Over the last several days I have been exploring the Boston area with my good friends Steve and Patti. On Sunday, September 10 we headed further east to Boston Minuteman Campground. This is a private campground that I heard about from fellow full timers Paul and Nina on their website Wheelingit. They had been in this area a few weeks earlier and stayed here and recommended it. You can find more on their campground review here. From here we able to drive to the Riverside parking area for the subway system. And then we get on the subway and ride it to downtown Boston. We’ve done this on three different occasions so far this week. It still takes us about two hours total between the driving and the time on the subway to get downtown. But that’s a whole lot better than trying to drive into town and finding a place to park, Boston is ridiculously congested. The cool thing about Boston is its full of historical landmarks dating back to the 1600s and 1700s. It’s a modern very busy city with lots of colleges and all the things that any big city has to offer. In this post I’m in a highlight some of the things we seen with lots of photos.
One of the first places I wanted to hit was the original “Cheers” the inspiration for the TV sitcom so named.
We stopped there for a couple beers and a quick lunch, it was fun and I even got the meet Norm lol.
The original bar doesn’t look like the one on TV but on the second floor they’ve got a duplicate of the set bar.
I got the chance to sit “Norm’s” spot
One of the fun things about walking around Boston is all the cobblestone sidewalks and streets, it makes a little hard for walking but it also makes it feel very historical.
There are bronze statues to be found everywhere.
Parks and old cemeteries nestled between the new and old buildings.
There are large new buildings like City Hall.
And lots of old historical buildings like the State House.
The one day we took the trolley and took a tour around the town. It allows you to hop on and hop off as much as you’d like and covers the whole city. It’s a great way to take it all in. And get lots of information from the driver/guide. Here’s some photos of some of the historical streets we will drove up and down.
We took in views of Fenway Park.
Another fun thing was stopping at the food court at Quincy Marketplace and sampling some of the delicious and large variety of foods available.
We also took a harbor cruise which gives you a different perspective of the city and wonderful views of the city skyline.
We also got to see “Old Ironsides” docked at the Naval Yard.
On one of the days we took the ferry from Boston Harbor to Salem to check to the home of famous “witch-hunt’s”. The ferry we took is a high-speed ferry that runs at about 30 miles an hour. Here’s a photo of it.
Sitting at the dock next to where we got on the ferry. Was this beautiful huge yacht owned by a wealthy Mexican businessman. I’m thinking about selling my RV and upgrading to one like this and travel the world rather than just the US.
It was a great day with calm seas and bright skies to take the ferry. Here’s some views as we pulled out of the harbor of Boston.
As we got closer to Salem there’s some beautiful homes along the coastline.
As we pulled into the Salem’s harbor there were hundreds of boats everywhere.
As we arrived downtown we got the first glimpse of one of the witches.
Salem is a very old community, even a little bit older than Boston. The big thing that brought it to fame was the witch hunts of the 1600s. We visited the Salem Witch Museum which does a nice job of explaining the history of the advance that took place. The buildings in town are small and close together and it has a small old-time feel about it.
One other cool thing that I saw in Salem was this artwork by an artist (Patrick Dougherty), he uses willow branches to make these cool sculptures. It is called “Stickwork”, you can find out more about it here at his website.
One other place that we visited this week was the Minuteman national historic Park. It’s located near the town of Concord. It’s where the infamous shot that was heard around the world occurred. On April 19, 1775 a conflict with the “regulars” the British soldiers took place with the “Minuteman” as they finally stood their ground. It was the start of the revolution that led to our country becoming a free nation. Find out more at the national parks website here.
It’s a peaceful place of open fields and woods, that on that day in history play such an important part of making this country what it is today. This part the United States is where the roots of this great country got its beginnings. And it’s been fun exploring it and feeling as though I am a little part of its history. From here we will be moving further south to the DC area to again explore the great beginnings of this wonderful US. Till then that’s it for now best wishes and safe travels to all, Rick
Thanks Dick for all the great pictures and the stories that go with them. I can say that my feet don’t hurt from all the walking as you did it for me. LOL.
I think that I have been giving Steve a run for the money lol
Great post, Rick! So much history there. Diana and I met Patrick Dougherty in Florida last year. Neat guy!
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How cool is his art I really like it 😎
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