S: 2012 Massachusetts Summer Vacation
BC: OFFICIAL USE ONLY | MASSACHUSETTS | DEPARTED AUG 21 2012
FC: Prudential Center | New England Aquarium | Old North Church | Boston Logan Airport | Harvard University | Old South Meeting House | Museum of Science | Edgartown Lighthouse | Bunker Hill Monument | 2012 Massachusetts Summer Vacation
1: BOSTON | MASSACHUSETTS | ARRIVED 01 AUG 2012 | Founded in 1630, Boston is one of the oldest cities in the United States. Boston is famous as a Historical, Cultural, Sporting and Academic destination.
2: WRENTHAM VILLAGE FACTORY OUTLETS FRANKLIN, MA. Mostly clothing & accessories, but also some housewares, jewelry and a few restaurants.
3: BLUE MOON BAGEL CAFE MEDFIELD, MA. Family owned an operated, Blue Moon is a great place for breakfast when heading to Southwick's Zoo. We tried the Corn Beef Reuben and the Panini Cubano.
5: SOUTHWICK'S ZOO MENDON, MA. New England's largest Zoo in terms of surface area. In addition to the animal exhibits, Southwick's features many mechanical and animal rides, which the kids loved.
6: THE DEER FOREST One of the kids' favorite areas. They got to feed the deer and take a ride on the trolley train.
7: THE ZOO RIDES Southwick's offers a variety of spinner and drop rides as well as rides on ponies and dromedaries.
8: SKYFARI SKY RIDE A relaxing fifteen minute ride through the forest canopy with unique views of the animal exhibits.
9: THE PETTING ZOO No trip to a zoo or animal farm is complete without a little hands-on interaction with the residents.
10: GEORGE'S SURF 'N TURF UXBRIDGE, MA. If you are in the mood for fried scallops, clams, shrimp or chicken strips, then this is the place. Food is served at the counter and can be enjoyed at outdoor picnic seating.
11: Punkie | having fun at | Beach
12: Old Sturbridge | VILLAGE
13: OLD STURBRIDGE VILLAGE Is a "living museum" depicting life in a colonial American town in the late 1700's. Every year in August OSV plays host to Redcoats and Rebels.
17: Redcoats and Rebels | with nearly 1000 actors portraying troops from both sides of the American Revolutionary War, Redcoats and Rebels at Old Sturbridge Village is New England's premier reenactment event.
18: QUINEBAUG RIVER BOAT We hopped on the Quinebaug River Boat to give the kids a break from the deafening musket and canon fire.
19: ENRICO'S BRICK OVEN PIZZAS STURBRIDGE, MA. A small family run Italian restaurant tucked away in a little strip mall on Main Street offers nonetheless some of the best oven-fired pizzas in the area.
21: Salem, New Hampshire
23: CAST AWAY ISLAND
24: These rail-guided racing cars were fun for all ages.
28: THE STEAMSHIP AUTHORITY WOOD'S HOLE, CAPE COD This ferry operates between Wood's Hole and either Vineyard Haven or Oak Bluffs on Martha's Vineyard Island.
29: JAWS FEST, AMITY ISLAND For true shark aficionados the annual Jaws Fest & Shark Week celebration on Martha's Vineyard offers a scavenger hunt, prop exhibits and movie screenings.
30: SEAFOOD SHANTY RESTAURANT EDGARTOWN, MA. Overlooking Edgartown harbor, the Seafood Shanty Restaurant boasts a wide range of seafood dishes from Fish Fingers to Lobster Thermidor.
32: SULLIVAN'S & CASTLE ISLAND BOSTON EAST END, MA. The trail around Pleasure Bay is a nice place for walking or jogging. Sites in this area include Sullivan's Restaurant, Fort Independence, a Playground and Sailboat Rental.
35: BOSTON FREEDOM TRAIL 4.3 kilometers long, the Freedom Trail is Boston's historical walking trail past some of the United States' most iconic places and monuments.
36: INNER HARBOUR FERRY Take MBTA's Inner Harbour Ferry from Long Wharf Downtown to Navy Yard for some great views of the Boston Skyline, before heading to the USS Constitution.
37: USS CONSTITUTION The oldest commissioned and still sailing Navy Warship in the world, the undefeated USS Constitution ("Old Ironsides") played a major role in the American War of Independence.
38: BUNKER HILL MONUMENT The Bunker Hill Monument is a 221 foot obelisk dedicated to the first major battle of the American War of Independence. It takes 294 steps to reach the top.
39: WARREN TAVERN Dating from the late 18th Century the Warren Tavern in the Charlestown district of Boston is a beautifully restored example of early American architecture.
40: COPP'S HILL CEMETARY & OLD NORTH CHURCH Just across the Charles River Bridge the Freedom Trail passes the Copp's Hill Burial Ground and the Old North Church.
41: BOSTON'S NORTH END Home to dozens of Italian restaurants, Boston's Little Italy is also where you'll find the Paul Revere House and the North End Park.
42: FANUEIL HALL & QUINCY MARKET Outside Fanueil Hall talented street performers entertain passersby, while the Quincy Market hosts just about every type of food stall you can think of.
43: DOWNTOWN & THE PARKS At the end (or beginning) of the Freedom Trail, the Boston Common and Boston Public Garden parks will entertain the kids with playgrounds, wading ponds and the famous Swan Paddle Boat Ride.
44: HARVARD UNIVERSITY CAMBRIDGE, MA. One of the Unites States' most famous and prestigious centers of learning. | college | government | engineering | extension
45: medical | business | law | dentistry | design | public health | divinity | education
46: HARVARD MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY Features exhibits of gems and minerals, mammals, fossil fauna, insects and crustaceans as well as exquisite glass replicas of flowers and plants.
48: PEABODY MUSEUM CAMBRIDGE, MA. This museum of anthropology and ethnology has some interesting exhibits on native cultures from around the world.
49: OLEANA RESTAURANT CAMBRIDGE, MA. Top chef Ana Sortun's take on Turkish Meze, served Tapas style with White Sangria. Bartender Valter from Brazil was our host for the evening.
57: BOSTON CHINATOWN The entrance to Boston's Chinatown is demarcated with a traditional "Paifang" or Chinese archway.
61: BOSTON CHILDREN'S MUSEUM BOSTON, MA. Not really a museum in the traditional sense, but rather a learning through doing experience for kids and young teenagers. Activities include scientific experiments, art classes, building and stacking, theater, media studio and a three-story climbing platform in the main hall. | Lizzy and Vicky returning to ground level after climbing all the way to the third floor and back...together!
62: Q RESTAURANT BOSTON CHINATOWN Mongolian Hot Pot or Shabu-Shabu is an Eastern style of dining where you prepare your own meals at the table by cooking a selection of seafoods, meats and vegetables in a boiling pot of broth.
63: Macaroni & Cheese | Rum Punch | Sangria | Jerk Chicken | Jerk Pork | Banana Salad | Tossed Salad | Chef P. | Chef Punkie
65: Farewell Massachusetts, until next time...