Boston Journals

Boston - a British view

An October 1992 trip to Boston by actonsteve

Quote: Of all the cities in the United States, the most European is Boston. Europeans will feel at home in the winding streets rather then the grid plans of most American cities. It also has an interesting history, one which will be of interest to British visitors.

Boston - a British view

Overview

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There are lots of pleasures to Boston. It is one of the more human American cities where a car isn't the necessity it is in Los Angeles or Houston. Best things to do are to wander around the cobbled streets of North End, gaze up at the golden dome of the State House, take coffee along Boylston Street and watching the rowers along the Charles River.Quick Tips: The 'T' train is quick, efficient and cheap and can whisk you from one side of the city to the next. Boston Common is the heart, and you can pick up a map of the Freedom trail from the tourist office. The black freedom trail tracing the black history of the city is available from the same tourist office.Best Way To Get Around: W...Read More

Old Granary Burial Ground

Attraction | "Old Grannary Burial Ground"

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Tucked between Boston Common and the Kings Chapel is the lovely Old Grannary Burial ground. Dating back three hundred years this is a cemetery in the old European style, untouched by modern hands. There are 1600 and what makes it so interesting as that, for America, they are so ancient. Many of the names on the gravestones go back to 1760 and earlier and there is a wonderful preoccupation with death with many of the headstones showing skulls and other macabre details. Paul Revere and John Hancock are buried there and somewhere amongst the headstones is the original Mother Goose. But the best thing about it is the ambience, a touch of gothic in modern America.

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Old Granary Burial Ground
Tremont Street
Boston, Massachusetts

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The idea of the Freedom trail is a fantastic one. A single red line weaving it's way through the city leading to all the historical sights and sides of the city a tourist normally wouldn't see. It is very popular, and deservedly so - and a visitor to the city cannot afford to miss it. The best place to start is on Boston Common where you can pick up the red line on Park Street. From there it leads north to the Golden domed State house. Completed in 1798 by Charles Bullfinch this really catches the eye - especially on a sunny day when the sunlight glints off the gold. Then back down Park Street to the Old Grannary Burial Ground (see earlier entry) and across the street to the very white Kings Ch...Read More
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After a break whalewatching in Provincetown and Hyannis, I returned to Boston and picked up the Freedom trail where I left off, outside the Paul Revere house. Armed with my map I wanted to 'do' the 'Freedom trail' before catching my night bus to Washington that evening. So it was with anticipation that I strolled down Hull Street to the Old North Church. Just before this is a lovely courtyard where wall plates commemorate those who died at the battle of Bunker Hill. With trees and benches this is a beautifully genteel part of Boston and the streets narrow here to give a real sense of the past. The Old North church itself is a lovely Anglican church made of whitestone and a wood-beam carved interi...Read More