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Massachusetts Days 4-8

Monday, May 25, 2009

Our fourth day we spent sleeping, watching tv, and shopping.

On Day Five we took the subway to Cambridge to see Harvard, and we took the self guided walking tour of Harvard Yard.




After walking around Harvard, Shawn decided to walk to MIT's campus. I do not suggest walking there because it was pretty far. I'm sure that normal people take the subway.

After seeing MIT, which I thought was pretty boring, we walked along the Charles River Esplanade. I took several photos of the skyline.

Next we walked around the Public Garden.



We ended our day by eating at Legal Seafood. I heard that if you want seafood in Boston that theirs is the best. My favorite part about Legal Seafood wasn't the food, but their bathroom. I think that the sign of a good restaurant design is a well designed bathroom. I think restrooms are often overlooked, but Legal's restroom gets an A+ in my book!

Day six: we drove to Lexington and Concord. We saw the Battle Green in Lexington, where the first shots were fired. The militia were outnumbered and fell back, and the regulars proceeded on to Concord, where they searched for the supplies. At the North Bridge in Concord, several hundred militiamen fought and defeated three companies of the King's troops.

Battle Green

Minutemen statue on the Battle Green

The North Bridge in Concord.

Across from the Battle Green is Buckman Tavern, headquarters of the minutemen and Lexington's busiest taverns. This was a great tour, and the tour guide was extremely knowledgable. Photo courtesy of www.lexingtonhistory.org

Day seven: We went to the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. This was my favorite thing that we did in Boston. I couldn't believe how much there was to see! The museum offers free docent led tours included in the price of admission tickets, and we went on the Three Masterpieces in Thirty Minutes Tour and we also went on the Art in America tour. I was really looking forward to seeing American furniture, but the museum is currently undergoing renovations. In 2010 the new American Art wing should be completed, but in the meantime, the American Art is limited to two galleries. We could have spend the whole day at the museum, but we had other things to see.

The new Huntington Avenue entrance is now open. This is the entrance originally conceived by architect Guy Lowell.

View of the rotunda.

Sculpture outside the Fenway Entrance.

Close to the Art Museum is Back Bay Fens, which is part of the Emerald Necklace park system.

After looking around the park, we walked to the Church of Christian Scientists. This was one of my favorite buildings in Boston.

Next we headed to the Prudential Center and did some shopping. Afterwards we headed to the Boston Public Library, which was incredibly ornate.


Day Eight: We walked the Freedom Trail. The Freedom Trail is a 2.5 mile red-brick walking trail that leads you to 16 nationally significant historic sites.

View of Park Street Church from Boston Common

Faneuil Hall. The first floor houses market stalls, and the second floor was a meeting hall.

Paul Revere House - a great tour for only $3! Paul Revere was living in this house when he participated in the Boston Tea Party.

Old North Church, where Paul Revere hung laterns signaling that the British were coming.

USS Constitution. The oldest warship still afloat in the world. Became known as Old Ironsides during the War of 1812.

Bunker Hill Monument.

Shawn and I had a great time during our time in Massachusetts! During December I visited Shawn in Connecticut, which was freezing!! And Massachusetts was extremely windy. Maybe for our next trip we'll go somewhere warm!

6 Responses to “Massachusetts Days 4-8”

  1. awesome photos! creepy baby head sculpture... :c)

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  2. I'm going to get you to email me all your tips for when Kurt and I go to the Northeast in 2010! Maybe we'll go to Boston... :o)

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  3. What a beautiful area! Looks like a great trip.

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  4. such great pictures! i think every one of you two turned out soo cute!!

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  5. Looks like you had an awesome trip! Great pictures :o)

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  6. Looks like you had a nice, full trip! I've been wanting to visit Boston for some time now. Can you believe I've never been to the East Coast at all? Love the pictures!

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