Sunday, July 10, 2016

Boston Lobster Dinner at Legal Sea Foods at State St

The lobster dinner was our main goal in our visit to the Boston. And after all the long drive up from Maryland we got our wish.  What? The Maine lobster? that will be for the next trip.  It took us 8 hours from Maryland to outskirts of Boston. The route took us through Delaware, New Jersey,  New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut.  The side drive-by tour to Manhattan took us 2-1/2 hrs to get there, drive around, and get out.

It was a good idea that I returned to the airport auto rental to activate the Turnpike Toll's eZPass.  It's like Northern Calif's Fastrack.  After reading all the materials a night before the trip, I found out that their Turnpike system do not take cash.  It saved me a lot of time driving through the toll gates.  Every few miles along the Turnpike is a nice rest stop with food services.  Wow, Burger King is popular here, while it diminished greatly in California.   The Dunkin Donut is everywhere.  Starbuck definitely got their spot going at each rest stop.  MacDonald is popular toward Boston rest stops.  And they sell Lobster Roll on the menu.
Boston Duck Tour - Amphibian tour bus - starting point at Museum of Science.  It was a great idea because the museum has a large parking garage.  But the downside, the parking fee is a highway robbery.  It costed $38 after 2 hours.
 If my California's Space and Science museum membership had not expired, I could have gotten in Museum of Science free.
 The traffic jam is terrible during work / rush hours.
 Like that boots.
Signs, signs, everywhere throughout New England....more than you can finish reading within the time frame that you drive pass them.  Find a good place to park and take tour bus and metro, Uber, taxi, to get around, if you can.
 I wonder if anyone kept count of how many bricks have been manufactured or being used in the past to present.
 Hey! Fazio, Quack, quack...
 Samuel Adams
 into the lake we go.
 Boston from lake view.
Salt and Pepper bridge.
Suspension bridge.
 Interesting old buildings amongst new are everywhere.
 The original Boston pub.

Visiting Washington DC on Sunday

It was a good choice to visit Washington DC on Sunday.  You can find free parkings here and there on the street.  There is always the metro and underground train to take you and you can easily rent out this City Bikes that are stationed here and there, but if you got some foot mobility issue, then early Sunday morning is a good time to drive in.
At the Smithsonian Museum - Aviation section
I managed to park right at the corner block from Smithsonian. And as I came out, I purchased a ticket to ride on sightseeing hop-on hop-off tour bus.
I didn't realize till I start walking/hiking that State Capitol to Washington Monument to Lincoln Memorial are all in the same field of sight.  It was really cool.  It took me three times longer for me to walk with my cane, but I did fine.   I wished I made it to the Lincoln Memorial though.
 This is really cool to be able to play ball in the field of sight of the Monument, I think.  People maybe so used to it, but I think it's inspiring.
 One memorial I wanted to see was the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, but it was already at the end of the bus schedule, so I only got the pass by rear view of the area.  They could have trimmed some of the trees... I could have caught a picture of it.
People riding Rental Bikes.
A Glimpse of the White House from the tour bus.
 Ah...the Seafood City!!! Awesome.. as our bus pass by it, I made note of the street names, and I made it back there.  Interesting place located passed under a freeway.
 The Capitol is still under renovation, but much improvement since I last seen it without the top back in 1993.
 Finished with bus tour, and I drove myself to the Seafood City.  Very interesting. I did what the locals did - parked right where they parked - right under the bypass....
 There are so much fresh seafood!!  I wished I had a kitchen right there to cook up a storm!
 So many different shrimps and prawns
 I thought a seafood restaurant is there, but there isn't one.  Everyone is buying seafood to take home to cook.  So I settled for the food to go - Steamed Spiced Shrimps, Clam Chowder, Crab Soup.
 Crab Soup
They all tasted so fresh and so good!