Thursday, July 11, 2013

Boston/Bar Harbor Trip - Part 2

The next day, Marc and I decided to hit the streets of Boston and walk the Freedom Trail.  If you haven't been to Boston, the Freedom Trail is essentially a 2.5 mile walking tour that takes you through cool historical sites in the city.  It's super neat!  You walk past Paul Revere's house, the Boston Massacre site, and can see Ben Franklin's grave.  The whole trail is marked with red bricks through the city...which is extremely similar to Dorothy's Yellow Brick Road (a reference I made several times, much to Marc's frustration).

I have a strange obsession with old things (particularly old cemeteries...I'm a weirdo), so this is obviously something I wanted to do while we were in town, especially since we only had a half day of "free time".   After a quick stop at Dunkin Donuts, we were off!  (don't judge...there aren't any DD's in Denver!)

The trail starts in the Boston Commons and eventually takes you to the notorious "North End".  The North End is the "little Italy" of Boston, and they turn out some fantastic food in this part of town =)
No trip to Boston is complete without a stop by Mike's Pastry shop in the North End.  You gotta get a cannoli!
The North End also includes the home of Paul Revere, and the Old North Church, where the lanterns were hung to announce the British army movement during the American Revolution.
Old North Church - where the famous lanterns were hung.
"One if by land, two if by sea".
The Freedom Trail basically ends at the Bunker Hill memorial and you can actually climb to the top of it - 294 stairs!  I have to admit, this didn't seem that difficult to me at first, but I was definitely huffin' and puffin' by the time we reached the top.

However, the big killer was the way down.  Our calves were screaming, but it was fun and totally worth it...we needed to burn off our cannoli =)
Our legs were literally shaking uncontrollably while we took this picture.
About to head down the stairs...make sure you watch your head!
If the weather was clearer, I'm sure the views would have been crazy awesome!
We did it!  Now I can eat another cannoli, right?
After we finished the Freedom Trail, we decided to rent a couple of bikes from Boston's bike share system and ride towards Harvard for lunch.  I honestly didn't realize how far away Harvard was from where we were...and considering we had just destroyed our legs at Bunker Hill, we were both pretty motivated to get to our next meal and beer quickly.

After lunch, we headed back to the hotel to get ready for the highlight of our Boston experience - the Red Sox game!


  1. I'm impressed that you rode your bike to Harvard. I don't know how far away it really is, but we took the subway. I did feel super smart just walking around Harvard.

  2. FUN - I can't wait to hear about the game!!!


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