After our whirlwind tour of New York that was packed with activity and adventure it was back on the road. We picked up our car in Brooklyn (great one month hire deal with Hertz) and started our drive North. First stop was Yale in what was to be the start of our prestigious universities tour. Being on a campus this old is amazing, every building seems like another historic monument but I am sure if you are a student you eventually don't really even notice them. Walking around old buildings isn't very popular with the girls but grass and being able to run around is, so it ends up being a good combination. We took some time out to visit the Yale Art Museum which has thousands (over 13,000 to be precise) pieces of ancient art from across Europe Asia, Africa and the Pacific as well as an extensive modern art collection. Again this is as interesting for us as the the girls as they can't believe either how old the items are or how expensive they would be. It would make it pretty amazing if you are studying Classic Art or Culture at Yale and can actually see the items you are researching or learning about.
Our final destination for the day was Seekonk where we were staying at a very basic hotel near the motorway exchange. Super handy for Walmart and any American fast food chains and also the perfect base to be affordably close to Newport, Rhode Island, where we were keen to walk the cliffs and see the huge mansions from early last century.
From here we headed further up the Cape to Orleans stopping at New Bedford to explore.
New Bedford is famous for its role in early whaling history and it has preserved it well in its Whaling Museum which also fairly reflects the devastation on whales this industry had. Rob and the girls spent several hours there while I read and relaxed in the lobby with my cold. In Orleans we stayed at the Governor Prence Inn, a quaint hotel on huge grounds which was nice for the girls to be able to run around. It was also easy walking distance at night to a raft of great restaurants.
From here we drove all over Cape Cod. Sometimes just Rob and the girls as I was sick with a cold or all of us getting up to the beautiful Provincetown right on the end of the Cape. Our visit to Cape Cod was characterised by stunning lighthouses, beautiful beaches (you wouldn't want to swim there though if you were worried about sharks), cute seals and the feeling we stepped into a holiday era from many years ago.