Updated: Jan 24
Reflecting on New England
As my refined smorgasbord of lobster, quaint towns, beautiful coastlines, rolling mountains and the extremely rich has come to an end, this is an opportunity to reflect upon this special part of North America. On this journey, we visited all six states of New England. Each with its own particular identity, yet collectively united by history, geography and identity.
The USS Constitution, in Boston Harbour
New Englanders are fiercely patriotic Americans. Flags adorn town after town, yet the region often stands in opposition to trends elsewhere in the country.
There are subtle accent variances but certainly a distinctive regional accent. It would be excessive to consider the accent beautiful, but it is their own and I continuously find New Englanders to be friendly and inviting.
The coastline is beautiful
This entire region is defined by glaciation. The highest peak – Mount Washington stands a mere 6500 feet. Water is abundant and New England’s coastline is simply magnificent.
In terms of tourism, the region is probably best known for its Fall colours, but on this spring trip, we enjoyed beauty around every corner.
The journey began, as it should, in Boston.
Beantown as Boston is affectionately known is the oldest large city in the United States. It is typically multicultural, but the largest ethnic group remains Irish.
Boston is educated, it is encircled by universities including Harvard and MIT. It is also sports-crazy. The classic American sports of baseball, football and hockey dominate, but for runners, the Boston Marathon is famous and competitive.