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Sorry folks, but I’m having problems importing pictures. The files are too large and won’t load properly. Will figure it out eventually, but until then a short review of the past two days:

IMG_2168Our first destination on October 1 was the House of the Seven Gables in Salem, Massachusetts. The guided tour was good and refreshingly honest about what was and was not original about the building. The nearby Nathaniel Hawthorne house was interesting as well. One could easily spend a day or more at the Peabody Essex Museum . Probably the most fascinating, and definitely the most unexpected, find in the museum is the Yin Yu Tang, an entire traditional Chinese courtyard house owned by the same family for over 200 years.

At friend Theo’s suggestion, we got lost wandering through nearby Marblehead for a short time. One thing we did miss while there was Willard’s Spirit of ’76 painting. (Long-time readers may recall one of those portrayed in the painting is an ancestor).

IMG_2178Our last stop on the way to Freeport was Portsmouth, New Hampshire, where we ended up at the Strawbery Banke Museum, the oldest neighborhood in New Hampshire that includes dozens of buildings in a variety of architectural styles built between the 17th and 19th centuries. Various homes have people playing parts of former residents. The governor’s wife at the Goodwin Mansion was impressive but Mrs. Shapiro, a Russian Jewish immigrant steals your heart while sharing recipes in her kitchen.

I’ll post some pictures as soon as I can figure out how to downsize them. Until then, click on the links for more information, particularly about the Yin Yu Tang, because photography was not allowed there.

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Arrived in Boston

The flight was on-time, arrived in Boston early, and just generally wonderful. Unfortunately, we left mom’s disabled parking pass in the car at the hotel in South San Francisco. Oh, well. The rental car will be fine, but I’m dropping in to buy Febreze the next time we pass a grocery store. It smells like old gym socks inside. Like our car last year, luggage will be visible as there is no trunk.

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