We started the day with breakfast as the bagel place down the street: Finagle a Bagle. Pretty good bagels and I'm picky about them. Lots of Boston "color."
They piled on the cream cheese which made Macy happy.
On our way to Boston Garden, we walked through Beacon Hill to admire the architecture and marvel over how much these places cost. The cobble stone road on Acorn St was very cool.
Boston Garden is the setting for Robert McClusky's classic "Make Way for Ducklings." There was an adorable statue in the park but there was a long line of families waiting to take pictures with it so we passed.
While we were taking our Swan Boat ride around the duck pond, a man was playing an erhu. It gave the experience a very surreal feel. We sat down to listen to him after getting off the boat and listened for a few minutes. How, you may be wondering, did I know it was called an erhu? If you know me at all the answer will not surprise you: I asked him! Of course his accent made it difficult to understand and I did have to Google "Chinese stringed instrument" to remember it but it was part of the story so I will include it.
While walking around, I happend to notice this street sign so I had to take a picture of it just for Stu.
John Hancock's grave
Since we had lunch plans with a high school friend scheduled for 11:30 we had to scrap our plansto take a trolley out to Fenway. As it turned out, the girls loved the T so much, we didn't need the trolley. Saved us a few dollars I suppose.
Back to my point, we took the hour or so to see some of the Freedom Trail we had missed yesterday. The State House was closed but we stood outside and admired the golden dome. Literally it is covered in gold leaf! Hard to miss!
We stopped in to the Granary Burying ground and saw many very famous people's graves incl: Mother Goose, Paul Revere, Thomas Jefferson and Samuel Adams.
I was fascinated with the rudimentary skulls that adorned the tops of the tombstones. I had to get a few pictures of them they are so bizarre!
By then it was time to catch the T to Long Wharf for lunch at Legal Seafood with Tom. I had some amazing jasmine shrimp on brown rice with just a bit of cheese. Very tasty. We caught up with Tom, his partner (soon to be husband) Dale and their very good friend Sandy who had come all the way to Boston from Denver to help them plan their wedding! That's a really good friend!
After a great catch up and lunch with Tom it was back on the T to The Museum of Science. The girls learned about all kinds of things but how much they actually remember.... well, let's just say they had a good time and be thankful for that.
There was the lightning show with the world's largest Van de Graaff generator about which KC was very excited. I saw the show many years ago on the 8th grade "good kids trip" to Boston. From what little I remember, it is essentially the same. After all, lightning and the principles regarding it haven't changed in the last 25 years or so. It's still mighty impressive though.
After a few hours we walked along the Charles River back to our hotel. There were many sail boats right near the "Salt and Pepper" bridge so we stopped to get a picture. It is the lead picture for the day.
That evening, we had reservations for a family show at Improv Boston which got great reviews. My guess is that it's very difficult to do good improv that is kid appropriate because the participants were struggling quite a bit. I also got the distinct impression that we got the B squad. It wasn't bad, certainly better than I could ever do and the kids had fun so I guess it was a good time.
From there we took the T a few stops out to Harvard Square where we found dinner in a place called Crema Cafe. No kidding! We had to go there if for no other reason than the name!
While we were waiting for our food, the girls studied their T maps. KC stood up to get a picture of us and a nice lady asked if we'd like her to get a picture of all of us. Since we have very few full family pictures, that was great.
We took he T back to the hotel and collapsed into bed to prepare for tomorrow.
I'm a mother of 2 girls living in NC. I've dabbled in photography on and off but really this is just for fun