I laid in bed this morning knowing that I had to take a piss but not really wanting to get out of bed because I would have to confront my legs. How mad are they going to be? And the verdict…not too bad. Definitely a little gimpy and its not quick going from seated to standing or vice versa. But its tolerable. Enough so, that I got downstairs (we are on the 2nd floor) and drove the family back into Boston for the near end-to-end walk of the Freedom Trail. This is a paved path along roads that connects several historical sites. Its best to park and walk because you wouldn’t want to get raped by parking costs over and over. Best to pick one parking lot, get raped there for $20 – $30, and then walk the rest of the day. It was such a nice and warm day out anyway. The first 2 days here were completely rainy and were best spent indoors. But given the weather, we bailed on any indoor attractions like museums to stay outdoors.
That’s the Paul Revere statue and the Old North Church back behind it. Sydney’s teacher let her off the hook (nicely) for school given she takes in the history and comes back with a report and pictures for the class. That seemed like a cool move. My Mom asked Sydney who Paul Revere was warning us about and she said “the arch-enemy was coming”. My Mom now thinks my kids watch too many cartoons because that sounded like something from TV. Anyway, nothing too extraordinary on the tour. Buildings and statues. Use your imagination. “This is where so and so did this and that”, the guides/plaques would say. And the crowd goes “Ah…”. I had my iPhone up most of the time and was doing Gowalla checkins and reading Wikipedia. I often had the facts on the place before everyone finished the signs, plus other obscure trivia. The goofy part was that every other landmark was owned by a different group. Either the US Government, Boston Foundation of Something or Another, or the Association of Historical Stuff. So all those not covered by your tax dollars had admissions fees. Given they were 10 minute stops and there were 7 of us, it got old shelling out cash every few minutes. We started getting choosy after a couple and settled for looks at the exterior only on some. One we paid for was the tour of Paul Revere’s House. Its said to be the oldest building in Boston still standing. Of course, there have been efforts to tear it down and equal ones to restore it. Its actually fairly tiny if it appears large in the photo.
Being all gimpy, I took my turns waiting and sitting and watching Kayla on some of the attractions. Lots of runners were out and about. Easy to identify with their not-totally-ugly-now race celebration jackets on. It was kind of cool to see them everywhere you went over the course of the weekend. In prior days, I would get 2 different vibes: sizing you up or congratulations on getting here. Today, it was much more like we survived something together and had a common bond. People would just walk by and say “congrats” or “great job” without any other words being said. Whether you finished in 3 hours or 5 hours didn’t matter today I guess.
Old small tiny streets in the North End. The Union Oyster House is there at the end where Glenn and crew had their post-race celebration.
Probably the coolest building was Faneuil Hall. This is apparently where people came to start bitching about the British. John Adams would come here and talk about plans, strategies, taxation, and more. If you watched the HBO series (I recommend it!), I think this was one of the rooms they depicted in the film.
This area of Boston isn’t all old historical buildings. They are nestled between various skyscrapers. Seems that in the 50s or 60s, people we aggressively building up cities like Boston and racing to find places to build. So lots of historical sites didn’t make it. Saw a lot of signs on buildings that said “something important once stood here”. Everything isn’t important to keep I suppose but it seems like trade offs were made before the conservations buffs got it together.
We walked by Old City Hall on the tour. The building was renovated inside and divided up and leased out. So right inside — Ruth’s Chris Steak House. Nice. Outside — while you wait for your table, you can get your photo with Ben Franklin. Hey, eating and seeing historical figures. 2 for 1!
Per Brownie’s suggestion, I picked up the Boston Globe newspaper and saw myself listed in there. It has my finishing position better than the web site. Sweet. Hall and Meb still beat me though.
Thanks for the visit, Boston. I had been here briefly once before but didn’t get to take in the top attractions. This time I feel like I got a better sense of the town. Never seen a place get behind an event…and a running event, for that matter…as much as they seem to here. Pretty intense.
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