Sunday, 27 July 2014

Boston...

Our Mooring in Boston was the most amazing spot - Downtown Boston.
We were beside this "Pirate Ship".

We had "chauffeur" driven rides ashore from 9am to 9pm at the click of the radio, 
taken directly to Boston Harbor Hotel.  Three nights a week they held "Barge Bands", 
Soul, Rat Pack and Jazz - it was wonderful sipping wine, eating tapas, 
overlooking the water to the band…


We were very excited to be going to Boston.
We had dear friends from NZ who were coming to Boston for a conference 
and added on a few days to have with us on Our Rose…


We all went on the Freedom Trail - a walk in History, covering 16 official sites, including the signing of American Independence & Benjamin Franklin.



These dog tags represent a fallen member of the US Military in the Iraq/Afghanistan War
We also went on a wonderful "Little Italy" gourmet tour of North End.
Enjoying wonderful tastings and discovering local places to shop and eat...


We booked to go on a day trip to Cape Cod.
We saw the President Kennedy Memorial


Gardens at President Kennedy Memorial
The tour also included a trip on the water to view the Kennedy Compound...

See You Juliet and David - who knows when we will see you next?..


We were really thrilled Teresa & Brett (Seismic Wave) decided to fly up and join us on Our Rose 
for the weekend before we left.

Also,  Belinda & Ken (Free Spirit) arrived…


We all visited Harvard Univeristy…





Walked Boston Common, this guy below was very colourful!..



These people with the signs merely wanted people to smile… "awesome"




We obviously had to visit this place…


The weekend consisted of good food, lots of wine and good friends!

Unfortunately Belinda was taking the photo, so she is missing in it!


Thimbles, Mystic and ...

Leaving New York and heading through “Hells Gate” to Long Island Sound
The holiday homes here are huge…


Making our way across Long Island Sound, we found an amazing place
called “The Thimbles”
Granite Rock Islands that appear out of the sea.
The houses that were built on these unlikely spots were mostly built over 100 years ago.





Nearing sunset we had Sandy Stoddard (a local)
and his trusty dog come to Our Rose in his Boston Whaler – 
glass of wine in hand, insisting we jump aboard and have a personal tour of this gorgeous place,
where his family had been involved for over 100 years.

 

From here we headed to “Mystic Seaport”
Mystic is the oldest wooden boat building place in America, which still builds boats.  
The working museum they have is incredible.
We were lucky enough to arrive whilst the annual Wooden Boat Show was on.











This photo is the big give away of where we headed next...


Newport, Rhode Island.
It was an extremely tight mooring/anchoring area.
There were boats sailing everywhere, from ex-Americas Cup yachts to little Opti’s, right into the docks in downtown.  An amazing sight, which reminded us very much of home – The City of Sails!

We went on a “Mansion” Tour
These properties had been the summer homes, used for usually less than 6 weeks a year, Summer homes of the Vanderbilts, Oelrichs, Wetmores etc



The picture below is the from the roof of The Elms above.  



The Coal was brought into the home via a 150 foot tunnel underneath the house, 
ensuring it could not be seen from above.


 The gardens, though not as they were kept in old, were still lovely…





Unfortunately, we were not allowed to photograph inside the mansions.  They were stunning to say the least.  Most still having the furnishing from their "Hay Day".

From here we headed to Onset Harbour, hunkering down and preparing Our Rose 
for the hurricane which was forecast to pass us.

We were extremely lucky, only ending up with 40+ knot winds

Monday, 23 June 2014

New York, New York, New York...

4 days and 4 nights at sea - enjoying the help of the Gulf Stream when we could,
we had some fog, and a fantastic "Electrical Storm" one evening, 
however it was a lovely trip around Cape Hatteras, 
finally arriving at Horseshoe Bay, Sandy Hook.

A couple of days at anchor awaiting a weather system to go through,
which enabled us to catch up on cleaning and paperwork.

Before heading into New York/New Jersey, we anchored overnight at Gravesend Bay 
then the next morning we motored toward our marina.

We had rather large company coming under the bridge...


which makes you wonder if you will fit when you look up and see this...

 The views were "amazing" to say the least...


The amount of people the boats pack on for the tours is unbelievable...


Coming past the Statue of Liberty was beyond words!


We arrived at Lincoln Harbour Marina, which is on the New Jersey side.
Our location is fantastic, we are a 5 minute walk to the ferry and a 10 minute ferry ride to New York…
There are then "free" buses that take us to either Downtown, Midtown or Uptown.

Our first day we went to Broadway and Times Square (AMAZING)
We walked some of Central Park

then went to "Frick" Manor/Museum/Gallery… Carmines Italian Restaurant for a late lunch

On our way to our first show, we were held up by police barricades everywhere.  The streets were closed.  We soon found out why - it was the "Presidential" Motorcade - NYPD were out in force while President Obama went by.

Our first show that evening was "Rock Of Ages" - a tribute to 80's Rock
an amazing energy and fun show - it had it all, music, comedy, sex…

Broadway at night is incredible - Times Square, Lights & Neons, "millions" of people walking everywhere - what a sight!

Well, rather than itemise each day, I will summarise…

We saw another 3 shows on Broadway...Jersey Boys, Kinky Boots and Once.
We went to Diana Ross Live at Madison Square Gardens.
We walked "Highline" a disused Tramline, which has been made into a planted walkway.
We went up the Empire State Building.
We went to Noho, Soho and Greenwich Village.
We went to Saturday Union Square Farmers Markets.
Had lobster at Centro Vasco Spanish Restaurant.
We went to 9/11 Memorial Site
We went to Wall Street and Southside.

We met up with Sue and Lydia (and Lydias husband Steve & daughter Guilia)
These ladies Richard had met 33 years ago when he was on his OE
They now live/work in New York - 
we had a lovely evening with them at the "trendy" Standard Hotel Bar and Restaurant
Steve, Richard, Lydia, Jen, Sue, Guilia
The following photos are from the week...

How is this for a "National Debt!"

Evening view from out of the cockpit of Our Rose

Highline Walkway
View from Highline
View from Highline




View from Empire State Building
View from Empire State Building
View from Empire State Building
View from Empire State Building


Largest Hershey Bar in the World...













At Union Square Farmers Market

9/11 Memorial Site

9/11 Memorial Site

9/11 Memorial Site

The New "Freedom Tower"



We even found a Kiwi Bar