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June 6, 2016

Plymouth: Where Kitsch Meets History

 I really love downtown Plymouth.  It's a pretty walk along the waterfront with lots and lots of shops, restaurants, ice cream and history in a short stretch of street.  


There are pirate tours you can take but I don't know if it's on this little boat or what.  This actually wasn't an area known for pirates that I know of.


What would a historic waterfront town be without tshirt and souvenir shops?  

John Alden was one of the original pilgrims.  I'm sure he'd be pleased to see a gift shop with his name on it.  ;-)




Looking up Cole's Hill.

Quick walk around Brewster Gardens.  Didn't have the time to walk up to the grist mill and back. The parking meters are back up and running for the season, and I only had enough change for an hour.










This reminds me so much of Victoria, BC.

Then a walk up to the top of the hill.

Plymouth Pebble  Rock is under that canopy.

Massasoit, who helped the early settlers.  Every Thanksgiving, members of the local Wampanoag tribes gather on Cole's Hill to observe a day of mourning, as the pilgrim's arrival and late fall feast was the beginning of the end for all of the tribes.




William Bradford.

And the obligatory picture of the world's most anticlimactic national monument:  Plymouth Rock.

18 comments:

  1. Thank you for the photographic tour! I never would have gotten to see the beauty of the city.

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    1. Thanks SJ! I go up there quite a bit so stay tuned, I'm sure there will be more pics later this summer. I love Plymouth!

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  2. I would like to visit there, even more so now if it reminds you of Victoria. (Plymouth Pebble. Bwahahahaha)

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    1. Plymouth definitely has a Victoria-feel to it. I've always thought so.

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  3. Hi JoJo,

    I have been to Plymouth but it didn't look like your excellent photos. Oops, wrong Plymouth! I have also been to Victoria, BC, which coincidentally, my younger brother is there right now searching for an apartment with his girlfriend. And yes, I've also been to Victoria train station in London, England, not London, Ontario, Canada. Better go before I get confused! LOL

    Gary :)

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    1. I would give anything to go back to Victoria again. I really blew it, not going to see different things when I was up there all the time. I pretty much stayed to Inner Harbour.

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  4. A lovely place to visit and even lovelier photos. So pretty. You're good!

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    1. Thanks Teresa! Plymouth is already gearing up for the big 400 year anniversary in 2020.

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  5. Haha. That's so funny. I think I need to sit on Plymouth Rock right now - that's about how I feel (anticlimatic - election woes). It's never as big as one hopes.

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    1. Yeah it's always amusing to see people walking quickly to finally set eyes on Plymouth Rock and hear them say, 'Is that it? Seriously?' hahaha

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  6. ha! I burst out laughing at Plymouth Rock! so that's it huh?

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    1. Yep. That's the famous Plymouth Rock. Apparently it was a lot bigger and over time bits have either been chipped away or cracked and washed away. I should really try to find the origin of the whole Plymouth Rock thing. There aren't any other large rocks on the waterfront that they would've set foot on...they would've taken the row boat to the sand.

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  7. lovely pictures. I clicked on your blog from Andrea (Maybe It's Just Me). I've never been to Plymouth but I want to head to the Cape Cod area. I do like the anti-climatic "pebble". Very funny. (here in Texas, you expect the Alamo to be bigger and not in the middle of town)

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    1. Thank you Joanne! :D The Cape is great. My husband and I grew up here, although I spent from 89-11 on the west coast. If you ever visit, I recommend the fall. Great weather, foliage, less traffic and crowds. This time of year it's a challenge to get around. Plus so much humidity and it costs up to $20 to park at the beaches. It's free after Labor Day.

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  8. Absolutely gorgeous! Reminds me very much of where I grew up. Very quaint and homey and just so peaceful. You could just wander for hours and hours. You're right the rock isn't much of a rock at all. Not what I imagined.

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    1. Thanks! Plymouth is definitely worth seeing even if the rock is a complete disappointment.

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  9. I love Plymouth. I haven't been there since we moved from Hopkinton Ma. We used to go fishing on Capt. Johns when my son was young. My friends hubby had ancestors that came over on the Mayflower. Howland was his name. Thanks for the visit as it brought back a ton of memories. Hugs, LJ

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    1. Howland? No way! There is a Howland Lane near where I grew up in E. Sandwich, and a girl in my school with that last name as well!!! That's so cool!

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