This is the beginning of a long overdue set of posts that will give you all an insight into our 2014 holiday to the USA, and all the incredible and wonderous sights that we experienced during our whistle-stop tour of north-eastern America (including a short excursion into Canada).
I really want to make the posts as interesting as I can, and provide you with a wide selection of the very large number of photographs that we took during our trip, and to this end I have decided to use an application called Diptic, available for Mac. iOS, Android and Windows which allows the user to create collages of photographs, and in this way, I hope that you will get a much better insight into our trip.
Well, let’s get started, we will start on the 13th September 2014 when we started our trip, taking a scheduled British Airways flight BA213 from London Heathrow to Boston departing London at 11:15 hrs GMT with a scheduled arrival of 13:25 hrs EST. The flight was pretty uneventful, so we will fast forward to our arrival in Boston Logan International Airport, with a relatively quick and smooth transition through Customs and Immigration (if that can ever be quick!!!), and the task of collecting our pre-booked hire car from the Alamo desk. Quite an impressive rental car setup at Boston to be fair, a regular shuttle bus transports you and your luggage to the specifically build Rental Car Centre where all the major rental desks can be found. We naturally decided to opt out of all the offered deals, such a prepaying for a “Tank of Gas”, upgrading our breakdown cover or the E-ZPass Toll transponder, all fairly useless really, the gas price offered proved to be far more than prices at the local pumps (funny that!!!), basic breakdown cover is already included and we would be travelling much further afield than just Boston so we decided that paying for the E-ZPass Transponder was fairly futile too.
We picked up our “Full-Size” rental car, which we were able to choose from a row of available vehicles, that were prepared and ready to go, so we decided on the Chevrolet Impala, unfortunately, not quite the same model or year as that driven by Dean and Sam in Supernatural, mores the pity. Our planned itinerary, had us leaving Boston behind us immediately, and making our way northeast towards Salem, where we are intending to spend our first full, real day of sightseeing. We had pre-booked our hotels using Booking.com, a great site for booking and managing your hotel stays, quickly and efficiently. Our first nights stay was at the Extended Stay America in Peabody, not too far from Salem, MA. Once we are all checked in, we decided a quick shopping trip was required and headed off to the nearest Walmart for some essential items and then a quick stop at IHOP (International House of Pancakes) for an obligatory stack of pancakes. We were feeling pretty tired by the time we had eaten our food and pancakes, so it was time to get back to the hotel and try to get some much-needed sleep before we started our holiday, proper, so to speak. Tomorrow we will be heading into Salem, MA, the home of the infamous Salem Witch Trials, don’t go having any nightmares now…
Minimal amount of photos today, but there are many more starting tomorrow, so don’t forget to check back for the next thrilling instalment of our trip.