The Itinerary is Expanding

10 Jan

Our trip to the US is growing!

Initially, we were going to New York and Washington D.C.

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But then we figured, since we’d have to drive right through Philadelphia to get to Washington,

we should stop and check out Philadelphia too.

There are some ‘not-to-be-missed’ historical places in Philly.

And no I will not be running up the Rocky stairs or doing any nutty dance.

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Then, the other day, my brother sent me a preliminary itinerary of the trip,

and he’d included Boston in the list of ‘must visit’ cities.

So now we are going to Boston as well!


Yes, we’re still frantically reading through our US history books.

We’ve acquired quite a nice collection.

Now I have to check the basket for books about Boston.

Not sure if any book ordering will arrive in time for our departure though.

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Oh and we’ve been building too.

Just before Christmas we found these 3D puzzles of US landmarks,

so I snapped them up (and am regretting not snagging the Chrysler Building as well).

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This week we built the Empire State Building.

These building are much much simpler than the other 3D puzzles we’ve built.

But we’re not complaining.

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Two of the puzzles we purchased came with LED bases for the same price as the ordinary puzzles.

We’ve never had these before.

And they are so simple.

You just build the building as usual, but a few of the floor pieces are constructed out of clear perspex.

(Note – You have to remove the paper from the perspex, otherwise you’ll end up building the puzzle twice.  Don’t ask me how I know!)

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Then you stand the building on the LED-lit base and…


A pretty building.

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There’s even a setting that varies the colours of the lights

so you get different versions of pretty.

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The kids were even impressed with the lighting effects on our roof.

“Take a picture of the roof Mummy!”

Nutso kids.

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Well I can’t dilly dally today.

We have US history books to read.

Today we are reading about the New York subway.

(Did you know that Ellis Island is nine times larger than the original island

due to land creation using the landfill from the NY subways and Grand Central Station excavations?)

We’re also reading about the Empire State Building.

(Did you know that a plane crashed into the Empire State Building in 1945?)

And we also plan to start reading about Betsy Ross and more about Thomas Jefferson.

(Sorry, no ‘Did you know” facts for these two.)

I also want to start reading a book from our scribd account: “Parks for the People” which is about the construction of Central Park.

The book is ‘expiring’ on Scribd, which means it’s disappearing from their collection so we need to read it quickly.

Yes, lots to do…

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Posted by on January 10, 2016 in Field Trips, Geography, History, My Library


3 responses to “The Itinerary is Expanding

  1. Petra

    January 10, 2016 at 4:10 am

    Boston is a place I wouldn’t mind visiting. The Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) looks amazing, and the New England Aquarium, and a cool Duck Tour (on a duck boat). I’m sure you won’t know where to start!!!

  2. Nicole

    January 10, 2016 at 4:27 am

    Hi. My family and I are currently travelling through the USA. We homeschool our 13 year old son. We have been here 2 months and driven the central route across the USA from LA to Charleston South Carolina. We are now on the final leg, taking the Southern route back to LA to fly home. I know you’ll have a wonderful holiday but wanted to recommend two things to you. One is to get a National Parks passport and the 2016 pack of stickers. The National Parks and National/ historic monuments all have stamps that you can collect in your passport at the ranger station at each venue. They also have a junior ranger programme that worthwhile, too.
    The second thing I wanted to recommend is a book called Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes. You can easily get a copy at Barbes and Noble once you’re in the States. It’s a good book set in Boston, during the Revolution.
    Hope you have a wonderful trip.

    • Tracey

      January 10, 2016 at 4:35 am

      Moments ago I ordered Johnny Tremain (amongst other things….bad me!). Great minds think alike.

      I’ll have to look into the National Parks passport and stamps. That sounds good. Thanks.

      Enjoy your trip. Drive safely.


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