The next morning Rachel and I were up and ready to go fairly early considering how late we stayed up the night before. It was an unusually HOT day in Boston. Like really hot - 95 degrees! Not typical for Boston for this time of year. We made the best of it and made sure to drink plenty of water.
Our first stop was at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. This is a place I've always wanted to go so I'm glad Rachel was interested in seeing it. It was beautiful - the one picture I took does not do it justice. No indoor photos were allowed! :( But overall, I must admit I was disappointed. I had heard so much about the gardens and there were no gardens to see due to renovations.
Glad I saw it and at least it was cool in there but won't be rushing back anytime soon. . .
The Freedom Trail. The Freedom Trail is a red line that runs 2.5 miles through the city passing by 16 historic sites. It is a great way to see some cool sites while learning about the American Revolution. (Let it be known that it may only be 2.5 miles but we walked about 10)!
Charlestown Navy Yard to see the U.S.S. Constitution which is the world's oldest commissioned warship afloat. Pretty cool that it is right here in Boston where I can see it anytime and it is FREE! It is amazing to think about all this ship has "seen" throughout history!
Waterfront which is a newer addition to Boston. I love it. We finally have restaurants on the water! We stopped for a much needed meal at Remy's (Remy is a former Red Sox player and current broadcaster during the Red Sox games) and I swear we each drank at least six pint glasses of water!
Boston Pedicab. He really wanted to take us to our destination but we were just feet from it. So we told him we would call him when we were done with lunch!
It was a great option for a couple of reasons - we were exhausted and it was a long walk to our next destination and it gave Rachel a scenic tour by a few things we wouldn't be stopping to see (such as The Boston Tea Party).
Once we were on our way Brewster says, "I guess I should go over rates?" I'm freaking out in my head thinking "rates?" I thought it was just for tips?! Oh crap I have hardly any cash on me! So he tells us his recommended rate of $25. So yes they do work for tips only but they are not shy about telling you how much to tip. It was fine but we needed to have him bike by the ATM so we could get some cash! Haha!
the North End (the Italian section of Boston) and we made our way into the Old North Church and just in time because it was closing for a wedding later that day! This church was built in 1723 - a very long time ago!
It is famous for "One if by land, Two if by sea" because the two lanterns that were hung in the steeple singled Paul Revere that the British were marching to Lexington and Concord by sea, not by land and this was the start of the American Revolution (come on you remember all of this from your history classes in elementary school)!
St. Leonard Roman Catholic Church was founded in 1873 and built by Italian immigrants. I love coming across things that I've never noticed before!
Paul Revere's house. His statue is a couple blocks away by the Old North Church. Is house does offer tours but we were short on time, to tired/hot and too cheap to pay for it. So we just looked at it from the outside. I think I went on a tour of it in the 5th grade but I don't remember any of it!
This house is downtown Boston's oldest building. It was built in 1680 - pretty amazing! I love that it is there, in the middle of North Square, mixed in with much newer buildings.
Old State House which is associated with so many incredible moments in our history - The Boston Massacre took place in front of it and The Declaration of Independence was proclaimed from that white balcony to the people of Massachusetts in 1776. It is now a museum but again we didn't go in.
We also walked by two famous cemeteries but both were closed/locked because it was after 5 PM. Many famous, historical people are buried in them. We were able to see Samuel Adams' grave in right near the fence so we were able to see that. He is famous for much more than just the beer!
Old South Meeting House which is where the protests that led to the Boston Tea Party were held. Oh and guess what I've actually been here! I went to an Elon Alumni event here several years ago. I felt like such a bad tour guide at times because I couldn't tell Rachel the significance of certain places. I feel like we all take our own cities for granted - I know I do so I'm glad I got to play tourist with Rachel!
Boston Common (oldest park in the country) and into Beacon Hill aka my favorite neighborhood in Boston. The street in the photos is easily the most photographed street in Boston, maybe even in Massachusetts. It is just so pretty! We actually couldn't even take pictures of the entire street because there was a couple having engagement photos taken!
Cheers! The outside was used for the filming of the tv show so these stairs may look familiar to you! I wonder if anyone would know my name if I went in?!
"Make Way For Ducklings" statues were not too crowded and I managed to get a pic of Rachel with no kids in it. Miracle! Then Rachel insisted on breaking a law while in Boston - I told her I was way to tired to bail her out of jail if she got arrested!
At this point we were both SO tired and so sweaty that we didn't take too many pictures. Plus I have hundreds from taking trips with my nieces and other friends.
We did go by the September 11th memorial. You may remember both plans departed from Boston Logan Airport so many of the victims were from Massachusetts.
We then made our way down Boylston Street and I showed Rachel the Boston Marathon Tragedy memorial and the sites of the two bombings.
Oh and I bet you are wondering about the picture on the top right? Well just keeping it real here. I don't always look beautiful and smell fresh. It takes work. Oh let me tell you I was disgusting after being out in the heat all day. I felt so gross and knew I needed to come up with a solution. Nothing a little body spray and deodorant couldn't fix. We stopped at CVS for some beauty products. I'm sure Rachel's friend appreciated it. We met up with someone Rachel hadn't seen since high school. We enjoyed watching the Bruins game - they won of course!! Had to expose Rachel to Boston sports both via the bar scene and in person (post about our game at Fenway coming soon).
If you made it to the end of this very long post then Thank You!!!! I hope I didn't bore you with our history tour! We packed a lot in and believe me we were both exhausted by the end of the day. The heat didn't help. If only it had been a typical Boston June day. . .
I had the biggest blister on the bottom of my foot. I'll spare you the picture. It was massive and it hurt. Not fun. That is what I get for wearing flip flops! Good training for the MS Challenge Walk though.
So what did you think of our Day 1 adventures?
Have you been to the Freedom Trail?
Stay tuned for Day 2 - we visit the witches in Salem and at night go to The Package concert (Boyz II Men, 98 Degrees and NKOTB)!!!!
Check out Rachel's blog for her recaps too!
I'm way too exhausted to proofread so please excuse any typos! :)