a weekend in Boston

Boston, the first destination of my 3 months tour in the USA. I could not start off better: european charm in America. I loved it

a weekend in Boston

Member Rating 0 out of 5 by rhiannon1968 on February 5, 2002

The boat-taxi ride from the airport - a nice way to get downtown while avoiding the heavy traffic. Actually when we docked we found out we were very far from our hostel, so we had to backtrack by taxi and got stuck in the horrible traffic anyway. it was the most pleasure taxi ride of my life: the driver spoke creole and entertained us the whole time, trying to teach it to us.${QuickSuggestions} Stay longer than a weekend - we felt we did not have enough time to really appreciate Boston${BestWay} The centre can easily be seen by walking. Forlonger distances the subway is good too, and safe

Boston International American Youth H

Member Rating 3 out of 5 by rhiannon1968 on February 6, 2002

This hostel is really a good value one - the location is wonderful: just down the road from Newbury Street - and within walking distance to many sights, Beacon Hill included. What we liked especially about it was the security: they took pictures of us and gave us an individual card to show whenever we were coming in. Also they have small rooms (2 people) as well as dormitories. For small budgets, it''s a really nice place
Boston Hostelling
12 Hemenway Street
Boston, Massachusetts, 02115
(617) 536-9455

Ben & Jerry's Ice-cream parlour

Member Rating 3 out of 5 by rhiannon1968 on February 6, 2002

Our first American trip, and our first American food? Will we be victim to junk food right from the start? We swore we would not be, started off looking for a restaurant in Newbury Street, avoided anywhere that offered burgers on their menu... and ended up walking by Ben & Jerry's. Our good intentions were immediately forgotten: cakes, ice-creams, whipped cream - we just had to go in. For coffee we said. Then we tasted a frozen yogurt ice-cream - just out of curiosity since we had never seen one before. We liked it. Then we spotted a truffles ice-cream: we decided to give it a try and see if American chocolate would be as good as Swiss chocolate (good excuse eh?). We found it delicious. At the point we figured it was nearly dinner time anyway - so why not celebrate our first evening on American ground with a slice of cake? Everything was deliciously fatty - that's the best way I can describe it - but we loved every single moment of it.
Ben & Jerry's Ice-cream parlour
174 Newbury Street
Boston, Massachusetts, 02116
(617) 536-5456

Wallis Jazz Club

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by rhiannon1968 on February 5, 2002

it's was great... but it was shocking too, in a way. Now bear in mind it was quite a few years ago. Anyway the guys who worked at the hostel took a liking to us and asked us out on the first night - it was our first trip to the USA and we were feeling very lost, so well, we decided, why not?

Our new frineds decided to take us to a jazz club - since it was our condition to go out with them - and took us to Wallis. The music was brilliant - i dont remember who was performing though - and the club, small but friendly. OK to be fair they all stared at us when we walked in, we wre the only white faces in there, but after a few minutes everyone was talking to us.

My friend and I went back the following night alone, without the guys... and everyone recognised us: the bouncer, the barmen, the customers... they were even friendlier than the evening before - no way we could pay for a drink, it would not do. One also offered to show us around Boston the following day - and she did - she was the best guide i've ever had
Wallis Jazz Club
427 Mass Ave
Boston, Massachusetts

the freedom trail

Member Rating 3 out of 5 by rhiannon1968 on February 5, 2002

It's a self-guided walking tour of Boston's most important landmarks of colonial Boston. The starting point is at Boston Common, and to do it you only have to follow the red line painted on the pavement. It takes you past all the sights. It's important to get the free leaflet that explains you what all the places are, though, especially if you are not too familiar with American history.
There are 16 points of interest along the trail, which I'll just list here below. The walk, including visits and a few stops for lunch a drinks will take about a day.

1. Boston Common
2. State House
3. Park Street Church
4. Granary Burying Ground
5. King`s Chapel
6. First Public School Site
7. Globe Corner Bookstore
8. Old South Meeting House
9. Old State House
10. Boston Massacre Site
11. Faneuil Hall
12. Paul Revere House
13. Old North (Christ) Church
14. Copp`s Hill Burial Ground
15. Bunker Hill Monument
16. U.S.S. Constitution
Freedom Trail
15 State Street
Boston, Massachusetts, 02109
(617) 242-5642


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