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The Freedom Trail, part 1

September 22, 2011

We got tickets for one of the many trolley tours that take you around Boston so we could learn a little more of the history of the city as we hopped on and off for two days.  The boys were always excited though when they found themselves back on the Freedom Trail, a red brick (and sometimes painted) line that winds through historic Boston.  Some day I’d love to go back and walk the entire trail, but the trolleys gave us a nice introduction to the city and we were still able to see the Freedom Trail sites that were most interesting to us.

We began at Boston Common, where the British soldiers had their encampment, and we actually ended up there one night to wind down on the playground as the sun set.

Faneuil Hall with its grasshopper weathervane:

Samuel Adams:

Quincy Market with its overwhelming array of shops and restaurants.   It was really hard for the boys to make a decision on food!

Paul Revere’s house, the oldest wooden structure in Boston:

Paul Revere statue:

The Old North Church, inside:

and out, the famous steeple:
The Old State House, with the balcony from which the Declaration of Independence was first read publicly in Boston:

This also marks the site of the Boston Massacre, but the actual spot was torn up and under construction when we were there.

To avoid picture overload, I’ll continue this in part 2…

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