Fall Foliage – Leaf Peepers at the Ready

As the world continues to battle Coronavirus there are some things that are naturally unaffected by the problems faced by humanity. The glories of ‘The Fall’ is one of those natural seasons that thousands of Americans and International visitors flock to annually. Have a look at this 2020 Foliage Map produced by Smoky Mountain National Park. It really is comprehensive and explains the science of … Continue reading Fall Foliage – Leaf Peepers at the Ready

New England – Adirondack Chairs

On my travels I find myself drawn to the photogenic porches and harbour areas with colourful outdoor wooden chairs known as Adirondack Chairs. Also known as Westport or Muskoka Chairs. Here in the UK they are often referred to as Maryland Chair. Originally known as the Westport Chair it was designed by Thomas Lee, a native of Massachusetts, in 1903 while he was holidaying at … Continue reading New England – Adirondack Chairs

Boston 22 August – Brand USA

So as memories begin to fade I now have the opportunity to get down on a page what happened on 22 August in Boston. Our luxury transport took us from the fantastic Four Seasons along Boylston to the equally welcoming Mandarin Oriental so that we could have our bags stored until our return to check in. The first port of call was Fenway Park, home … Continue reading Boston 22 August – Brand USA

New York to Boston Amtrak – Brand USA

An early check out from Arlo Soho and Ubers’ to Penn Station was the order of the day. The ornate and rather grand building that everyone knows as Penn Station is a facade as the station is all below ground. Serving 650,000 commuter and Amtrak travellers daily it is the busiest transit hub in the Western Hemisphere. Located in Midtown Manhattan near the Empire State … Continue reading New York to Boston Amtrak – Brand USA

Kancamagus Highway – New Hampshire

I keep meaning to add a paragraph about this short but un-missable road through some of the most forested hillsides in New Hampshire. Known locally as ‘The Kanc’ this single lane highway runs 34.5 miles on Route 112 in Northern New Hampshire between Conway and Lincoln. It has been designated a scenic byway for its beauty and history. The route cuts a path through the … Continue reading Kancamagus Highway – New Hampshire

New England – Portland Head Light

After failing miserably to get up close to a lighthouse north of Brunswick in the Ship City of Bath, the nearest was seeing the lighthouse across the bay at 5 Islands and back of the little Doubling Point lighthouse opposite the ship yards in Bath, I put all my efforts in heading south of Portland. I could of course taken a harbour cruise and seen … Continue reading New England – Portland Head Light

New England – Plymouth, where it all began almost 400 years ago

My road trip was nearing it’s final day and my flight wasn’t until 22.00 so I made the decision to tackle the Boston traffic head on. I set my trusty Tom Tom for Plymouth Rock from Seabrook a distance of about 80 miles. As I approached the half way line there was Boston in front of me and toll roads at almost every turn. I … Continue reading New England – Plymouth, where it all began almost 400 years ago

New England – Accents and nicknames

I have always thought for a little island like the UK there are so many different dialects. From Cornish, Welsh, Scottish, Liverpool, Manchester, Saath (South) London, Yorkshire, Newcastle and so on. I think this was the first time that I was actually aware of different accents in the USA. Staying at the bed and breakfast in North Conway meant that my path was crossed with visitors … Continue reading New England – Accents and nicknames

New England – Kennebunkport ME

Coincidently George H Bush had just been transferred from the Bush family home for medical treatment in Maine Kennebunkport a couple of days before my visit. It helped that the day was gloriously sunny. I was on route between Freeport, ME and Merrimack, NH and made a snap decision to deviate from the route to mad a short stop in Kennebunkport, ME. I am so glad … Continue reading New England – Kennebunkport ME