- Boston Common - America's oldest public park! How old is that? Created in 1634 old!! (I went for a run in it the one morning!)
- I always think of the "Tragedy of the Commons" now when I think of Boston Common Park. At one point, the governor's wife faced a shortage of milk, so she improvised and borrowed some milk from people's cows who grazed in the park!
- Massachusetts State House - it was just beautiful!
- Old Corner Bookstore - except there was no bookstore there!!!! (somehow I thought there would be...oops)
- many famous authors were frequent visitors and this bookstore also produced their books; including ones by Laura May Alcott, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, and Charles Dickens
- Old South Meeting House - remember the Boston Tea Party? On December 16, 1773, the famous words "Gentleman, this meeting can do nothing more to save the country" were uttered here before that historic event occurred
- Old State House - ahh, so much history here! It is 300 years old and the oldest public building still standing from the original 13 colonies. It's also beautiful! We had this great tour by a wonderful history student. She really stressed how there were two sides to this Revolution (which was great, because some Loyalists did go north!), but I will always remember how she added a very human aspect that part of history. It was no longer about names, but now about people that had fathers and mothers, sons and daughters. You can read more about it here
- Old North Church - remember Longfellow's poem Paul Revere's Ride? And how it said One if by land, two if by sea. It was the steeple on this church that lanterns were hung from to signal how the British troops were coming. Ahhh!!! I remember reading that poem years ago. I'm not into poetry, but that poem I clearly remember!
What a great day! It snowed at the end and was cold, but it was amazing!
On our final day, a big snowstorm hit the city! As big snowstorm as in the city basically shut down - schools closed, museums closed, universities closed, etc. Buuuuuut, Harvard was a priority, so we decided to go anyways, even though there were no tours and not many buildings open. I'm SO glad we did! Maybe not the ideal experience, but a very memorable experience!! And the buildings are amazing and old.
And so wrapped up our 3 days in Boston, also knows as #JLTakeBoston !!! :)
Thanks dear friend for "taking Boston" with me :) :) :)
- finding a Degas ballerina in the MFA
- getting lost, asking for directions, and twice the people grabbed my arm as they pointed me in the right direction!!
- meeting up with my friend (things are better together!)
- ordering pizza (!!!)
- americanos and sticky buns at the Thinking Cup
- hiking the Freedom trail
- the snowstorm that shut the city down
- visiting a tech-savvy vegetarian place in MIT
- all the SNOW at Harvard and the amazing old buildings
- not able to go on the Skywalk, so trying to find another view (and failing!)
- catching the last metro train on Monday night back to our hotel
- going for a run in the Boston Common
- catching one of the only trains out of Boston to CT
|First Boston coffee shop|
|Boston Museum of Fine Arts|
|Park bordering the MFA|
|Park Street Church (bordering on Boston Common)|
|The Thinking Cup!|
|Granary Burying Ground (behind Park Street Church)|
|Park Street Church, Massachusetts State House, + Boston Common|
|Old South Meeting House + place of the Old Corner Bookstore|
|South Market, Quincey Market, + Faneuil Hall|
|Old State House|
|Old North Church (in the background)|
|Old North Church|
|Bunker Hill Monument|
|Crossing a bridge, Harvard|