Aaaah, a post starting with a zombie serving beer and wine must be a good post! 🙂
We were in Boston yesterday. And what can I say, everybody who told us it’s a great city was right. We loved it!
But first things frist:
Before we drove to “Beantown” (as we learned the city is called by locals), we went to see “Bear Skin Neck”, a little peninsula in the harbor of Rockport, where we have stayed the last night. It was only 9 am so all the shops were still closed. But we were told we should still have a look at the cute little houses for some window shopping, it’s worth it. And it was:
After such a lovely morning, we were all excited about our day in Boston. The drive into town took us a little more than one hour and we parked right in the center (Which was very expensive! 29 $ for 4 hours!! What a bummer! :-S )
What I really liked about Boston – because it was so tourist-friendly – was the Freedom Trail. This is a trail, marked by a red line or red brick stones on the street. You can follow it through the city and it brings you to most of the famous places. It begins in the park and is easy to find and to follow.
You can either look for signs..
… or the red line on the street…
…which is sometimes interrupted by signs, too:
You can also book a guided walking tour, which is led by people in funny costumes:
I reckon this can be pretty interesting because you learn everything about the places you pass and about the interesting history of Boston. But as Moritz and I are not the biggest fans of guided tours, we walked the Freedom Trail by ourselves.
What I really liked about this city were the old buildings. I spare you of the historic details (mainly because I didn’t read most of the signs in front of the houses 🙂 ) and just show you some pictures:
But it’s not only the old buildings, that make Boston to the city that it is today, it’s also the newer architecture:
And sometimes, it’s the combination of both:
We followed the Freedom Trail only up to Faneuil Hall Marketplace. There we walked down Congress Street until we reached the harbor and the place where the Boston Tea Party happened in 1773.
Today, there is a museum and a replica of the ship and we even saw children pushing boxes into the water. 🙂
We walked back to the Marketplace and found the Freedom Trail again, which led us back to the park. And the park, aaah, what a nice place! It’s not very big but very well maintained. Especially the Public Garden with its little pond. Lovely place.
After having walked around the city for a few hours, we enjoyed sitting there on a bench for a little while, watching other tourists passing by.
In the early afternoon, we left Boston and drove one hour to Nantasket Beach, Hull, where we stayed for the night. Nantasket is a peninsula just outside Boston with nice beaches. We had chosen the Nantasket Beach Resort for our brief stay because it lies directly at the ocean – and because we got an unbelievably good deal! Must be because it’s after season now!
We had a room with a fireplace and a small balcony that offered a side view to the ocean (unfortunately a street runs between the hotel and the beach, but we didn’t hear the cars in our room).
The sun was still up so we decided to go for a beach walk.
What a beautiful day!