Originally our plan for today was to hike to the Birnbachloch (DE), a fairly easy and scenic route. Unfortunately it was raining so much we alternatively visited the Lamprechtshöhle which probably was as scenic. Enjoy the photos!
Afterwards we enjoyed late lunch at Bergdorf Priesteregg. That place offers a sophisticated ambience, considerate staff and wonderful food.
Newburyport is a New England style, small coastal town which I think is perfectly suited for a semi-lazy Sunday afternoon. It’s located on the North Shore just about an hour out of Boston. So we picked it for a romantic half-day getaway. Once there, starving, we were lucky to find the local pub Grog Restaurant and rewarded us with a tasty late lunch. Great menu, large selection of beers on tab, delicious food and friendly service; the only downside was we were in line for a table about an hour.
All beefed up we headed out (just a few minutes drive) to the northern end of Plum Island to walk off the meal. First time walking on a beach with a hat and gloves. Still freezing! The setting sun is just not powerful enough to cope with the chilly ocean breeze.
Once back in town we enjoyed window shopping at Water Street and The Tannery Marketplace where one could buy plenty of home made souvenirs at dozens tiny local shops. It got pretty late and unfortunately the Starbucks on Market Square already closed down; would have been a perfect end to that day. Warming up with a hot beverage and hanging out there with a book for an hour or two…
Ride home was pretty easy–U.S. Route 1 runs directly through Newburyport! Tobin Bridge gave us a nice little treat shortly before we arrived home.
This afternoon my host mum took me to Lancaster in order to introduce me to the Amish People. We took a tour at the Amish farm and house, located little bit outside of Lancaster. Later, we drove along Old Philadelphia Pike, stopping at the Kitchen Kettle Village in Intercourse, have a look at the map. Unfortunately, I left the memory card of my camera in the card reader. No photos of the Amish. Very sad.
Today we spent pretty much the entire day at Niagara Falls. We left Toronto around 8.30am and arrived after a short and easy drive at Niagara Falls at 10.00am. Early enough. We took a lot of awesome pictures! Of course we participated–as well as every other tourist–in the major attraction: the Maid of the Mist tour. Afterwards we enjoyed dinner at the Hard Rock Café. A first for me! You know me: I had to close this day with an Americano from Starbucks.
Last weekend we – Kristina, Katrin, Roli and me, four Upper Austrians – went to Savannah. On Saturday we’ve been to Tybee Island on the beach. We saw pelicans and dolphins, were lying on the beach and we enjoyed really a lot of ice cream.
Saturday night we had dinner, ribs, at Tony Roma’s. After walking along River Street we played a couple of pool games and tabletop soccer in a small pub – Bayou Café – with live music. They played really awesome music there 🙂
On Sunday we walked through the city and did a boat tour (which was actually not bad, but I would not recommend it) along the Savannah River. We enjoyed really good coffee in the morning (they had an espresso machine there) and seafood for lunch at the Cotton Exchange Tavern. Before we went home we crossed the Savannah River–which is the border to South Carolina–just to take a picture from the “Welcome to South Carolina” sign 😉
This afternoon we did a short trip to Sàzava to see the really nice church Sázavský Klášter. Quite funny, there was a monument with a German inscription. Afterwards we enjoyed beer and a few other drinks.