on January 7, 2007
To read the first part of my review: Click Here.The First Public School and Ben Franklin were the next sites, but I don't really remember seeing them. We then passed the Old Corner Bookstore which is now a jewelry store and sits right across the street from a very large Borders.From here we went to the Old South Meeting House. We skipped the $7 museum. (We were on a budget.) It was from this meeting house the angry colonists marched to the Boston Harbor to dump tea. While the Boston Tea Party Ship and Museum isn't part of the Freedom Trail, it is a suggested detour and worth the visit. Just be sure that it is open because a fire in 2006 has kept it closed until sometime in 2007.From the meeting house we went to the Old State House. This is where the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence in Massachusetts took place. Outside of this is also the site of the Boston Massacre. The path does not take you directly over the small area where the five colonists were killed. Instead, the guidebook tells you to look for it cobblestones in a circle in the middle of the street.After this you are taken to Faneuil Hall/Quincy Market. This by the way, is where the detour to the Boston Tea Party Museum is. This is a great place to get in some shopping, eating or just sit and relax. Quincy Market has a great variety of food from local favorites to international cuisines. The walk from Faneuil Hall to Paul Revere's house (the next stop) is the longest area on the path between sites. This is also where the red line seems to disappear. Crossing over to the North End, we lost the line, only to retrieve it shortly before getting to Paul Revere's home. I have to say, if you didn't eat at Quincy Market, you are going to want to eat in the North End. There are many Italian Restaurants and everything smelled delicious. If it's a warm day, stop for a gelato and if it's a cold day stop for a cappuccino.Next is the Old North Church, which is right next to the Paul Revere mall. The mall is just a beautiful garden/patio area with a statue of Revere. The Church was used to signal to other neighborhoods that the British were coming. The last stop on the Boston part of the Freedom Trail was Copp's Hill Burying Ground. I almost wasn't willing to go this far because I figured once you saw one burial ground, you saw them all. I was wrong. Go to this location. It is on a hill overlooking the harbor and onto Charlestown. It was very scenic, and worth the trip.This is where it ended for me. I think the Freedom Trail is great for first-time visitors to Boston to witness the history of the United States.
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