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Saturday, April 18, 2009

Plymoth Plantation and Mayflower II

A historically very important site is located just under one hour south of Boston. Plymouth: The location the Mayflower landed and where it's passengers established the first successful and lasting settlement in the US in the year of 1620.

Nowadays, Plymouth offers many interesting sights for historically interested visitors. Just next to the landing place, called Plymouth Rock, sits the Mayflower II a recreation of the Mayflower, giving visitor's an impression of how horrendous the crossing was back then (no space, no sanitary facilities, bland and repetitive food).
Three miles south of Plymouth is Plimoth Plantation, a living museum featuring a 1627 English village (where re-enactment is a full-time job!) and the Wampanoag Homesite (the native Americans originally living in the area).
From Plymouth

It was a terrific experience and a pure joy to discuss politics (the Habsburg problem in Helvetia, for example) and religion with the townspeople.
Fortunately the area was big enough that I could evade the busloads of school children who were there that day ;).
Many more pictures can be found in my online gallery.

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