Boston is a beautiful city in the east coast of the US, with white cold winters that becomes alive in the summer.
It is also a place full of history, where the seed of the American Revolution which led to the independence of Great Britain grew.
To visit the most relevant places you’ll only have to follow the Freedom Trail, path marked with red bricks, like the one I was telling you on my post about Salem.
I started from its famous marathon’s finishing line, remembered because it was the first one where a woman, Katherine Switzer, run in 1963.
Unfortunately we also remember it because of the sad incident occurred in 2013.
In front of the finishing line is the grand & beautiful library.
Opposite there is the Copley Square where some days you can find a farmer’s market, & where the beautiful Trinity Church lives, in contrast with the John Hancok skyscraper.
Very close by, following Boylston street, we find the Boston Public Park looking beautiful & green in its summer days, with its lake in the middle, it’s so relaxing!
Right on the other side, in Beacon street you’ll be able to have a drink in the bar “where everybody knows your name” as the song says, I am sure you’ve already guessed, yes, Cheers!
After having a cold glass of water I went back to the park, where I found something I had never seen before, a sunscreen disposer, the sun was strong so I helped myself to some, what a great idea!
I carried on walking till arriving at the Park Street Church, located just outside one of the corners of the park & easily spotted because of its white spire.
This same street led me to Granary Burying Ground, the cemetery where two of the Founding Fathers are buried.
John Hancock, the same one I mentioned on my post about Chicago.
Samuel Adams, cousin of the second US President & patriot involved in the American Revolution. Many might know the name cause of the beer, I don’t drink, so I couldn’t tell what it’s like.
The victims of the Boston Masacre, trigger of the American Revolution, are also buried in this ground.
It happened in front of the Old State House.
Before its rear balcony they read the Declaration of Independence a few years later.
As a result of these events they got together to organize the Boston Tea Party in the place called Old South Meeting House.
It was a church used for meetings & where they baptised (many years before) Benjamin Franklin, named the First American, who was born around the corner, in Milk Street.
Following our red trail I stopped at the popular Quincy Market, some beautiful columns adorn its entrance, it’s very long & its exteriors are full of terraces which make it very lively.
Inside I found a branch of the Magnolia Bakery, yes, the same as the NY one, I couldn’t resist having a red velvet muffin, it was delicious!
Very close there is Faneuil Hall, under reforms, so only the statue of Samuel Adams was standing out.
A few metres away there is the Public Market, I visited it looking for Taza Chocolate, as a few year ago I went for my birthday & there I tried the best hot chocolate in the whole wide world. Just my luck when I saw it wasn’t there anymore, what I did find was a water fountain to refill bottles & avoid so many plastic ones.
In the end of our red trail, in Salem street, there is the Old North Church, the oldest in Boston that is still standing.
Coming back I took a parallel way, Beacon Hill, where the New State House majestically stands.
Right next door there is what it used to be the home of John Hanckok.
I crossed a little bridge over the river, it was so pretty & quaint, the truth is that the park is so beautiful in the summer.
Following this way I entered Newbury street, the shopping street par excellence, the equivalent of the Bostonian 5th Avenue.
The following morning I decided to venture & do a duck tour, yes, that one where you jump on an amphibious vehicle & it takes you to see the city passing some of the places I have mentioned.
It goes to the river & gets in! It’s awesome & gives you another nice & maritime perspective of the city. In the summer is ideal, a good fun experience, I totally recommend it.
Do you remember I told you about that Netflix series called John Adams? Well, after watching it, many of these places make more sense.
I also wanted to talk to you about Noah Gordon & his book “The Physician” in which he tells us the story of this boy who had a gift to cure & wants to learn how to. In the 11th century you could only access to such education if you were Jew or Muslim, you’d then entered the madrassah to learn from the best, like Avicenna. Our protagonist sets out on a journey to Persian lands to become a physician, along the way he also learns how to be Jew. Rob Cole will be the first one of his saga, “Shaman” will follow, you’ll rememner it from my post about Nashville. A book you won’t be able to put down, like you won’t be able to stop admiring the beauty of Boston.
Happy travels nomads!