Day 1 (16 August): U.S. Border - Syracuse, New York
After a short drive from the border on Interstate 81, we pulled off at Exit 46 in Watertown, New York for lunch at one of America's greatest restaurant chains, Cracker Barrel Old Country Store and Restaurant (www.crackerbarrel.com/):
|Each Cracker Barrel Old Country Store and Restaurant is exactly the same outside, with a covered wooden veranda and rocking chairs.|
|The distinctive highway-side signage used by Cracker Barrel.|
|The 'Old Country Store' portion of a Cracker Barrel restaurant features clothing, household decor, gifts, and a variety of well-known food and candy.|
|The general store-style counter, where customers pay their restaurant bills and can purchase any items from the store.|
|The hostess podium and entrance to the restaurant part of Cracker Barrel.|
|A part of the typical dining room layout in a Cracker Barrel restaurant.|
The Baymont Inn & Suites, East Syracuse, NY:
After checking in and dropping off bags, we ventured to the Destiny USA shopping mall in Syracuse, located just off Interstate 81. After some shopping, we enjoyed upscale Mexican cuisine--including guacamole made fresh at the table--at Cantina Laredo, located inside Destiny USA.
|Room keycards and keycard sleeve for Room 206 at the Baymont Inn & Suites, Syracuse, New York.|
Day 2 (17 August): Syracuse, NY - Boston, MA
|Driving on the Massachusetts Turnpike.|
|The Red Lion Inn in Stockbridge, a quaint town in the Berkshire Mountains of western Massachusetts, located a short drive off the Massachusetts Turnpike.|
|A cocktail napkin from the Red Lion Inn in Stockbridge, Massachusetts.|
|Arriving in Boston via the Massachusetts Turnpike. The tall building is the 52-story Prudential Tower, the second-tallest building in Boston (after the John Hancock Tower), completed in 1964.|
|Speeding through the underground John F. Fitzgerald Expressway (Central Artery) under the streets of downtown Boston.|
|Keycards and keycard envelope for Room 714 at the Hampton Inn, Boston-Cambridge.|
Day 3 (18 August): Boston, MA
Some photos from an early morning walk along the Charles River in Boston on 18 August:
|A look along the tranquil Storrow Lagoon, part of the Charles River Esplanade park system the runs along the southern shore of the river.|
|The Longfellow Bridge crossing the Charles River from Boston to Cambridge, near the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).|
|A view of the urban skyline of Boston's Back Bay neighbourhood, as seen from the Charles River Esplanade in the early morning of 18 August.|
After a hearty breakfast at the Hampton Inn Boston-Cambridge, we jumped on one of the light rail vehicles servicing the Green Line at Lechmere Station and headed downtown...
|The front and back sides of a CharlieCard, the reloadable transit pass that allows quick and easy access to the buses, subways, and light rail operated by the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority.|
|A view inside a Kinki-Sharyo Type 7 LRV on the Green Line. One hundred Type 7 vehicles were ordered from the Japanese manufacturer by the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) in 1987, with a further 20 vehicles ordered in 1997.|
|The Boston Common Visitor Centre, located at one of the park entrances on Tremont Street. The Visitor Centre provides tourist information and is the departure point for guided tours by guides in Revolutionary War period costume.|
|The lawns and trees of Boston Common.|
|Boston Common, looking northeast toward Beacon Street.|
The grave of Samuel Adams, statesman and philosopher, one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. Adams served as fourth Governor of Massachusetts from 1794 to 1797, before his death on 2 October 1803.
The Tremont Temple Baptist Church on Tremont Street. The building was completed in May 1896.
|A closeup view of the intricate masonry and tiling of the Tremont Temple Baptist Church.|
Boston's Old City Hall, located on School Street. Built between 1862 and 1865, this Second Empire style building housed Boston's municipal offices until 1969. The site currently houses several retail businesses, and a Ruth's Chris Steakhouse.
|A look down School Street.|
|The memorial to the victims of the Irish Famine, located across the Street from the Old South Meeting House at Washington and School Streets.|
|Looking south at Post Office Square at the intersection of Congress and Water Streets. The building in the centre of the photo is the John W. McCormack Post Office and Court House.|
|A look down the staircase inside Faneuil Hall.|
|The assembly hall on the second floor of Faneuil Hall.|
A view of the grounds of Quincy Market, located behind Faneuil Hall.
The principal building of the Quincy Market complex, built between 1824 and 1826 and built in the Greek Revival style. Named after Boston Mayor Josiah Quincy, the 535-foot long market housed indoor market stalls for meat and produce vendors.
|Visitors spend a sunny Monday afternoon strolling through Quincy Market.|
The Chart House restaurant, the oldest surviving structure on the Boston waterfront's Long Wharf. Formerly the John Hancock Counting House, the restaurant features a wide selection of seafood and other dishes.
|Boats moored at one of the marinas along the Boston waterfront.|
Looking up Long Wharf, the point of departure for whale watching boats, sightseeing cruises, and ferries to the Boston Harbor Islands and Cape Cod.
One of the New England Aquarium's whale watching excursion boats departs from Long Wharf.
|Ticket stub for a harbour cruise aboard a Boston Harbor Cruises vessel.|
|Aboard a Boston Harbor Cruises sightseeing vessel as it pulls away from the dock at Long Wharf.|
|A view of Boston's Financial District as seen from the harbour. Number One International Place (built 1987) is the tall building on the left, while Number Two International Place (built 1992) is the tall building on the right.|
|Lobstermen pull traps out of Boston Harbor.|
|The Boston skyline as seen from the outer harbour.|
|An Emirates Airlines Boeing 777 lands at Boston Logan International Airport.|
|A view of Boston's outer harbour. Some of the Boston Harbor Islands can be seen in the distance, behind the sailboats.|
|A speedboat dashes through Boston Harbor.|
|The Nantucket Light Ship, docked in Boston Harbor.|
|The 87-foot U.S. Coast Guard Marine Protector-class patrol boat USCGC Flyingfish, moored alongside U.S. Coast Guard Base Boston.|
|Looking northwest from Boston's inner harbour. The white steeple in the centre of the photo belongs to the Old North Church.|
|A historic sailboat now serving as a sightseeing vessel passes on its way out from Long Wharf.|
|A historic building on Marshall Street and Creek Square, now housing the offices of Swartz & Swartz law firm.|
|Dusk at the CambridgeSide Galleria shopping centre in Charlestown. The mall, which opened in 1990, features 133 stores and services, with Macy's, Macy's Home Store, BestBuy, and Sears as anchor stores, as well as a number of upscale designer brands.|
|A napkin from P.F. Chang's, an American restaurant chain specialising in Chinese cuisine. The CambridgeSide Galleria is home to a number of dining options, including P.F. Chang's, California Pizza Kitchen, and Cheesecake Factory.|
|A napkin from Chipotle Mexican Grill, located in the food court of the Cambridgeside Galleria.|
Day 4 (19 August): Boston, MA
The corner of Charles and Mt. Vernon Streets. Charles Street hosts a variety of quaint boutiques, cafes, produce stores, and antique shops.
Crossing the bridge over the pond in the Boston Public Garden. The bridge was opened in 1867.
Willow trees overhang the pond in the Boston Public Garden.
Looking across the pond in the Boston Public Garden. Rising above the trees are the John Hancock Tower, Arlington Street Church, and the Berkeley Building.
Row houses at the corner of River and Beacon Streets, located across the street from the Boston Public Garden.
On the way back to the hotel for breakfast... A Green Line light rail vehicle prepares to depart Boylston Station, near Boston Common.
|A swan boat plies the calm waters of the pond in the Boston Public Garden.|
|People enjoy the summer weather by the pond in the Boston Public Garden.|
|A view of the landscaped ornamental gardens.|
Following the path southwest toward the entrance at Boylston and Arlington Streets.
|The wrought iron gates at the entrance to the Boston Public Garden.|
A bronze equestrian statue of George Washington, dedicated on 3 July 1869. The statue faces west, looking out over Commonwealth Avenue.
A view of Arlington Street Church, as seen from just inside the Boston Public Garden. The building was constructed atop 999 wooden piles driven into the mud of Back Bay, and made of brownstone quarried in New Jersey.
Old South Church at the northwest corner of Copley Square. Built in 1874 in the Gothic Revival style, the church houses a United Church congregation. The 246-foot tower houses the church's 2,020 lb. bell.
|A closer view of the intricate masonry of Old South Church.|
The Boston Public Library's McKim Building, as seen from the lawn of Copley Square. The Italian Renaissance style building is named after its architect, Charles Follen McKim.
|The plaza in front of the Boston Public Library's McKim Building, built in 1895.|
The intricate, wrought iron gates and lighting fixtures at the entrance to the Boston Public Library's McKim Building.
The library's entrance hall, featuring pillars of Iowa sandstone, a vaulted ceiling covered in marble mosaic, and a floor of white Georgia marble, inlaid with brass signs of the zodiac.
Entering from a deep triumphal arch, the steps of the library's main staircase are crafted from fossil-studded grey Eschaillon, with variegated yellow Siena marble comprising the walls.
|The main staircase features twin lion sculptures on pedestals, crafted from unpolished Siena marble. The sculptures are memorials to the 2nd and 20th Massachusetts infantry regiments which fought during the Civil War.|
|The memorial to the 20th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry.|
The John Singer Sargent Gallery, featuring the artist's original mural sequence, entitled Triumph of Religion. The windowless gallery is 84 feet long, 23 feet wide, and 26 feet high and crafted from dark sandstone.
The Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel, situated at the corner of St. James Avenue and Dartmouth Street, on the south side of Copley Square. The hotel, built in the Beaux-Arts style, was opened in 1912.
|The main entrance to the Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel.|
|The hotel's Peacock Alley.|
The lobby of the Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel, featuring a 21-foot high gilded, coffered ceiling, crystal chandeliers, and Italian marble columns. The hotel contains 383 rooms.
|Farmers' market stalls ring Copley Square.|
Locals and tourists peruse fresh produce, flowers, baked goods, meats, and cheeses at the farmers' market in Copley Square.
Stately homes--many now occupied by clubs, academic institutions, and small businesses--line Commonwealth Avenue in the Back Bay neighbourhood near Copley Square.
The tree-lined Commonwealth Avenue Mall runs between the lanes of Commonwealth Avenue.
|Stately federal style row houses line Commonwealth Avenue.|
One of the historic office buildings in downtown Boston, located next to the Old State House at the intersection of Devonshire, Congress, and State Streets.
A view up State Street, with the Custom House Tower rising above neighbouring buildings.
Looking up at the rotunda inside Custom House Tower, now an 87-room Marriott hotel.
|A napkin from the Marriott Custom House hotel, depicting the Custom House Tower and summarising its history. The napkins are available at the table holding the urn of iced citrus water in the lobby.|
|The Custom House Tower rotunda houses a small collection of maritime artefacts and nautical paintings.|
|An Orange Line subway departs North Station.|
|A Blue Line subway pulls into State Station.|
Day 5 (20 August): Boston, MA
Another early morning walk led to the Beacon Hill neighbourhood, the most expensive and exclusive residential area of the city.
|Federal style row houses with well-tended gardens and wrought iron fences line the streets in Beacon Hill.|
|Gas lamps and red brick sidewalks are trademarks of the Beacon Hill neighbourhood.|
Some additional views of Beacon Hill:
Later in the day, we proceeded to the Charlestown Navy Yard via ferry from Long Wharf. The 10-minute ferry ride provides stunning views of the Boston skyline:
|A Boston Police boat patrols inside Boston Harbor. The distinctive upright piers of the Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Memorial Bridge can be seen in the background.|
|The Fletcher-class destroyer USS Cassin Young, docked at the Charlestown Navy Yard as a museum ship, as seen from the harbour ferry.|
Charlestown Navy Yard
The Constitution's bell, kept highly polished by the 60 attentive members of her U.S. Navy crew. When launched in 1797, the ship carried a complement of 450, including 55 marines and 30 boys.
|The gun deck aboard Constitution. After being removed from active service in 1881, Constitution became a museum ship in 1907 and completed a three-year tour of 90 ports in the United States.|
|Constitution carried thirty 24-pounder long guns, twenty 32-pounder carronades, and two 24-pounder bow chaser guns.|
|The USS Cassin Young (DD-793), a Fletcher-class destroyer open free to the public at the Charlestown Navy Yard.|
|The wardroom aboard the USS Cassin Young.|
|One of the Cassin Young's five 5-inch/38 calibre guns.|
The Commandant's House, built in 1805, is the oldest building in the Charlestown Navy Yard and served as both a private residence for the commandant and a place for hosting official functions.
|Formerly the officers' quarters, these buildings are now used by U.S. National Park Service staff.|
|A marker denoting one end of the 2.5 mile long Freedom Trail which winds its way past numerous historic sites in Boston. This marker is situated at the Bunker Hill Monument.|
|A statue of Colonel William Prescott, the colonel commanding rebel forces at the Battle of Bunker Hill, 17 June 1775. Under orders, Prescott led 1,200 rebel troops onto Breed's Hill on the night of 16 June 1775 after American commanders learned of British plans to occupy undefended high ground on the Charlestown peninsula. With the rebels having hastily constructed a redoubt on the top of the hill overnight, British forces under General William Howe attacked at 3pm. Although the British eventually took the hill after two unsuccessful assaults, it was a Pyrrhic victory--50% of the British troops were killed or wounded and rebel forces were able to regroup to fight another day.|
|Step 275 of 294 on the climb up the inside of the Bunker Hill Monument.|
|Looking southeast from the top of the Bunker Hill Monument. Boston Logan International Airport can be seen in the distance.|
|Looking northwest from the top of the Bunker Hill Monument. Interstate 93 snakes its way north out of Boston.|
|A view down the narrow, winding stone staircase inside the Bunker Hill Monument.|
|A display on the generals commanding British forces at the Battle of Bunker Hill.|
|A diorama depicting American colonial troops fighting the Battle of Bunker Hill, 17 June 1775.|
|A view down one of the quaint streets in Charlestown, near the Bunker Hill Monument.|
|Looking north on Salem Street, near the Old North Church.|
|The Ebenezer Clough House on Unity Street, near the Old North Church. This brick townhouse was built in 1712 and is one of only two 18th century houses to have survived. It now houses a gift shop.|
|A view of the intersection of Cross and Hanover Streets in Boston's North End, an old and thriving Italian neighbourhood.|
|A box of cannolis from Mike's Pastry on Hanover Street, one of Boston's highest-rated (and busiest) bakeries.|
|A variety of cannolis from Mike's Pastry, featuring crispy shells and rich cream fillings.|
|Passengers board a Green Line light rail vehicle at North Station.|
Day 6 (21 August): On the road, Boston - New Bedford, MA
Day 7 (22 August): Day Trip - Chatham, MA
Day 6 (21 August): On the road, Boston - New Bedford, MA
|Looking south along the beach at Chatham. Chatham is located near the tip of the 'elbow' of Cape Cod.|
|A fishing trawler cruises between the beach and a string of offshore dunes.|
|Looking north along the beach at Chatham. Expensive homes line the dunes overlooking the water.|
|Classic Cape Cod architecture of the homes in Chatham.|
|Chilly water laps at the sandy beach in Chatham on a breezy and overcast day.|
|A regular procession of trawlers ply the waters between the marina and the fishing grounds.|
|Looking up toward the dunes and Chatham Lighthouse from the beach.|
|A tour or fishing charter boat passes a trawler laden with fish--note the seagulls flying around the trawler looking for lunch.|
A shark safety and recognition brochure provided for visitors:
|A view of Main Street in the town of Hyannis, the largest of seven villages in Barnstable County (contiguous with the borders of Cape Cod), and the transportation and commercial hub of the Cape.|
|The John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum on Main Street. The museum focuses on JFK's time spent in Hyannis.|
|The old building of the Hyannis Public Library, on Main Street.|
|A passenger and car ferry loads at the pier in Hyannis harbour.|
Day 8 (23 August): New Bedford, MA
New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park, established in 1996, comprises 34 acres of New Bedford, encompassing a number of dispersed historic sites and the famous New Bedford Whaling Museum. The only parts of the historical park owned by the U.S. National Park Service are the visitor centre and a maritime learning centre; the rest of the park is administered through a partnership between the National Park Service, the City of New Bedford, and private building owners who have agreed to preserve historic structures and landscapes and promote research and educational programs on the history of whaling.
|A large wall map depicting New Bedford in the 19th century, when it was known as The City that Lit the World due to the enormous quantities of whale oil (used in lamps) landed by whaling ships which plied the world's oceans for their prey.|
|A retail store in a preserved 19th century building at the intersection of Acushnet Avenue and William Street.|
|Moby Dick Retail, a nautical themed gift store located in the former Corson Building at the corner of First and William Streets. The store sells a variety of interesting items, including brass lamps, local pottery, ship models, and clothing.|
|A wooden sailboat model purchased at Moby Dick Retail in New Bedford, Massachusetts. Cost: $25.50 (including tax).|
The faded grandeur of downtown New Bedford reflects the rise and fall of whaling and the money that the industry once generated for the city.
Photographs of other heritage buildings in New Bedford's downtown historic district:
Below: A brochure for the schooner Ernestina, a historic sailing vessel homeported in New Bedford Harbor.
New Bedford Whaling Museum
Established in 1907 and operated by the Old Dartmouth Historical Society, the museum occupies an entire city block and recounts the history of the whaling industry and the 'Old Dartmouth' area, comprising the towns and cities along the southern coast of Massachusetts. The museum's inventory contains over 750,000 items in 20 galleries, including the world's largest collection of scrimshaw (whale ivory carvings) and whaling ship logbooks, as well as works of fine and decorative art, glassware, and furniture acquired by New Bedford's wealthy whaling merchants. Five complete whale skeletons are displayed inside the museum, and the Cook Memorial Theatre plays films on whaling, fishing, and local history. A research library caters to scholars of the whaling industry and, in 2002, the museum partnered with the Melville Society to house the latter's extensive collection related to Moby Dick author Herman Melville.
|The distinctive whale weathervane atop the cupola on the roof of the Jonathan Bourne Building, one of the galleries of the New Bedford Whaling Museum.|
|The Jacobs Family Gallery, in which are displayed the skeletons of a blue whale, a humpback whale, and a right whale with her unborn calf. The gallery also contains various ship models, nautical artefacts, and large wall maps and imagery.|
A wall map plots out the location of each whale killed in the world's oceans over the course of the commercial whaling industry. The plots are known from the vessels' logbooks.
A displays of harpoons, knives, and other butchering implements used in whaling over the years.
|A whaleship's wheel on display.|
|The half-scale Lagoda is a fully-rigged whaleship measuring 59 feet long and 50 feet high at the mainmast, and is depicted in readiness for an extended whaling voyage. Visitors may climb aboard and explore the ship.|
Various implements of the whaling industry. These pots were used in the tryworks aboard a whaleship to boil down whale blubber for oil.
Looking down at the Lagoda from the second floor gallery of the Bourne Building.
|A view of New Bedford's harbour from the observation deck of the New Bedford Whaling Museum.|
|A glass case contains several models of the American whaleship Charles W. Morgan, constructed by different individuals of varying skill level.|
|A display of American whaleboats from the age of sail.|
Elsewhere in New Bedford...
|A pedestrian pier juts into New Bedford Harbor at the 47-acre Fort Taber Park at the city's southern extremity. The Acushnet River empties into New Bedford Harbor, which opens onto Buzzards Bay.|
|Fort Taber, the uncompleted Civil War fort built in New Bedford. Although construction commenced in the late 1850s, work was halted in 1871, and the fort was never completed. It is currently awaiting restoration and is not open to the public.|
|A view of Fort Taber Park from an abandoned and overgrown Second World War-era gun emplacement. Buzzards Bay can be seen beyond the grassy expanse.|
|Historical re-enactors in Revolutonary War period costume relax beside their tents in preparation for a mock battle with counterparts playing British troops.|
|Reproduction cannons ready for tomorrow's recreation battle between American patriots and British troops.|
|Other re-enactors playing troops of the British 10th Regiment of Foot prepare an authentic dinner of roasted meat in the field kitchen using period utensils and cooking implements.|
|An ornate fountain near the Waterfront Visitors Center portrays the riches of the sea, including a swordfish, a dolphin, octopi, turtles, cod, and various shellfish.|
Some views of the commercial fishing trawlers that call New Bedford Harbor home. The scallops, cod, and other seafood landed here by these vessels makes New Bedford the largest commercial fishing port in the United States by value of catch:
Day 9 (24 August): Fall River, MA
|The main entrance to Battleship Cove naval museum in Fall River, Massachusetts.|
A view of the vessels of Battleship Cover naval museum. Left to right: USS Joseph P. Kennedy Jr.; USS Lionfish; German Navy corvette Hiddensee; and USS Massachusetts.
|The gangway leading aboard USS Massachusetts (BB-59).|
|The German Navy corvette Hiddensee in the foreground and the Gearing-class destroyer USS Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. in the background.|
The waterfront of Fall River, with the tower of the Fall River Trial Court in the distance, as seen from the starboard side of USS Massachusetts.
The Charles M. Braga Jr. Memorial Bridge spanning the Taunton River, as seen from the port side of USS Massachusetts. The cooling towers of the coal- and fossil fuel-fired Brayton Point Power Station can be seen in the distance.
|One of the 10 twin-mount 5-inch gun turrets aboard USS Massachusetts.|
|The USS Massachusetts' bell.|
|Looking aft from the bow of USS Massachusetts. The forward 16-inch gun turrets are prominent features.|
Each of the USS Massachusetts' three 16-inch gun turrets house three guns capable of throwing a 2,700 pound armour-piercing shell 36,900 yards (21 miles; 33.7 km). Rate of fire for each gun was two rounds per minute.
|The galley aboard USS Massachusetts.|
|The Warrant Officers Mess on Second Deck.|
|Shell hoists for 5-inch ammunition.|
|Engine Room B1 aboard USS Massachusetts.|
|Part of the Radio Central/Combat Information Center.|
The flag plot, located aft of the conning station/pilot house high atop USS Massachusetts.
|Looking up at USS Massachusetts' conning tower and signal decks.|
A view of Battleship Cove's other museum ships, as seen from the USS Massachusetts' starboard signal deck.
|The bridge of the Hiddensee.|
|The Hiddensee's galley.|
|A cramped officers' cabin aboard USS Lionfish.|
|The control room aboard USS Lionfish.|
|The mess aboard USS Lionfish.|
One of two engine rooms aboard USS Lionfish, containing two of the four Fairbanks-Morse 9-cylinder diesel engines.
|A view of the upper deck, looking aft.|
One of the crew messdecks aboard USS Joseph P. Kennedy Jr.
|The wardroom aboard USS Joseph P. Kennedy Jr.|
|The engine room control panel aboard USS Joseph P. Kennedy Jr.|
|The USS Joseph P. Kennedy Jr.'s Combat Information Centre, with the Mark 1A fire control computer at the centre.|
|A view of USS Joseph P. Kennedy's bridge.|
|The steering position and engine room telegraphs on the bridge of USS Joseph P. Kennedy Jr.|
|The destroyer's 'brain', the Combat Information Centre, located aft of the bridge.|
|Room 131 at the Hampton Inn & Suites in Springfield, Massachusetts.|