Let the Exploration Begin

After the big move, Cade and I wanted to do as much exploration as possible, especially before classes started. We knew once we got into our programs that our free time would quickly be stripped away, so the month that we had before that happened was the perfect time to explore the city and get adjusted. One of our first big days out was to the Boston Common, Public Gardens, and the Freedom Trail. We started at the Common and Public Gardens, then started the Freedom Trails, which starts right outside of this area. We were pleasantly surprised with how gorgeous the Common was, especially the Gardens. It was this huge green, open area right in the middle of the city…reminded me a little bit of Central Park in NYC (not sure if Boston would like being compared to NYC, but it’ll be our little secret).┬á20140808_113809 20140808_114103 20140808_114430

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There also was this water area that was free, which is great for people that can’t afford or can’t get to a public pool.
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Right next to the Common is the public gardens, which is kind of like this zen oasis with a large pond in the middle, which they do swan boat rides on.
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They also have this Make Way for the Ducklings statue that we had to see…to please the small children trapped in both of us. Here’s some history if you’re interested.
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We also got some free coffee at a cafe just across the street from the Common, thanks to CapitalOne, so that made for an even better start to the day.

Next, we started out on the Freedom Trail. The Freedom Trail is a big touristy/history thing with Boston and takes you to 16 sites on a 2.5 mile walk. Trust me, you will walk much more than that, because you have to go in the sites and explore. By then end, I was absolutely exhausted, plus it didn’t help that I dressed a little too warm for the day…it warmed up way more than I was expecting. I won’t go into details about all of it for the sake of not making this a book, but if you want more details you can check out the website.

You start at the State House, which is like I said, just outside of the Common. The top of dome is actually made out of gold (wonder how much that cost), and the inside is gorgeous.

View from inside the Common
View from inside the Common
Then outside the Common, out front
Then outside the Common, out front

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Just a couple blocks away was a cemetery with some pretty famous people buried in it, including Samuel Adams and Paul Revere. Paul Revere’s tomb had a bunch of pennies on it, and I think that this might have something to do with him being a silversmith but not quite sure. Cade left one, nonetheless.

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The site of the Boston Massacre and Faneuil Hall were next. Cade had to give me a lesson on the significance of the Boston Massacre, as I had no idea what happened or why…thanks Bloomfield education. Feneuil Hall was a pretty cool area with a ton of restaurants, shopping, and the hall itself had tons of food stops where you could just walk down the middle.

Ignore the couple that was awkwardly making out at the site of a massacre.
Ignore the couple that was awkwardly making out at the site of a massacre.

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Next, we saw Paul Revere’s house. We didn’t actually go inside, however. This was one of the sites that cost money to get in to, like the museum at the Boston Massacre site. We just weren’t feeling paying money, but we might end up going back to see this, because you know, it’s pretty cool.
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We then crossed over one of the bridges into Charlestown to see the USS Constitution. I don’t know about the other bridges that connect Boston to Charlestown and Cambridge, but this one was pretty scary to cross. The part that went over the river was grated, so you could see the water below you, and cars were flying past make the ground move around. But, we made it and got to see a cool boat house.

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You can see one of the other bridges; that one is the one that you probably have seen on TV and such but not the one we crossed.
Like I said, we crossed to get to the USS Constitution. Thanks to Cade’s good planning skills, we were able to go on one of their free days, so we got to see the ship and museum for free and even got a cookie because they were celebrating some dog’s birthday. Pretty sure it was meant for kids, but you should know by now that that qualifying Cade and I to participate. ­čÖé It was also good timing, because they now have the boat dry docked for the next 4 years to do renovations, which I’m pretty sure has killed my dad’s soul.20140808_161402
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Lower deck with very short ceilings (not too short for me, though!) and cannons.
Lower deck with very short ceilings (not too short for me, though!) and cannons.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The final stop on the Trail is the Bunker Hill Memorial. I was extremely excited to see the end, because like I said previously, the whole thing exhausted me. However, I didn’t realize that the end would entail walking up the memorial, which requires climbing 294 steps. I’ll be honest, I about told Cade that he could go without me, but I decided that I had made it this far, I needed to finish. And, I’m glad I did. There were amazing views, and we got to do it all together.20140808_164455 20140808_170227

 

 

 

 

The end marker!
The end marker!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So, if you’re even in Boston, the Freedom Trail might be a good thing to put on your todo list. Be ready for a day full of walking but take in all the history that has happened here.