Boston: The State House, Freedom Trail and Sandwiches

The next leg of our journey saw us boarding a U.S. Airways flight to Boston, Massachusetts. We left D.C. in warm sunshine, and landed in a snowy cold Boston...ahh America! By the time we got to our accommodation it was late afternoon so we spent a couple of hours exploring the city & eating cupcakes in (the currently closed) Crumbs Bake Shop.
That night we ate at a great little Italian called Giacamo's, where the food was good and the service was surly in that great Italian American manner. If you're ever in Boston I highly recommend eating there! It's a quaint little place with no reservations so a queue does form quite quickly, luckily we got there at just the right time.
After a good nights sleep with bellies full of delicious Italian food we headed out the next morning and made a beeline for the Massachusetts State House - the home of the Massachusetts General Court & the offices of the Governor of Massachusetts, which from 2003-2007 was Mitt Romney (the man that lost to Obama in the 2012 Presidential Election).
After a quick walk around the State House we set off on The Freedom Trail - a 2.5mile (mostly red brick) path through downtown Boston. The trail leads to 16 significant historic sites in total but a combination of cold, hunger and possibly leaving later than planned (ahem) meant we only covered a very small part of it.

To start we set off towards the Old Granary Burial Ground, which is Boston's third oldest cemetery (founded in 1660) and is the final resting place of many notable American's, including three signers of the Declaration of Independence - John Hancock, Samuel Adams and Robert Treat Paine.
The cemetery is also where Mary Goose is buried, whom locals believe was the real life Mother Goose. It is believed she lived in Boston in the 1660s and used to sing songs to her grandchildren which were then printed by her son-in-law, although there is evidence to the contrary.
After a walk around the cemetery, listening in on one of the guided tours (the guides dress in period clothing, by the way), we headed to Sam LaGrassa's for a well deserved late lunch. And oh my, were those sandwiches worthy of the title "World's No. 1 Sandwiches". If you're ever in Boston - go!

Next we spent some time (possibly too much time, if there is such a thing) browsing the shelves of Brattle Book Shop, one of America's largest and oldest secondhand book shops. I picked out a great pile of books but sadly Andrew told me I could only have 2, something about excess baggage costs, and so I begrudgingly left the rest behind... (The yellow one with a dog on the front is a beautifully illustrated book of Lassie Come Home from 1940. It's probably the loveliest book I own.)
While in Boston we also discovered the wonders of Davids Tea where we sampled a couple of different flavours - they have over 150 to choose from! - and may have bought some additions for our tea cupboard... I liked the Coconut Oolong the best!

Above is a picture of the Old State House, another historic site on the Freedom Trail and one of Boston's oldest surviving public buildings. It was built in 1713 and until 1798 was the seat of the Massachusetts General Court. At the top of its facade are statues of a lion & unicorn, symbols of the British monarchy. The originals were removed & burned in 1776 following the proclamation of the Declaration of Independence, but in 1882 these were replaced with replicas.
After a quick visit to Quincy Hall we walked back via the beautifully calm Boston Waterboat Marina while fresh snow began to fall. It would have been impossible not to fall a little bit in love with Boston.

Coming up next: a day in Cambridge, MA for a walk around Harvard*!

*(pahk the cah(r) in Hahvuhd Yahd)

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