Trolley, Harbor Cruise, Freedom Trail

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sailboats in Boston harbor

Saturday,my friend Bernie & I caught the 0830 commuter train into Boston. A round trip is $10.50 which sure beats driving into the city and it took about an hour from Franklin. When we arrived in Boston at the train station we purchased the trolley ticket which was a City View one. It was the one with less stops (8) than the other which at first I was dissappointed because we had originally wanted the one with more stops but this one ended up being fine. It also included a harbor cruise. We did that first since the weather was beautiful and sunny and it was supposed to rain later in the day. The last time I was in Boston it was raining & we stayed inside on the boat.

city of Boston from our cruise
It was the 1st stop off the trolley and it was not crowded at this time; 1100. The cruise was narrated and pointed out key areas around the harbor & city. USS Constitution, the Fleet Center, 2 bridges, expensive condos & apartments could be seen from the boat.

After this we walked to FANEUIL HALL MARKETPLACE and QUINCY MARKET. This was pretty crowded & was a big shopping area. We strolled around and there were different groups of teenagers singing. There were tons of places to eat including CHEERS. We almost ate here but a co-worker of mine suggested DURGIN PARK RESTAURANT where the main floor has long tables where you can eat with other people. Since there was only the 2 of us we were put upstairs and the tables were very close. The food here was wonderful as I got the broiled seafood platter which included shrimp, scallops and fish for under $20.

Charles River Bridge

We saw the Samuel Adams Statue & then inquired about the Freedom Trail which the trolley guy told us to skip the escorted tour & save money & walk it on our own. We got off at the USS CONSTITUTION and got in the long line to go through security & then a 2nd long line to tour it. There were 2 separate lines: one for an escorted tour of most of the ship or a self tour of the deck only. We chose the latter since it would only take about 10 minutes. The were a few navy members that would answer any questions.  Construction on it started in 1794 & was launched on Oct. 26, 1797. We also toured the MUSEUM here and then walked to the BUNKER HILL MONUMENT  passing some cute houses along the way. We could only view this from a distance because there was construction and it was closed.

USS Cassin Young
I would have loved to go inside & see the views of the city but maybe another time.

Then we got off at the public garden & walked past Central Burial Ground & to the "Original" CHEERS building where the inspiration for the setting of the TV series was. Then we walked BEACON HILL & saw the SHAW MEMORIAL at BOSTON COMMON & walked past the STATE HOUSE and KING'S CHAPEL BURIAL GROUND. We visited GRANARY BURYING GROUND that contained the graves of Paul Revere, John Hancock, Ben Franklin's parents, Samuel Adams and the victims of the Boston Massacre and many others. We were still following the Freedom Trail & came to the OLD STATE HOUSE  & I was looking for the site of the BOSTON MASSACRE which took place in 1770. This took place when British soldiers fired into a crowd of Bostonians killing 5.

USS Constitution
  I guess we were expecting a big memorial or something else. It took us about 20 minutes & about 5 tries to find the actual site. When we did, it was rather anti-climatic as it was just a cobblestone marker in the middle of the street! lol We did tour as much as we could of the OLD STATE HOUSE. It was closing in half an hour. This was built in 1713 and is the oldest public building in Boston. This also sits on top of the MBTA subway line and you could feel the vibration when a train went through.  After reading the information about the massacre, Bernie & I took the side of the British & we also felt that they were innocent. Since we didn't get to finish, we got tickets to tour again.

We were a little hungry so we found a pub called KITTY O'SHEA'S & ate & had a pint of cider. It was around 6pm & we weren't ready to leave yet so we went to the IMAX theatre by the aquarium & saw "Deep Sea 3D", walked alond the warf & then back to the train station for the trip back home.

I enjoyed Boston & it was a clean city for as crowded as it was. There is still construction going on in parts. We were lucky enough to have a rather warm and beautiful day without rain.

joelennon says:
You got a really nice day for the trip! I love Boston, it's like my home away from home! You got some great photos!
Posted on: Apr 05, 2007
euphemy says:
Yes for sure! lol I couldn't believe we had a beautiful day!
Posted on: Mar 09, 2007
Aditu says:
Hmmm, so this is what Boston looks like without water spots all over the window of the boat, lol.
Posted on: Mar 08, 2007
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sailboats in Boston harbor
sailboats in Boston harbor
city of Boston from our cruise
city of Boston from our cruise
Charles River Bridge
Charles River Bridge
USS Cassin Young
USS Cassin Young
USS Constitution
USS Constitution
USS Constitution
USS Constitution
Charlestown Navy Yard
Charlestown Navy Yard
Fleet Center (Boston Garden)
Fleet Center (Boston Garden)
apartment complexes
apartment complexes
condos
condos
Quincy Market
Quincy Market
the Replica Cheers bar at Faneui…
"the Replica" Cheers bar at Faneu…
Faneuil Hall built in 1742
Faneuil Hall built in 1742
Samuel Adams statue
Samuel Adams statue
where we had lunch
where we had lunch
aboard OLD IRONSIDE
aboard "OLD IRONSIDE"
love this flag
love this flag
Bunker Hill Monument
Bunker Hill Monument
at the original Cheers in Beacon…
at the "original" Cheers in Beaco…
Building on Beacon Hill
Building on Beacon Hill
New State House
New State House
Granary Cemetary
Granary Cemetary
Boston massacre victims grave at …
Boston massacre victims' grave at…
Paul Reveres memorial; the grave …
Paul Revere's memorial; the grave…
squirrel in the Granary cemetary
squirrel in the Granary cemetary
State House built in 1713
State House built in 1713
Plaque for the Boston Massacre vic…
Plaque for the Boston Massacre vi…
having a Magners cider at Kitty O…
having a Magner's cider at Kitty …
downtown at night
downtown at night
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