Freedom Trail

Trip Start Nov 09, 2012
Trip End Nov 12, 2012

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Saturday, November 10, 2012

We started off our tour of historic Boston at Long Wharf.  It was such a beautiful and sunny day, and it was fun seeing all of the boats and other scenic nautical things.  On the way we passed through a Holocaust memorial, and walked by the oldest bar and restaurant in America--nbd.  Next we looped around to the Old State House, the site of the Boston Massacre.  Finally, we hit Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market.  All of the food there looked great, but I was a bit overwhelmed by all the choices, so we ended up walking over to Kinsale Pub for some excellent Irish grub.  I went with the beef and Guinness stew, which had approximately 3 whole potatoes in it (both mashed and roasted).  Best three potatoes I've ever had, though :P

After lunch we stopped at King's Chapel, as my historical ADD-ness compelled me to check out the small but surprisingly pretty/serene graveyard.  The first governor of Massacheusets, John Winthrop, is buried there, along with the first woman to step off the Mayflower, Mary Chilton.  She was only 12 years old when she made the crossing.  Liz and I had a brief philosophical reflection on how hardships back home, and hope for a better life in America, both must have been very strong to compel such a difficult journey.  We also looked for the pirate grave (b/c apparently a pirate named John Lambert is buried there), but since no swashbuckling historical pirate reenactor was nearby, we accidentally missed that one.  (Side note: there were some historical reenactors at other sites, hence the random swashbuckling pirate comment)  

Our next stop was the Boston Common, which is peppered with lots of military memorials and scenic walkways.  After breezing by the new Massachusetts State House for a quick photo op, we hit up the Public Gardens.  I am crazy about the Public Gardens, especially the Duck Pond area.  It was such a idyllic scene, with the late afternoon sunshine filtering through the autumnal trees.  Man, I'm waxing poetic about it even now :P

Anywho, after I pulled myself away from the duckies, we visited the Granary Burying Ground, where founding fathers, patriots, and victims of the Boston Massacre are buried.  The most awkward memorial award definitely went to John Hancock--I'll let the picture speak for itself...

The rest of afternoon was dedicated to what I call "modern Boston."  We strolled through the ritzy Beacon Hill neighborhood, and had a blueberry beer at the Cheers bar.  In a heroic effort, I restrained myself from taking home the souvenir mug.  Next we took a brief jaunt down Newbury Street, one of Boston's main shopping hubs.  It had some interesting double-decker stores (see the pics) and lots of shiny things.  

Our last main stop of the day was the Prudential Center.  Since the observation deck was closed for an event, we got dessert and cocktails in the rooftop restaurant.  I had my first boston cream pie while watching the sun set over the harbor islands--what a perfect way to end the day!  As one last treat, we walked by the Old South Church on the way to the T.  My camera phone had run out of batteries by that point, but I included an Internet pic b/c I was drooling over the architecture--so cool!  Upon Googling this Church, I also discovered that Sam Adams and Ben Franklin attended services there--nbd!! 

Girls night in Allston: dinner at Tavern in the Square, drinks at Sunset Grill
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