I’m shipping up to Boston, well road tripping actually. It’s time to tour the city by land and by sea to learn more about the revolution that started our country. As I settled into my place in Cambridge for the night, I realized I was surrounded by some of smartest and most innovative people in the country. Well as soon as they all got back to school.
After a day of work, I ventured out for a walk down Harvard Street, to… you guesses it… Harvard. The street was turned into a shared street to allow walkers, bicyclists, and cars to share the space. It was a beautiful walk up to and around the Harvard Campus. I saw Harvard Yard, the campus buildings dating back up to 300 years old, old churches, statues, and more. Then it was over to Cambridge Common with lots of historical monuments dedicated to the revolutionary and civil wars. I grabbed a beer from Lamplighter Brewing on my way back home and got ready for another long day.
I went out on Friday night to watch the Red Sox at Fenway. I took a tour through MIT and across the Harvard Bridge, where I learned about Smoots. I walked along part of the Emerald Necklace, stopped by the Museum of Fine Arts to see some outdoors art, then walked past the WWII memorial and public gardens. I made it to Fenway, but I knew the game was actually in Baltimore, and just wanted to check out the ballpark. Found a cool spot that was open called Bleacher Bar with an a great view of Fenway from under the green monster. After some Sam Adams and chowdah, I made my way through Boston University and across the BU Bridge back to Cambridge.
After two evening walks, it was time for a full day of touring Boston. I had planned ahead and booked the Old Town Trolley Tours to get around town. I hopped on in Cambridge and listened to the stories as I made my way to the Harbor for a cruise. I boarded the Boston Harbor Cruise to learn about the skyline, changes to the harbor, and the USS Constitution (Iron Sides). It was a beautiful day for a boat ride and then it was time to get a lobster roll and a beer.
I toured the Boston Tea Party Museum and cannot speak of what happened during that time, but the tea was delicious. The rest of the day was spent walking around Boston and along the Freedom Trail. I made it through Boston Common & Public Gardens, then on my way past the State House and Park Street Church. I paid my respects to some great Americans (George Washington, Paul Revere, Samuel Adams, Ben Franklin, and more) along the way at burying grounds, statues, and old houses. Then it was past the Old South Meeting House, Old State House, Faneuil Hall, and Old North Church. The only stop I didn’t have time to make was Bunker Hill, but obviously saw that from a distance.
A trip to Boston wouldn’t be complete without visiting the Cheers bar and then I took one last tour around town on the trolley. It was a really long day but well worth all the walking! I packed up my stuff for my next adventure and made sure to stop to get some Mike’s Pastries on my way out of town. This time I was going to catch my own lobstah… in Portland, ME!