The whole frigate was decorated with a huge USA flag and then many other smaller flags from other countries. Couldn't spot the Spore one, although there were Japan and China ones.
Then we walked part of the Freedom trail (the Charlestown area). The whole trail is 2.5 miles long, and links 16 significant historic sites.
Right: And then both ds at each end of a cannon. One trying to blow the unsuspecting one up.
Then it was almost 1pm, so we walked to the French bowmaker's house. His house is where the Bunker Hill Monument is. Dh says a famous bowmaker like him earns tons of money because each bow he sells is at least $5000, and he doesn't just sell one a week. His house is maybe 4 storeys high? And it is beautiful. The artwork and sculpture around the house must be priceless. I was constantly holding on to both ds, just in case. I know I would never be able to replace any of the decorative pieces lying around.
Lunch wasn't ready yet and both dh and Mr hasn't arrived from the factory, so Mrs invited me and ds in. She suggested me and ds1 play in the backyard. She provided us with some balls. ds2 was napping in the stroller.
Mrs was very beautiful! A classic French lady. She's an artist, and I am really impressed at how well she cooks too.
Lunch was typical European style too. Bread (but really good one), cheeses, some spreads, a salad, fruits.... Dessert was vanilla ice cream with fresh blueberries.
Let me start from the Salad first. Dh has never really liked salads. He hate raw veggies esp lettuce. But this one he ate with a relish. First, the dressing wasn't creamy Thousand Island kind, which dh hates. It was probably a vinaigrette or something. Very light and tangy. Then the olives were divine. Simply heavenly. The ones we buy from Walmart and Smiths never taste like that! They say they buy theirs at Wild Oats, ok, we did come back to SLC's Wild Oats to check it out. It was really good, but.... very expensive, so we only bought it once.
The cheeses were really good too. Very healthy eating indeed. The kids liked the ice cream so much, and the blueberries were very sweet, like they were freshly picked!
Everything was perfect, but for ds1 knocking over his glass of juice and spilling it onto the tablecloth. Sigh.
We at once mopped it off and apologised profusely (including ds1, who was genuinely remorseful) but we knew she was not happy, because she said 2 things which let us know that. She told her hubby that she put the napkins beside the kids for a purpose, and she placed even more beside ds1 as she said that. And she told me, the glass was placed so near ds1, she was already wondering at the start of the meal, whether Sporeans had a habit of placing glasses so near the kids. I was mortified.
Seriously I hadn't noticed the glass being near ds1 at all. I was busy with ds2, because they don't have kids at all, and had no high chairs, so ds2 was sitting on my lap. I was trying to feed him some bread, because he doesn't eat salad. He was fussy because he didn't like the spread nor the cheese. These kids haven't known how to appreciate fine cheeses and bread yet. I wasn't at all observing ds1. So... I was caught totally by surprise when ds1 knocked over his glass. Dh was busy talking to Mr of course, and did not pay any attention to ds1.
After that we continued chatting about other stuff, but I was so totally uptight about the kids from then. I ate very little, of course, having my eagle eyes glaring at both ds all the time.
After that, Mrs had to leave to meet a client, so Mr gave her a ride. They apparently trusted us a lot, because they told us to make ourselves at home while they went out for a while.
However, I kept both boys confined to a small corner and did not let them move at all. Very stressful.
Mr came back and offered, so kindly to give us a ride to the airport. We had brought our luggage to his place in the morning, because we had to check out anyway.
So we loaded up into his car.
They were a really hospitable couple. Inviting us for a meal, giving us a ride, and Mr really helped dh a lot. According to dh, he taught him a lot of techniques selflessly, and shared a lot of advice and tips about the profession. Dh was very inspired by his work ethics too. He was very very hardworking, and that's how they became successful after arriving in USA from France several years back.
At the airport, we had an early dinner, and this time I tucked in heartily. haha. We had it at the Legal Seafood (a famous seafood restaurant chain) within the airport transit lounge. Ooh, the clam chowder is really good. No wonder it is so famous in New England.