A train ride took us to the Freedom Trail- we had seen parts of it but wanted to walk the whole thing. We started in Boston Common and the State House. A "fried dough" cart set up shop as we arrived, and we split one.
That line of red bricks marks the trail to follow through the city.
It was a beautiful old cemetery. Oddly, markers have been moved at least twice to make rooms for paths, etc.
We saw this statue outside of a government building. A Democrat donkey and a pair of shoe prints in front engraved with elephants and "Stand Firm."
Faneuil Hall and Quincy market had a good selection of lunch options- J chose a pizza bagel that is the best representation of those words we've ever seen! I had a little cup of clam chowder and we split a fresh orange juice.
The trail goes through the North End to see Paul Revere's house- Mike's Pastry was still there waiting for us. I chose a Boston cream puff this time, and J went for a black and white. I expected them to be like sugar cookies, but they are soft and pliable. The chocolate frosting was super fudgey.... It was great!
We walked down Commonwealth Avenue- the houses are gorgeous and the middle of the street is a tree-lined walk. Extremely genteel, yes?
We walked back to the Boston Public Library, I wanted to show J a map embedded in the floor- Boston was originally much smaller and hillier. They slowly filled in the bays to make more landmass, the map showed that process between the 1600's and now .
We walked through Chinatown to find a snack to take with us on the plane- we found a holographic Simon Dewey pirated print.
After Chinatown we walked back towards the hotel to get our bags, caught a train for the last few stops, and headed to the airport. Security was slow, the airport is just fine, and the flight was nice. We got home around 11:30 local time and gave my parents a huge thanks for taking up our slack this week!
We loved Boston- it's well designed with great public transportation, and beautiful to boot.