Saturday, December 02, 2006

Christmas preparations and Sandwich, MA

So, we mailed off presents to our families, and bought our "Christmas tree" yesterday. You'll be pleased to know it is an "Alberta Spruce." We bought it, where else, at Trader Joe's. It is very tiny, and live, and came with lights, which all works well for us.

Today, after sleeping in a bit, we decided to head to Providence RI...but then changed our minds and decided to continue on to Cape Cod. We got side-tracked in a little town right at the start of the Cape called...wait for it. Sandwich. We have found endless amusement in the various township departments we passed, such as the Sandwich Police, and Sandwich town hall (see picture). It was a really neat little town.

Among the gems we found there was the absolute best cup of coffee I have had since moving here. The place was Paul's Bean and Bagel, the coffee was a Organic Sumatra from The Beanstock Coffee Roasters in Wellfleet, Cape Cod. I think the man behind the counter was actually a little frightened by my enthusiasm. Needless to say, our one purchase for today was a pound of this stellar coffee.

I think my personal favorite discovery in Sandwich, MA, was the this contraption - and most importantly this hilarious picture. It was outside of this Inn and restaurant (that I would love to stay at). We couldn't resist the picture. We also found a neat Inn and Restaurant called the Belfry, that was and old Church converted into a Restaurant and Inn. Apparently, very romantic, very beautiful, and there is a mural of Alice in Wonderland ...or something. It would be a wonderful place for a husband to surprise a wife with an evening out. You know...if he happened to want to do that ;-).

All in all, it was a good visit. We didn't make it to the more famous areas of the Cape. We'll have to leave that for another day.

5 comments:

coramie said...

Love your Christmas tree....so perfect for the two of you!!

So...this is NOT fair....you're actually managing to make me WANT to go visit the US..."shudder"...ok..well maybe just the historical part...or ..how about just small towns on the east coast...;-)

Sarah said...

What a beautiful tree! It makes me want to start decorating for Xmas, too!
Okay... one of those pictures prompted a little debate between Mark and me. It's ostensibly about the stocks photo, but really it's about any photo op where you attach your body to some tourist thing and take a picture. I think it's hilarious, Mark does not. Maybe together we can convince him?
I laughed very hard at the picture of Daryl in the stocks and at Sandwich. What did you have for lunch? Did you make it to Province?
You're very organized for Xmas.... It's prompting pangs of guilt in me.

Magnificent M said...

Great pics! Did you eat a sandwich while in sandwich? it woudl be somewhat wrong not to...

Magdalen said...

Wow, Daryl in the stocks. Hmm... too many replies to this... cannot pick...

Miss you!

Simply Victoria said...

I'm so jealous. what an adventure. Rhode Island? Cape Cod? These are places I know in name only. Are they truly as lovely as they sound?