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Boston

June 14th - 22nd

After 3 weeks in New York we met up with Richard and Dianne, friends from Australia at Penn Station to board an Amtrak train direct to Boston, Massachusetts.

When telling friends that we intended to visit Boston, everyone recommended walking the Freedom Trail. We were lucky to walk the trail with a good friend Mark and his kids Katie and Michael who live a mere 45 minutes out of town. They provided an audio insight into America’s earliest history when the first Patriots fought for freedom against the Royal Army. The trail starts at Boston Common, the oldest park in America and is marked by a double row of red bricks on the footpath. Sights include the Old State House, built in 1713 and the site of the Boston Massacre in 1770, Park Street Church, Faneuil Hall and Paul Revere House.

Old State House

Old State House


Faneuil Hall and Quincy Markets

Faneuil Hall and Quincy Markets

A trip to Boston in summer however must include a trip to Fenway Park to watch the Boston Red Sox baseball team. Fenway was opened in 1912 and is the oldest ballpark in the Major Leagues, it also the second smallest by seating capacity. Because of its age and constrained location in a dense neighborhood, the park has been renovated many times. The left field includes a green wall that is 37 foot high known as ‘The Green Monster’, a target for right hand batters. On this occasion, the Red Sox were hosting the Atlanta Braves. The Red Sox prevailed 9-4 and we were to witness some history by their second baseman Brock Holt who hit for the cycle, meaning in different Innings he hit a single (reached first base), a double (reached second base), a triple (third base) and a home run (in any order) in the same game. Holt was the first Red Sox player to achieve this in 19 years.

Fenway Park

Fenway Park

The New England Aquarium is located on Central Wharf adjacent to Downtown. The aquariums main attraction is a four-story Giant Ocean Tank. The cylindrical saltwater tank houses more than 1,000 animals including turtles, sharks, eels and fish. At its deepest point the exhibit goes down 26 feet, it is 40 feet wide and holds 200,000 gallons of water. At the base of the tank the penguin pool is home to three species of fun loving penguins and we were lucky to arrive at the moment they were being feed. Interestingly they were provided 10 fish each and the times feed and amount eaten where monitored by staff members. Other special features include the marine mammal exhibit and the shark and ray touch tank.

After the Aquarium we had dinner at the Cheers Restaurant in Downtown. The authentic replica of the Cheers set is located in the historic Faneuil Hall Marketplace and is an accurate duplication of the famous Hollywood set including a central island bar, Tiffany lamps, overhead TV lights, and a catwalk. The restaurant showcases some of the original costumes worn by the Cheers cast.

Of course, any trip to Boston should include a trip to Springfield to visit the Basketball Hall of Fame. Well that is my line of thinking anyways. As Springfield is around 150 km from Boston, we decided to hire a car and make a day trip to Springfield.

The Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame building features a metallic silver basketball shaped sphere flanked by 2 similar symmetrical buildings. The game was invented in 1891 in Springfield by Dr James Naismith, a Canadian physical education instructor seeking a team sport to be played between fall football and spring baseball seasons. The museum is the sport’s most complete library of basketball memorabilia and includes a history gallery, players and coaches gallery, full size court to shot some balls and information on every member of the Hall of Fame.

Hall of fame building

Hall of fame building


Hoops Hall of Fame

Hoops Hall of Fame


3 of the Greatest, Larry Bird, Magic Johnson and Michael Jordan

3 of the Greatest, Larry Bird, Magic Johnson and Michael Jordan

Whilst at the Hall of Fame, Ronnie, Alyssa, Richard and Dianne ventured to downtown Springfield and visited the Dr Suess National Memorial Sculpture Garden. Theodor Seuss Geisel, known to the world as the beloved children’s author and illustrator, Dr Seuss, was born in Springfield Massachusetts, in 1904 and drew much of his early inspiration from his hometown.

Dr Suess gardens

Dr Suess gardens

Boston waterfront

Boston waterfront

Next stop …… Quebec City, Canada

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