We had a fabulous time in Boston! Thanks to the Memmotts for putting up with us, and allowing us to crash on their futon. We did a ton of stuff down there, and of course, took hundreds of pictures. We bought what are called "Go Cards" - which means we had this huge list of things that we could possibly do, and we had 3 days to do as much as we could fit in. I am proud to say we got our money's worth - but man, it was crazy!
This is the yacht owned by the dude who owns the Boston Red Sox. Yep, it's huge. It stays anchored in Boston Harbor when the BoSox are in season, then they spend the off season down in Florida. Rough life, huh?
We went whale watching and it was so cool! I know the picture doesn't really do the whale justice, 'cause it was so neat to see them in person!
Trinity Church - wow, it was beautiful! The attention to detail and the carvings were fantastic. I like our church but this was a sight to see!
The USS Constituition - aka "Old Ironsides". She is the oldest commissioned ship afloat in the world. She's pretty big - we took a guided tour inside of her, and it was neat. The bottom picture is Cory and I at the museum, trying to decide if we would have made good sailors or not.
The Massachusetts State House Building - that's 23k gold on the dome. Cha-ching! It's used as the state capitol building.
The Boston temple - so pretty!! Inside and out. I love doing temple sessions when we are visiting places (even though I got lost trying to find my way out, and a very nice temple worker had to show me the exit :)
We took a day and drove out to Concord and Lexington - the sights where the first battles of the Revolutionary War took place. This is the North Bridge - the sight where the 'shot heard round the world' was fired.
Cory is standing at the very place where Paul Revere was captured on his midnight ride. I'm standing on 'battle road' where some of the heaviest fighting took place.
Walden, written by Henry David Thoreau. The above picture is where his cabin stood and the middle picture is a replica of his home, along with his statue. The bottom picture is Walden Pond - it was really pretty there. I don't think the picture does it justice.
Going sailing on a chartered ship. We got to help raise the sails and everything. It was rather peaceful, sailing around the Boston Harbor.
Of course, what trip to Boston is complete without doing the Freedom Trail? This is a statue of Paul Revere, and in the background (if you look close, you can click on the picture to make it bigger) you can see the Old North Church, where the lanterns were hung to warn the colonial people that the British troops were marching (one if by land, two if by sea).
Paul Revere's house
The Old State House - one of the oldest buildings in Boston. Right in front is where the Boston Massacre took place. This building was standing at that time.
Standing in front of the Old State House - looking at the sight where the Boston Massacre took place - it looks a lot different today than it did back then :)
The Granary - burying grounds to a lot of famous people. We did a guided tour of the Freedom Trial and that's our guide next to the grave of Paul Revere.
Also buried there is Sam Adams and the 5 victims of the Boston Massacre.
Bunker Hill and the Monument placed there to honor those who defended the hill.
We walked the 297 steps to the top of the Monument at Bunker Hill. I know you're thinking "297 steps doesn't sound like very many" but believe me - it is! However, the view from the top was worth it - it was amazing!!
Apparently no trip to Boston is complete without a stop at Mike's Pastries, in the Little Italy part of Boston. I must say, they make a pretty mean cream puff.
And of course we had to stop at Harvard. We walked around the campus and soaked in the palpable intelligence in the air :) The building above is part of their law school - wow!
Aaaah, Fenway Park, home to the BoSox. We did a guided tour of the park and it was awesome! We even got to sit on top of the Green Monster.
Can you go to Boston and not go to Cheers? Cory even had the famous Boston baked beans when we ate there (though he says he's had better baked beans at a Mormon campout - go figure!)
Louisa May Alcott's house - the sight where Little Women was written.
Thanks to everyone for their suggestions on what to go see. We did lots more stuff than what I put up here - like the Aquarium, the Science Center, a DUWK tour, the Isabella Gardner Museum (way cool!) and more. All in all, what a great trip!! I love American History, so seeing all the sights was really cool for me. To visit the birthplace of our nation was really neat, and to get to hear all the stories from that time period. I think one of my favorite things we did was the guided walking tour of the Freedom Trail. I learned so much just walking around and hearing the stories. Yep, as corny as it sounds, I'm glad to be an American!