A clever bit of tourist marketing is the Freedom Trail. it's a 2 1/2 mile route, delineated by a red brick stripe through the sidewalks which links various tourist sites with American Independence connections through the city of Boston. And since there is a set path all of them can get a share of the tourist dollar.
It just si happened that our little airbnb flat was right next to the Trail in the North End of the city, Boston's Little Italy. An what precise attraction was adjacent to us? Copp's Hill Burying Ground. Yup, we overlooked a cemetery.
Next site along is Old North Church, genuinely old since it was built in 1723. And very tasteful as churches go. I particularly liked the family pews, which meant you could be quite separate from your fellow puritans.
Inside from the Waterfront is the Financial District. Its what you would expect.
Beyond the Common lies the Public Garden, somewhat more attractive.
|Equestrian statue of George Washington|
We circled back into Downtown.
Now special note should be taken of the Government Building. A true Brutalist bit of architecture. How anyone could have been persuaded to stick this eye-sore right in the middle of a city is a mystery. Utterly hideous and totally unloved.
We then headed up north to Charlestown, across a rather rickety iron bridge. That much rust is disconcerting when there is a big river underneath. This led us to the naval docks and the 18th century USS Constitution. And a rather overly interactive Maritime Museum. More for the kids, although it took us out of the rain.