A Duck, Some Penguins and a Tavern

Trip Start Jul 16, 2011
Trip End Jul 31, 2011

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Read my review - 3/5 stars

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Monday, July 25, 2011

We arrived in Boston Saturday night in what is probably a traditional fashion, a traffic jam. After moving less than a mile in 15 minutes we knew this was not going anywhere fast.  We decided to let the GPS do what a GPS is supposed to do and find some back streets to the hotel.  It was good plan since we found out later the road was closed due to a tanker fire the night before that burnt a bunch of cars and part of the bridge. 

The road is supposedly open now but we have not been back that way.  In fact I haven't moved the car since I parked it Saturday night.  It seems Boston has this really weird concept here.  A subway system that works.  They call it the T and unlike the DC Metro system, it works.  The trains take you to where you need to go in a timely and efficient manner, the escalators work, there is no perpetual track work, the employees are pleasant and helpful and it does not cost you an arm and a leg. 

In fact they sell a week long visitors pass for $15 that can be used for everything no matter what time of day.  In DC you need a slide rule and an associate’s degree to figure out how much it will cost to go from point A to point B. DC occasionally has out of town visitors so why don’t they have a visitor pass?  We have used the T to get everywhere for the past two days and have absolutely no complaints.  As an added bonus our hotel offers a service, for my favorite price, FREE, that takes you from the hotel to the Airport T Station.  It just doesn’t get any easier than this. 

On Sunday we went down to Faneuil Hall to do some shopping, eat lunch and watch some street entertainers.  None of them disappointed.  Then it was back on the T and up to the Prudential Building to ride one of those duck boats for an 80 minute tour of the city.  There was a boat parked there name "Red Sox Nathan" painted in Red Sox colors.  The Red Sox Gods were with Sarah because that is the one we got.  Our driver was Dr. Phineus P. Duck who liked to use the word “wicked”.  Everything was wicked, like wicked fun, or wicked cool or wicked hard.  The word wicked got wicked old wicked fast.  Overall the ride was good.  We got what we wanted, an overview of the city, with some new info and some ideas on places to visit.

Today we got back on the T and headed downtown again.  This time it was one of the Old Town Trolley Tours that is good for two days.  We explored the North End which includes Paul Revere’s house, The Old North Church and Boston’s Little Italy section.  We had lunch at a café in Little Italy then it was back on the Trolley to go see Bunker Hill.  It was inspiring walking around this little hill realizing 1200 shop keepers, merchants, farmers and others kept 2500 British Regular Army at bay for nearly two days.  By the time the Colonials had to leave the hill due to lack of ammo, over 1500 Red Coats were killed or injured. Maybe our current elected officials should go up there and look around so they can learn what can be accomplished when Americans work together.

Finished with Bunker Hill, it was back onto the Trolley where we looped around the rest of the city.  We ended up back at the waterfront and decided to go over to the aquarium to explore it.  It is a nice aquarium laid out similar to Baltimore’s, but smaller.  It does a have a really neat penguin display that we spent a lot of time watching.

We then went to the Bell in Hand Tavern, est. 1795, for dinner.  Before it’s time as a tavern it was a print shop where Benjamin Franklin, at the age of 12, learned the trade.  The food was good and it was neat sitting in a building with walls that essentially have not changed in over 200 years.  It started raining so we headed back to the hotel to listen to our current elected officials yammer about their inability to get along.  
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