Wednesday, September 12, 2007
Monday, after a good breakfast at the hotel, we drove up the North Shore of Boston through Cape Ann, Glouchester, Rockport, Ipswich (see the Clam Box - the sweetest clams I've ever eaten - truly YUMMY!), and Essex before returning to Manchester, NH to fly home. It was cloudy, but quite pleasant, and we loved taking the quiet, back roads past perfect villages and the ocean.
We particulary sought out properties owned by the SPNEA (Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities) - Cogswell's Grant (the peach colored house), Spence-Peirce-Little Farm, and the Coffin House. At the farm we saw the sheep and the goat peeking around the barn, and we passed an alpaca farm on the lane coming into the farm. That was lots of fun. Nothing was open on a Monday, but we'll hope to come back on a weekend to go inside.
Wish you could've been with us, Mom, but hope these photos bring back some happy memories for you.
Sunday, we went to the Cambridge farmer's market outside the Charles Hotel, followed by a cooking class and lunch with Chef Jody Adams of Rialto. She's a longtime favorite of ours, so we try to eat with her everytime we come to Boston. Antipasto, fresh cheese ravioli, stripped bass with corn & tomato sauce, spice cake. It was terrific. After that we bought a Boston Globe, clam chowder from Legal Seafood, and chocolates for dinner at our hotel. A relaxing day.
We had a easy flight to Manchester, NH, on Southwest Airlines, where we picked up a rental car for the easy one-hour drive to Cambridge. We checked into the hotel, changed, then took the T (subway) over to the concert venue, the Bank of America Pavillion. Will asked Louis to bring along his tuxedo, in case one of the band or choir members forgot theirs, so we dropped that off before dinner at Salvatore's across the street. It was very hot, so I think he regretted his big idea to wear the tuxes, but they DID look nice. The young lady in the black baseball cap is Kiku, our friend from Tokyo who comes to Will's concerts several times each year. She's a trooper. There were about 5,000 people at the concert by the time Will's set ended. It was fun and exciting. So glad we could come east for this one.