Saturday, June 13, 2009

The breakfast at the Element Hotel was amazing. Seriously. They had strawberry banana smoothies, pancakes, breakfast sandwiches and wraps, cereal, croissants, danishes, yogurt, fresh and dried fruit, juice, and milk. We filled up and got ready for a long day of walking. We took off for the subway (MTA) station and got there by about 9:00. We took the subway into downtown Boston and got off right by Boston Common. After checking at a visitor center, we found the red line that would lead us all through the city’s past historic sites. We walked past quite a few sites and stopped at others. The Granary Burying Ground was one of our first stops. We saw the graves of Paul Revere, Mother Goose, Samuel Adams, members of Benjamin Frankin’s family, and John Hancock. We also saw the Old State House, the site of the Boston Massacre, and Faneuil Hall. Outside Faneuil Hall, Abby saw a little boy with a balloon sword. She told me later that she wanted a little poker thing. Luckily I had seen the sword and wondered if Abby would ask about it. So we went back around to the front and got a pink sword for Abby, a blue one for Cade, and a yellow one for Derek. Really…that is what the man said. So, we hauled 3 balloon swords around Boston. We continued on to the Old North Church where the lanterns were hung. We sat in the pew boxes and then Abby and I went outside while the man finished his talk about the history of the church. That is when I knew I would never go on a Segway tour. We saw 2 women and a male tour guide riding them down a steep street right in front of the church. When one of the women got to the bottom of the hill and tried to turn, she turned too sharply and lost control of the Segway. She held onto the handle bars as the Segway spun around, bounced off the curb, and parts went flying. It was kind of wild. She regathered the pieces (reflectors, batteries, and other little plastic parts) and they were back on their way. The speech finished and we were on our way, through a local market (craziness) and then past Paul Revere’s house. We continued across the Charles River and looked for a place to eat lunch. It was about 1:00 and we hadn’t eaten yet. We found a little place by the USS Constitution. I had fish and chips and it was good. After we all ate out on the patio, we went on a boat called the USS Cassin Young. Abby said that she was the pirate on the ship. Then we marched up a hill to Bunker Hill. Derek climbed up in the steep monument while Mom, Dad, the kids, and I had a snack in the shade. After some map searching, asking for help, and asking for help again, we figured out how to get back to a convenient subway stop. We took a city bus back to Boston Common and got back on the same subway that we came in on. We got back to the hotel and ate leftovers for supper. Abby and Derek went swimming and then we played some Wii in the lobby. Boston is an amazing city and we had such a great day!
The slideshow has the pics from Boston. I haven’t figured out how to put the slideshow in the post and there were so many pictures that I thought that would be easier.

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