Posted by: Karen (Betty Bear) | December 3, 2012

Home of the bean and the cod

It looked like this IMG_0929early this morning – low ground fog and a pastel sky. It was lovely.

Unfortunately many houses in our town (and probably other towns around) have this:IMG_0930 in their front yards awaiting the storm debris pick-up this week. So sad to see the remains of so many large and lovely trees.

Last weekend we went to Boston. It came about that we would be spending Thanksgiving with just the four of us and since that happened once before and we found ourselves sitting at the table looking at the turkey and each other saying, this is NOT Thanksgiving, we decided to do something different. Boy child suggested we go to Boston, and so we did. We didn’t try to do everything, but what we did do we enjoyed. We all decided on some things we each wanted to do and it got combined into a very nice time.

We started at Walden Pond and hiked around the pond – very welcome after four hours of sitting in the car. Here is DH and the kids at the spot where Henry Thoreau’s cabin was:033. And a shot of the pond: 038

After that we drove over to my alma mater, Tufts University, and walked around the campus. Girl child would like to apply there and so she wanted to see it. One of my favorite spots is the cannon which gets periodically painted by various groups on campus to advertise the group, a party, a holiday, someone’s birthday, or anything at all really. The paint has smoothed the outlines of the cannon and is forming stalactites under the barrel.

047 Then it was a drive past Harvard and along the river and to the hotel and eventually a nice turkey dinner at a restaurant. Although not as good as what I make!

The next day we spent primarily at Boston’s excellent Science Museum. Outer space, dinosaurs, ship wrecks, nanotechnology, computers, electricity and a bed of nails for the kids to lie on. 076We took a break and went to Chinatown for lunch and had yummy unpronounceable things to eat. Then back for more science until our brains were full. We walked back into town over and through Beacon Hill because it’s so pretty 095 and across the Boston Commons and then took the T back to the hotel. The next day we went up to Bunker Hill 103and the more intrepid members of the group climbed all 290 or so steps up to the top. Others (ahem, me, ahem) saved ourselves for the rest of the day’s exertions. We then walked down to the USS Constitution which is the oldest commissioned warship in the world afloat. Nelson’s flagship in England is older, but it isn’t floating.

IMG_0923 Then we drove over to Faneuil Hall and had lunch in an old tavern. After that we had the fun of extracting our car from the downtown of Boston to go to one of my favorite art museums – the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. It’s a lovely, lovely place designed like an Italian palazzo and absolutely filled to the brim with artwork. I have trouble imagining actually living there, but it’s a wonderful place to visit.

And then we got back in the car and drove home, stopping somewhere south of Hartford for an excellent Mexican dinner where they made the guacamole right at our table.

It was a different kind of Thanksgiving, but it was what we needed this year – a little time and a little space away from the rest of November.



  1. WOW. That sounds like a fabulous way to spend Thanksgiving! You have a gorgeous family, all of you 😉

  2. Sounds like a wonderful time! It’s nice to do something different for a holiday if the holiday isn’t going to be what you traditionally have. I think your Thanksgiving sounds terrific. And great pictures, too.

  3. 1) I am jealous because I love Boston and haven’t been there in twenty years. 2) One of my favorite professors in undergrad was a visiting prof on loan from Tufts. Sounds like a great school.

    • Come east and we’ll visit Boston together! I loved it there as a student.

  4. Aren’t those downed trees painful to see? Gah, it breaks my heart.

    On the plus side: BOSTON !!!

    Thanks for sharing your rejuvenating holiday with us. The history is what I love the most.

    • It hurts me to see so many, many downed trees. Just sad.

      The history stuff is so great – glad you like it!

  5. It looks like a wonderful Thanksgiving! I haven’t been to the science museum in forever. Will have to make plans to take the kiddos. 🙂

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