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Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Boston and New England Cruise - 13 days from October 3rd to 15/2016.....

On Tuesday, we had breakfast at the hotel, the Moo restaurant.   I had waffles with strawberries/maple syrup and coffee – with tip, about $30.   The XV Beacon had an upscale dining room and attentive waiters, but too expensive for breakfast every day. 
Then we took the Hotel courtesy car to Paul Revere's house (Tip $5).  The senior admission was $3 – a very good history lesson here.  Besides his great ride, Paul Revere also had two wives, each of whom had 8 children, and made himself into a wealthy man. 

Then we took the Hop On/Off trolley bus ($35/day) from the Paul Revere house (Stop #2) to (Stop #3) for the Charleston Navy Yard and Bunker Hill.  We wanted to go to the Visitor Center to see their smaller Charleston Navy museum, but before you can go in, you have to go through Security.  Another good history lesson visiting this museum…..

In Boston, you follow the Freedom Trail - this is a red brick lane in the middle of the sidewalk – 2.5 miles long, and takes you to various Historical sights.   We walked on this to Bunker Hill Monument -  you can climb the stairs and look out the tower – quite a few walked up the stairs, but we passed.  Then we walked back to (Stop #3) - just follow the red brick lane - and went on the trolley to (Stop #5).
There we went to the Old State House museum - 2nd floor Old State House - where the Constitution was first read, and is read on a balcony annually on July 4th.

We had lunch at the Omni Parker hotel, only two blocks away.   I had scrod (fish) with rice and vegetables, and we split a Boston Cream Pie ($35).   The Omni Parker hotel invented the Parkerhouse Rolls – which were served on the table – and Boston Cream Pie in the 1920s.  There is a table in the restaurant where JFK proposed to Jackie (seen below) and Charles Dickens resided there for five months in 1867/68.

Then back to the hotel for a rest.  At 4 pm, the courtesy car (Tip $5) took us to the wharf, because a Boston Harbor boat cruise is included in the Hop On/Off tour.   This lasted for 45 minutes - we sat on the top deck outside and enjoyed the cruise. 

Then we walked (about 3 blocks) to the Oceanaire Seafood Room to have dinner.  They served a complimentary antipasto plate, which had pickles, olives, radishes, etc.  I had the white clam chowder – excellent - and then stuffed flounder and a beer ($55).   Very good, and then joined the many people outside, and walked back to the hotel. 

Photos belong to Phil Bianco  

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