Wednesday, 20 November 2013

The Next Leg - Cape Cod


Well, I felt a week from a post about our holiday was long enough.  So here is the next leg of our journey. 

We picked up our hire car from Logan Int. Airport.  We got a really nice midsize car - a  white Hyundai Elantra.  Very comfy, which was just as well as we were going to be doing a lot of sitting in it, lol. 


Anyway we got of to a fairly good start until Dan took a wrong turn coming out of the airport.  We ended up driving in Boston, which was something we were trying to avoid.  But true to style Danny didn't get flustered or upset, he stayed calm and we got out of Boston unscathed. 
It is quite scary driving in another country where the wheel is on the other side of the car and also driving on the other side of the road. 
I felt he was driving quite close to my side of the road and had to 'nicely' tell him to move over a wee bit.  We had no problems though and Danny did a fine job of the driving :))

So we were making for the Cape Cod area as we had a hotel booked in Hyannis.  It wasn't a terribly long journey - about and hour and a half. 

Before we reached Hyannis we decided to stop off at Plymouth for a short stop.  It was blooming freezing with a really chilly wind.   


We had a look around the Mayflower 11.  The original Mayflower that sailed to Plymouth in 1620 no longer exists.  The Mayflower 11 is a reproduction which was built in Devon in England and actually crossed the Atlantic in 1957. 

 

Plymouth Rock is the site of disembarkation of the Mayflower Pilgrims in 1620.


After having a good look around and feeling decidedly cold we decided to head back to the car for some warmth and to travel onwards. 

The Anchor Inn - the hotel we booked in Hyannis.  Another great choice!!

One of the views from the hotel. 
You could catch a ferry to Nantucket, I would have loved to do that but again time restraints didn't allow for it.

The next day we decided to drive through to a place called Chatham, which was really lovely.

 Chatham Lighthouse and Coastguard Station.

 Chatham's lovely beach.





The town was having an open day for Oktoberfest and some of the businesses had put some pumpkin displays out - so clever and very original.  
Remember the ducks from Boston?

We had lunch in a place called 'Sandy's Diner', it was really tasty and we could have happily sat there all afternoon!  

We left Chatham and started heading for Provincetown, there were lots of lovely spots to stop and take pictures on our way and this was one of them. I don't think my picture really did it justice.



 I had been wanting to get a picture of a pumpkin patch and as we were driving along I saw this one.  I quickly grabbed my camera and captured it :))


 It was quite amazing, and surreal, to be driving along a main road in amongst the sand dunes towards  Provincetown. 



We drove through the town of Provincetown but believe it or not couldn't find anywhere to stop and park so all I have it this one pic of the town.

That was quite a long enjoyable day and we saw many sights, we decided to head back to the hotel for the evening. 

The next stop would by Mystic - we LOVED Mystic!!

To be continued ...

12 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

someone in blogland just posted plymouth rock this past week - and talked about mystic pizza, too. :)

pretty area!

Rose said...

I wondered how you guys felt driving on the what is the wrong side of the road...I have wondered how I would do if I ever had to drive in over there.

Lovely set of photos.

Jeanne said...

i love the cape! and have spent many happy hours there. The shopping along the coast is just amazing and i love sliding down the dunes. I am impressed that your husband managed Boston without any problems. I can so empathize that it is really strange being on the wwong side of the car. And boston is not an easy city to drive in at all. "Next time" you come, you will have to try Nantucket. It is a wonderful little island, and also the vineyard. Can't wait to hear about Mystic. Have nevaer been there. Great shots here! Happy Wednesday to you!

Dawn Yucuis said...

Ellie, it sounds like you had a wonderful holiday. I can't wait to hear more about it.

Kay G. said...

Hello! Just had to tell you, my husband and I have that exact same car, a Hyundai Elantra, only ours is silver, and from your photo, yours looks silver too!
I worked as a travel agent for years and everyone always said how hard it was to drive in Boston, so well done you!

Sandra said...

Lots of lovely souvenirs from a trip you will always remember!
Nice to see where the pilgrims landed in 1620!
I can't believe the number of telephone (?) wires hanging all over the place in that last shot!

Eileen T said...

Loving all these photos of your holiday. I thinks Dan is very brave, driving on the 'wrong' side of the road - not sure how I'd feel about doing that. Did you do any driving at all?

Buttons said...

Mystic Pizza I remember that movie:) I love your trip and enjoying seeing it from my chair:) Hug B

Jill said...

Oh Elle! This looks like a fantastic trip! I can't wait to see more!

Debbie said...

gorgeous images ellie, such a great, well planned trip!!

we go to mystic all the time, my son lives close by!!

i LOVE mystic!!

DisparateDan said...

I have to confess, Ellie's right. I was rather close to the edge on her side; some mailboxes on the Cape would vouch for that - not that any were hit ... but it was close!!

Kayla said...

Just getting caught up on your holiday! Glad you seemed to have such fun!