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The Freedom Trail

Late start after waking at 9am.

Had a wonderful day exploring this beautiful city and headed out after having the free breakfast in the dining room.

Lots of police everwhere and they have made a base at the end of the Boston Common parklands. Helicopters flying overhead all day, miltary in the subways checking bags & the coastguard with machine guns seraching bags on ferries. They are still looking for the perpetrators. Felt safe but you were very aware of what went wrong just yesterday.

Spring is here with blue sunny skies, daffodils & the magnolias...stunning!!

Headed first out to the Boston Commons Visitor Centre to walk the 2.5 mile Freedom Trail and followed the red brick traill that passed all the important historic sites of revolutionary colonial America in the 18th Century . Boston was the birthplace of the revolution and home to the famous Paul Revere who had his midnight ride to warn people of the English soldiers. The trail started at the Boston Common, wound its way around old cobblestoned streets & ended up over the other side of the river at Bunker Hill.

Beside the Boston Common was the beautiful State House building with the gold dome & nearby was an old burial ground with the graves of many famous Americans

Union St – Irish pubs & oldest one in the USA in a cute narrow cobblestoned street . Opposite that was a moving memorial to the Jews who died in the holocaust - really well done.

Next into North End or Little Italy as its known....with lots of Italian restaurants and bakeries. I stopped in at the Modern Pastry shop for a yummy!!

Paul Revere's 1680 house was in this little neighborhood and is the oldest residential home in Boston

He is famous for slipping out under curfew in a row boat over the river, borrowing a horse and riding to Lexington to warn Samuel Adams and John Hancock that British troops were on their way to arrest them. He was an active revolutionary.

This was the old church where lanterns were hung in the steeple to warn colonists of british troop movement.

Inside the church I loved how they had family boxes that were paid to be sat in. Because of the high sides the family were able to keep warm & take the their brick foot warmers to rest their feet on

Copps Hill Burial Ground - daffodils pushing up through the ground by old tombstones

Walked over Charlstown Bridge over the Inner Harbour to Bunker Hill Monument in Charlstown

The Bunker Hill Monument was the site of the first major battle of the American Revolution in 1775 that lasted for 8 years against the British. The English won this battle but suffered heavy losses. For 12 years there had been growing discontent following newly imposed taxes on sugar and other goods. Many colonists felt heir rights had been abused as Englishmen. The resentment over the tea tax lead colonists who called themselves patriots to dump 342 chests of tea valued at over $1 million in todays currency into the Boston Harbour in 1773

This monument was built in 1825

I was unable to go up to the top as it was closed due to yesterdays bombings so I walked back down to the river to catch a $3 ferry back to the city centre arriving near Customs house

Walked back up to to the Boston Common and caught the subway over t river to Cambridge where Harvard University is located. Wandered around the campus looking at the beautiful old grounds and buildings of this famous college.

Another train back to Boston Commom & walked another trail around the historic streets of Beacon Hill, It is a 19th century residential area next to the Common with narrow brick strets with gas lanterns, boutiques and cafes

The Black Heritage Trail was 1.6 miles – and had many homes of heroes and abolitionists.

Decided to catch a subway to a shopping district where there was a Cheesecake Factory - yep I am in love with this place. Had one of my favourites... Bang Bang Chicken and shrimp and then walked a really long way back home.

Really sore foot & found I had a blister under my foot from a lump in my shoe lining so threw them in the bin!

Loved today and this gorgeous city!!

Outside Paul Rvere's House

Outside Paul Rvere's House


Paul Revere's

Paul Revere's


Oldest pub in the USA

Oldest pub in the USA


Walked past here after dinner at Cheescake Factory

Walked past here after dinner at Cheescake Factory


Cavalcade of motorbikes going past the hostel

Cavalcade of motorbikes going past the hostel


Harvard University

Harvard University


Building on Harvard Campus

Building on Harvard Campus


Harvard

Harvard


Statue of Harvard

Statue of Harvard


Gates into Harvard

Gates into Harvard


Harvard

Harvard


Beautiful magnolia in Beacons Hill area

Beautiful magnolia in Beacons Hill area


Beacons Hill gas lanterns

Beacons Hill gas lanterns


Boston  Common

Boston Common


Customs Hall

Customs Hall


Ferry past city from Bunker Hill

Ferry past city from Bunker Hill


Coastguard with machine guns searching bags

Coastguard with machine guns searching bags


Old house with widows walk on the roof

Old house with widows walk on the roof


Revolutionary war against the english started here

Revolutionary war against the english started here


Bunker Hill monument

Bunker Hill monument


End of the Freedom trail

End of the Freedom trail


More cute houses near Bunker Hill

More cute houses near Bunker Hill


Heading to the monument

Heading to the monument


magnificent magnolias

magnificent magnolias


Walking over the bridge to Bunker Hil

Walking over the bridge to Bunker Hil


Daffodils by very old tombstones

Daffodils by very old tombstones


Paul Revere church

Paul Revere church


Holocaust memorial

Holocaust memorial


Old pub

Old pub


Quincy Hall

Quincy Hall


Faneuil Hall and Quincy Adams statue

Faneuil Hall and Quincy Adams statue


Site of Boston Massacre

Site of Boston Massacre


Irish immigrant statues

Irish immigrant statues


Old town Hall

Old town Hall


Reminder of the Boston Bombing

Reminder of the Boston Bombing


Flag and tombstones

Flag and tombstones


Rows of headstones

Rows of headstones


Benjamin Franklin monument

Benjamin Franklin monument


Paul Revere buried here

Paul Revere buried here


Burial Grounds in city centre

Burial Grounds in city centre


Sign on Burial Ground gate

Sign on Burial Ground gate


Burial Grounds

Burial Grounds


Brilliant blue sky & big old buildings

Brilliant blue sky & big old buildings


Statues & blue skies in Boston Common

Statues & blue skies in Boston Common


State house with gold dome

State house with gold dome


Boston common

Boston common

Posted by hillbillyramsey 17:00 Archived in USA

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