Boston And Cape Cod Just You Singles Holidays

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BOSTON AND CAPE COD - Just You Singles Holidays

Date: 10th October 2017

Boston is an interesting City with some good architecture and it was a great place to stay for a couple of days whilst we explored the surrounding areas,

One of the most memorable sights for me was the USS Constitution and what a history she has.

(Wikipedia) She is the world's oldest commissioned naval vessel afloat. Launched in 1797, she was one of six original frigates authorized for construction by the Naval Act of 1794 and the third constructed. Joshua Humphreys designed the frigates to be the young Navy's capital ships, and so Constitution and her sisters were larger and more heavily armed and built than standard frigates of the period. She was built in the North End of Boston, Massachusetts at Edmund Hartt's shipyard. Her first duties with the newly formed U.S. Navy were to provide protection for American merchant shipping during the Quasi-War with France and to defeat the Barbary pirates in the First Barbary War.
Constitution is most noted for her actions during the War of 1812 against the United Kingdom, when she captured numerous merchant ships and defeated five British warships: HMS Guerriere, Java, Pictou, Cyane, and Levant. The battle with Guerriere earned her the nickname of "Old Ironsides" and public adoration that has repeatedly saved her from scrapping.

It had to be a quick trip and I would love to have seen more but at least I stood on the deck of this wonderful old fighting vessel.

From Boston we went to Cape Cod and were met first by a huge memorial dedicated to the Pilgrim Fathers with their names etched all around the edifice with some superb bas reliefs telling the story of their landing, meeting with the natives, construction of houses and setting up of their Constitution.

Moving on to the Cape Cod Lighthouse it was suitably eerie enveloped in a sea mist which made it easy to understand that over 3,000 shipwrecks dot the shore line - caused by a mixture of the weather and the shifting sands.

Plimoth is where the Founding Fathers from Plymouth England first set foot on dry land after a hazardous voyage - though whether The Stone, encased under an imposing Stone Arch, is the actual stone on which they trod is open to discussion but they certainly landed here. And having seen the steps in Plymouth UK from where they embarked, it was a touching moment for me.

Unfortunately the replica Mayflower was away for refurbishment.

We then went on to Chatham for lunch. I suppose the Pilgrim Fathers didn’t know of any other names than the ones they’d left behind. Chatham was another of the small, ‘crafty’ tourist towns which we regularly encountered in our travels.

Our next stop was Hiannis Point - where the Kennedys and the rich and famous have their Summer retreats. Naturally there is a large Memorial to JFK with a lovely view over the Bay.

We returned to the Hotel for farewell drinks. The next day two thirds of the group were leaving to return to the UK and those of us remaining took a train to New York.

The train was comfortable - the journey interesting and we arrived to see the New York skyline lit up at night.

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BOSTON AND CAPE COD - Just You Singles Holidays

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