We spent three days in Boston, Massachusetts from November 10-14, 2021. We’d been to New England a number of times – to Cape Cod, New Hampshire and Vermont – but never to Boston. We very much enjoyed our fall getaway.
In this oldest of towns, the birthplace of American history, we cheered the Cheers bar and danced along with weeping willows and ginkgo trees in Boston Public Garden. We followed the redbrick road known as The Freedom Trail, from the Park Street Church, which played a key role in abolishing slavery, to the Granary Burying Ground, final resting place of Paul Revere, Samuel Adams, and John Hancock. We paid tribute to the Old South Meeting House, where arguments in 1773 led to the Boston Tea Party. We walked by Faneuil Hall, where Samuel Adams railed against “taxation without representation.” Finally we saluted Paul Revere’s house, his equestrian statue, and the Old North Church, of “One if by land, two if by sea” fame. We bumped our heads below deck on the U.S.S. Constitution, aka “Old Ironsides,” in Charlestown.
We admired harvest doors in Beacon Hill and circled Fenway park, where we were caught in a sudden deluge. We fought chaotic rain and gale force winds that turned our umbrellas inside out, while making our way to the marvelous Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, which we enjoyed despite being soaked through and through. On our final day, we strolled through Cambridge, admiring sculptures and architecture at The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and at Harvard. We ate lobster rolls, sushi and bibimbap and toasted autumn in New England with a Southern Tier Pumking Beer with cinnamon on the rim and a Cisco Gray Lady. In a flash, we were on the “T” to the airport and back home in plenty of time for Thanksgiving.
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Our top ten experiences in Boston were:
10) Boston Irish Famine Memorial
9) Fenway Park
8) Acorn Street
7) Cambridge: (1) MIT & (2) Harvard
6) The North End, aka “Little Italy”
5) Boston Public Library
4) Beacon Hill (the neighborhood where we stayed)
3) Boston Public Garden
2) The Freedom Trail: (1) the statue of Paul Revere & the Old North Church; (2) Granary Burying Ground; (3) Old State House & Boston Massacre Site; (4) Copp’s Hill Burying Ground
1) Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
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