After visiting Salem, I spent the rest of the afternoon and a chunk of the next day exploring Boston. It was my first time in the city and I wanted to see all the historic sites I learned about in school and visit all the hipster places I’d been told about. I didn’t come near crossing everything off my list, but I think I made an impressive start.
I took the “T” subway to Harvard Square Station and immediately found myself surrounded by trendy stores,ethnic restaurants, and tons of fast-walking hipsters. I picked a street at random, and after meandering pass rows of stores window that displayed pens,sweatshirts,bags, and undergarments with the signature Harvard logo, I found one store I had to enter.
Inside, the Harvard book store is tiny and cramped and invokes the coziness that makes most book stores so appealing. The wooden shelves houses books from every genre. The children section in particular had beautiful illustrated copies of the classics. The basement was my favorite section. All the sale books are here, as well as a station for selling or exchanging used books for credit.
I spent another hour or so walking around, taking in the stately red-brick buildings of the campus. I took in a quick dinner at boloco. I never heard of this chain before but it’s basically a (slightly) cheaper Chiptole and , in my opinion , tastier too.
The next morning, I set out for those historic sites I’d been itching to see. I pass the Paul Revere house where the famous shouter once lived.
I then moved on in search of the Boston Massacre site when I passed by the Faneuil Hall Marketplace, I decided to pop in for a quick bathroom break, and wandered into the visitor’s center. I ended up at the right place at the right time, because a free tour that would take me exactly where I wanted to go was leaving in just a few minutes.
The tour started with a bit of history about the marketplace, which has been a meeting house since the 1770’s. From there, we walked further downtown. We stopped on a corner, and with the glittering glass buildings and serving as backdrop, the guide told us about the events that took place there hundred of years ago. In this area, the mobs that built Boston would have public brawls for fun, an army of protesters carried a ship through the streets in protest, and the first shots of the Boston Massacre were fired. After crossing the street, we stood underneath the Old State House balcony , where a plaque serves as a reminder of the ten people killed here. Soldiers, surrounded by the tirades of angry locals who blamed them for their unemployed, shot into the crowds without orders. Today , the building serves as a museum.
Across the street is the Old South Meeting House.
Lastly, I headed to the waterfront to find the original site of the Boston Tea Party. At this point, the rain and cold was picking up and my departure time was approaching. I’m not sure if I found the exact site , but I did find the museum and docks and that’s good enough for me.
So that was my day and a half in Boston. Read about my morning in Salem and tell me about your favorite parts of Boston below!