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fun day in boston {with the in-laws}

11 Nov

Dan’s mom has been wanting to go to Boston for years and years. They live in New York, probably about 3 hours away from Boston. And she has never made it there. Her birthday was last week so Dan decided that he wanted to take his parents to Boston for a day.

So we planned it out and that day was yesterday.

They came up Friday night and we went out to dinner at Warren’s.

Then bright and early yesterday morning, we went and picked his parents up at their hotel and headed down to Boston.

The plan was to walk the Freedom Trail. We weren’t sure if we were going to do the whole thing but we were just going to get as far as we could.

So we started at Boston Common, right at the State House. The first church we saw was the Park Street Church, which wasn’t open to go into.

The next stop was the Granary Burying Ground, where there are many famous people from history buried.

Our next stop was at King’s Chapel and Burying Ground. All of the seats in the chapel were in boxes, which we learned were to keep the people warm back before central heating.

The Old South Meeting House was the next stop on the trail. It is beautiful inside and set up like a mini museum with tons of information.

The Old State House and the Boston Massacre site are both at the next stop on the trail. The Boston Massacre happened right in front of the Old State House. There is a big circle on the sidewalk marking the area of the massacre.

The next stop was Faneuil Hall. This area was super packed so we decided not to go into Faneuil Hall but we figured it was a good time to grab some lunch so we went into Quincy Market. We grabbed a table upstairs, under this beautiful dome, and then took turns going to grab something to eat. I had some delicious mac & cheese, that probably had about 2,000 calories, but it was totally worth it.

After lunch, we had a pretty long walk to the next stop, which was the Paul Revere House. We couldn’t take any pictures inside the house, but it was pretty cool seeing how it was set up and seeing what it would’ve been like back when he lived there. There was also one of his bells out in the courtyard.

The Old North Church was next, which is the famous church that is the start of Paul Revere’s famous midnight ride.

After that church, we had kind of a long walk across the Charlestown Bridge to get to the last 2 sites on the Freedom Trail. The first stop was the Bunker Hill Monument. It is a huge tower that looks like the Washington Monument.

Dan and I decided to make the climb to the top while his parents waited at the bottom. There were 279 steps to the top and it was hard. The steps got narrower the closer you got to the top and my quads were burning by the time we made it all the way up. Then the top was so full of people, we could barely see out the clouded, scratched up windows. But I was determined to take some pictures after climbing all those stairs.

Dan and I thought we’d grab a quick picture of the 2 of us before we left the monument. It didn’t come out great but I still think it is cute.

If I was going to live around Boston, I would definitely want to live in the Charlestown area. The houses and the whole area is just gorgeous. These were a few of my favorite houses, that were on the same street as the Bunker Hill Monument. That red one. Oh man. I love.

Our last stop was the USS Constitution. We got to walk around the top of the ship, which was pretty cool to see. Then we walked around the museum for a little bit to get the history of the ship.

Instead of walking all the way back to the car, we decided to take the inner harbor ferry that took us back to Long Wharf, which is much closer to the car. There was a beautiful sunset and it was perfect against the city skyline.

It was a gorgeous day in Boston and it was really nice spending the day with Dan’s parents. I’m glad we could take his mom to Boston and she really enjoyed walking around the city. A fabulous family day.

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