Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Boston (New England Road Trip #2)

Hello again!

This is the second post in my New England Road Trip series. The first one is The Adventure Begins.

We wanted to spend more time in Boston, but arrived later than we expected in the evening. We only had a few hours in the morning to explore.

Our first stop after parking in an underground public garage: Boston Public Garden.

Barb and I

The Public Garden is the setting of Robert McCloskey's classic children's picture book Make Way for Ducklings. This is duly commemorated with sculptures.

Next up, the adjacent Boston Common, established in 1634 and the oldest city park in the United States. British soldiers camped out there prior to the Revolution. I'll stick with the patriots.

Rachel's dude was a little wackier.

Several statues honored vital facets of life.




We bought a tourist map and decided to walk part of the Boston Freedom Trail.

The Massachusetts State Capitol is visible from Boston Common.

The Park Street Church, built in 1809, played a notable role in American history, too. Now it is nestled among modern buildings.

The Granary Burying Grounds, dating from 1660, is where patriots Paul Revere, Samuel Adams, James Otis, the parents of Benjamin Franklin, the victims of the Boston Massacre and many other famous people are interred.

Old City Hall, which is now houses modern commercial office space and a steak house...

Statue of Ben Franklin at Old City Hall

Bronze panel on other side of statue base.

Old South Meeting House, where the Boston Tea Party began...

On our way out of Boston, we stopped for a glimpse of the War of 1812 battleship USS Constitution (also known as Old Ironsides), but it was covered with scaffolding.

Goodbye, Boston! Someday I hope to stay longer and explore more history!

Leonard P. Zakim
Bunker Hill Memorial Bridge
Next up in the series: Thunder Hole in Acadia National Park!

Grace and peace,
Virginia Knowles

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