Why did we wait so long to visit this place? Boston is awesome!
After checking in to the Westin off of Copley Square (where you can see the BEAUTIFUL Trinity Church), Mando and I set out on foot to follow the Freedom Trail by way of Boston Common.
We saw some bike rentals along the way, and thought, hey, that's a good idea! We can ride bikes along the trail, which will save us time (we only had 4 hours before our conference started) and we will be able to see more! Yah, NOT a good idea. We quickly returned our bikes to the same stand, that's how far we got. The Freedom Trail is definitely made for walking. Take my word on it.
We started the Freedom Trail in the Boston Common, America's oldest public park. Our first stop was the Massachusetts State House. Interesting fact, the land the State House is built on was once John Hancock's cow pasture. The next stops were the Park Street Church and the Granary Burying Ground. Mando and I both love cemeteries, so we spent a decent amount of time exploring the different headstones. Notables buried here include Paul Revere, John Hancock, Samuel Adams, and even the lady believed to be "Mother Goose".
After some serious walking in the muggy August sun, we stopped at DAVID'sTEA for a cool drink. This place was awesome! Similar to Teavana, but with more affordable prices, this Canadian-owned company makes delicious tea lattes and specialty tea drinks; making the experience even more enjoyable, we were served by a super friendly gentlemen, who was very open about his exploits the previous evening! So, thirst quenched and highly entertained, we continued on our journey along the Freedom Trail.
Other stops included the King's Chapel and its burying ground, the Benjamin Franklin Statue and Boston Latin School (the first public school), the Old Corner Bookstore (oldest commercial building in Boston), the Old South Meeting House (where essentially the Boston Tea Party decision came about), and the Old State House (where you can get in for free with military ID).
We passed by the site of the Boston Massacre and Faneuil Hall (a meeting hall and marketplace for more than 270 years), and continued on to Paul Revere's House. Unfortunately, we ran out of time and had to skip the last few stops in order to make it back to our conference on time.
After our conference concluded on Saturday, we decided to head to Cambridge for dinner in Harvard Square and explore the university grounds. Out in the square, my interest was caught by a group of guys beatboxing on the sidewalk. They were AMAZING. I don't normally enjoy street performances, but I couldn't break myself away from this one. These are some seriously talented dudes (beatboxhouse.com)!
After we pulled ourselves away from the show, we found a tavern called Russell House, where we enjoyed some of the best pizza found outside of Italy. We ended the evening exploring the Harvard University grounds, and I decided I shouldn't have gone to a state school. There were some seriously beautiful buildings on campus, I'm sure those kinds of surroundings would have made me feel more studious :)
While our time in Beantown was short, we still managed to squeeze in as much as possible. This is one of those cities where I could see myself living, there is so much history and character. I will definitely be back!