Posted by: TheAuthor | 22/10/2011

Day 36 – Boston

In the now customary heavy rain we drove towards the city of Boston in the morning. However we found some good fortune as we parked up in China town, the rain lifted and left behind a think mist surrounding the tops of the buildings above creating a peculiar mix of eeriness and wonderment.

In the haze and humidity we went for a walk around Boston, the biggest single location we have been in since Montreal many days ago. One of the first things we saw, as I seemingly do every time I visit a major US city, was a protest against the city Major and the Government over the usual plight, taxes and employment. I must admit I am glad I am not subject to the same situation although I believe the UK may be sliding the same way.

Boston is famous for many things (one is Samuel Adam’s beer, but I do not personally rate it) that I had either been unaware of or simply forgotten.

Samuel Adam’s was a key instigator for the Boston Tea Party, occurring at the docks of the time but initially communicated (by the above) at the ‘Old South Meeting House’. This is a location where individuals would come to speak to others safely, especially if they had been banned from public spaces.

Nearby is a where the ‘Boston Massacre’ took place. In reaction to an unruly mob, British troops opened fire and killed five people. This response was one of the sparks that ignited the American Revolution.

The Quincy market is one of the ‘must sees’ of the city. An area with lots of clothes shops and dozens of places to eat. Inside, row after row of takeaway foods line the strip, from fish or Chinese to chowder and pizza – anything you like. The shops carry pretty much anything you would like to buy, including a particularly large ‘Urban Outfitters’ much to Shell’s enjoyment. Shell and myself sampled and award-winning pot of Clam Chowder from one of the vendors.

Boston’s Beacon Hill district, an old part of the city, is home to the original bar from the TV series ‘Cheers!’ Not being much of a fan myself, it was still interesting to walk in and see the building. Souvenirs and memorabilia line practically every cavity and space inside the building, aside from the bar space. Not being a fan of American beer I opted for a coke instead rather than let my taste buds suffer inferior beers. No offence to those that do like Sam Adam’s or Blue Moon, it’s just not my thing.

Walking around this very quaint part of the city you will note that it is far quieter than the rest. This means that you can easily move around streets and take photographs down the road unimpeded. One such street is Acorn Street, however you would not want to drive on its original cobbled streets. Rather than ensuring the flat part of the stone was on the surface, creating a smooth road to transit over, they are placed seemingly at random resulting in an uneven layout.

On the way back to the car, to stay at a hotel closer to Philadelphia, the rain came in hard. Within 60 seconds we were drenched, then it stopped and became misty again. Well, at least for the most part it didn’t rain today.

Trip Statistics:

Tim Horton’s Stops – 16

Alternate Coffee Stops – 2

States Driven Through – Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts

Kilometres driven – 435km

Total Canadian Kilometres driven – 11,499km

Total distance driven – 12,435km

Car faults – Found out Speedometer is inaccurate by 10kph

– Speakers starting to refuse to operate

– Tail Light Casing Broken

– Console Handbrake light always ‘on’

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