weekend 2001 was upon us...
skyline from the Charles on the Duck Tour
...so Wayne, Ben and Craig took to the
air Friday afternoon for a trip to Boston. I travel to Boston often
for business but neither Ben or Craig had
ever been there. It offered the promise of seeing some American
history while having a good time. Mary Lou begged off because of the
two 6 hour flights for a short stay. Our flight from LAX had the whole
Marilyn Manson group
(including Marilyn) in the seats directly in front of us.
We could see that they were a group right away, but we
didn't recognize them without makeup until we asked the flight
attendant. We took a taxi to our hotel, the
Cambridge Marriott, and grabbed a late dinner in the sports
bar at the hotel while we watched the Lakers win a playoff game.
Saturday May 26th 2001
We started our first day by getting our
3 day MBTA Visitor passes and heading out for the start of
the Freedom Trail.
The Freedom Trail is about 2.5 miles long and passes 16
historical sites. It is marked by a red line on the sidewalk or
by double red bricks embedded in the sidewalk (first picture
below). It starts on Boston Common, passes the State House, the
Park Street Church and the adjacent Old Granary Burying Ground.
The graves of Paul Revere, John Hancock and Samuel Adams (who
lived to be over 80), among others are all here (last three
Seventh inning stretch at Fenway
Continuing along the trail, we passed the site of the first
public school and the site of the Boston Massacre (first two
pictures below). The Boston Massacre site is right in front of
the Old State House, marked by a round cobblestone inset in the
sidewalk. I have passed over this site a hundred times walking
from the State Street T stop to
PDC's Boston office without knowing what it was. Near Faneuil
Hall, we stopped at BosTix to get half price seats for the
Man Group show that night. We took a quick turn over to
State Street to show the kids the Corporate office of my company
- Product Development Consulting
(third picture below). After a quick lunch at the South Market,
we began the long part of the trail past the
"Big Dig" over to the Bunker
Hill Monument (fourth picture below).
We finished the Freedom Trail at
the USS Constitution, the oldest commissioned ship still
afloat (first picture below). We took the water shuttle back from Charles Shipyard to Long
Wharf (second picture below) and headed for Legal Seafoods in
Cambridge by our hotel for dinner. The Kendall Square T Station
has an interesting gadget that the kids discovered to make
chimes in the middle of the track ring (third picture below).
After dinner we took the T to the Charles Playhouse for the 10pm
show of the
Man Group. The Blue Man Group show is a combination of
techno music, humor and audience participation. It was very
entertaining for adults and kids.
Sunday May 27th
It was raining in the morning so we brought our umbrellas and
took the T to Harvard. We walked all around the campus (fourth
picture above and first picture below) and then through Harvard Square, stopping at
some bookshops and the
along the way. We checked at the hotel to ensure the
Red Sox game was not canceled and headed over to Fenway
Park. Mary Anne, from PDC's Boston office, had arranged for
tickets from a friend in the second row just behind third base.
The seats were great, and even though we didn't catch any foul
balls, there were plenty flying around us. The second and third
pictures below show our seats and the view from them. The large
picture near the top right of this page is a picture of all
three of us during the 7th inning stretch. Fog set in after the
game and Ben shot the fourth picture below of the John Hancock
Building with the top floors hidden by fog. We had dinner at the
Hard Rock Cafe near Copley and then headed back to Cambridge. We
walked around a bit of MIT's campus before retiring for the
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