20.06.2013 25 °C
Did a guided tour of Boston with Ben. We started at the old North Church where the faithful lit lanterns at the top of the spire to alert Paul Revere that the British were coming. Boston is just oozing history. We went inside the church and sat in pew boxes and listened to a women telling us about the history of the church. Apparently Rose Kennedy was baptised and had her funeral service in this church. It was very austere with not a stained glass window in sight, just plain glass and white walls.
We followed the freedom trail which is a line of red bricks in the footpath, that will take you to all the historic sites in the city. We came to the narrowest house in Boston. It is 9 feet wide and slopes to 6 feet at the back. It is four stories high. The owner was out the front and said that she paid $300,000 for it a few years ago, but it is probably worth about $600,000 now.
There was a little cemetery opposite the little house and there were graves in there from the 1800s.
We then went down to the dock to see the USS Constitution. It is a lovely old sailing ship and is the oldest commissioned sailing vessel in the world.
This modern building was built opposite this lovely old church and the people weren't very happy, so the architect made the windows reflective so the church could be seen in the building's windows. We drove around the city looking at the beautiful buildings and the city park. This is a photo of our bus reflected in the windows.
Back to the hotel to drop some of our group off and then the rest of us went to Harvard University. Harvard is an ivy league university and is the best university in the states. It costs about $50.000 a year but if you are bright enough and can't afford the fees, they will pay your fees.
This is a fence with lots of ribbons tied on it, in memory of the people killed in the Boston Marathon bombing. Also there is another fence near here where lots of runners have hung their shoes. Quite a powerful scene. We drove across the finish line of the Boston Marathon and you would ever know that a bomb had exploded there.
This is a memorial to the Irish famine victims who migrated to America.
Had a cream cheese and smoked salmon bagel for lunch. It was yummy and then back at the hotel, bought a Boston Cream Pie for dessert. It was very light and not too sweet. Very nice. Apparently the Boston Cream Pie originated at this hotel, Omni Parker House, Boston. Also, JFK stayed at this hotel and at this table in the dining room, he proposed to Jackie.
Had some free time this afternoon which gave us some time to repack the bags ready for the next phase. We all congregated at 5.30pm for our farewell dinner. The bus was a bit late in coming so I took photos of everyone standing on the footpath. Then the bus was stuck in a traffic jam as everyone was on the road going to the Bruins ice hockey game. So we got out and walked to the Italian restaurant for our farewell dinner. As usual, heaps of food. It was all very nice but too much. We were given two free drinks with our meal and I had a Sangria. I'm getting a taste for them and have one with my evening meal.
Ben made a lovely speech and Phil made a nice speech too to Ben on behalf of everyone. Then Ben handed out a gift to those of us who were on their second Trafalgar trip. That was us and we received a nice print from Quebec and a Bruins cap. Actually, it was a very emotional night.
On the way home Ben played "Running Bear" which has become our theme song and we all sang it as loud as we could. It has been a very good tour, with a great tour guide, excellent coach driver and a wonderful group of people.