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We had an early start because we had to drop [livejournal.com profile] makaze77 off at the airport. Saying goodbye was sad because it meant the trip was finally pretty much over.

We had a few hours before my flight so [livejournal.com profile] morganoconner and I left the car at the airport and took the train downtown to spend a couple of hours at the aquarium.

I've actually been to Boston Aquarium before. It was a few years ago (4 or 5 years I think?) when I was in Boston for a Random Acts staff retreat and we had some free time afterwards. But I love aquariums and I don't mind seeing the same ones again. Who doesn't want to spend their last day of holiday looking at penguins?

The aquarium has changed a bit since I was last there but it was mostly still the same. Of course we spent most of the time looking at the penguins

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Waiting until the next day to do some sightseeing in Washington was definitely a good idea. It was raining the first day but lovely and sunny the next day. We loaded up the car so everything was ready to go and then we headed downtown on the train.

We decided to go to the Lincoln Memorial first because in all honesty with the current incumbent I had no interest in visiting the White House.

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We started the morning with a trip to Pittsburgh Aviary to look at penguins and other birds before heading off to watch the human Penguins play hockey. It was a really nice little place, the staff were friendly and one lady said she hoped we enjoyed the game (we were all wearing Pens jerseys of course)

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It was still foggy the next morning so we had breakfast, loaded up the car and hit the road ready to get back in the US and Pittsburgh. I've been to Pittsburgh before, but it was a couple of years ago before the hockey bug bit me so this was different. I was excited.

We decided while we were packing that if we had time we were going to go to the Pens Gear store at PPG Arena as soon as we got to Pittsburgh so we could avoid the game crowd the next day. This proved to be an excellent idea.

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We had a nice, relaxed morning because it was only a short drive to Niagara Falls. So even though we were all awake at 6:30am (because IDEK) we didn't actually get dressed and go down for breakfast until about 9am.

While we were relaxing I was able to Facetime with my 4 year old nephew which was kind of fun. His mum (my best friend at uni - he's not my nephew by blood) was explaining how it's different times in different parts of the world and that although it was gone lunchtime for him it was still morning for me. Then she got out a map and showed him where Canada was and where England was. See, an educational conversation :D

It was nice though. He showed me some of his toys and I don't think it really registered that I wasn't there for my usual Friday visit.

I think breakfast in the hotel in Toronto was probably the best hotel breakfast of all the ones we had. There was french toast which is another one of my favourite breakfast foods and OMG it was so good!

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Early start because it was a looooong drive to Toronto and we wanted to avoid the rush hour traffic. We had a quick breakfast and then hit the road.

We were very happy when we crossed into Ontario and the road signs were no longer soley in French :D

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It snowed overnight when we were in Vermont which, being an English person who is unused to Weather, concerned me a bit. [livejournal.com profile] morganoconner and [livejournal.com profile] makaze77, however, were amused by the silly English person freaking out over a 'dusting' of snow

Where I come from this is not a dusting )
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This was the day our road trip properly began so we packed up our things, loaded up the car and set off for Vermont.

There was a bit of snow which made for some pretty pics when we crossed the state border and stopped for a rest break

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We had a slightly more relaxed start to the morning and then we headed to Yankee Candle Village so I could stock up on Mountain Lodge (if you missed the whole thing about why read this. The comments do not lie).

Yankee Candle Village is so big that it wasn't possible for me to take a picture to demonstrate how huge this place is. Even googling it just now the photos don't do it justice. Just imagine a mall, only it's all Yankee Candle. And it's not just candles. They had a section that sold fudge (we bought some and then ended up not eating it because we had too much food), an area where you could make your own candle, a Christmas village. All sorts.

It was very awesome and I found what I was looking for. Do you think it's big enough?

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So, I'm back for my hockey road trip and I thought I'd do a quick write up for those who haven't seen the 800 pics I posted on Facebook :-p

I'll break this down into several posts because we saw and did A LOT on our 10 day trip

Massachusetts and Connecticut )

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