When booking my ferry tickets for Salem, I didn't realize the view I would see when leaving Boston.
In the summer months, ferries to and from Boston to Salem run a few times a day. The views are spectacular when leaving the city and even more so when passing through the beachside towns on the way to Salem. Think quintessential New England - beautiful homes, sailboats and foliage.
It's definitely worth a ferry trip either to or from Salem. Save on one way by taking the commuter rail for under $10.
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And The Boats Came In.
During the Boston Harborfest this summer, tall ships entered Boston Harbor from all over the world. They were decorated with flags, and had perfectly immaculate "swabbed decks".
The best part of the festival, for me, was being able to speak--with mediocre Spanish prowess--to the dedicated men and women aboard the boats from Latin America. It made me feel as if I had travelled all the way to Brazil when in fact, Brazil had kindly come all the way to me. And when I accidentally took a wrong turn and ended up in the sailors' cabins, Brazil kindly told me to exit their bedroom/dance floor/eating quarters. With a smile and a "gracias por su tiempo", I took my leave. And the boats marvelled the next thirty-five people in line behind me.
That's her name... She first visited the Gulf of Maine all the way back in 1976 and has been seen every year since. She gave birth to 12 calves in her life and spending lately a lot of time with her buddy Cardhu, another beautiful female. You should meet her next time you visit Boston... She is very social...
So you did the the Boston freedom trail, have you try the Boston Harbor Walk? It's a trail that goes along the harbor at the waterfront. A lot of activities going on by the harbor walk, bars, musics, and photographers. There actually are photo walks specific tailored to the Boston harbor. It's a great place to catch the sunset!