Freedom isn't free - Follow the Red Brick Road

Trip Start Jul 12, 2013
Trip End Feb 21, 2014

Flag of United States  , Massachusetts
Monday, September 23, 2013

I think this is the 5th time I have been to Boston and my first attempt to actually do the Freedom trail. (In my own defense - I keep coming here for 1-2 days at a time and I keep ending up at a Baseball game or a brewery tour or something..) We are in Charlestown at Kelly & John's where the trail physically ends at the Bunker Hill monument at the end of their street. In retrospect we should have started there and done the trail in reverse, but I had it in my head that we had to start it at the 'official' start in Boston Common. Later I realized there was no real chronological order to it so it would not have mattered much if experienced in reverse. 

Honestly my mother would be horrified from my lack of historical knowledge - even after walking this trail. 

We made it to Boston Common and the start of the Red line in about a half hour...Boston is really a walkable place. Following the red brick line (sometimes a painted line) we weaved our way around Boston. Slightly morbid but it was cool to see the burial place of Paul Revere, Samuel Adams, John Hancock & Robert Treat Paine (the last 3 being signers of the Declaration of Independence) There was also a marker for Gov. James Bowdoin (my Alma mater Bowdoin College was named after him)  
In Chris' words this trail was 'a lot of churches & graveyards'. Stephanie my friend from Bowdoin was to meet us for lunch so we stopped at Hennesy's an Irish pub place near Quincy market for a drink and to await her arrival. We tried the Shipyard Pumpkinhead again and apparently they do this cinnamon & sugar rim everywhere...but the guy somehow forgot the sugar so it was just the good. 

Steph found us...hurrah! and now it was time to make our way to the North End. (Just like San Fran's North Beach..the North End is the Italian area) We actually kept on the Freedom trail but we were chatting so much I pretty much missed any historical knowledge I could have absorbed in this area. 

We hit up Antico Forno for lunch (which Chris swore we had been to before with John & Kelly but we later confirmed that we had not) and then sampled yummy cannoli's from Modern Pastry. Steph let out the secret that they were filled with ricotta-cream-cheesyness so that likely turned Chris off them for the rest of his life even though he as eaten them before. Steph also took us to Stanza dei Sigari which was a pretty cool downstairs cigar bar. Probably has a much cooler crowd at night than 3 in the afternoon...but we were there so it was super cool for at least the length of our stay. :)

Had a great time catching up with Steph but it was now time to head back to Charlestown for the night. We made a stop at CVS to pick up some essentials - at this point for some reason I feel like I have not been to a Grocery or Drug store in weeks. 

Later we set out with K&J to the Warren Tavern that they had introduced us to last time we were in Charlestown. (Oldest Tavern in MA founded 1780 and was frequented by Revere, Franklin & Washington) We got some good pub grub and pretended we were doing the quiz...which I think we may have done fairly good at...but who knows. What we do know is that the announcer had a really annoying way of asking the questions and that Kelly knows how old Shakespeare was when he died. 64?? I don't remember. 

Kelly & John are insane busy getting ready for their big wedding day coming up in a few weeks and Kel is off to Berlin for the week so we are supremely grateful for their hospitality and so glad to get to see them before Aruba.   


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Denise Donnell on

Amazing! So much higher history! Aruba?! You're going to Aruba?

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