Flat Stanley Visits Norton MA


Grocery shopping on Super Bowl Sunday.

Not recommended - very very very busy!

Many (American) football themed displays, especially because the local team (New England Patriots) are one of the teams playing in the Super Bowl (season ending championship game).

Stanley can’t believe Americans keep their eggs in the fridge!

After a long trip, Stanley watched some of the game before going to bed. Go Pats!


Today, Stanley went to work with Uncle John. Boston has double decker trains and single decker buses!

From the train station they walked through Boston common (where you can see the Soldiers and Sailors monument and the gold top of the state house) to the public gardens where Mr and Mrs Mallard of “Make Way for Ducklings” made their home.

The duck pond is frozen over so there are no swan boats to feed the ducklings, but they don’t look all that hungry.

The area around the Longfellow bridge has changed a lot since Mr and Mrs Mallard flew over it, but the bridge is still very familiar!


The city of Boston gave the New England Patriots a parade to celebrate their super bowl win. Unfortunately for Uncle John’s commute, this brought in many many many more people than usual on the trains! See if you can find which picture was from the train station on parade day and which was from today!

After taking a few days rest, Stanley is back on the road with Uncle John. We walked past the New England Aquarium.. you can also go out on a boat to watch for whales in the Massachusetts bay! It’s too cold today, but maybe next time Dylan visits we can all go? Across the road is the Rose Kennedy Greenway. When Uncle John first moved here, this was a highway (like a motorway). They moved that underground and put a park on top. It’s much nicer now!

Americans love their flags. Some days it seems every time you turn around there’s a flag flying. This one is right outside the train station in Mansfield.

Boston is full of history. There are monuments hidden away everywhere. In Liberty Square there’s a monument dedicated to the Hungarian revolution (though the square itself is named after the French Revolution).

Throughout Boston there’s a red line made of bricks or sometimes painted. This is the freedom trail and it goes past historic places like the Massachusetts state house and the granary burial ground where several really famous historical people are buried (for example: Samuel Adams, Paul Revere, Benjamin Franklin’s parents…). It also runs past Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market. The statue out front is Samuel Adams. Across the street is Boston City Hall… which doesn’t look very pretty!