Monday, January 30, 2017

New England Road Trip: Boston

How's your Monday going?  We woke up to about 2 inches of snow on the ground, but it's been above freezing for the last several hours so it's melting pretty fast.  Still, I took a few pics of it this morning and let Sadie out for a while to play in it, she puffy heart loves the snow.

So I promised I would post pictures from the road trip that Lee and I took through New England last October for our 13th wedding anniversary.  It took us most of a day to drive up to our hotel on the north side of Boston (and it rained the entire day of the drive!) and the next day we spent the whole day walking around Boston.  I had never been and Lee was on a business trip there once and didn't do anything touristy.  Turns out the city is pretty compact and walkable, so we started with the Freedom Trail that goes past lots of the historic/touristy things in the city.


And Lee's like OF COURSE we went to a graveyard first.  Whaaat?  I like wandering around old cemeteries.


This is the famous church where the lanterns were hung before the Revolution kicked off, you know "One if by land, two if by sea"?  That was here.


There was a huge long line to go inside, but from the open door it's not like the inside looked all that impressive (I think I am harder to impress having been to several cathedrals and such in Europe, we just don't have anything to compare to that in America) so we just walked on by.


There's a statue of Paul Revere in front of the steeple of the church.  The lighting was just not right to get to see the face on the statue but I like the angle of the photo anyway.  The Freedom Trail led us to Paul Revere's house, which we DID go in, but no photos allowed in there.


Picture Lee took of an old tavern...is it weird if I say this looks to me like the kind of picture that they'd make a jigsaw puzzle out of?


I think this is the old State House...and the Boston Massacre happened in the square in front of it.  American patriots like Paul Revere used the event as propaganda against the British troops stationed in Boston, read all about it on Wikipedia (because we believe everything we read on Wikipedia, heh).


And whaddya know, the Freedom Trail led us to the graveyard where Paul Revere and Benjamin Franklin are buried.


And here's an obelisk commemorating John Hancock, you know the first dude to sign the Declaration of Independence?  And he signed it with a super big loopy distinctive signature, which is why people sometimes say they put their John Hancock on a document when they sign it (fun fact:  John Hancock's penmanship teacher is also buried in this cemetery).  Right around the time I took this picture, a dude showed up in Revolutionary garb and began a short lecture on John Hancock and others buried in the cemetery, so I stopped to listen for a couple of minutes and learned that John Hancock was the richest man in Boston in no small part because in addition to his legitimate business interests, he was a SMUGGLAH (which is how you say "smuggler" in Boston).  And then we headed over to the Boston Tea Party museum (that comment is relevant, wait a minute).


This is the bridge where the museum is located, and I love the different colors of plexiglass on the fence because it just makes such cool patterns on the sidewalk.


I think we spent 10 minutes just taking pictures of that before we headed into the museum.  So anyway, I don't have many pictures from the museum itself, but the guides are all dressed up in Revolutionary clothes (must be a theme in Boston) and they tell you all about the Boston Tea Party.  And then you get to go on a ship like the ones from way back in the day and you can even reenact the tea party by tossing boxes overboard (which they then haul back up so someone else can toss).


See, ship.  And then after we got off the boat, the tour guide was talking about who actually participated in the tea party and this that and the other thing and she asked the group who the richest man in Boston was at the time...thanks to the dude at the cemetery I knew the answer was John Hancock : D  See, it's good to pay attention, I just thought it was hilarious that I'd just learned that fact an hour before we did the tea party museum.  Anyway, they told us some fun anecdotes, like this one guy got beaned in the head with a super-heavy crate and the other tea partiers thought he was dead so they laid him out on the boat while they finished up their work and came back to find him gone.  So they all leave the boats and go back into town and Mr. Dead Guy is having a pint at the local pub because he just got knocked out for a bit, not deaded.

There's a tea room connected to the museum because OF COURSE THERE IS, how can we talk about tea for so long and not have a cuppa?  They serve a few different kinds of tea that were the types of blends that American colonists used to drink before the Boston Tea Party after which they all switched to coffee (bleh).  Lee and I both had scones and I got a sampler cup so I could try all the teas but one of them absolutely DESERVED to get dumped in the harbor, it tasted like smoke and it was ick.  The other types were okay, though I only tried the black teas because I know I don't particularly care for green or herbal teas.  But we did enjoy the museum.

That's it for today, kids.  We'll see when I get the next batch of photos up.  In unrelated news, Baby Sodapop's official due date is this Saturday, February 4.  Lee and I are taking bets on what day he'll actually arrive...he seems to be pretty happy where he is, though it's getting pretty uncomfortable for ME.  Ha!

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