JFK Library and Museum and more

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The Constitution Inn

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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Our last full day in Boston, rather bittersweet! We had breakfast sandwiches at the American Baker's Cafe and then caught the Partners bus to North Station. Next we got the orange line to the red line to John F. Kennedy Library and Museum. (We were learning to love the public transportation in this place!) The Library/Museum was very interesting with quite a few film clips of Kennedy, including a biographical piece covering his youth to his election as president, narrated by himself! There was another video of his famous inaugural speech.  Many, many photos, lots of memorabilia, and artifacts galore! It was definitely a nostalgia trip for John and I, and very poignant.  I bought a patriotic bracelet in the gift shop.

We caught the red line back to Park. That got us to the Boston Common, a beautiful park. We walked across to Beacon Street and made a quick side trip to the Public Garden where we saw the statues commemorating Make Way for Ducklings, an award-winning children's book set in this park. Very cute!

Then we made our way to the original Cheers bar for lunch.  Got a photo of John in "Norm's seat." We had a tasty lunch.  John had a mixed sausage platter and I had an appetizer sampler---chicken tenders, potato skins, onion rings, hot wings, and cheese sticks. Weight Watchers it was not! We both had Sam Adams Boston Brick Red. We took lots of photos and inevitably dropped some cash in the gift shop. We were lucky to meet Tom Babson, a former cast member of "Cheers." He played Tom the lawyer in the show. He autographed a picture for us and we got photos taken with him as well. That was an unexpected surprise.

I had long wanted to visit the Old South Meeting House so we took a LONG, hot walk to find it, much to John's chagrin. I had just read about it in The Bastard and I remember so vividly the scene in "Johnny Tremain" where Sam Adams says "This meeting can do no more to save the country" which is the code for the Sons of Liberty to start a "tea party." I took several pictures and John encouraged me to buy a Boston Tea Party tee shirt.

Now it was back to the T, a lot more steps to get there. We hopped on the green line to the Museum of Fine Arts. Wow! What a place that was! We spent over an hour and barely scratched the surface. It was especially neat seeing the Impressionists---Renoir, Monet, and others plus the works of Copley and Sargent who did such amazing portraits. There was an exhibit of musical instruments that was very cool also.

Back onto the green line to return to town. Boy, was that train crowded! We got off at Haymarket and found the Union Oyster House pretty easily. We should have known not to go back to the same restaurant we had already been to. John had a free cup of "chowda" (with a coupon) and I ordered seafood newberg, with shrimp, lobster and scallops. I thought it was mediocre at best. We shared it but John didn't love it either.

At 7:30 we caught the ferry back to Charlestown, enjoying that beautiful night skyline for the last time. Returned to the hotel, beat again but feeling we have pretty much DONE Boston! We planned to get to the New England Aquarium tomorrow, have a nice lunch and be at the airport by 2ish. We were both now officially ready to go home!
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