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Trip Report My personal Boston journey(s)

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Here are some reflections about my personal journeying in and around Boston. Actually, we have visited the area many times but now live here to be near family. We are an older couple coming from Missouri. Since moving we have journeyed to various Bostonland sites and will continue to do so. For starters there is of course the history ladden area known as the Freedom Trail. Years ago we did walk this with our youngsters. We enjoyed Boston Harborfest 4th of July weekend which included reenactments of one kind or another (www.harborfest.com) We concentrated on the King's Chapel area (www.kings-chapel.org) where we heard Tory stories and adjacent burying ground including a marker for my ancestors Dr. Comfort & Elizabeth Starr. In a few days we'll be at the Paul Revere House for a fife and drum concert. (www.paulreverehouse.org) Also enjoyable was the Colonial fiddle concert in Faneuil Hall. And a stop in the Old Meeting House where the Colonists debated this whole taxation question leading to the famed tea party and other such rebellious acts.

At the other end of the trail in Charlestown is Old Ironsides which you can board
(www.uss.constitutionmuseum.org). Not far away you will find Bunker Hill where the Colonists had a confrontation with the Redcoats June 1775. (My ancestor George Bunker earlier had purchased that place). (www.nps.gov/bost/historyculture/bhm.htm) And we do recommend the Warren Tavern down the block which feels so authentic and is oldest in Massachusetts. (www.warrentavern.com) But getting back to Boston's North End there is of course much more to see. The whole area swarms with tourists and you can find a tour bus to hop on for a quick overview...not so sure about those ducks though. Anyway I prefer walking around to better absorb the flavor.(www.bostonupperdecktrolleytours.com). This brief overview only mentions a few highlights. On a Fodor forum recently you will find a "Boston North End Market Tour" which sounds interesting. And note this:

Last January on a raw day we viewed the ice sculptures on Boston Common located a little way west. Earlier this summer we saw the first day for youngsters to wade in Frog Pond. We hear the swan boats are fun. On that occasion our destination was the marvelous Museum of Fine Arts which often has a special exhibit (www.mfa.org). By the way, public transportation is advised...we have our senior citizen Charlie cards. At the MFA we enjoy the guided tours which do help interpret the wonderful art. So a docent began pointing to colors in an ancient panel and finished with a comparison to colors in a Picasso. Several good restaurants in MBA.

To be continued.
Bill Longman walongman@yahoo.com

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