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Published: June 11th 2017
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It was wet and cold yesterday so we didn't get to see much of Boston. We spent the afternoon relaxing at our houseboat bed and breakfast which is parked in a marina near the airport.
We went out to dinner that night at a little Italian restaurant run by an Italian family. It was very small and noisy but had good food and a good atmosphere. We ended up chatting to the ladies at the next table who were fascinated that we were from Australia. They suggested that we take a drive along the road that went along the coast north of Boston so we went off after dinner to have a look. It was quite scenic with a very wide sandy beach and a promonade that went for several kilometres. The houses along there were very impressive as well.
This morning the weather had turned bright and sunny so we rode the subway into Boston city. We got some passes for the hop on hop off bus and then set off to walk the freedom trail which winds around the city and takes in all the historical sights.
We visited several sites including the naval ship the Constitution which is
the oldest naval ship that is still commisioned. They take it out in the bay every fourth of july and fire off a 21 gun salute with the cannons on board. It was free to go on board and there were several sailors on the ship giving lectures on the various parts of the ship.
We also visited Bunker hill where there were a few guys firing off a muzzle loader. It was very loud and they were enjoying themselves immensely.
There is an obelisk memorial there which we were able to climb up the interior of and which afforded a terrific view over the whole of the city.
We got on the bus then and had a bit of a rest while it drove around with the driver giving a running commentary and we ended up at the original bar which inspired the hit TV series 'Cheers'. At the street level there is a copy of the bar that they used in the series and downstairs is the original bar. It was very atmospheric and filled with baseball memorabilia. We sat at the bar and had a beer.
Included in the bus ticket was a harbour cruise so we got on the
ferry and cruised the river for just under an hour seeing the same sights from a different perspective.
Next we got back on the bus to see a few more of the sights, driving over the river and past Fenway park where the Boston red socks were playing baseball tonight.
We finally got off the bus, after getting stuck in a traffic jam and getting very cold on the open bus, and travelled back to the B and B on the subway.
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