Friday, December 24, 2010

Old Townhouses of Charlestown

Charlestown is a historically very significant part of Boston. Here you find a unique collection of period architecture and remains of the oldest building in the United States.

The Great House (1639)

In the 1980's excavations took place in the city square to determine its past. They revealed the remains of the Great House that was built in 1629 by John Winthrop as the first official building in the Massachusetts Bay Colony.

It was the headquarters until the administration was moved over to Boston in 1630, and it was sold to the city in 1633. It later served as a community centre and housed the Three Cranes Tavern from 1635.

The Great House burnt down during the battle of Bunker Hill June 17th 1775.

Period architectural gems

Charlestown is a must for those of you interested in historic buildings. Beautiful classic New England buildings are packed along narrow old streets that go back 4 centuries.

The beautiful building left is a good example. Not marked by any signs disclosing its age it is marked as a very old and beautifully restored building with original paneling and window frames.

It was one out a large number of old buildings around one of the squares of Charlestown.

A (too) few houses are marked as historic monuments. One of them is the Georgian  Mansion  built for  Deacon Larkin in the 1790's. And do remember when you¨'re there - visit the Bunker Hill monument.

More stories on Boston's earliest history  

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

New direct flights from Norway - rumors and hearsay!

Air carriers are increasingly wooing the affluent Norwegian travelers. Lately there have been many rumors and much hearsay on who will fly from where and what new destinations that will be offered to travelers in 2011.

Ryanair considering flights from Trondheim Airport
Photo: Skaug4
Irish air carrier are well established at Rygge Airport and Torp Airport and does also operate flights from Haugesund Airport on Norway's west coast.

Latest hearsay tells that the next airport in line to get Ryanair flights may be Værnes airport, Trondheim.

The Norwegian travel site states that the first Ryanair flights from Trondheim may leave in April 2011

Air Berlin: Palma de Mallorca next direct destination from Norway?

Photo: Air Berlin
German budget air carrier Air Berlin is now operating daily direct flights from Oslo to Berlin. This gives travelers access to its large number of destination in Europe and beyond.

The Airline may increase the number of daily flights to Berlin, and may open direct flights from Oslo to Palma de Mallorca in 2011, according to the Norwegian newspaper Aftenposten.

Scandinavian Airlines: Persistant rumors of new direct flights Oslo Bangkok
Photo: Roger Price

There is another rumor in the Norwegian flight market that simply will not go away. claims that Bangkok in Thailand is the next non-stop destination for Scandinavian Airlines

Thailand is getting increasingly popular by Norwegian tourists. Thai Airlines is already operating non-stop flights from Oslo, and many chartered flights is shuttling from the far north to the white sandy beaches of Thailand.

Scandinavian Airlines starts non-stop flights to Newark in March 2011. The rumors off direct flights to Bangkok is vehemently denied by the company's chief press officer Elisabeth Manzi.

I'll keep you posted!

Monday, December 20, 2010

Christmas Greetings

The Enjoy Food & Travel staff will enjoy a Christmas break from today, December 19th. We will like to wish all our guests a peaceful festive season.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!

Bon Noël et Une Bonne Nouvelle Année!!

Fröhliche Weinachten und ein Gutes Neues Jahr!!

God Jul og Godt Nyttår!!