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Trip 2013

Aranjuez, Cuenca, Valencia Spain

sunny 77 °F

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September 24, 2013
We were up early to finish packing and get ready leave London. I went to the tub station early to get the tickets. However, all the windows were closed. I looked at the self serve machines and said what the heck, how hard can it be. Well after 15 minutes of frustration, a nice lady from the office came over to lend a hand. Eleven euro’s later, and finding out you need a credit card with a chip, I was off with two tickets to the airport. I picked up two coffees and two croissants form a French bakery (s’il vous plait) and I was back at the room in 45 minutes, life is good. The ride to the airport takes a little over an hour and it’s much easier than driving. We checked in and were advised that many planes were delayed due to weather and other issues, like terrorism. Our flight that was scheduled for 2pm, finally left at 4:15pm. No problem what’s a couple of hours. We arrived at Madrid Spain and it takes at least 45 minutes to navigate through the airport including a train ride to another terminal on the other side of the field. We went to Thrifty for our car rental and of course it was already rented to someone else. They only hold a reservation for one hour. They found another vehicle that was a slight upgrade for no charge. The car was nice and even had a trunk. It also had a stick shift not an automatic like we ordered. Not to worry, I took my driving test on a stick shift back in 1960. Night had now descended on Madrid and we had a one hour drive to our hotel in Aranjuez. The first thing you hit when leaving the airport is a toll booth. They don’t take credit cards, just cash please, No pounds, no American, just Euros. I have euro’s somewhere in one of my pockets, it’s dark, the clutch is starting to smell of smoke and when I pulled the money out, it went flying all over the car. Annette was looking hard to find the $1.95 we needed. The bill was paid the traffic was flowing again and we were off once more. I just hope he didn’t report me to cops and they would have a roadblock 2 miles down the road, pulling over dumb Americans. Several wrong turns and somewhere around 10:30pm we arrived at the hotel. I do believe I dove a short distance on the sidewalk because I refused to go around the block one more time. The room was nice with a great view. The one thing we said before we left the states, we were not eating late like the locals do in Spain. Well off we went for dinner at 10:45 and the center of town was still buzzing. We found a nice café with outside dinning and quickly ordered two wines. We had tapas, a nice salad and more wine and finally wondered back to the hotel a little after 12. There were still families with children eating and drinking when we left. I’m not sure if this is the true story but the owner of the bar told us the story of the tapas. The king was not happy with all the drinking going on and how drunk everyone was, so he declared that for every drink the owner must supply a tapa. So now they just go from bar to bar drinking and eating tapas. That’s his story not mine. More wine please!
September 25, 2013
We found a nice little café down town in the morning for coffee and croissant. We wondered the town looking at the architecture and the beautiful gardens. And then it was back to the hotel around 11 to pack up and head to Cuenca. I refused to leave the hotel until we knew what each switch in the car did. Some Spanish you could find very useful, how do you turn off the rear window wiper. With the wiper still going we were off. It was a very nice ride through the country side. Some of the land looks almost like the west with the hills streaked with reddish clay. There were rows and rows of sunflowers. We passed through several small towns with the whitewashed homes and every town had a stone church sitting high on a hill. We arrived in Cuenca around 1pm and then the fun began. Driving on cobblestone streets, made wide enough to accommodate two bikes, on twisting hills with busses and trucks coming at you is very interesting. Your life flashes in front of you on every turn. We found the hotel on the side of one of these hills, with no place to park in front or in back. Annette spotted a parking garage just in time because the clutch was starting to smell again. We checked in at the hotel and it was off to lunch. The menus were in Spanish and no one spoke English but we managed to get two sandwiches and two beers. It was very good and very reasonable. Some places you can get a glass of very nice wine for $1.25. We walked to the cliff houses and the swinging bridge and toured around the town before heading back to the hotel for a siesta. We were going to dinner at a restaurant that was recommended in the Frommer’s travel book. We walked to the restaurant only to find that it did not open until 9pm. So we headed down to the Plaza Mayor for a glass of wine and they bring a tapa. We had another glass of wine and another tapa shows up. We were all set to leave when the piaya arrived. One more glass of wine and a bowl of paella and that was the end of our restaurant experience. The bill came and was an astounding $8.50. You could learn to love Spain. It’s off to bed and Annette has managed to get the AC working, so life is good. It’s off to Valencia in the morning.
September 26, 2013
We had a light breakfast this morning at the hotel. Then it was off to Valencia. The drive out of the city was easy; no one gets up before noon. The ride was very leisurely, through the hills and farm land that fill both sides of the road. The red clay reminds one of NC or GA. We passed through some hills that were around 3-4 thousand feet. We arrived in the city of Valencia around 12 noon, counting on our Garmin to bring us to the front door of the hotel. The traffic was crazy with narrow side streets and cars turning and cutting in and out. Well the Garmin said turn right and I turned right. The only thing that saved us from death by bus, was one of Larry’s waste containers, we were on a one way street, going the wrong way. While I was backing up I managed to sideswipe one of Bob’s barricades, yes they have them here, only they are made out of metal. A gentleman having coffee was kind enough to help me back up on the street, holding up the traffic. Thank you, whoever you were. We did find the hotel and with Annette’s directions we found the parking garage. Down underground we finally found a space that was made for bike but did manage to accommodate a car with the mirrors folded in. Another Spanish phrase you need to learn, how do I get my parking ticket out of the CD changer? Annette just stuck the edge of the ticket in the ejector and it ate the ticket. We found the office and the gentleman was nice enough to issue us a new ticket. I did the same thing at the last garage and didn’t eat my ticket. Hum! We checked in to the hotel and then headed out for lunch and a tour of the old part of the city. The lunch was good, fish and the wine was even better. We had a very nice afternoon walking tour, with many twisting and turning roads that are much easier to navigate on foot. We found Catedral Sue, where they once had the Holy Grail. The Catedral and Basilica were very nice. The Mercado Central Market was closed but it might have been that time of the day when everyone goes home for a nap. We stopped for a cold beer and then headed back to the hotel for a shower and some rest. We are planning on dinner at Casa Montana, which was a recommendation in the Frommer’s book. It’s off to Granada in the morning. It’s a long ride but we will arrive at our timeshare the following day, for some RR.
Annette and Bob

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Trip 2013

London

overcast 67 °F

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September 22, 2013
I was up early in the morning and went to get coffee. Starbucks doesn’t open until 8am. What is up with that? We hit many of the tourist spots in the morning. We went to the House of Parliament, Westminster Abby, walked through St James Park around the lake that is dedicated to Princes Diana, Buckingham Palace and then had lunch in this great little pub. We went back to the hotel to recharge and then dedicated the rest of the day to wondering the streets of London. We walked along the river Thames to the London Bridge. Then we crossed over and did a pub crawl back to the hotel. We stopped for dinner and I had to try the steak and kidney pie. It was great and another British tradition checked off the list. We met some great folks from Norway, who are now Annette’s best friends. They came to London to watch soccer and drink some beer. Or they came to London to drink beer and found a soccer match. Whatever way you look at it, they were having a great time. I think we were invited to Norway but I’m not really sure. Or, maybe Annette was invited to Norway. Anyway, it was a great ending to another fantastic day. We are planning on seeing the changing of the guard tomorrow morning.
September 23, 2013
We walked back to Buckingham Palace in the morning to watch the changing of the guard. It was very inspiring and Annette and I along with another thousand or so tourist, stood elbow to elbow ten rows deep, to see the event. We then worked our way to the British Museum, with a stop along the way, for a cappuccino and a cream cheese and cucumber bagel. It was a very tasty breakfast. The British Museum was outstanding. Thanks to Geertrui’s suggestion, that it was a must see. I would strongly recommend seeing it. We wondered the streets working our way back to the hotel. We stopped for wine and some appetizers on the way back, some very nice assorted cheeses and liver pate. Yum! We ate dinner at Troia Café and the lamb was outstanding. The owner and waiters are all from Uzbekistan. We are back at the hotel and packing up for our departure to Spain in the morning. Here are a few after thoughts on travel to England. If we did it again, we would spend a few days in London, to see the sights and then rent a car and spend at least a week or more in the country. That is where you will find the real England. And do not believe the weather forecast. They will show 3 sunny days in a row and it’s cloudy and overcast every day. We did finally see the sun this afternoon. It did not rain and it was actually nice having the cloud cover, with all the walking we did. Just strolling the back streets of London can be very interesting. London is a melting pot of humanity and you will find foods from all corners of the world. While you are walking around, it is unusual to hear someone speaking English. We had a great time and now we are looking forward to Spain. Thanks again to Chris and Geertrui for picking us up and putting us up, we enjoyed the short time we spent with you folks. You’re the best!

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Trip 2013

London

overcast 67 °F

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September 19, 2013
The 10pm departure didn’t leave until 11:58. Hey, 2 minutes makes the difference between days. The flight had free cocktails and they had managed to find a caterer in Bangor who provided dinner. I’m not sure where they found them but the food was not eatable. However, the wine was great. We landed in London at 10am and Chris and Geertrui were there to meet us. The only thing missing was a sign that said Bob and Annette. We can’t thank them enough for all the running around they did back and forth from home to London. If you think driving to Naples in the winter is bad, try driving in London. However, Chris has the driving skills of James Bond and his faithful navigator Geertrui, gives excellent directions. We arrived at their beautiful home in the country and hit the sheets for 2 hours sleep to recharge the batteries. We headed off to the nearby town of Ringwood for a trip to the grocery store. The store is similar to a Fresh Market only larger and offering all kinds of delights. After a tour of the town we stopped by a local pub for a pint and some wine. The pubs are great gathering places for the locals, including dogs. The pubs offer Ringwood beer that is brewed locally and pumped from barrels in the cellar. And, served chilled not cold. Excellent beer. The trip to town cuts through New Forest, where cattle and ponies roam free, including the roads. Roads by the way, consists of two lanes that range from small to smaller to; who will pull over and let the other car pass. Back at the house, Chris cooked an outstanding dinner, of Moussaka. It was to die for. The leftovers are not for the next day, they go in the freezer for Geertrui’s mom. If her mom was there, I would have fought her for the rights to the leftovers. We finally tumbled off to bed around 10:30 and didn’t wake until 9:30 the next day.
September 20, 2013
The next morning after a hearty breakfast, it was off for a hike. The hike offered fantastic views, along the coast, overlooking the English Channel. We stopped at an old Coast Guard Station that is now staffed by volunteers. Two very nice men, who gave us the short scoop on their duties. In addition, there was a small chapel next door that proved to be very interesting. After hiking, in keeping with the British tradition, it was time for cream tea and scones. OMG, it was sooooooooooo good. The tea house had an outdoor garden in the rear, with small tables. If you are ever in England, put it on the must do list. After our tea, Annette and I toured the Corfe Castle. The castle ruins are around a thousand years old. It was built by William the Conqueror. It is very interesting and even though its ruins, you can get the feel for what it was like living in the castle. After the castle it was back to the house for a quick change of clothes and then off to the pub for some grub. The quaint pub was full when we arrived but Geertrui managed to snag a table with two folks already seated, who were just having drinks. The food was very good. I had the fish and chips and the rest of the group had venison pasty. After much discussion about how well endowed my male skate fish was, look it up, it was back to the house. Chris made this wonderful apple, plum desert with white sauce. I don’t remember what the name was but it was over the top good. We sipped wine until 10pm and then it was off to bed.
September 21, 2013
We left for London in the morning, after Chef Chris whipped up some delicious scrambled eggs. We wish there was more time to spend with them in the country. It was too short a stay. When you have time, ask Chris about having the whole fire department over one afternoon. The neighbors love it when the Bowyer’s are in town, it add a whole new level of excitement. The drive to London was not great. The traffic was awful and several streets were blocked off. There was England bike race that was finishing up on Sunday in downtown London right near the Westminster Bridge. After the tour of London, Chris and Geertrui dropped us off at the Premier Inn. There is no way we could have figured all this out by ourselves, they were great hosts and we can’t thank them enough for all that they did. The hotel is really nice and one block from the Westminster Bridge. And the rates are very reasonable by London standards, three hundred and fifty pounds for three nights. After a quick change we set off for our first tour of the area. We saw the Parliament Building and Big Ben from the bridge and wondered the streets to Covent Garden for dinner. What a fantastic place to walk around to see the street entertainers and all the great places to eat. We settled in at a Wine Bar, where we had bangers and mash, along with some nice wine. The server was from Lisbon Portugal and gave us some of his ideas on what to see and do in Lisbon and most of all, where to get the best food. We strolled back to the hotel taking in the same sight only at night with all the lights. We understand form a reliable source, that Big Ben is leaning and in about one thousand years, it will fall over. Can’t wait to see that happen!

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Trip 2013

Bangor Maine

sunny 68 °F

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September 18, 2013
Good morning from Bangor Maine. I’ll wake up and it’s all a dream. No such luck! It all started with the 4:15 bus that Bonanza bus lines removed from the schedule without notifying anyone. I just happened to go on line and found the schedule had changed. So we exchanged the tickets and took an earlier bus. We arrived 5 hours early for our flight but what the heck, we made it. We started hearing announcements about computer problems and flight being canceled. Then we found out that there was a fire in the fuel farm and they shut down all fueling operations at Logan Airport. The 7pm flight that was going to London, not our flight, was canceled and they would reschedule the flight for the following day. Well our flight was inbound and they diverted it to Hartford. The plan was to take on fuel in Hartford, fly to Logan and then on to London. They finally loaded us on the plane around midnight. Not bad, just a few hour delay. Then the captain came on and indicated that we did not have enough fuel to make the crossing and the new plan was to stop in Bangor Maine for extra fuel and off we would go. About a 40 minute delay, by his estimate. Somewhere around 2am they finished fueling and we were told to ready for takeoff. About 40 minutes later we were told the ruder was not working. I didn’t understand the problem, the ruder is used to turn the aircraft left and right and the captain said we were going straight to London. Well, they tried to fix the problem and finally announced that we would be spending the night in Bangor but our luggage would be staying on the plane. Also, a maintenance crew would be arriving to repair the aircraft and the crew would have to go on crew rest for 12hrs. In addition, all the food will spoil, so there would be no food service for the flight, when it resumed. I can eat day old food, bring it on. The next message that buses would be arriving to take us to our hotels. Well the sun came up and the buses arrived, school buses. And we had to be quick because they had kids going to school at 7am. We loaded on the bus and off we went, passing by all these nice hotels. When we passed by motel six, I knew we were in trouble. They dropped some folks off at a Super 8 and the rest of us downtown at the Fireside Inn and Suites, next to the Indian Casino. I’m thinking Fox Woods here we come. The hotel was attached to an Irish Pub that also did breakfast, nice transition. It’s a little dated and run down but it has a bed and shower. And yes, they even have internet in Bangor. We managed to get a few hours sleep and we did receive an e-mail from British Air indicating that we would be on our way to Merry Old England at 10pm. Details to follow! The good news is, it’s a nice sunny day in Bangor so we might take a nice walk to town for lunch. We just received the call that the buses are coming at 7:30 to pick us up and take us to the airport. Yahoo!
Annette and Bob

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Trip 2013

D day

semi-overcast 50 °F

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September 14, 2013
Yahoo! Its 59 degrees, the sun is out and we are going for a walk. Connor is a little on the cranky side this morning. We are not sure what his problem is but he is having a tough time. As soon as we started the walk he calmed right down and he is a happy camper. Annette and I went for lunch at Hooligans. It’s another great spot that has been around forever. The hot pastrami sandwiches are to die for. The rest of the crew headed out for lunch and shopping and Annette and I went back to the condo for some much needed sleep. We are staying in with Connor tonight while Craig and Val dine out and enjoy their last night in the mountains.
September 15, 2013
It’s a pack up and travel day today, back to Old Cape Cod. And what trip back to the Cape wouldn’t be complete without a stop at Lorenz’s Italian Restaurant. This place has been around since 1948 and even Noel knows where it is. Of course, Noel knows where everything is. The next stop was Uncle Bills, to check in with him one more time. Cousin Rick was there and Karen stopped over to say hi. Unfortunately, Cousin Billy was in the hospital with a dog bite on his hand. He was letting the dog in and the door slammed on his tail, that’s the dogs tail and when Bill put his hand back to help out, the dog took a bite. They are giving him antibiotics and he should be home tomorrow morning. And yes, the dog did survive, some mild trauma but he should be recovered by the time Bill gets home. We had dinner with Cilla and the twins at their house and our friend Diane was invited too. It was great seeing Diane and she said to say hi to everyone that she met at cocktails and conversation at Peter and Susan’s house, after Skip passed away. She is doing great and is on the mend. Jodi cooked ribs and chicken on the grill and Tyler helped with setting everything up. All and all it was a great evening.
September 16, 2013
We took a walk this morning and stopped for some protein at Hollyberry’s and managed to get caught in the rain again. We must have this black cloud fallowing us. We can’t believe that our departure day is tomorrow. We will be leaving New England and heading to Merry Old England. We are looking forward to seeing Chris and Geertrui and just in case they forget to pick us up, we have their address. How much could a cab ride cost, to their house in the country? The girls and Scott are coming over for dinner tonight. And that will be the last time we see them before we return in October. If you folks are ever planning a trip to New England, here are a few helpful hints. If you like cream and sugar in your coffee, just ask for a regular. If you order fried clams, they come with necks and bellies. If you don’t like the bellies, please don’t remove them and just eat the necks, order a hotdog. If you are visiting Worcester MA, its pronounced woosta, just like sister is sista and chowder is chowda. When ordering a Sam Adams beer, just ask for a Sammy. And least I forget, wicked is good. I hope these hints will help you blend with the locals when you visit.
September 17, 2013
D Day has arrived. We are doing last minute checks, printing boarding passes and paying in advance for checked luggage. Maybe it’s just me but $261.00 dollars to check one bag each over and back, seems a little over the top. If you are flying using miles, they manage to get you one way or the other. Last night went well. Connor was a little cranky but went down for the count before we came back with the pizza. Craig and Val returned while Scott, and the twins were still here and it was nice having the whole family together again. We just received the e-mail that Noel and Mary won the football pool this week, congratulations. If we happen to win while we are away, please send the money, I think we are going to need all we can get. We will be reporting from London on our next posting. Take care we will miss all of you while we are away.
Bob and Annette

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Trip 2013

North Conway NH

rain 67 °F

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September 11, 2013
Waking up on the anniversary of 9/11 always brings back sad memories. I know most people could tell you where they were and what they were doing, when they saw the pictures of the twin towers crumbling to the ground. We had strong thunderstorms last night and it looks like rain for most of the day. So, remember that old microwave oven we pulled out several days ago, well the new one need to be installed. Dick and I were chomping at the bit to get it done. Well, more like trying to find any excuse to do anything but. The clock was ticking, Sharon was on a mission, so out came the toolboxes and the fun began. The first part went well but the template for the upper cabinet must have been in Spanish because you should not have to drill six holes for three screws. Anyway we wrapped it up just in time to enjoy a cold beer and shake off the woodchips. Annette and I made it home just in time shower before the gang arrived. It’s funny to see a pickup full of baby stuff coming off the back of the truck when just a few months ago they could travel with one suitcase. After putting Connor to bed we had a nice dinner and several beverages before crawling off to bed by 11pm. What will the morning bring?
September 12, 2013
The previous evening brought more thunderstorms and it was still raining in the morning. And the outlook for the day was more rain. So a shopping we will go. We hit a few stores picked up some supplies for the woodstove and after a nice lunch we were back at the Chalet. Annette and I took the early shift at the Stonehurst Manor for dinner. It’s two for $29 on Thursday night and it’s anything off the menu. Are we back in Florida? Annette had the rib eye and I could not resist the duck. The meals were over the top good and the wine help chase down the duck. We made it back in time for the late crew to dine out and then settled in to watch the Pat’s play. They won but still have a lot of work to do. I don’t think I have ever seen Brady that upset at his receivers. Well off to bed with hopes that it will stop raining.
September 13, 2013
It’s still raining! Some more in town shopping was on the agenda. After shopping we looked after Connor while the kids went shopping. We all decided on eating in this evening and Craig is preparing the dinner or as they say in New England suppa. Connor and I did manage to watch the Red Soxs loose to Tampa Bay this afternoon, in a replay game. We now know he likes tennis football and baseball. The kid is wicked smart. The forecast calls for sunny and cool tomorrow, just in time to pack up and get ready to head back to Cape Cod on Sunday. Let’s just hope it stops raining!
Bob and Annette

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Trip 2013

North Conway NH

sunny 72 °F

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September 9, 2013
Thirty nine degrees this morning, what is up with that? If this keeps up we might be having frost on the pumpkin. I forgot to mention that this was Mud Bowl weekend in North Conway. The finals were Sunday afternoon. It’s, just like it sounds, football in a big bowl of mud. Even the cheerleaders, aka Mud Hens, get in the act. It’s a fun weekend. We hooked up with Dick and Sharon at their chalet in the late morning. After helping Dick remove an old 1980 microwave oven and dropping it at the recycling center, it was off to lunch at Horse Feathers. It’s another great restaurant that has been around since the seventies. We celebrated with martinis because that is how we meet years ago at Decades happy hour. After lunch we did some shopping for dinner and checked out several golf courses for tomorrow morning. We had dinner at their chalet and managed to make it home by 10pm. Chalk up another fun day.
September 10, 2013
We had a 10:30 T time at the Eagle Mountain in Jackson NH. It’s a 9 hole course on farm land. There are elevated T boxes and plenty of obstacles to make this short course interesting. There was a light rain during the whole 9 holes and then the sun came out, just as we were finishing our round. We had a nice lunch at the Eagle Mountain Inn and made plans to have dinner at our condo tonight, with Dick and Sharon. After picking up some last minute items at the store, Annette finished preparing our pull pork dinner that was simmering in a crock pot all day. Dick and Sharon arrived in time for happy hour, it’s not just a Florida thing, it has spread to the North East. Dinner was great and the after conversation flowed until 10:30 before the party broke up. We are not sure what is on the agenda for tomorrow. Craig, Val and Connor should be arriving sometime during the day. We can’t wait to see them all again.
Bob and Annette

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Trip 2013

Cape Cod

overcast 60 °F

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September 5, 2013
We had a late night last night; we didn’t eat until 10pm and didn’t get to bed until midnight. We were up by 7:30 and took a long walk to shake off the cobwebs. We had a nice breakfast at Holly Berry’s and then a walk back in the rain. I suggested a shortcut through the golf course that ended up taking twice as long to get back to the house. I guess my navigational skills are a little rusty. The good news, I did find some golf balls and Annette didn’t get poison oak. We spent time with Connor and then it was off to the Chart Room for dinner. It is still one of the nicest places on the cape for food and view. All of Craig and Val’s friends were excited to see Connor. Connor on the other hand was not as excited to see them, he was a little startled. The swordfish with anchovy butter was outstanding. We ended the night watching the Red Sox beat the Yankee’s, life is good.
September 6, 2013
We were up early again and had coffee overlooking the pool. No walks this morning, we had to go to the Otis Air Base to get Annette a new ID card. That’s what happens when you’re about to turn 65. We hooked up with our nephew Tom, who works at the base. We had a nice lunch and got caught up on all the family gossip. After that we went to Lakeville to see my Uncle Bill who is in his 90’s and still going strong. His son Bill and wife Karen stopped by and it was great seeing all of them again. It would be nice to see the rest of the family but there never seems to be enough time. Back at the house we had cocktails, snacks and a very nice dinner of homemade pasta and chicken in a tomato sauce. The tomatoes came from their garden. Yum! After dinner we watched the Sox’s come from behind and beat those Yankees one more time, yahoo! Another late night, it’s time for bed.
September 7, 2013
Craig and Val were off to a wedding in the afternoon and we had Connor all to ourselves. The twins, Jodi and Tyler, stopped over to help out with babysitting. After Connor went down for the evening we cooked burgers and sausage on the grill. We talked after dinner until 10pm and then I drove them home. Another nice evening.
September 8, 2013
We packed up in the morning and headed off to North Conway NH. Our old stomping grounds! We pulled in to Craig and Val’s condo around 2pm and after unpacking the car we went to Delaney’s Hole in the Wall Pub and caught the rest of the Pat’s game. Just in time to see them kick the winning field goal and beat the Bills. It’s a win but they have some work to do. Dick and Sharon are on their way to their chalet and should be here sometime in the evening. We will hook up with them in the morning. We are looking forward to seeing them. We are also looking forward to a nice glass of wine and a good night sleep.
Bob and Annette

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Trip 2013

Cape Cod

sunny 75 °F

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September 1, 2013
We set off on the last leg of our trip to Cape Cod at 7:30 in the morning. Things went well until we hit the Mass Pike. The traffic was really bad; it took us 45 minutes to go 2 miles. And then the rain came down in buckets. It was almost like being in Florida. It finally thinned out and we were on our merry way again. We arrived at Craig and Val’s around 1:30pm and it was great seeing my grandson Connor for the first time, in person. He is Huge! We took turns holding him and feeding him and then he was off to bed around 7:30 and he sleeps all night. We were never that lucky with our two boys. Craig made a nice dinner of stuffed peppers and we washed it down with several wines and some nice conversation. It was great ending to a great day.
September 2, 2013
We were up around 6:30 and had coffee by the pool. Connor got up around 7am had breakfast and took a snooze. There was off and on rain showers most of the day but we managed to take Jodi, Tyler and Cilla for lunch at the Quarterdeck in Falmouth. The food is always great and the place has been around since the sixties. After lunch we shopped around town and then dropped the girls off at home. They had plans for the evening. Our oldest son Scott stopped by to say hi and have a beverage before heading off for dinner with a friend. Craig made homemade pasta with chicken for dinner and after several glasses of wine it was 11:30 and time for bed.
September 3, 2013
Coffee by the pool in the morning and Connor made his appearance around 8am. The kid can definitely cut some ZZZZZ. We picked up some stuffed Quahogs for lunch, yum. For you folks who are not from these here parts, you dig the Quahogs out of the ocean mud floor, open them up, dice the quahog, add some stuffing and anything else you would like to throw in and then stuff the contents back in the shell and cook it in the oven. They are delicious. Craig and Val are out for the evening and we are babysitting. The twins are coming by later on and we are doing pizza for dinner. I get to pick up the pizza at the Trading Post Lounge, have a couple of beers and come back a hero with dinner. Life is good. It’s great talking to them and hearing all about their teenage trials and tribulations. They grow up so fast. Who would think they could be driving next year! Anyway, I brought them back home around 9:30 watched the rest of the Red Sox game and then we were off to bed.
September 4, 2013
We had coffee by the pool again in the morning and then a nice long walk down to Monument Beach. We stopped by a coffee shop across from the old train station and sat outside people watching. We hooked up with our oldest son Scott for lunch at the Lobster Trap. It started out as a fish market that grew into a takeout restaurant and is now a full blown restaurant and tavern. It has a great location near the train bridge and along Back River. The food was good the beer was cold and the conversation flowed. We are planning on being low key this evening, a nice salad with chicken and some quality time with Connor, Craig and Val.
Bob and Annette

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Trip 2013

On the road to Cape Cod

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August 29, 2013
We left Bonita Springs around ten this morning and arrived at Daytona Beach Ocean Walk Wyndham around one thirty in the afternoon. We checked in and then headed off to the Ocean Deck on Daytona Beach for steam shrimp and beer, yum. We took a ride down the strip after lunch and the place is very quiet. It’s a far cry from spring break and race week. We ate dinner at Caribbean Jack’s on the water. It’s a very nice restaurant, with nice views and great atmosphere. I only wish I could say the same about our night at Ocean Walk. They are remodeling and the work goes on all night. There is nothing like waking up at one AM to the sounds of jackhammers and drills. Annette called the 24 hour front desk, that didn’t answer and then went out in her nightgown looking for a construction worker to yell at, but came back empty handed. She was gone for quite awhile. Hum!
August 30, 2013
Travel day today. We are staying at the Comfort Inn Suites just South of Charlotte and we are hoping for a good night sleep, with no construction. We have a really nice room and dining out at the Long Horn Stake House. First time at this restaurant and the food was great. It’s time for some wine and a good night’s sleep.
August 31, 2013
Travel day today. It’s a long day on the road. We arrived at the Comfort Inn and Suits in Scranton PA around 4:30 and we were looking forward to a cold beer and a nice meal at Mug’s, right next to the hotel. We asked the front desk for our free drink chip and found out the restaurant closed down. Bummer! We ended up at Doc Magrogan’s Oyster House and Fish Market. The place was really nice but over the top expensive. They wanted $2.50 for one oyster. I did mention that they were 50 cents apiece in Florida and that was the end of our friendly waiter. Annette informed me that I should not say things like that; they don’t want to hear it. God only knows what he did to my Caesar salad with salmon. Oh well, it’s off to Cape Cod in the morning.

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