Following the red brick road

Trip Start Jun 17, 2008
Trip End Jun 27, 2008

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Friday, June 20, 2008

      Today has been the longest and coolest day so far and it's only 5:30. Today I walked the entire freedom trail (I only meant to walk part, but following the red brick road is fun), saw Boston Common, Public Garden, Faneuil Hall and the marketplace, took a ferry, and saw Harvard. In a few minutes I'm off to see Fenway Park and then I'm going back to Boston Common and Faneuil Hall to see them at night.
      Boston's T is a bit more confusing than DCs metro, but still easy enough to figure out. All the cities I know of have trains routes of various colors and each color goes from point A to B with various stops in between. Boston's green line goes from point A to points B, C, D, or E, so you just have to really pay attention to where you are going. This morning I got the 1 day pass for $9 and have put it to good use.
      I started in Boston Common and walked the entire freedom trail. I actually lost sight of it for a while, but once I knew what to look for it became easier.        What I hadn't realized is that the trail brings you right through the heart of downtown. It's a really cool experience and something everyone should do. Seeing all these historical sites is amazing. Be sure to bring some water though. From Boston Common to the bridge there are tons and tons of stores and places to get water. But once you cross the bridge you enter a residential area and finding water becomes much harder. Another random thing about Boston is the number of cemeteries in downtown Boston. You're walking around looking at buildings and then you stumble into a cemetery. I guess it makes sense...obviously they weren't going to move them, so they built around them.       I was very happy to find a ferry at the end of the trail for two reasons. First, I was way too tired to walk back. Second, my favorite part of Seattle was the ferry ride. Ferries give you a chance to rest your feet, cool off, and take amazing pictures of the city. The ferry brought me to the harbor and I took the T back to Boston Common. I went and found the Public Garden which is gorgeous! I saw lots of dogs and it made me miss my golden, Raina. She'd love walking around the lake there.

      After that I found a cute little cafe with yummy pannini. Like Chicago, Boston seems to be a city where I can survive on pannini. I don't know what it is about pannini but I love it. After lunch I took the T to Cambridge. It wasn't in my original plan, but something about vacation makes me incapable of rest and relaxation. I want to see as much as possible. Cambridge was reminds me of a smaller much more compact version of Boston. Harvard was all right was cool to see a school so old and famous and being surrounded by super smart people. I was feeling really tired so I consumed massive amounts of sugar in the form of a frozen mocha and brownie. Yummy.
      Aaaww, it's thundering. Oh well, I'll go change into some pants and then I'm off to Fenway Park. A little rain never hurt anyone, and I can rest and relax when I get home next Friday. ;)
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