Tuesday, October 20, 2009

A Week with Old Friends

Last week our friends Chelea, Keith and Hannah came to visit. And, of course, they wanted the big east coast tour! We had a really good time exploring NYC, Boston, and Newport, RI. We had a busy week. Here's a quick recap of all the activity:
On Monday, we took the train down to New York. We headed over to Washington Square and watched the street musicians. Gavin really enjoyed this jazz band. Washington Square is near the NYU campus and it's filled with energy.

Keith and Adam didn't waste any time getting hot dogs from the street vendors. I'm sure Keith will appreciate this photo of him!
We then walked through Greenwich Village and Hannah decided to have her Carrie Bradshaw moment. (Sex in the City, for those who missed the reference) The streets have so much character, lined with brownstones.
We headed over to Central Park after having lunch in the village. Gavin had fun running around with Hannah.

What a memory, changing Gavin's diaper right in the middle of central park!
It's becoming increasingly more difficult to get a good family picture with this crazy kid!
We went to the Central Park Zoo- Gavin got very tired and decided to nap on the ground!
Chelea and Keith at the zoo. After we spent more time walking through Central Park, Gavin fell asleep and we were able to enjoy a nice meal before the deMars clan headed back up to Albany. Chelea, Keith, and Hannah stayed in the city that night so they could take in a Broadway Show and Time Square.
On Wednesday morning, we drove to Boston. We had fun walking the Freedom Trail and taking in all the sights. This was my third trip to Boston- I just love it. The city is gorgeously maintained and the energy is pretty mellow.
A few democrats sitting on a donkey. Or as Adam put it, a few asses sitting on another ass!

Chelea and Hannah on Newbury Street. We had fun shopping while the guys walked to Fenway Park.
Keith and Chelea - North End.
I love the architecture of the North End- I guess the locals find the neighborhood too touristy, but I love it anyhow!
Adam and Gavin walking to Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market... lucky little kid got a nice ride through the city!
After breakfast on Thursday, we headed down to Newport, RI. Unfortunately, it was pouring that day but the views were spectacular anyhow. There is a 3.5 mile cliff walk that goes past beautiful gilded mansions.
Gavin had an absolute blast running in the rain. Keith, on the other hand, kept asking, "why are we walking in the rain?"
I could definitely spend more time in Rhode Island. The town of Newport is really cute. We stopped for bowls of chowder at the White Horse Tavern, said to be the oldest continuously operating tavern in the country.
On the drive home, we stumbled upon Purgatory Chasm. It's a state park in Massachusetts. The chasm was formed by glacial movements near the end of the last ice age. The rock walls are as tall as 70 feet! It's a really cool spot- hopefully we'll get a chance to go do some hiking there next spring. It was actually snowing there on Thursday evening!

We had a great time with our friends. Next time they visit, I think we may go visit our friends in the north- Montreal, baby!

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