04.10.2012 19 °F
28 th September
We spoke too soon!!!!!!! Once we collected our hire car the heavens opened up, it was pouring with rain and our trip to Newport was very slow and dreary. It was a difficult drive with R only having had a few hours sleep and the weather causing all traffic to slow down to 20 mph.
We shouldn't complain as up until today the weather had been great.
We finally arrived in Newport and bedded down for the night we were both exhausted. Newport RI is such a picturesque town, we thought it may have been a bit glitzy considering it's notoriety, we were surprised. It is a Tourist haven for the locals, however, it has all the charm of a small seaside port. A few of the old mansions along the cliff face are open to the public others remain in private hands. If you picture a row of Werribee mansions one after the other you will get the picture. R was suitable impressed with the Yachts in the harbour and not to mention the ones that were for sale!!!!!
After wandering around for most of the day we headed towards Boston.
29th & 30th September
Boston -a sister city to Melbourne and very similar in many ways, a city steeped in history, what can we say, we loved it. G's oncologist spent a year here doing research at the renowned Cancer Research Center a couple of years ago and he said we would enjoy Boston, how right he was!!!!!! It was still raining so we started our day off with an on/off tour to get our bearings and found that it was easy to get around on foot. Our first stop was a tour of the USS Constitution which R found intriguing, he was in awe of the ships workings and mass of sails. The weather had improved by early afternoon so we decided to walk back to our hotel which was situated a block back from the popular Common Gardens. The Cheers Bar is also sitauted across from the Gardens so we popped in there for a trip back into memory lane.
Most of the houses in inner city are very similar to east Melbourne, so you can imagine how enjoyable it was to walk around. As it was still early and the although a bit cool, the weather has gone from a hot 36 to a cool 15 in only a matter of days, we decided to do the 3 mile Freedom Trail walk. The Bostonians do the tourist thing really well!!!!!! Whilst we were on the walk we came across a Police Road block with around 30 onlookers on one corner and the same kind of press numbers on the other corner. R asked the police officer what was going on and to our amazement Romney was in the building across the road. Who would have thought!!!! We continued along the trail over the river and found that the back of the building was also being patrolled by the water police. We completed the walk and was heading back when as we passed the road block again Romney was leaving, with a wave to the media he jumped into his vehicle and was off with a full Police and security escort. R managed to get a couple of photos, who knows if he is elected President in November? it will be the closest we ever get to a US president.
Prior to leaving Boston we had another quick walk around the site of the Boston Tea Party and then we drove off to the Berkshire area in New England