**warning! this post is a long one! 🙂
We had a fun day being tourists and exploring Boston yesterday! Even though we live here, we take for granted how historical our city is. Luckily, Brant’s cousins are in town for the weekend which is making us play tourist and I love it.
After breakfast, we headed downtown to walk the Freedom Trail.
The Freedom Trail is a 2.5 mile red-brick walking trail that leads you to 16 nationally significant historic sites, every one an authentic American treasure. Preserved and dedicated by the citizens of Boston in 1958, when the wrecking ball threatened, the Freedom Trail today is a unique collection of museums, churches, meeting houses, burying grounds, parks, a ship, and historic markers that tell the story of the American Revolution and beyond. (Source)
We made all of the stops immediately downtown:
1. Boston Common where there are hundreds of flags set up to honor Memorial Day and the fallen troops.
2. The State House
3. Park Street Church which is known for supporting Abolitionist causes and hosting anti-slavery lectures in the early 1800’s.
4. Granary Burial Ground – the resting place of many of Boston’s famous sons – Paul Revere, John Hancock, Sam Adams and James Otis.
5. King’s Chapel – a non-Puritan church used by the King’s men who occupied Boston to enforce British law.
6. A stop at Old City Hall to ride the Donkey and smell the flowers. 🙂
Then, we continued on.
7. Old South Meeting House – which was made famous by the Boston Tea Party!
8. The Old State House which was used before the Revolution, and after was the first capital building in MA.
A mini replica to see the whole thing…
While walking around, I snacked on a Coconut water (Zico’s Lime) and an apple to tide me over.
Then, we got hungry! Our plan was to eat in the North End once we got there, but after the Old State House we be-lined it through Fanueil Hall to Pizzeria Regina!
As usual, there was a bit of a wait, but it’s worth it – trust me. Luckily, it was a nice day out so we could enjoy the weather while waiting. Once inside, we ordered some grub. The six of us ordered 2 large and 1 small pizzas…and we finished all but 3 slices. I guess we were hungry!
I enjoyed a few Broccoli and Cherry Tomato slices (which were small because they were from the small pizza) and a refreshing beer! Plus, another slice of the eggplant, which I didn’t love.
This was the lunch we all wanted after a long morning of walking around and learning Boston history. We were all very happy campers.
We ended up skipping the rest of the trail…but, we’ll be back to finish it in the near future. 🙂
After some relaxing with cocktails and a snack of banana and peanut butter for me, we headed out for a late Sushi dinner at Douzo. I started with 2 tempura sweet potatoes.
And, ordered the Seaweed Salad and Garden Roll with brown rice and filled with lettuce, asparagus, cucumber and carrot (hold the mayo!) for my meal.
What a great jam-packed day!