Americas hometown and a big lump of rock
Trip Start Jun 26, 2006
119Trip End Feb 28, 2007
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Parked the car, and went wandering, we had no idea what we had come to see, but knew there must be something here!! Saw a couple of old builings, then found ourselves at the waterfront. There on the shore was the Mayflower! Well no, as usual it was only a replica, but it looked cool, well when we managed to get around thw huge vistor centre tents that is! They were ripping people off bigtime to go on board, so we obviously didn't bother, our view from the shore being enough. Did both wish we could go on board though, having never been on an old sailing ship.
The place was getting busy by this point, full of tour buses, woo hoo
Drove out of Plymouth and stopped at the Pilgrim memorial. Had another 'oh my god' moment. It was huge! All alone in a not too well looked after bit of grass, all white and shiny and monstrous! Went to check it out, wished it told us something about it, instead just had to be wowed cos it was big!
Then it was back to Boston. Was a nightmare finding the hostel, drove way past it on a toll road, then couldn't park when we finally found the hostel. Neil decided to sod it and parked in resident only parking, while we ran in and checked in! Took us a while to find the car park but not THAT much problem, compared to getting out of the city. Went round and round and up and up and parked the car, then it was off to find the rest of the freedom trail we never managed to finish when we left boston a few days ago. Wandered through little italy, which was cool, didn't know it was there. Found a few cool buildings and churches. Then found the 6 million Paul Revere monuments. Which incidentally is the bloke who raised the alarm that the british were coming, leading to the boston tea party taking place. They idolised him in Boston, believing he was the start of the revolution, which he probably was. The guy even had his own mall, with statues and fountains....
Decided we were hungry, but as per usual there was nothing to eat! Didn't want to wander off the trail, cos some of the places shut early so carried on. Crossed a huge bridge following our freedom trail red lines! Still no food, oh well should make me lose weight right? Arrived at the Naval base, which wierdly was open to the public! There were signs saying no weapons, but nothing more. Wandered in, and saw the oldest commisioned war ship afloat in the world, and saw that you could go on it for free! Spooky as we had only mentioned early that day that we would like to go on an old ship. Problem was you had to go through security and we were carrying pocket knives! Considered not bothering, but that would have been stupid, so we went and left our knives at the visitors centre and queued for our tour! After yet another metal detector and bag scan we were able to board the ship
Had a quick glance in museum, but we were dying of hunger by this point, so headed back across river and were very naughty and spent our pocket money (thanks Neils dad) on food in an irish bar! Had a beer and burger and neil had an irish mixed grill. Was naughty but god was it nice.
Headed back to the hostel on foot, checking out loads more funky buildings on the way.
I like Boston i do....kinda feels a bit like England....in an american kinda way!