Hannah and Je together

Friday, 5 October 2012

US North East Trip – Massachusetts

Our next destination was Massachusetts whose official name is the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. As long as I know, there are only four states which use Commonwealth in their official name, not State.

Beautiful Massachusetts Highway

On the highway, we went into a rest area and found that Korean flag was hung with UN flag which was quite interesting.

Korea and UN flag in a rest area, Massachusetts

I found it  was Korean war Memorial. Even in the state of Delaware, we ran on a highway whose name is Korean War Memorial Highway. I was ashamed that America tries more to remember the Korean War than we Koreans do.

Korean War Memorial Rest Area in Massachusetts

We spent a night at Sandy Pond in a tent. It was very nice camping place, but the thing was it was too cold that night to sleep in a tent. If you go to Massachusetts, Sandy Pond would be nice choice for camping – http://www.sandypond.com/

We went to the Province Town at the tip of the Cape Cod. A captain named it Cape Cod at this town in 1602, and people in Mayflower signed to settle and build self-governed community in 1620. It is very small and beautiful town. Its famous beach is very very long and so nice. Just walking from one end to the other end of the beach could be very challenging. And this town is now famous for…..

Ultimate Gay and Lesbian Experience

Wow… Unexpected in this small and beautiful town. I am not saying anything, just unexpected in the town guide book.

And we went to that famous place, probably one of the most famous place in the United States – Plymouth, the America’s Hometown. If you don’t know Plymouth, you may have heard about a ship named Mayflower. The Mayflower departed Plymouth, England for Plymouth in America, but they actually arrived at Province Town in Cape Cod.

Mayflower looks like t his (Plimoth Plantation)

And the second Mayflower departed from London, England and they arrived Plymouth in America. If you go to Plymouth, Massachusetts, you can visit Plimoth Plantation where you can see and experience the original settlement colony and the early lives also aboriginal tribes lives.

And in the town of Plymouth, you can see the Replica of Mayflower II on the harbour.

Mayflower II replica at Plymouth

And then we headed to Boston. Oh, by the way, the Massachusetts trip were not made in a day, it took a few days. And Boston is famous for Freedom Trail.

Just follow and that’s it!

Not like other cities, Boston made it really easy for the tourists. You can just follow two lines of red bricks to see all the famous and historical sites!

State House of Massachusetts

This is the State House of Massachusetts, in the other side of the public park named Boston Common. The dome is coated with real gold!

Inside the dome

You can get the free guided tour in the State House which was very nice. And I again found  that George Washington and Abraham Lincoln are the real gods of America.

Sacred Cod

Sacred Cod is one of the State House symbol and they cannot make a law (legislate) without the presence of this fish! This was stolen twice.  First one was done by the students at Harvard University. After the second theft, they now hang it up high. And they also have Holy Mackerel.

Teagle

On top of this picture, you can see a bird which is often called Teagle. When it was made, America had not yet decided the symbol of the country. There was debate between Eagle and Turkey. So they just made a bird with Turkey’s head and Eagle’s body, and now they call it Teagle.

Street performers are not only at NYC

You can also see some of the street performers (not as many as in NYC though). Especially the guy in the left side was so fun and good. He also said Hannah is so beautiful and because of that, she wanted to tip him. Unfortunately, I had only 50 bills which is toooooo big for a tip.

USS Constitution

This ship is almost at the end of the freedom trail. The USS Constitution was built and launched in 1797 and now the oldest navy ship in the world which is still afloat.  There are much more to write about this ship and the freedom trail, but I just don’t want this posting to be too long.

Hockey, eh!

And Boston is not only for serious history, it has lots of fun too. We went to the nearby school whose name is Harvard University, often referred as the World’s best school.

Business School at Harvard University

We parked at the school’s parking lot with very cheap price for the day, and we walked to almost everywhere in the campus. As you may know, old schools like Harvard don’t have walled campus.

Harvard is famous for this

Hannah led me to some of the buildings and told me pointing the buildings, which one is where Matt Damon studied or stayed, and which one is where Mark Zuckerberg stayed, and so on.

And even after Massachusetts, our trip continued. We just came half way, eh!

Saturday, 29 September 2012

US North East Trip – Rhode Island

Rhode Island is the very smallest state in America, having the longest official name of “State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations.” People may easily think it is an island. Yes, its has some islands but mostly it is land between Connecticut and Massachusetts.

Newport, Rhode Island

We went to Newport, and it is very beautiful place. I thought Rehoboth beach was nothing to Newport. Its downtown area is pretty and cute, and it also has scenic driving which is really beautiful.

Newport Bridge

When we came into Newport, we crossed two bridges in a row – Jamestown Bridge from Mainland into the island of Jamestown, and Newport Bridge from Jamestown to Newport. As soon as we climbed upon the bridge, I just exclaimed, “Wow.”

Even though the picture above shows only sky and part of the bridge, the view from the door window was extraordinary. It was so beautiful. I think Jamestown bridge has more beautiful scene than Newport bridge (which means Jamestown is prettier than Newport).

Benjamin’s Bar in Newport, Rhode Island

We went into Benjamin’s Bar for lunch, not expecting much. We chose this restaurant because we did not want to spend lots of money at a gorgeous restaurant. Yes we were right about that.

Three Course Lobster Meal

We both had three course lobster meals. We were served with a 1¼lb whole lobster, of course cooked ones. It was so amazing. It was my first time to had the whole lobster like that (Hannah too). And how much we paid? One meal – three course lobster meal – was $15.99.

We were so much satisfied, I thought, “Oh my God, I can totally live here forever!” Newport is definitely very wonderful place having such beautiful scenes with so great seafood.

Where is our Next Destination?

One bad thing, really bad thing of picture is that it cannot contain the real beauty of the place. Even though I upload thousand pictures of Newport, you must personally go and see there to feel and  experience its beauty.

Newport, Rhode Island – definitely beautiful place.

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