If there’s one thing the US Picks can be counted on to do during vacation, it’s to take a narrated bus tour of a big city. Chris and I did the Boston tour and learned, and saw, a lot more than we would have done on our own. Our tour guide was a little too heavy on Patriots-related commentary but that was okay.
After the tour we visited the Boston Public Library, which was…unusual. There were perhaps 100 people inside, all apparently tourists, wandering around taking photos of the artistic interior of the building. We saw only two rooms with any books in them, and there were not a lot of books. Not a lot of people in those rooms, either. Very odd. Perhaps this one is just a showplace now, and the real library, with the books, is housed in another building?
Got a bit of premium shopping done at Lilly Pulitzer and Fluevog. This was the first time I’d visited a Fluevog store since Diane came to Seattle in the fall of 2016! Chris was very generous in the matter of Fluevogs 🙂 Since we had absolutely no extra space in the luggage, let alone for a pair of shoes and a pair of boots, we had them shipped. They’ll get here Monday. I’ll post some pics. At Lilly I got some things in their big After-Party Sale. The prices there were so good that I’ve decided to only shop at Lilly when they are having one of these sales. No point in paying their regular prices, and no point in hanging around other retailers waiting for things to go on sale. But their things are lively and cheerful and they suit me very well. They’ll also look great in gloomy Seattle winters.
We stayed at the Fairmont; this was our Big Hurrah hotel after staying in the Airstream camper in Bar Harbor, a small Adirondack-style cabin in the woods in Rockport, and Best Westerns in Portland and Portsmouth. The Fairmont was our treat time. The restaurant got only middling reviews, but we loved it so much we had dinner there all three nights, and snacky lunch on one of the days, also!
But…another thing the US Picks can be counted on to do is to cut the vacation short. We have done this so often that it’s kind of a family tradition now! Chris had been thinking about it because he felt everything after Boston would be anticlimactic; I had been thinking about it because the hotel beds had been bothering my back and shoulders (even at the Fairmont). We finally broached the topic with each other and decided to fly home on the day we were scheduled to leave Boston, instead of continuing on down the coast. The hassles we had trying to change the flight – well, don’t get me started. But we got safely home, and have been loafing around with the cats and Alex all day, doing laundry and sleeping in a proper, supportive bed.
The parts of the planned trip that we missed were a visit to the Pinehills community in Plymouth, MA (a place we’d talked about for retirement); a visit to the Brahmin handbags outlet in Fairhaven, MA; then our next hotel in Mystic, CT. We would have been in Mystic for 2 nights, followed by a night in New Haven, and then headed to JFK for departure the following day. But we loved the coastal towns of Maine so much that the idea of a moving to a place like the Pinehills – which is a lot like the developments in Northern VA – didn’t fill us with excitement. The Eastern Equine Encephalitis virus (known as EEE) had an outbreak in southern Massachusetts a few weeks ago, and we didn’t want to risk it. And Connecticut is very expensive. All sorts of reasons why it didn’t seem worth bothering with the second leg of the vacation.
So here we are, happy, educated, and back on the diets. Pfft.