historic sites

Charlestown sites to see

Our travels to historic sites continued with visits to the USS Constitution (Old Ironsides) and the Bunker Hill Monument in Charlestown today.  Great to get moving on an otherwise cold and gray day. We parked in a lot for the USS Constitution and enjoyed the walk along the harbor to the ship. The Boston skyline appears very close and very beautiful.

The USS Constitution is the oldest commissioned warship afloat in the world (according to our tour guide) and it is amazing to walk through.  The sailor who gave our tour was wonderfully animated and engaging, and also shared a great deal of information about the ship and its battles.  It was pretty cold today so it wasn’t as crowded as it will be in the summer http://www.history.navy.mil/ussconstitution/.  They don’t charge admission but you are encouraged to make a donation.

We also learned the origin of the word scuttlebutt  -noun 1. 1. Nautical.  a. an open cask of drinking water.  b. a drinking fountain for use by the crew of a vessel. 2. Informal. rumor or gossip. Origin:  1795–1805; 1900–05 Dictionary.com. I knew it meant gossip but did not know the origin.  Well worth the visit and be sure to check out a short (ten minute) film about the Charlestown Navy Yard after you visit the ship and visit the visitor’s center. There is also a Museum that looks great that we didn’t have a chance to visit.

We continued on to the The Bunker Hill Monument – we could have walked but it was cold and enthusiasm was fading.  Interest revived when we got there and got to make the tremendous climb up 294 (twisting and tight)  steps to the top.  Great views of the city and the USS Constitution (mostly the masts). There were only a few people at the top – a teacher and her students from California who were as out of breath as we were.  http://www.cityofboston.gov/FreedomTrail/bunkerhill.asp  A bit dizzying but we are none worse for the wear.

Time for a nice dinner and the Olympics.

Boston historic sites visited

Just went into Boston and visited Old State House (http://www.bostonhistory.org/)

Who knew there was a kicking museum inside? I must have passed that building hundreds of times and never even thought about it. My oldest child is studying the American Revolution and it was great to visit and make connections with the Social Studies curriculum.

We also went (on a different day) to the North End. We went with family friends and visited The Old North Church (http://www.oldnorth.org)  and the Paul Revere House (http://www.paulreverehouse.org) both very worthwhile and well-run. The guide in the Old North Church gave an informal talk while we sat in boxed pews that are still in use today. The Paul Revere House had a lovely tour as well.  Just right.

We also had a nice lunch and visited  a wonderful market that has the most amazing balsamic vinegar on the planet (really!)  http://www.salumeriaitaliana.com/. They also have great cheeses and gorgeous pesto.

We also stopped by two favorite bakeries on Hanover Street: Mike’s Pastry http://www.mikespastry.com/ and Modern Pastry http://www.modernpastry.com. Biscotti, cannoli and cookies…Yum.

I am making plans for another visit soon – no historic sites – just food foraging and sweet clothing shops that I had to bypass this trip.

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