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Fahieul Hall where Bostonians have met since 1600’s to debate political issues. No women, children, blacks or non property owners were allowed to participate.

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Paul Revere’s house. Aside from his many artistic and political endeavours he managed to father 16 children by 2 wives. He was a skilled silversmith and an active patriot and his silversmith work and portrait were on display at the Museum of Fine Arts.

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Paul Revere wearing a Boston Bruins Sweater. The Bruins ice hockey tram had recently played Chicago in the finals.

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Our tour guide did a great job bringing history to life for the participants. She had a major in anthropology and history and clearly loved her job sharing her knowledge of Boston’s military and pioneering history. She brought a greater understanding of the ‘ Taxation without Representation’ issue leading to the Boston Tea Party scenario and ultimately American independence.

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Taking the train home. We live in such an wired crazy world where people prefer to look at their phones rather than talk with friends!

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Rose Solow out the front of Ann and Joel’s home in South Orange, New Jersey where we enjoyed a special family evening together. Rose was home on summer holidays from Tufts University in Boston.

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A lunchtime visit to a Carribean bakery and restaurant in New Jersey delivered us curried chicken and beef. It brought back memories of Jamacian food enjoyed in NY over 40 years ago such as Plantain, rice and beans and bread and butter pudding.

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Sylvia, the bakery owner hails from Trinidad and has lived in New Jersey since she was 19 years of age.

We returned to Jane and Mike’s in Princeton whk helped us prepare for tomorrows trip to San Jose by laundering our clothes and sorting out our rental car.

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After a welcome swim in their pool and dinner we were shown the beauty of a firefly which is sometimes referred to as a lightning bug.

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1 Response to Maine, Mass. and New Jersey

  1. MJ Smith says:

    What lovely photo’s of all my old stomping grounds in Boston. Ellsworth isn’t too shabby either! Raining Cats & Dogs here. I am much better,had second cortisone shot Wed. and therapy for 15 min. today! I am (hopefully) on the road to recovery! Keep trekking!!
    Love, MJ

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