Returning to Boston

It was in 2002 when Alan had me tag along on a business trip to Boston, which meant he went to meetings and I explored the city on my own with my body bag and first ever digital camera on hand.  It feels like it was ages ago since I did the Freedom Trail, a self guided tour of historic sites which has you following a red trail through the streets of Boston.  This was my first time exploring a city outside of New York and it was a very exciting and enlightening experience for me.  It helped me to appreciate a part of the history of my adopted country, and it was one of my first taste of the different flavors of the diversity of America.

While we had the overnight stay at our friend’s place in Newton was part of our plan, stopping by Boston came as a spur of the moment decision.  Our main objective was to get some sightseeing done while intending to have lunch here before driving to Cape Cod.  Alan has been to Boston before but had never done the Freedom Trail so I was supposed to be the expert on where to go.  I knew right off that I wanted to see Faneuil Hall again — I did some great shopping there the first time (like snapping up a throw-size embroidered wrap from Banana Republic originally selling for $85.00 for a measly $10!)…  We also had some Boston sightseeing books courtesy of our friends on hand, so we drove in and found a parking spot at one of the side streets around the area of Post Office Square and walked to our destination.

We grabbed a late morning coffee at the Starbucks at Quincy Market over at Faneuil Hall Market Place and Alan previewed the different food offerings.  We decided on lobster rolls (what else?) after getting some rice for Angel at one of the Asian food outlets.  We walked around and visited a few more tourist destinations pictured below and took in around 4 to 5 of the sites in the Freedom trail tour. 

I had the added plus of grabbing another Boston mug from Starbucks, although I was torn between getting the city mug and the special edition Boston Common mug.  I had two others in the trunk courtesy of our friends — Hawaii (!) and Oregon — two very welcome additions, and I have to re-arrange my collection.  I finally decided to just get the city mug, my second for Boston.

We took our pick of the many food outlets at Quincy market and then headed on our way to our main destination.  If you have a few hours to spare and want to take in a little bit of Boston, head for Faneuil Market Place and you’ll find more than just one or two interesting places to give you a preview of this great city.

Put your mouse above the thumbnails below to see the caption, and click on the picture to be taken to a bigger version of the photo.

A tribute to Basketball legend LARRY BIRD of the Boston Celtics, found on the walkway by Faneuil Hall
Seen on one of the store windows along Faneuil Market
Faneuil Hall from afar
Quincy Market where their food court is
Inside Quincy Market with the different food outlets which should make lunch or dinner choices quite a difficult one
Goodies! Goodies! Goodies! (I settled for a white chocolate cookie for an early morning snack
Quincy Market as viewed from the front of Faneuil Hall
An acrobat part of a performing family who keep the entertainment going in this area .. they are all good performers because they have to audition to be allowed to perform
The Old State House
The Granary Burying Ground
A little boy insisting on pushing his stroller through this hallowed ground
Angel running around Boston Common, one of the oldest parks in the country and the start of the Freedom Trail
An intricate mosaic on the ground by the entrance to the playground at Boston Common
The New England Holocaust Memorial on High Street -- 6 million numbers representing 6 million holocaust victims are inscribed on these glass pillars which are lit at night.


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