Littell Road, Brookline, Massachusetts

30 04 2014

The street name rhymes with “Kytel” or “Sidel” and it’s a tiny street that may not be shown on abbreviated maps.

It’s the street that my “guesthouse” is on but it’s also the street where my family used to live in the ’70s.

We lived on the third floor of this three-story, three-family house.

We lived on the third floor of this three-story, three-family house. It was painted brown and cream back then.

Our old front door.

The entrance to 21 Littell Road.

The Coolidge Corner Guest House next door at 17-19 Littell Road.

The Coolidge Corner Guest House next door at 17-19 Littell Road.

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The Coolidge Corner Guest House





Arriving in Boston

29 04 2014

The red-eye flight from LAX arrived in Boston just before 6 am, local time, on Monday, April 28, 2014.

 

The Boston skyline in sight.

The Boston skyline in sight.

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For the first time ever, I took public transportation from the airport through downtown Boston to Brookline, the neighborhood where my parents and I used to live in the ’70s and we chose it this time for our family trip over staying in a hotel in the city.

 

And arrived!

And arrived!

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Our room was not ready so helped myself to some breakfast in the lounge.

Went out for a walk before my parents arrived and at noon we checked in only to find that our junior suite was on the smaller side for three adults.  We thought hard about what to do and ultimately decided that I would find another room in a different hotel (as ours was booked out for most nights).  Off I went to a very cute “guesthouse” a couple of blocks from The Samuel Sewall Inn to the Coolidge Corner Guest House which we found when we got there was literally right next to the house we lived in at 21 Littell Road.

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Leaving on a Jet Plane

28 04 2014

It’s Golden Week!  Left Tokyo late Sunday evening from “the original” Tokyo International Airport, Haneda (Narita being the “New” Tokyo International Airport), which has increased the number of international flights in the last couple of months.  It’s a 24-hour airport and many flights typically leave very late in the evening.  My flight was at 0:10 am.  Years ago when we moved to the US, we flew out of it but it was my first time using it since it newly opened its doors to international travel (except that Taiwanese China Airlines had always had a terminal at Haneda so as to avoid any conflict with the mainland Chinese airline at Narita).

Arrived in Los Angeles early Sunday evening before I left.

 

Outside clear blue sky.

Outside clear blue sky.

And now waiting for my connecting red-eye flight to Boston.





Music! and Movies in the Month of April, 2014 ♪

27 04 2014

More films than concerts this month.  In chronological order…

Philomena

Philomena

Enough Said

Enough Said

 

Dinner Rush

Dinner Rush

Parked

Parked

Bill LaBounty @ Cotton Club

Bill LaBounty @ Cotton Club

Walesa. Man of Hope

Walesa. Man of Hope

Deep Purple @ Nippon Budokan

Deep Purple @ Nippon Budokan

One Chance

One Chance

Krystalcube @ TACT

Krystalcube @ TACT

Ain't Them Bodies Saints

Ain’t Them Bodies Saints

On the Way to School

On the Way to School

The Broken Circle Breakdown

The Broken Circle Breakdown

Fire Horns @ Blues Alley Japan

Fire Horns @ Blues Alley Japan

Plot for Peace

Plot for Peace

Kishi Bashi @ OnEdrop cafe

Kishi Bashi @ OnEdrop cafe

La vie d'Adele

La vie d’Adele

Robben Ford @ Blue Note Tokyo

Robben Ford @ Blue Note Tokyo

Christopher Cross @ Billboard Live Tokyo

Christopher Cross @ Billboard Live Tokyo

I had a few favorites and this Belgian, Flemish-language film was a surprise hit.  The trailer doesn’t quite show that but it’s a rather sad film with a good storyline.





April Eats in Tokyo

26 04 2014

I was busy posting my Macau trip stories for the past month but there has been life in Tokyo.  Here is some of what I consumed during the month of April…  Yum…

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