Fall in New England

We arrived in Boston by train from New York. There is always a degree of anxiety changing hotels and cities. Boston was hosting a Red Socks match so the town was buzzing. As a result, our hotel was two train stops out of town near Sullivan Station. The Station area itself is a picture of American ugliness with freeways, and rail and road flyovers marring the landscape. Nevertheless. we used our weekly ticket on the “T” to great advantage accessing all parts of the city and admiring the frequency and speed and flexibility of their transport system. The old Kingston Trio song “M.T.A.” kept playing in my head.

We visited the Massachusetts State House, walked the Freedom Trail with the fascinating Burying Grounds and markets, explored the exclusive Back Bay shopping street and admired Boston’s architecture. What would Boston do without Paul Revere? The Museum of Fine Arts was just magnificent.

We drove to Cape Cod. We stayed at Provincetown which is rather like Sorrento in Victoria on steroids. There are lots of holiday apartments, art galleries and eating places. The locals insist that the Pilgrim Fathers landed here before Plymouth Rock. The weather had been bad in Boston for outdoor photography and here it seemed to be worse. The Cape Cod National Seashore is rather spectacular and despite the weather, or because of it, I got some good images.

We went north through New Hampshire to photograph the fall colours, then let our GPS take us to Bar Harbor in Maine by the more scenic back roads. Over 100 years ago, Bar Harbor was a holiday place for the rich. It is very beautiful and attracts a lot of tourists like us, as well as cruise ships each day. Unlike many holiday towns it has managed not to become tacky. It is within the spectacular Acadia National Park. We ate lobster and clam chowder and drove for miles around the perimeter of the Park. There were many small wharves where fishermen were pulling their lobster pots out of the water and stacking for the winter.

And then it was on to Canada.

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