Who are we

We are a family of 3 who took a break from our routine. Usually we live in Scotland but February to the end of July 2011 we were on the road in North America for 6 months. We are Mark (also known as Dad), Rachel (also known as Mum... and a whole bunch of other names... my usual at-home blog is here) and little h (10/11 years of age during the trip).

Tuesday, 29 March 2011

New England - part three

So here we are in New Jersey now... and trying to catch up with our trips so far... before we have new trips to write about!

The last part of our New England adventure was Wednesday and Thursday of last week (and yet it seems like ages ago already...). We moved on from Concord, MA to Plymouth, MA (there are Plymouths everywhere) and spent a day there back in the seventeenth century. First we boarded the reproduction of the Mayflower (well, first we had a really nice lunch at a cafe by the sea... but after that we headed to the ship). The staff on the Mayflower II were really helpful (some just technical, some in costume and thoroughly living 1620 style). We also saw the (purely symbolic) Plymouth rock. Photos of this visit below:

Mayflower 2>

Then we moved along the coast a few miles and visited the Plimouth plantation (that's how they spell it for this section of the museum - it's all connected). This (mainly outdoor) museum was absolutely fascinating. The first section is about the local Native American Wampanoag people - both their history and their present - and you can see their traditional houses, how they make their mishoons (a kind of canoe) and you can speak to the people there (which we did and it was really interesting). The next area is back into reliving history and there were lots of people dressed as pilgrims from 1620 - totally role-playing (and very well too - accents, details, all playing individual characters, not all agreeing with each other). We learned loads about American (and European) history and met some friendly people. The whole day was great - highly recommended. Photos below.

Plymouth Plantation

Then on Thursday we left Massachusetts, drove through Rhode Island and finally moved into Connecticut. The sunshine appeared and we headed for Mystic - because I had seen photos of it before (and it looked lovely) and we fancied some pizza. After this we drove along the coast and then up to Danbury, CT to meet fellow blogger Jeanne Iris for a delightful dinner and a tour of her town. Altogether the New England experience was fantastic (photos of the last section below). We'll be back with New Jersey and eventually NYC photos soon.



Titus said...

Good Lord, I've got some catching up to do too! Is that actually a cow boat dressed as a pilgrim? Beyond...

Are you speaking American yet?

Rachel Fox said...

Yes, the Mooflower... isn't it something? It's at the entrance to the Plimouth Plantation.

I suppose our language is changing a bit (just to be understood correctly). Our evening meal has gone from 'tea' to 'dinner', 'football' has gone to 'soccer' and yes, there is talk of 'garbage' and such like too. It is only temporary though... old dogs and all that.


swiss said...

this is bringing back a few memories. loving the mooflower!

Rachel Fox said...

Yes, we'll have lots of contenders for most bizarre photo before we're done!

The Bug said...

I lost my southern accent when I was in Zambia - they just really had to have all those crazy consonants on the ends of words or they couldn't understand me - & I never really got it back. But then, I don't live in the south anymore either.

Looks like you had gorgeous weather for this leg of the trip - I'm glad you had a good time!

Rachel Fox said...

The weather was mixed (from snow on the Monday to bright sunshine by the Thursday) but not bad for March. I'm glad we got a dry day for the Plymouth section as a lot of that was outdoors!