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[Tripper: Paola]
ITPaletta e secchielloProvincetown, Massachusetts

There are experiences that arise almost by chance. Leaving from Boston, a city we like a lot, we headed early in the morning to the Cape Code peninsula, mainly for a boat trip in search of whales.
Boarding was scheduled from Provincetown, a small town that everyone calls P-Town. Along the way we had planned a stop in Plymouth, to see the reconstruction of the Mayflowers, the ship with which the English pilgrims reached America in 1620. Between an ice cream, a thousand photos and traffic on the remaining part of the journey, we arrived right in time to see the boat set sail from the port.





Incredible! We don't often have such embarrassing situations, but that's the way it went and a space opened up to explore the surroundings unscheduled.
We thus discovered a reticular town, made up of wooden houses and piers, of randomly drawn electric wires, of glamorous shops and clubs flanked by warehouses of junk of all sorts. Clinging to the extreme tip of the peninsula, T-Town has been a counter-current town since the 1970s that acts as a counterpoint to the more orderly and conformist Hyannis, known for having hosted the offspring of the Kennedy family for a long time.
T-Town is a favorite destination for hippies and fluid people from all over the world. Its openness circulates on the streets and is contagious, here it is easy to believe in the peaceful coexistence of personal freedoms and it seems a little less utopian than elsewhere.
Cape Code also has spectacular natural sceneries to offer, beaches overlooking the ocean that seem endless, which try to invade anthropomorphic spaces to underline their superiority. When you reach Race Point beach, north of Provincetown, you will immediately realize it, looking at the tongues of asphalt covered with sand. You can reach its lighthouse, where you can also sleep, or you can bask on the beach, even trying to tackle the rather cold Atlantic waters with your feet, paying close attention to the signs because seals and sharks also live in these parts.
Continuing south, you will discover other beaches dominated by the rocky coast, where easy access pedestrian paths are traced that offer an incredible panorama and very peculiar vegetation. One of these is the White Cedar Swamp Trail which is part of the Cape Cod National Seashore in Wellfleet. In this strip of land in 1903, the history of remote communications was written. In fact, Guglielmo Marconi successfully completed an experiment he had been chasing for years: he managed to put the Poldhu station in England in communication with the Cape Code station. It was the beginning of telecommunications. For this reason, a beach bears the name of Marconi Beach.
Returning inland, stop at Hyannis, and the Kennedy Legacy Trail along the downtown streets, starting with the museum dedicated to the famous presidential family. You would certainly be overwhelmed by a feeling of closeness for the unfortunate history of this family.
And don't forget the original reason that pushed us to come here. Organize a boat trip to spot whales, which are amazing creatures and deserve the time for a more in-depth study of their characteristics and habits. You will love it!
Have a good trip!


Frippery shop

Strade coperte di sabbia

Streets covered with sand

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Q. What kind of whales are there along the New England coast?
A. Several species of whales can be spotted, including humpback whales, pilot whales and blue whales.

Q. Where is whale watching?
A. Many of the tours departing from the Cape Code Peninsula go to Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, approximately 25 miles off the coast. Here, in fact, large cetaceans find an important source of food so they are easier to spot.