A Wicked Good Time in Beantown
Disclaimer: With only two days to explore the area there's a chance we didn't get to see, do, drink, tour, eat or photograph 99% of the things one "must do" while in Boston. Forgive us, please.
|Craig and Marylou's truck camper up ahead...fingers crossed that we can fit in the tunnels!!|
|Sorry for the blurry picture but I wanted to give you an idea of the tunnel.|
There aren't many RV parks near Boston so we had to compromise by staying at a park that was somewhat close to the commuter rail. The good news is not only is Wompatuck cheap...it's beautiful!
|The Mutiny and Chuck at Wompatuck State Park.|
|A rare sight...no one else is waiting for the rail...|
|Fun socks always help.|
|Shake yo' money maker on the rail!|
|Someone's already wired!|
Our first night we hit up the Old State House and Quincy Market. Built in 1713, the Old State House is the oldest building in Boston. Quincy Market was built in 1824-1826 as an addition to Faneuil Hall. It's always been (and still is) a commerce and market square. It's a great place to buy anything and everything from flowers to t-shirts to lunch. Insiders tip: you'll find a bar here named Cheers, complete with all of the TV shows paraphernalia, but this is not the original Cheers from the show. For the real deal be sure to hit up the Beacon Street location.
|The Old State Building.|
|One of two 7 foot carvings (the other is a lion) on the Old State Building representing the British Monarchy.|
|The Old State Building.|
|The four of us at the Freedom Trail. Follow the red bricks!|
The Granary Burying Grounds, founded in 1660, is still only the city's third oldest cemetery. Paul Revere, Samuel Adams, John Hancock and many other notables are buried here.
|A popular motif for headstones, the Soul Effigy, that depicts the soul flying to heaven after death.|
|Paul Revere's tombstone.|
|Old North Church with Paul Revere statue.|
|Paul Revere statue outside of the church.|
|The famous steeple.|
|The interior of the church.|
And past the Massachusetts State House...
|Daily protests at the state house. This one is about GMOs.|
|The shining dome of the state house.|
We took the advise of my good friend, Laura (whose son lives in Boston) and ate at Dino's Cafe in my favorite part of the city, the North End. It was inexpensive with an extensive menu that included plenty of vegetarian/vegan options.
|Real Italian food, something Mr. Bonelli has been longing to find.|
|Bova's Bakery, famous for it's handmade Italian cookies and canolli, is right across the street from Dino's.|
And of course we went to Boston Public Market:
|Clark waiting for his oysters.|
|My section of goodies.|
|This place was packed...but oh so worth it.|
|Boston Marathon finish line brought tears to my eyes. There was still lots of damage to buildings from the bombing. Surreal.|