It was raining!!!Lisa got up early for a breakfast meeting with her boss before her conference started, and I got up at 9am.The Boston Red Sox were playing an afternoon game today against the Tampa Rays!!The game started at 1pm and I was going to head down to the baseball stadium to see if I could get a ticket.I checked with the concierge and he said the game was still on despite the rain.I decided to do the Boston Old Trolly tour in the morning and get dropped off at the Stadium in time for the game.The Marriott Back Bay is 2 stops away from the Fenway Park Basesball Stadium on the tour, so I hopped off there and hung around in line til 11am to buy my ticket - sales for same day tickets (if available) go on sale 2 hours before the start of the game!!I was 4 people from the front of the line, and got a great ticket for $30.00.I had 2 or so hours to kill, so I picked up the trolly tour bus again and managed to fit in the whole tour.Due to the wet weather, it wasn't the best day to get off the tour and walk around at the different stops, so I planned to go back the next day and re-visit the sights I wanted to see.We drove over the Charles river across to MIT & Harvard University, then downtown where the contrast of old Brownstone buildings and the glass/mirrored façade sky scrapers is very evident.We drove past the sight of the Boston Tea Party and the home of Paul Revere "Now listen my children & you will hear, about themidnight ride of Paul Revere" (www.paulreverehouse.org )Then on to Boston common - a huge park in the middle of town and one of the oldest in the country & near the Theatre district.Not so great in the bad weather, but the sun was due to come out tomorrow, so hopefully I would be able to enjoy my lunch there.The Capital building sits at the North end of the common.From there back through Back Bay and Copley Square where the John Hancock building overshadows the oldest Trinity church which reflects into the mirrored façade of the monstrous Hancock towers.We drove through Newbury Street - the shopping Mecca of Boston with brand names similar to those found on LA's Rodeo drive.Further down to the reflecting pools below the Christian Science Cathedral and the National Library.Next stop Fenway Park!!!I made it back to the stadium at 1h30, bought myself a hotdog and a packet of Crackerjack (sweet popcorn & peanuts) and made my way to my seat!!!The atmosphere was electric, despite the cold!!!The Mexican wave came around about 4 times and everyone was cheering most of the time.The food vendors are quite something to see too… carrying their wares on their heads and when you order a bag of peanuts, they literally throw it at you!!!And then you pass your $4 down the row of people - great!!!At the 7th inning stretch we were all upstanding for the national anthem and then I got up to get myself a hot chocolate to try and warm up a little!!At least the rain had stopped, but it was still freezing.
The RedSox won the game and everyone was really pleased with the result.I followed the crowds out of the stadium, and decided to walk back to the hotel.It was only about 7 blocks, and quite a nice walk actually.I stopped off in the Copley Place Shopping mall adjoined to the hotel and walked around there for a bit.
I got back to the hotel at around 8pm - Lisa was out to dinner, and got in around 10pm.I was looking forward to the sun being out tomorrow after a great day in Boston!!!