We headed out today to explore the Freedom Trail of Boston - seeing the sights and hearing of the people that encouraged the US to pull away from British Rule. We walked over 2.5 miles one way, stopping at the Boston Common and Public Garden, Massachusetts State House (the dome of it is lined in 23 carat gold and looks beautiful in the sun!), Park St Church and the Granary Burying Ground (where John Hancock, Samuel Adams and other prominent Bostonians are buried), Kings Chapel (the first Anglican church in New England), Old South Meeting House (a Puritan church but used for many meetings, especially in the lead up to the American Revolution when they outgrew Fanuiel Hall - was from where the Boston Tea Party was organised and launched), Old State House (was the site of political and commercial life, the site of the Boston Massacre which is marked by a ring bricks outside), Faneuil Hall (used as a meeting place and open air market, now home to Quincy Markets), Paul Revere House (the guy who rode through the night to warn everyone 'The British are coming'), Old North Church (where they hung the lights in the window - one if by land, two if by sea to warn the others in Charlestown), Copp's Hill Burying Ground (one of the oldest, with beautiful views of the harbour) and the Bunker Hill Monument (which is closed for renovations at the moment so we couldn't climb it).
We also had lunch at a Cheers bar. It is at Quincy Markets and has a replica of Sam's bar in it as in the TV series. The afternoon turned wet really quickly and we got back a little tired and very wet! We are going to pop out soon with our cousin for the evening and then we are off to visit our great aunt and uncle in New Hampshire tomorrow.
P.S. Sorry for no photos yet - I haven't yet had wifi access to get them from my computer to the blog....hopefully soon!