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Trip Report Our first Day in Boston!

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From the Aquarium/Mariott Longwharf, we took a $3.00 ferry over to the Charlestown Navy Yard – the boat is run by the Massachusetts Transit Authority – it is an old beat up boat, but the 15 minute ride from the top deck gave us great views of the Boston Harbor (I would say just as good as the $50 boat rides!). I think they leave every 15 minutes or so, the schedule is posted.

We explored the Navy Yard – all free – the USS Constitution, the Museum and gift shop then headed down Warren Street towards the Bunker Hill Monument. Instead of following the Freedom Trail exactly we went a block further and stopped on the corner of Pleasant and Warren Streets (one street past Monument) in a quaint little shop called “The Joy of Old” – it is only open on weekends, but even when they are closed, Jackson the famous 25 pound shop cat sits in the front window greeting folks as they pass by – we were lucky enough to be there on the weekend and got to pet him!

We then took a right and headed up Pleasant Street (the neighborhood has some great architecture) and at the top ascended the almost 300 stair Bunker Hill Monument (also free) and gazed out at Boston (I couldn’t believe how many people have roof decks!)
We then headed back down Warren Street and instead of taking a left back into the Navy Yard, we took a right at the end of Warren, past the Residence Inn Hotel, under a bridge and into a quaint park – beautiful paths and flowers, playgrounds, places for the dog to run, views of the Lenny Zakim Bridge – perfect place for a picnic! (we stopped at a place called Sorelle’s for yummy sandwiches - two locations in Charlestown) Once inside the park, you walk straight for a quarter mile and look for a metal uphill ramp – follow this up and over – you will now be in another park but in Cambridge – this comes out at the Museum of Science (we didn’t stop there on this trip, but a great take if you haven’t been there).

We crossed over to the Museum, headed left and followed the sidewalk – when we reached a tennis court, we took a right and followed the path around the Charles River – depending on the season, you may see a mother duck with ducklings, sailboats and great views of the Boston skyline…. There is a foot bridge just before community boating – we took that up and over to Charles Street – lots of great shops, mostly gigts and antiques – we stopped at a little coffee shop a few blocks down on the right (I didn’t catch the name) and had some mini sized pastries and lattes. Then we window shopped…. The street ends at the Public Garden – we wandered through enjoying the flowers, the “Make Way for Ducklings” statue and took a ride on the swan boats ($2.75 a ticket).

We exited on the opposite side of the park and wandered down Newbury Street (Boston’s 5th Avenue/Champs Elysees) window shopping.

We used a credit card to rent a bike from a kiosk on the sidewalk and rode back to the Aquarium where we returned the bikes (it is $5.00 for 30 minutes) and had some really yummy Raspberry Draft Beer at an outside bar (to the left of the Aquarium) and enjoyed people watching.

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