I forgot to include this in my last post, but whilst in Boston we also paid a visit to Mike's Pastry, which if you're ever in the city you HAVE to check out! And when you get there, treat yourself to a Cannolo. It can get very busy, and there are often long queues, but the pastries are so worth it! We picked two Cannolis (a hazelnut & a chocolate chip) and a Lobstertail to share - they were delicious!
The next day we headed for Cambridge, Massachusetts to visit the famous Harvard University. The University's main campus is centered around Harvard Yard (pahk the cah(r) in Hahvuhd Yahd) and oh what a pretty one it is, especially in the snow.
We explored the campus on our own, until we got to the John Harvard statue (below) where we were able to listen in on a tour, which was lucky as we learnt from the guide that there are 3 lies to the statue:
1. It isn't John Harvard. The man that modelled for the creator was actually Sherman Hoar. There are no living representations of John Harvard.
2. John Harvard wasn't the Founder. In fact, Harvard didn't even attend the College. He was the first major benefactor and donated half of his estate & books (over 400) to the University.
3. It wasn't founded in 1638. The University was actually founded in 1636, making it the oldest institution of higher education in the United States.
The statue is one of the best-known landmarks of the campus and every day students rub his toe for good luck, so obviously we did this too - tourists, eh!
After a quick visit to the Harvard gift shop, where there were about 1,000 different variations of a "Harvard" t-shirt, we headed back to Boston to get our train back to New York City.
When we arrived we had some time to kill before checking in to our next Airbnb accommodation, so we wandered over to the Flatiron District to see another incredible landmark of NYC - the Flatiron Building. When it was completed in 1902 the Flatiron (originally called the Fuller Building) was one of the tallest buildings in the city and was considered to be "a groundbreaking skyscraper".
When it was time we jumped on the subway to Williamsburg, our home for the last couple of days of our trip. In the diary Andrew kept, he mentions here that "Vicky was moaning about being hungry", which is nothing new, but we found an awesome little place called Action Burger just down the street from where we were staying. This place prides itself on being "America's first comic book/sci-fi themed restaurant" - and it was pretty geeky (all the walls were decorated in pages from the owner's duplicate collection of G.I. Joe comic books. His DUPLICATE collection!! That's more than one collection of a hell-a-lotta comics.) but they did good burgers. And we do like good burgers!
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