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Island of North Boston (historical)

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  • Day126

    Day 1 Boston

    November 29, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 15 °C

    It is always good when you arrive too late somewhere to get some tucker in for the next day and beyond. Or perhaps not. Woke up starving. We have got a Keurig Coffee Maker though and there are some pods in the cupboard. Although they are decaffeinated when that is all there is to be had who am I to hold back or be picky.
    With a coffee under our belts we set out to find a supermarket.
    We are in a great part of town, the North End or Little Italy. Extremely narrow streets - some too narrow for cars. Just around the corner we head into Italian restaurant heaven. One after the other - two streets of them then across a main drag and we are downtown. Very central.
    Across the main drag we came to the public marketplace - an organic and artisan market. We had two pastry puffy things for breakfast. Mine was cheesy and I thought it was delicious. Neil”s cinnamon and he was not at all impressed. Can’t please everyone!
    The city is a mixture of very old and ultra modern, the historic, the not too distant past and looking to the future I guess. All the downtown area is on relatively narrow streets, some of which are cobbled. Nice! The whole area is abuzz with the locals gearing up for Christmas and putting up decorations ready for the official turning on of the various big Christmas trees. The lighting up of the lights are staggered over the next couple of nights.
    Groceries bought and stowed back in the apartment we were hitting the pavement again to find the tourist office for a map I can see and some literature on the sights. And of course a bit of a wander to get our bearings.
    Found the Quincy Markets on the way back - a hall with a wide variety of snack and light meal treats. Smelt amazing - will definitely be back there.
    Dinner completed and this dealt with so it is off to bed for this sleepy head. I am pooped!
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  • Day127

    The Freedom Trail

    November 30, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 5 °C

    Today we hit the trail, The Freedom Trail, a 4 km path through downtown Boston that passes by 16 locations significant to the history of the United States. Follow the yellow brick road - not quite. Follow the red brick line as it winds between Boston Common to the Bunker Hill Monument in Charlestown. Stops along the trail include simple explanatory ground markers such as the site of the first public school, graveyards, notable churches and buildings, and a historic naval frigate, the USS Constitution.
    Some of the sites we saw yesterday but we followed the path religiously starting at the Tourist Centre, through the down town area. Into Little Italy and across the Charles River into Charlestown - and what a lovely Charlestown - a bit classier than ours! Along the way we read our little guide book so we understood the significance of each site and of course we read all the plaques that gave us a more in depth explanation of many of the sites. You could pick all the tourists. They’d be the ones walking the line, guidebooks in one hand and a camera in the other.
    Was a great day.
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  • Day125

    Better Late Than Never But ............

    November 28, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 2 °C

    The flight today was at gentleman’s hours so thankfully we didn’t need to get up early. We checked in and hoped for the best. And you can always be lucky! Those yesterday who were going straight to Halifax without a connector were put on a 1.30 flight yesterday afternoon and that flight was also cancelled - plane trouble again. Apparently tempers were a little frayed. Glass half full - it wasn’t us. Fingers and toes were crossed in silent prayer that all would be well today.
    The plane was delayed a little but we did get away and our connector flight in Halifax was on time. We arrived in Boston, collected our bags and were in a taxi on our way to our apartment in not time.
    The glass emptied completely however when we arrived at our apartment. I almost tripped over a broom and dustpan in the dark. Things did not auger well. The furniture was all pushed back on the walls, rugs were rolled and shoved under the furniture, dust covered many surfaces. The smell of fresh silicone or grout wafted through the apartment. I walked into the bathroom. A bag of new fixtures lay on the ground. I opened the shower recess - no shower rose or taps. Great! What now? We were tired and didn’t need this.
    To cut a long story short Domio came good with a few messages back and forth and responded to our needs quickly. If it was a private rental this would not have happened. The owner would have been on top of what was happening in his own apartment but this one was obviously agent run. Domio had another apartment available just around the corner a minute’s walk away.
    Unlike the original, the new apartment was not in the basement. Looking up. It was up another flight of stairs but beggars can’t be choosers. The replacement is a better option, more room, windows and a washing machine!
    Shower, cup of tea and bed!
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