July 17, 2010

The Freedom Trail

Boston is the last of our large city visits. Our guided Freedom Trail walking tour began in Boston Common.
History has never been one of my favorite subjects, but this tour guide really made the experience more enjoyable and educational.
Don't you love his costume? You could tell that he loved history and really enjoyed giving these tours. This is the Granary Burial Grounds and the guide is standing next to the Paul Revere's headstone. Over 5,000 bodies are buried in a tiny space, with up to 20 bodies per hole. We wound our way through the city and learned a lot of interesting facts about Boston that we wouldn't have known on our own. Lots of great architecture, a real mix of old and new.Here's the calm before the storm. It poured for a half hour, then we continued on to Quincy Square for food and entertainment (acrobatics on an extension ladder).
Each time we visit Boston, we have a different experience. In the past, we've done the duck boat tour, art museum, science museum and we even went to see the Blue Man Group. My only disappointment with this visit was Chinatown. All I can say is, don't waste your time.
Boston is a fun city, but it's really easy to get lost and end up in the wrong place with no easy way to return. Make sure you bring your GPS!