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Day 12 – Monday, 11th August 2014 – retro post 3 – downtown Boston & Bob’s 80th Birthday !

West Chester, Ohio

Tuesday, 12th August 2014

 

Very sad news today…

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Monday was  my father in law’s 80th Birthday Celebration. We had a party for him at the Ascolese’s house. Before that, Shelly & I had an appointment at the Art Academy in downtown Cincinnati. We met with Kim Krause, Dean of Faculty. He was incredibly accommodating and showed us all around the building. A truly interesting and creative place to begin an art education. Made me wish I was 30 years younger and brave enough to start again !

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Art Academy of Cincinatti

The Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, by Zaha Hadid

The Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, by Zaha Hadid

Made a quick call into the Contemporary Arts Centre, by Zaha Hadid Architects

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Carew Tower, Cincinnati, on Fountain Square

Almost fifteen years ago we went up to the Observation Deck of the Carew Tower.  It is still the most handsome and assured building in town. Had coffee in Fountain Square. 2014-08-11 13.48.32

The Cincinnati Enquirer Building on Vine St

The Cincinnati Enquirer Building on Vine St

This beautifully ornate building on Vine St was built for The Cincinnati Enquirer in 1928. It is currently undergoing a massive refurbishment and conversion into two hotels.

Car with grass on Vine St

Car with grass on Vine St

Nobby's Custom Tailors

Nobby’s Custom Tailors

Nobby’s Custom Tailors at 14 West 7th Street

The Last Passenger Pigeon by John Ruthven

The Last Passenger Pigeon by John Ruthven

2014-08-11 13.52.04 The Last Passenger Pigeon, by John Ruthven on Vine Street, Cincinnati. This city has the most gable end murals I have ever seen.

Scottis Italian Restaurant at 919 Vine St

Scottis Italian Restaurant at 919 Vine St

Scotti’s Italian Restaurant at 919 Vine St, Cincinnati

 

 

Day 11 – Sunday, 10th August 2014 – retro post 2 – Pool Day, Greenhill’s, Ohio

West Chester, Ohio

10th August 2014

New York Times, Sunday

New York Times, Sunday 10th August 2014

First full day in Ohio. Staying at Shelly’s parents house. Family friends, the Ascolese’s invite us over for the day to use the pool !

The Ascolese home swimming pool. Greenhills, Ohio

The Ascolese home swimming pool, Greenhill’s, Ohio

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Ascolese family home in Greenhills, Ohio

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Dayton, Columbus, Cincinnati

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Dayton, Cincinnati

 

Day 10 – Saturday, 9th August 2014 – retro post 1- Canton to West Chester.

West Chester, Ohio

12th August 2014

We have now been in Ohio for 3 days and this is the first time I have had to update the journey so far !

I haven’t made a daily post since 8th August, so the next 3 posts including this one will be retro posts to catch up. Hope this makes sense.

We set out from Canton, MA at 05.30am on Day 10, Sunday 9th & arrived in West Chester, Ohio at 21.04. The drive, including several stops for toilet breaks and food took fourteen & a half hours. This country is enormous. We travelled through 4 States – Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania and finally Ohio. For some of the journey we skirted along the southern shores of the great lakes, namely Ontario and Erie. We crossed rivers, such as the Hudson and drove through Native American reserves, such as the Seneca Nation. I saw a bald eagle, a great blue heron, many vultures and several white tailed deer – all unfortunately dead at the roadside !

On the road, Canton, MA

On the road, Canton, MA

Breakfast stop - Stockbridge

Breakfast stop – Stockbridge

 

 

Bikers on the road -

Bikers on the road –

My road diary...

My road diary…

Crossing the Hudson River at 08-09am. 461 miles to Ohio. Next stop Albany, New York State capital.

Crossing the Hudson River at 08-09am. 461 miles to Ohio. Next stop Albany, New York State capital.

A rare portrait of the author - Interstate 71, Seneca Travel Plaza, New York State

A rare portrait of the author – Interstate 71, Seneca Travel Plaza, New York State

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Notes and Maps

Notes and Maps

Pennsylvania State crossing with Vineyards overlooking Lake Erie.

Pennsylvania State crossing with Vineyards overlooking Lake Erie.

Dinner Stop - Bob Evans at Medina, Ohio. Eleven & half hours in.

Dinner Stop – Bob Evans at Medina, Ohio. Eleven & half hours in.

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Cleveland, Ohio in the evening. Interstate 271

Columbus, Ohio in the evening. Interstate 271

 

‘HELL IS REAL’.

Cincinnati, 68 miles -Sunset

Cincinnati, 68 miles -toilet stop No. 6 – in the cornfields…

Ohio, Department of Transportation

Ohio, Department of Transportation

Sunset - Ohio Nearly there !

Sunset – Ohio
Nearly there !

End of the line...

End of the line…

Passed King’s Island on the way.

21.04, arrive Haden Lane, West Chester, Ohio

 

 

 

Day 9 – Friday, 8th August 2014 – One Direction !

8th August 2014 Canton, MA

Canton Citizen, 8th August 2014

Canton Citizen, 8th August 2014

To nearby Norwood for breakfast at the Town Square Diner. 2014-08-08 10.54.34   2014-08-08 10.54.52 2014-08-08 10.56.212014-08-08 11.17.54 I had coffee, two eggs  over-easy, home fries & a side order of corned beef hash plus toast.

Norwood Town Square Diner

Norwood Town Square Diner

A bit of a walk through town to follow. Found a carpet and furniture warehouse with amazing Kilims from New Delhi India. The owner tried so hard to sell us one. We are sorely tempted to buy one !

Detail: Kilim from New Delhi, India

Detail: Kilim from New Delhi, India

Norwood Theatre, Norwood, MA

Norwood Theatre, Norwood, MA

Norwood Theatre, Norwood. MA

Classic Car, Norwood, MA

Classic Car, Norwood, MA

A General Motors ‘Brougham’ Car in the supermarket car park, Norwood.

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Cinema, Braintree, MA

AMC Cinema, Braintree, MA

AMC Cinema, Braintree, MA to see  ‘Into the Storm”. Best recliner seats ever ! 2014-08-08 16.38.38

Tarmac Calligraphy - AMC Cinema car park, Braintree, MA.

Tarmac Calligraphy – AMC Cinema car park, Braintree, MA.

2014-08-08 16.38.31 Tomorrow – 9th August 2014, we set off at 05.00am to drive the 850 miles to Cincinnati, Ohio in one day.

All the girls went off to Boston to the One Direction concert at Gillette Stadium.

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Day 8 – 7th August 2014

7th August 2014 Canton, MA Another day, another drive – this time to Lowell, Massachusetts to take a look around the Lowell National Historic Park.  We took a boat trip on the Merrimack Canal & some lunch at a Dunkin’ Donuts. We were meant to go on to the American Textile History Museum, but were pushed for time and the weather was threatening thunder and rain. Hope we don’t regret that ! Lowell is also home to the New England Quilt Museum. Lowell was the epicentre of the Industrial Revolution in the US and modelled its mills and production upon the industrial landscape of Manchester and other key mill towns in the UK. The architecture and canals are certainly reminiscent of that, as is the post industrial decline and renaissance through heritage and arts culture.

Lowell, Massachusetts

Lowell, Massachusetts

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American Museum of Textile History, Lowell, MA

American Museum of Textile History, Lowell, MA

The Museum is situated in the Kitson Building which was the former Kitson Machine Shop. 

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School buses on the Merrimack Canal, Lowell, MA

 

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Main St, Lowell

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Canal escarpment walls built by Irish immigrant workers

All Irish immigrant workers lived in an area of Lowell called Paddytown. 2014-08-07 11.37.32     2014-08-07 12.31.05   Massive kerb and paving slabs suggest an industrial heritage. Something I would definitely aspire to try to achieve on a project somewhere. 2014-08-07 13.13.342014-08-07 13.24.47

2014-08-07 13.26.57   Father John’s Medicine  was a cough medicine formulated in a pharmacy in Lowell, MA in 1855

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Putnum Building, Lowell, MA

Day 7 – 6th August 2014

6th August Canton, MA Visited a large thrift store – Savers – second hand & donated clothing and household goods. Really interesting displays of  objects –

Saver's Store display

Saver’s Store display

Saver's Store display

Saver’s Store display

Saver's Store display

Saver’s Store display

In the late morning we took off for downtown Boston and walked around the streets adjacent to Boston Common & Downtown Crossing. This liturgical suppliers caught my eye.  This store is not the famous Sheehan’s of Boston but it was pretty interesting nonetheless. Actually, I now think that this store is called the Sisters Disciples Liturgical Centre at 43 West St.

Liturgical Store, downtown Boston

Liturgical Store, downtown Boston

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Brattle Street  Book Shop Boston, MA

Brattle Street Book Shop
Boston, MA

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Downtown Crossing, Boston, MA

 

Mike's Pastry, North End, Boston.

Mike’s Pastry, North End, Boston.

Mike’s Pastry in the heart of the Italian district is as famous an institution you can find…as if you couldn’t tell by the street scene & the level of noise in the shop ! 2014-08-06 15.34.27 2014-08-06 15.39.46 More embossed tin tiles on the walls and ceilings. These look fairly new & I have seen suppliers advertising – must get a catalogue or some printed material about it.

Mike's Pastry box

Mike’s Pastry box

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Cannoli, Cheesecake…

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Sacred Heart Italian Church, North Square, North End, Boston MA

Sacred Heart Italian Church is opposite Paul Revere’s House on North Square in North End, Boston. 2014-08-06 16.20.57

St Lucy at the Italian Church, North End, Boston, MA

St Lucy at the Italian Church, North End, Boston, MA

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Boston Common

A peaceful political demonstration at Park Street Church on the corner of Boston Common

Park Street Church on Boston Common

The Frog Pond, Boston Common

The Frog Pond, Boston Common

Had a great paddle and cool down at The Frog Pond in the centre of Boston Common.  2014-08-06 18.02.56 Then walked through the Common to the Public Gardens  which was established in 1837 and crossed the bridge by the Swan Boats… 

Day 6 – 5th August 2014 – Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

5th August Canton, MA.  A full day was had – drove through downtown Boston, to Cambridge, MA to visit Harvard and the Harvard Museum of Natural History & particularly the Glass Flowers collection. 2014-08-05 11.21.01

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Trucks on the highway –

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Cambridge, MA

Cambridge, MA

Arriving in Cambridge, MA, we walked to Harvard Square and into Harvard Yard. From there it was a short walk to the Harvard Museum of Natural History

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The Earth & Planetary Sciences exhibition displays thousands of minerals and rocks to the most amazing effect.

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Glass Flowers Collection Harvard Natural History Museum

Glass Flowers Collection
Harvard Natural History Museum

I don’t think that I have seen anything quite as beautiful as this for a  long time. This gallery was worth the trip in itself. The work was created by Leopold Blaschka and his son Rudolf. The commission started in 1886 and continued for fifty years.

Glass Flowers Collection

Glass Flowers Collection

Glass Flowers Collection

Glass Flowers Collection

Glass Flowers Collection

Glass Flowers Collection

mmmm

New England Forests Collection Harvard Museum of Natural History

New England Forests Collection
Harvard Museum of Natural History

Vitrines in the Great Mammal Hall

Vitrines in the Great Mammal Hall

Portrait of a Capybara  Great Mammal Hall

Portrait of a Capybara
Great Mammal Hall

Beaver Great Mammal Hall

Beaver
Great Mammal Hall

Chimpanzee Great Mammal Hall

Chimpanzee
Great Mammal Hall

 

Group Portrait Great Mammal Hall

Group Portrait
Great Mammal Hall

Gorilla  Great Mammal Hall

Gorilla
Great Mammal Hall

Orangutan Great Mammal Hall

Orangutan
Great Mammal Hall

Black Bear New England Forests

Black Bear
New England Forests

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Aye Aye

Aye Aye

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2014-08-05 14.16.07 A 42 foot long specimen of Kronosaurus in the Vertebrate Paleontology room.

Seat

Urban seating in The Plaza at the Science Centre.

2014-08-05 15.10.29   Farmers Market in the contemporary public realm of The Plaza adjacent to the Science Centre and Memorial Hall. The Plaza was completed in 2013 by Stoss. It is built atop a covered underpass.

Tin Ceiling Urban Outfitters, Cambridge, MA

Historic embossed tin ceiling. Urban Outfitters, Cambridge, MA

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Historic embossed tin ceiling. Urban Outfitters, Cambridge, MA

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Day 4 – 3rd August 2014

3rd August 2014 Canton, MA

New York Times, Sunday 3rd August 2014

New York Times, Sunday 3rd August 2014

Walked up to Blue Hill Observatory & Science Center, Milton, MA. Conceived and built by Abbot Lawrence Rotch in 1885. Amazing 360 degree views as far as Boston some 10 miles distant are to be had from the top of Great Blue Hill, which is the highest point in Norfolk County, MA

Blue Hill Observatory & Science Center

Blue Hill Observatory & Science Center

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Blue Hill Meteorological Observatory Kite Shed, 1894

View north to Boston

View north to Boston some 10 miles distant

View south to Houghton's Pond

View south to Houghton’s Pond

Saw a Common Garter Snake. 

Blue Hill Observatory

Blue Hill Observatory

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Blue Hill Observatory, Climatological data 1884 – 1985

 

Common Garter Snake, Blue Hills Reservation, MA

Common Garter Snake, Blue Hills Reservation, MA

Common Garter Snake, Blue Hills Reservation, MA

Common Garter Snake, Blue Hills Reservation, MA

Eastern Chipmunk, Great Blue Hill, Milton, MA

Eastern Chipmunk, Great Blue Hill, Milton, MA

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Blue Hills Reservation – carved tress trunks

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Blue Hill Reservation – Forest trail with rocks & stones

Blue Hills Reservation - moss & boulders on the forest floor.

Blue Hills Reservation – moss & boulders on the forest floor.

Went for dinner to the Legal Seafood Restaurant at Legacy Place, Dedham, MA. I had New England Clam Chowder and Wood Fired Shrimp   Animals on the list today include:

Northern Cardinal

Eastern Chipmunk

Otter (Captive)

Bald Eagle (Captive)

Common Garter Snake

 

Day 3 – 2nd August 2014

2nd August 2014   Gloucester, Massachusetts Went whale watching today out of Gloucester, Massachusetts with the Cape Anne Whale Watch on the Hurricane II – and despite the rain and cold (very untypical weather), saw two Humpback Whales feeding. This is the second time I have been whale watching. The first time 14 years ago on my honeymoon I saw zero whales , so this is a great success by comparison. No photos of the whales however – it was raining hard and my mobile may have ended up in the ocean – so I erred on caution and simply experienced the scene as it happened in real time & not through a lens – an experience I would recommend! It may not make for the most riveting images of the day, but I can assure you I had a great day.

New York Times weather report for 1st August 2014 is not promising ! Where is the sun?

New York Times weather report for 1st August 2014 is not promising ! Where is the sun?

New York Times 1st August 2014

New York Times 1st August 2014

Cape Ann Whale Watch from Gloucester, MA

Cape Ann Whale Watch from Gloucester, MA

Heading out from Gloucester, MA on the Hurricane II

Heading back to Gloucester, MA on the Hurricane II after 3 hours whale watching

Heading into Gloucester -

Heading into Gloucester –

A fishing boat following in our wake

A fishing boat following in our wake

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Gloucester Harbourside

Gloucester Harbour side

Actually on the wildlife front I had a great day all round ! – my tally for today is:

Eastern Chipmunk

Ruby Throated Humming Bird

Gray Squirrel

American Robin

Blue Jay

Northern Cardinal (Redbird)

Tufted Titmice

White Tailed Deer

Humpback Whale

Day 2 – 1st August 2014

1st August 2014

Canton, MA Planning for the day ahead: 1. May go to downtown Boston to visit the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum as it is free today. 2. I wanted to get up and walk somewhere as I could really do with some exercise – but then breakfast was too good to give up… So I will keep you posted on some images if any of this comes off… Well – we did drive into Boston – fairly heavy traffic all the way – unfortunately, queues around the block for the museum (we should have known better !)- so we just kept on driving and came back to Canton. Maybe a 2 hour round trip, but being driven around is such a treat – even that was enjoyable. Now back home & it is really humid , so I went for a long walk  in the midday sum like any likeminded Englishman ! So hot – so sweaty – so stupid. Such a headache! Domestic architecture around here is wonderfully evocative of an America seen via the TV and from my childhood…Adam’s Family, Bewitched, even Scooby Doo !

Independence Street, Canton, MA

Independence Street, Canton, MA

House on Prospect Street, Canton, MA

House on Prospect Street, Canton, MA

House on Prospect Street, Canton, MA

House on Prospect Street, Canton, MA

House on Prospect Street, Canton, MA

House on Prospect Street, Canton, MA

Leonard Street signage, Canton, MA

Leonard Street signage, Canton, MA

Fallen Hero street signage. Sherman Avenue, Canton, MA

Fallen Hero street signage. Sherman Avenue, Canton, MA

Funeral Home, Sherman Street, Canton, MA

Funeral Home, Sherman Street, Canton, MA

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