I love Saturday... a day of rest and ease and fun (usually) for me. I hope to share a bit of that feeling with you each week.
"It might be a good idea if the various countries of the world would occasionally swap history books, just to see what other people are doing with the same set of facts." - Bill Vaughan
If you enjoy history, food, music, art, and architecture, go to Boston, Massachusetts. End of story. It's as simple as that. Whether you have a day or a month, every minute will be well spent.
My daughter was moving to Maine in 2009, and so the Titan of Industry (husband) and The Scholar (#2 son) were conscripted into service to drive the little moving van filled with her belongings, while Andrea and I drove her little Dodge Caliber, filled to the brim, across the nine states to get there.
Convincing the Titan to go was easy enough (after all, we have only one daughter, and she has him sufficiently wrapped around her little finger). The trick was to convince The Scholar to leave the cozy confines of home to spend a few days in a small truck cab alone with the Titan .
Being the clever mother that I am, I knew the secret siren song that would call to The Scholar's heart...history. I promised a day long stop in Boston, and we were on. The Scholar could not refuse.
One day was hardly enough to begin to taste the flavor of this bright city, but we did our best. It was a marathon day of walking, eating, ferrying, and exploring, and yet we barely scratched the surface.
Few cities can compare with the depth and breadth of its historical significance, but combined with the great cafés, bars, and pubs...well, none can compare.
These photos were taken along the Freedom Trail, a 2.5 mile long walk along cobblestone streets in the heart of the city that lead up to the monument on Bunker Hill. It's my kind of walking tour...one in which you choose your own pace, and your own pubs at which to stop along the way. The best part for me was the lovely brass directional plaques (photo above) imbedded in the streets, preventing even the most directionally challenged (me) to arrive where they intend.
What a memorable experience. If you have the chance to walk the Freedom Trail, I can guarantee you a fabulous experience. The Scholar was in his glory, loving every moment of this very special day...well, up until the moment when he had to get back into the truck cabin with the Titan.
|Historic buildings are nestled in among the modern.|
|Beautiful Boston skyline|
|Charming ethnic neighborhoods fill the city|
|Architecture of every style and period are beautifully|
preserved and coexist in harmony
|Granary Burying Ground and others like it are |
The resting place for near nameless children...
|Heroes of American history...|
John Hancock tombstone
|...and intrepid pioneers|
Tomb of Mary Chilton Winslow
First European female to set foot on Plymouth soil in 1620
|The Old North Church from Paul Revere's Ride|
|The light filled interior of Old North Church|
|The organ loft in Old North Church|
Below is a link to a great performance of the Boston Pops Orchestra. Before you scoff at the obvious triteness, let me ask you; when was the last time you saw concert violinist Gil Shahon, the Boston Pops, and Arlo Guthrie together? Guthrie shares his humor, his ability as a pianist, and his own composition in this entertaining performance.
Try as I might to figure out how to embed this one, it couldn't be done. At least not by me. So please click on the link and give it a look. Enjoy...