Thursday, September 13, 2007

Home Again, Home Again, Jiggety, Jig

Oh, what a trip! I arrived home yesterday afternoon from a wonderful getaway. I spent four days in Boston with my DH and then I went on to Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada to visit my friend, Michele, for a few more days. It took me 15 hours of travel to arrive back home yesterday, but here I am safe and sound.

I won't go on and on about everything that I saw...still a little too tired to think straight...but here are some pictures of my trip. I guess I should say that DH had a two day conference, so I spent that time sightseeing on my own, so I'm not in the pictures (not saying that's a bad!).

Here's a look at downtown Boston. The blocks are small and it's pretty easy to get around. I even figured out the subway system that took me to a lot of different places.
This is the Old State House, site of the Boston Massacre.
Here's Faneuil Hall Marketplace (see the golden grasshopper weather vain?) and
Quincy Market. We did a little bit of shopping and a lot of eating here.
Here are some street performers at Faneuil Hall. They were there every day, so the donations must be pretty good.I had a few different friends recommend that we take the duck tour so the hubby and I did that on Saturday. It was a fun way to see many parts of the city. Toward the end of the tour the truck turns into a boat and takes you for a ride on the Charles river.

This is the New State House, with its 24k gold leaf dome.
Here's a picture of the Zakim Bunker Hill Bridge. It's beautiful from every angle.
This is a picture of the Museum of Science viewed from the duck boat on the Charles river. The tour began and ended in the parking lot on the other side.
Look, a picture of me and my husband! We really were there!!! This picture was taken from inside the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library. See the Boston skyline in the background?
One more of my hubby.On Sunday morning DH jumped on a big jet and headed back home to Happy Valley. I, on the other hand, climbed aboard this propeller plane that carries a total of 18 passengers, and headed to visit Michele. The above picture is of the plane after it landed in Fredericton. It's an interesting experience to sit in the front seat and watch the pilots through the open cabin door. They must have flipped all of the right switches and turned the right knobs, cause I made there and back without any problem. Here's a word of warning to those of you who might fly on a similar plane...don't drink a lot of diet Coke before boarding, as there are no bathrooms aboard!

Michele and her family were so wonderful to welcome me into their home for a few days. Michele and I have been members of a Yahoo! Group for several years and have met three times previously, twice at the Main Street Cotton Shop retreat in Minnesota and again last year when she came to Happy Valley to attend a retreat that I hosted here.

The day that I arrived, Michele and her children picked me up at the airport and took me to their lakeside cottage, where I met her husband, who was already there, and her mother, who has a lakeside home next door to theirs.

The next day we drove to Moncton to visit a couple of quilt shops. We also had lunch at a little home style cafe and stopped at Tim Horton's for a last minute treat. We stopped at an antique shop on the way home so that I could purchase a blown glass ball as a souvenir. Both Michele and her mother had them and I figured it would be a great remembrance of my trip.

On the last day Michele and I did a little running around town. The picture above is of us in front of a teeny tiny quilt shop in town. Check out Michele's blog to see a couple more pictures of my trip to Fredericton. Tomorrow I'll post a few pictures of the goodies that found their way home in my suitcase.


  1. Great pictures, Kairle, Did you fly directly from Boston to Fredericton in that little plane? Did you have to go back to Boston then to go home? I've been in a couple of those. It's terrible when there is a storm to go through. Did that once from JFK to Balitmore. The gal next to me passed out.Wonderful trip though that you had.

  2. Okay, you sure wouldn't get ME in that tiny plane! LOL! What a fun trip, though! I'm looking forward to seeing what you brought home with you. I bet your family is happy to have you home! And we're happy to hear from you again!

  3. Hope you had a great nap -- 'cause it sure sounds like you had a fantastic trip! Can't wait to see all the goodies!

  4. Kairle,
    Great photos. I don't think I would want to participate in that little plane. The big ones are bad enough. But you said NO BATHROOMS!! See that right there becomes a problem for me.
    Glad your back.

  5. Your pictures of Boston are wonderful. My husbands family is from their. We say that one day we're going to take a vacation there. Your pictures make me want to do it very soon

  6. John is so handsome. You two were made for blogging because you have such amazing places to share with home-bodies like myself. Btw...your photos are such excellent quality. I love looking at the detail of these old, colonial places. Michele's family was so lucky to have you.

  7. Sounds like a wonderful trip...I'm not a big fan of those tiny planes and no bathroom YIKES! Glad you're home safe and sound.

  8. Oh my, Kairle! I was just in Boston, too! Your photos are much better than mine, I will say! My hubby was the picture-taker, and I thought he took photos of things which he didn't, so it's nice to see the things he didn't photograph, but that we did see. Does that make sense? LOL!!
    I'm glad you had such a great trip - it really is nice to be home, isn't it?