Our hearts and prayers are with the people of Paris.
Tanya's Daily Scoop CURRENTLY TRAVELING IN: JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK
There are NO words.
Solemn Greetings from Joshua Tree National Park. While I truly luv our National Parks, I have had a heavy heart since hearing the news of the attacks on Paris yesterday. God Bless. There are no words.
Please join me and take a moment to pray for Paris.
We must stand United and I'd also like to acknowledge and share with you that yesterday was World Kindness Day. Let's think about that.
With a heavy heart I did manage to take care of all business that was still needed for us to begin our journey to Joshua National Park.
After several chores and not particularly running on schedule (we were late). e made a quick stop for a much awaited treat... We went to the Dirty Cookie! For some Friday night SHOTS...Cookie and Almond Milk SHOTS!!!
And once we got home we found a very excited little Chaplin ALL READY to go camping!
I'm so glad that Elisa and the girls are enjoying their time in Boston. I do hope that they continue to have a great time with the plans they have set for today. Sounds like a lot of fun. And while they are busy with their day, we will be checking out the sites and hikes at Joshua Tree National Park.
Plenty of pictures coming your way starting tomorrow!
For now I will say Au revoir, keeping France in our prayers now and always.
Catch yo back here tomorrow -T
Elisa's Daily Scoop CURRENTLY TRAVELING IN: BOSTON, MA
GREETINGS FROM BOSTON on this sad day after the Paris terror attacks. Solemn prayers for this great city, its people and all who are suffering.
Heading out on the road yesterday
Prior to the terrible events, we had a great day yesterday with the start of our
We left Long Island a little later than I had planned (9am) at which point, the GPS estimated that we had three hours and 51 minutes before arriving in Boston.
After making a quick pitstop for gas and Starbucks, as well as a run into Duane Reade, for a new pair of headphones for Kelsey, we hopped on the Northern State to the Cross Island and over the Throgs Neck Bridge to 95 North through Connecticut.
View from the Throgs Neck Bridge
Gianna working on editing videos during our ride yesterday
Kelsey watching Annie
My kids get so annoyed because whenever we take a trip of any kind, I play trivia with them by asking them questions about the city and states through which we are traveling.
Quizzing my kids on travel facts
This trip's trivia included the following questions?
Q: Who is the governor of Connecticut? A: Daniel Malloy
Q: What is the capital of Connecticut? A: Hartford
Q: What are the five New York City boroughs? A: Brooklyn, Bronx, Queens, Manhattan & Staten Island (my kids couldn't remember Staten Island)
Q: What is the capital of Massachusetts? A: Boston
Q: Who is the governor of Massachusetts? A: Charlie Baker
Anyhoo...by the time we hit Connecticut we had already spent $9.75 on tolls. Gone are the days when you can take a road trip for free.
I don't have an easy pass anymore which would've saved us some significant amount of money so that will be my first order of business when I get back home after this trip
(For example going over the Throgs Neck Bridge costs eight dollars. However with an EasyPass it is $5.54. The savings is work the $30 cost for an EasyPass especially if you're planning on doing road trips.)
We were making great time but then we got stuck on CT 15 for about 15 minutes due to a crew cutting down trees on the side of the highway. I guess it's necessary to keep things safe, but we just sat there wasting time.
Gianna took full advantage of the time in the car and worked feverishly on her laptop, designing Christmas cards and and video editing.
We arrived in Boston at around 1:30, dropped off our bags at our hotel and walked across Atlantic Avenue to have some lunch.
Great meal, by the way at Pasta Beach!!! I will be writing a review of this eclectic little eatery and publishing it later on.
Here are some pictures from the day...
Boston Harbor from Rowe's Wharf
"Gateway to Boston" - Entrance arch to Rowe's Wharf complex
Lunch at Pasta Beach, Boston
Enjoying her Spaghetti Pomodoro
My Margherita pizza baby
After a very relaxing (and late) lunch, the girls were zonked and begged me not to "tour." We were scheduled to go to the Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum, for which I had secured tickets at the hotel during check-in.
So, I made them a deal - we'd relax for the rest of the afternoon, but then tomorrow will be an early and busy day.
I'll save the Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum for Sunday morning (along with the Freedom Trail Tour before heading off in the evening for Beautiful the Musical at the Boston Opera House.)
And we moved our Fenway Park Tour to Monday prior to hitting the road back to Long Island.
On the walk back to the hotel, Gianna gave Kelsey some pointers on Vlogging:
Now, in light of the fact that today is Shopping Saturday, here on Travelin' Cousins, let me tell you a few facts about the Shops atPrudential Center... This shopping center was originally only one store - Saks, along with a handful of shops that existed around the base of the Prudential Tower.
In 1991, the construction began to create an expanded shopping center. Today, the complex is anchored by Lord & Taylor and Saks Fifth Avenue, and is home to over 75 specialty retailers.
There is also a Roman Catholic chapel located inside the shopping center - The St. Francis Chapel, staffed by the Oblates of the Virgin Mary.
I know my little girl gang is psyched to do some shopping damage later today!! Cannot wait! SORRY FOR THE LATE POST OF FOODIE FRIDAY FEATURE, Click Here to read about our lunch at Pasta Beach in Boston's Rowe's Wharf yesterday!