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The 4 Fairy Corners of Massachusetts

Sometimes, we do things that even surprise ourselves.  We take what we think is a good idea and execute it, only to find out that it is indeed, a fabulous idea and realize, it is definitely worth sharing.  That, my friends, is what this blog post is all about.

So my partner and I have two anniversaries around our marriage.  When we signed the formal papers and when we had a ceremony.  We know other couples who have done this for various reasons and it's just how it worked out with us.  Somehow, we have decided that I plan something special around one anniversary and she plans the other.  This past May, I executed my surprise weekend and it went pretty well even with several last minute adjustments.  Actually, we had an amazing time.  So, if you're looking for something to do for a weekend in Massachusetts, pay close attention.

It all started in late February or March when I came across an article:  Fascinating Places In Massachusetts That Are Straight Out Of A Fairytale.  I flipped through the article and found that there were some very cool places in Massachusetts.  I had been to a few of them but all of them seemed pretty cool.  Out of curiosity, I plotted them on good ole Google Maps to figure out exactly how it most effectively hit them all.  Once I did that, I saw that it literally took you to every corner of Massachusetts and well into the ocean for that matter.  Instantly, I knew that I was onto something.
Fairy Tale Massachusetts Itinerary Day 1
Itinerary Day 1

Once I figured out this would make for a great road trip, I just had to figure out the logistics such as how many to hit in one day, where to plan for a place to stay over, and how to make sure it was a good mixture of riding and exploring.  I got everything worked out and even developed an itinerary.  Feel free to peruse, borrow, and adapt for your own adventures.  If you do try this, come back and let me know.  I'd be curious what you did or augmented.
Fairy Tale Massachusetts Itinerary Day 2
Itinerary Day 2

We ran into a few snags that I didn't quite prepare for, but we were ok with.  For instance, the Santarella Gingerbread House and the Ashintully Gardens are not generally open to the public and one needs to make an appointment or visit during their limited hours.  We got to look from afar but not explore these.  Also, on the final day, it was raining so we skipped the Garden in the Woods.  We also adapted on the fly, deciding to visit my partner's grandmother and take her out to ice cream as we made our way from BishBash Falls to Sandwich.  And since it was raining on the final morning, we decided to go to breakfast with my partner's family since it was on the way home.
Fairy Tale Massachusetts Itinerary Day 3
Itinerary Day 3

Those adaptations aside, this trip was a lot of fun and though it was something I did as an anniversary with my partner, it really is a great trip for anyone to take.  Most of the places are free or cheap and are just fascinating places to explore.  I've included some of the photos from our trip in the slide-show below.  


Visiting Fairy Places in Massachusetts




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Travel Update #8: Some of my Favorite Pics

A light update this time around.  Instead of a video, I've done a slide-show of some of my favorite pictures taken thus far.  I've also updated my journal, which as of now is in the vicinity of some 8500+ words.  To see a full screen version, you can also click through here.






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Travel Update #7: Of Palaces & Police

Not a bit update per se nor a cool video like the last few times, but just me talking about a palace I visited, getting pulled over by the police (I assure, I'm not blogging from prison...yet), and facial hair.  Enjoy!




Today's random images from the photo archive:



The hedge maze at Het Loo


The old castle on the grounds

Pretty purple flowers in Anna's parents' backyard




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Travel Update #5: Art, Gnomes, & Walking About

Another great day of adventuring in the Netherlands!  Here's my latest video update, giving some of the numbers of my first week in the Netherlands.  Enjoy the video, the pics, and the updates and let me know what you think.





Today's random images from the photo archive:



Clearly, these gnomes have gotten into the wrong
batch of mushrooms!


Medusa--a woman you never look twice at!


More cool street art.



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Travel Update #4: A Video Tour of Zwolle & More Adventures

I continue to have a great time with lots of travelling and meeting of new people.  During my adventures in Zwolle, I decided to make this video capturing some of the sights I've encountered there.  It's not great, but it might give you a better sense of where I am and what I'm doing.  Enjoy!




Today's random images from the photo archive:



A sculpture of the Archangel Michael


The spikes for our candle-holders.







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