Wednesday, July 15, 2015

East Coast Adventure Part 6

On the last day of our trip we popped out of the Park Street subway station onto the Boston Common and the beginning of the  Freedom Trail.  We visited old churches, graveyards, and meeting houses. We saw the graves of the Boston Massacre victims and we saw the place where patriots met and decided to dump the tea.


This is the "new" State House, built in 1798.

We walked through the Boston Public Gardens--where the ducks lived in Make Way for Ducklings!

The famous grasshopper weather vane atop Faneuil Hall

The Old State House, once the most impressive building in Boston, is now dwarfed by skyscrapers.  The Boston Massacre took place in front of it and in 1776 the Declaration of Independence was read from the balcony.

Unfortunately there are still a few stray British soldiers roaming Boston.

We were surprised to stumble upon this "veritable orgy of fruits, vegetables, and even fish piled high on rickety wooden carts and tables."  It's called the Haymarket and it is basically a 300-year-old farmer's market.  (quote from the Freedom Trail guidebook)

After walking through the Italian neighborhood, we came to Paul Revere's house.  It was of a medieval style.  (It was built in 1680.)  The home of puritan pastor Cotton Mather once stood on this site as well.

A statue of Paul Revere with the spire of Old North Church in the background.

This lady was making chocolate.

This is the narrowest house in Boston.

The Bunker Hill monument.  It doesn't have an elevator, so we had to climb up 296 steps.

The U.S.S. Constitution, currently in dry dock.  We talked to a friendly security guard here who said he used to go sledding on Bunker Hill.  He had a perfect Boston accent.

You can see the monument again in the background.

In the subway tunnels.  See the sign?!

When we got off at the Wonderland stop, the name seemed fitting.  A dense fog had come in from nowhere and it was suddenly cold.  Also there was a beach.

We flew home the next day.  Our East Coast Adventure was a grand success which we will remember fondly for many years to come.

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