Sunday, September 4, 2011

BOSTON!



Hey everyone, yesterday was a non-cycling day so we boarded a subway (thanks to the directions of our new friends Sue and Don) and headed into one of america's oldest cities, Boston!

Here's basically what we did:

  • Orange Subway Line into the city
  • Boston Commons Park
  • Old State Hall
  • Granary Burial Ground
  • King's Chapel
  • Lunch
  • Shopping!!!
  • Paul Revere's House
  • Old North Church
Boston is such a beautiful city! Everything is so OLD! The subway was a new experience for us. We rode trains and buses in Chicago a couple of years ago, but not a subway. Once in the city, we started out on the Freedom Trail in Boston Commons, the oldest city park in America. Then we took the trail to the Old state House, and down through the city streets. The Granary Burial Ground was very cool. A lot of the graves there date back to the 1600's! Paul Revere, John Hancock, and Samuel Adams are also buried there.

King's Chapel and the Old North Church are unlike any churches we've ever seen. Instead of pews they have what closely resembles theater boxes. It's very unique. King''s chapel also has a crypt underneath the church in which there are over 100 puritans colonists buried. Old North Church was similar to King's Chapel, and of course, had a lantern hanger. One if by land, two if by sea...

Shopping in Boston was so much fun! We ate and shopped in the Haymarket district which has so many shops and restaurants crammed into tiny spaces filled with crowds of people. After lunch it was off to Paul Revere's house. The house, owned by Paul Revere and his family for about 30 years, is one of the oldest structures in Boston. It was fairly large for its time but now looks tiny compared to the skyscrapers and high rise apartments nearby. It was a beautiful and historic home, so happy we had the chance to experience this.

Anyway, enjoy the slideshow of pictures. This morning we stopped in Concord, MA and encountered the neighborhood of America's great transcendentalists: Emerson, Thoreau, Hawthorne, and the Alcott family. Pictures to come soon!