Walking the streets of Boston

Trip Start Oct 08, 2013
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Trip End Nov 18, 2013


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Thursday, October 17, 2013

Yep..thats what we were doing for the last coupla days! (either Bostonian or Italian)... Totally up to you as to how you hear it/say it in your head...

A very walkable city. The coffee to kick off each morning at the little cafe around the corner was great, a different pasta dish every night..and never disappointed, food was as cheap as New York City (good grief!), clam chowda thats yummy, the buildings are lovely, history all around you...gosh if I ever get to Europe...I would be totally hopeless! I think the photos of buildings alone would make a book! Won't include them all here...

Boston, the star city so far....yes I know we've only visited two, but there was something about It. Maybe my view would change if it was in the middle of winter, but for now, in fall, its beautiful. It seemed to have that nice balance of a bustling city and yet still small enough to have a character and a vibrancy that appealed. The city was organised pretty well and maps are well marked out. Admittedly, we didn't venture too far out of town but what we saw, we liked.

Beacon Hill....a suburb I've fallen in live with. It just felt...welcoming, interesting, old yet not stuffy nor full of itself...just nice.

New York City is/ was just crazy-exciting, dangerous and a lifestyle that would be challenging for this oldie!

Back to Boston. And talking about trivia, this is really important...if you ever wondered what the significance was for the statues with men on horseback....read on.

Did you know that if the horse has one front hoof up, the rider, our hero, died of their wounds later. It the horse has both of its front hooves raised, that means our hero died in battle. And, if the horse is standing on all four, the hero died of natural causes....nothing to do with the battle. I haven't checked google yet but thought I'd share.

Highlights of the sightseeing included:
- Hanover Street for coffee and italian food, narrow cobble stone laneways, old italian men sitting outside the cafes drinking coffee, speaking italian!
- The suburb of Beacon Hill for the beauty of the environment and the lovely homes and trees
- Boston Common as a lovely public park with a pond that turns into a ice skating rink, it has my fave public sculpture, a carousel, park rangers on horseback, totally different character to Central Park
- Walking the Freedom Trail. I'm not a great american history buff but found the stories and events leading up to the War of Independence interesting. Its good we learnt all this first before heading off to the places for the Civil War.
- the Old North Church for its history and having the oldest pipe organ and clock that are still working in the USA.
- MIT campus
-Fenway Park...just because!

Tomorrow we pick up a hire car and head off towards Newport, Rhode Island. There will be a major detour and credit card stop an an Outlet Mall. Think DFO Brisbane, and multiply by at least three times for the diversity of stores, the size of each store and the area of the whole shopping area. The credit card is shakin' in its boots.

Oh...and another thing.

A grasshopper weather vane is on top of Fanuiel Hall...
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