Day 96 - A Boston Tea Party and the Blue Men

Trip Start Sep 30, 2012
Trip End Jan 09, 2013

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Friday, January 4, 2013

So today we continued exploring the historic wonders that Boston has to offer. We jumped onto the trolley tour after a quick bagel breakfast. The trolley tour has been excellent and the drivers really do a great job of narrating as they drive the historic loop. We learnt about the library and Anton won the trolley pop quiz by guessing that it was John Adams who had a Presidential library in the public library. Our driver also told us about the Church of Christ, thevScientist as we passed it. We were intrigued and hopped off at that stop. Mary Baker Eddy was the founder of the Church of Christian Science which should not be confused with Scientology. The Mary Baker Eddy library museum is next to the Church and contains the mapparium - a hidden gem that was incredible. The Mapparium is a three storey, stained glass globe that was constructed in 1935. A glass walkway leads you into the middle of the globe and at different points on the walkway the acoustics do incredible things. At the centre it sounds like you are speaking into a microphone and at the sides you can whisper and hear it on the other side. Fantastic. What was even more interesting was to see what the world and borders looked like in the 1930s. We then walked around the Mary Baker Eddy display and found it quite interesting to learn about her philosophy and following.

Then it was back onto the trolley and we hopped off at Fenway Park, the oldest baseball park in the US. It was super to have a look at the statues outside the park of the great ball players and to walk around the ball park and know that players like Babe Ruth had been there. We grabbed some lunch (a mound of nachos) at a brewery next to the stadium. Anton sampled two of the beers brewed on the property. We decided not to do the tour of the park as it was hellishly expensive and we decided that actually seeing a game one day would be more exciting. We did however pop into the Bleacher Pub which has been set up in one of the old batting pens used by the Boston Red Socks. From the pub we got a look into the inside of the stadium. It's not very big but has great character.

We climbed back onto the trolley and set off for the Boston Tea Party museum. It was a brilliant historic tour starting in a recreated meeting hall where we were addressed by Samuel Adam (an actor playing him anyway). We were rallied to take action and dump the tea in the sea. Anton even had a speaking part in the little play, great fun. We then marched down onto the Abigail, a replica of the original ship on which the tea was being stored. Then some of the kids in our group got a chance to dump the fake tea boxes overboard and we all cheered. The basic idea is that the Sons of Liberation didn't want to pay the taxes on the tea anymore and took a stand by dumping the tea in the harbour in Boston. It lead to the start of the American Revolution. We really enjoyed the tour which ended in Abigail's Tea House with a free tea tasting.

We climbed back onto the trolley for our last trip back to the stop closest to our hotel. We highly recommend the trolley tour option to anyone coming to Boston. It was so worth it. We got back to the hotel at 17:00 and rested for an hour before heading out to our last spoil of the trip - the Blue Man Group show!

We were amazed, laughed our sides sore and had the most fun evening ever. What a brilliant show. It's one of those things that you need to experience and the surprises shouldn't be spoilt by those who've been. But basically its a musical, colourful, perfectly creative show, artsy and brilliant. We feel so privileged to have had a chance to see it and wish the show would come to SA. We walked back to the hotel with a bounce in our step and a smile on our dials. We have had a day of fun, learning and amazement. Boston has a lot to offer and we could definitely come back, although in summer may be better when its a bit warmer. We leave tomorrow but have thoroughly enjoyed this last little escape together.
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Blue man group - super jealous!!!

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