Unexpected Surprises Awaited

Are you sitting comfortably? Then I shall begin … to tell you all about my travels in the USA.

It all started at Heathrow airport where there was a rugby ball for the world cup. Fortunately it wasn’t being used for play as it was rather large, even for human sized people.

2015-10-01 Heathrow rugby

We flew to New York and spent one night there. There was a great view from the hotel room and Karen wanted to go out but all I wanted to do was go to bed.

2015-10-01 New York hotel

So she dragged me out for a milkshake but there were so many people about. Fortunately, I felt much safer and a bit more at home when I saw this.

2015-10-01 New York Times Square

After finally getting to bed at 9pm and having a good sleep, the next day we met Vivi and Andrea for lunch which was great to see them both. I couldn’t believe it was the first time I’d met them and Adam hadn’t taken me to New York although, as we all know, his looking after me skills are questionable at times.

2015-10-02 Lunch with Vivi and Andrea

Afterwards we got the train to Washington. It was quite comfortable and lots of leg room. Fortunately I had a window seat some of the way so could see the start of fall.

2015-10-02 Train to Boston

There were lots of open spaces in Washington and loads to see and do. We got a bus tour which was fun listening to the commentary but Karen would only let me out when it stopped as she didn’t want me falling over the edge. Here I am at the station.

2015-10-03 01 Washington bus

I did get to see Capitol Hill from a distance but got a bit confused as there were Canadian flags in view too, let alone the dome being covered in scaffolding (probably getting ready for the new president in January).

2015-10-03 02 Washington Capitol Hill

One of the many sights was Lincoln memorial which was slightly larger than me but that was expected.

2015-10-34 Lincoln Memorial

I also visited the sculpture park which was interesting and there was another one I went to, although they wouldn’t let you touch much. This seemed particularly odd for the Henry Moore items as he wanted them to be touched and for people to see how it changed with the weather. I did get out a couple of times though.

2015-10-37 Washington sculpture     2015-10-38 Washington pond

The hotel was nice and they even provided a dressing gown for me.

2015-10-35 Dressing gown

I wasn’t too keen on their breakfast bar table, despite it being orange and it demonstrates how over the top Americans go for Halloween. Can you spot me?

2015-10-36 Halloween

Karen had a rather unusual door key, not because it was a credit card but because of the picture on it. I hope she wasn’t telling me I was a back seat driver – its front seat for me all the way.

2015-10-40 Back seat driver

Fortunately, I didn’t have to walk between Washington and Boston but got the train which was quite comfortable and I managed to peek out of the window at the start of fall.

2015-10-02 Train to Boston

When we got to Boston, it was tipping it down with rain so got a taxi the very short distance to the hotel and the room was huge, absolutely huge – can you see me on the bed?! It was really rather comfortable.

2015-10-03 Boston hotel room

The next day the weather was much nicer and the sun was out again. We headed to Boston public gardens which isn’t the best name for such a beautiful place. Its so well looked after and really peaceful, so lovely to just sit and watch the world go by. I also got to play with the famous ducks too.

2015-10-06 Boston duck     2015-10-05 Boston duck

And played hide and seek in some plants and then perched in a monkey tree.

2015-10-04 Boston public gardens     2015-10-25 Boston tree

Whilst I was sitting there, a conker fell off a tree but fortunately it didn’t hit me as it might have knocked me out.

2015-10-09 Boston conker

After such a big day with so much fresh air, we needed some sustenance so we went to the Cheesecake Factory, as recommended by Adam, and had this rather delicious slice of Adam’s Peanut Butter Cup  – heaven. I don’t think he has shares in the place …

2015-10-10 Cheesecake factory

We did loads more walking the next day around the harbour area and saw this rather fascinating bridge.

2015-10-11 Boston bridge

We then went for the harbour walk and I rather liked this sun dial.

2015-10-12 Boston harbour walk

All over America, there were tons and tons of fire hydrants. This was my favourite as it was red and yellow and we know that makes orange which is the best colour ever.

2015-10-13 Boston fire hydrant

The third day was spent at the Boston Aquarium which was a really interesting place although I was worried there wouldn’t be any monkey’s but there was one after all.

2015-10-26 Aquarium monkey

Once I knew I was catered for, I made myself at home and introduce myself to many of the animals. I particularly liked the baby penguin.

2015-10-14 Aquarium seal     2015-10-15 Aquarium penguin     2015-10-16 Aquarium penguins     2015-10-17 Aquarium penguin     2015-10-18 Aquarium

I even saw some dolphins outside but not in the sea.

2015-10-19 Aquarium dolphins

Karen went on a whale watching boat trip but it was too windy for me to be out, so I got a picture when she got back.

2015-10-21 Boston whale watching

It was Columbus Day when we were in Boston and I was feeling rather patriotic.

2015-10-24 America

We then headed back to New York and visited the high line which I liked as there were lots of trees to climb.

2015-10-23 New York highline     2015-10-22 New York highline

So, I think that’s quite enough for now. Sorry its taken so long to update you on this trip but, as you can see, there was rather a lot to tell you. In the words of Boston – sea you soon.

2015-10-20 Sea you soon

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