Yes, we were there, for the #117 Boston Marathon 2013, for my husband to race his ultimate dream of fulfilling his bucket list goal of a lifetime. He is a marathon runner, who only runs marathons on Saturdays, and it can be difficult to find a marathon that isn’t on Sundays. Boston, is always held on Patriot Day, a holiday Monday, exclusive to Massachusetts. We came in a few days earlier to relax and take in the sites. He stayed behind to save his energy for race day, as I went about exploring Boston and Cambridge areas.
A bit of an oxymoron, I did ask the Italian tour guide, how safe it was to walk around the downtown core, he assured me it was, and even safer where we were, across the river of Boston, in Cambridge. “If I thought the Boston police were tough, I hadn’t seen the side of the Cambridge police, as they had the responsibility of protecting Harvard and MIT.”. I did indeed feel safe walking around and there were many tourist doing the same.
Saturday April 13, 2013, I spent the day and evening hours exploring the sites of this historical city. “The HideOut” I found many stores and restaurants, that were just like this, hiding out in the basement of the complex, every square inched used! I love the old buildings mixed in with the new, and some areas, have been there longer than any of us!
Love the old graveyards to visit, with Ben Franklin, “Mother Goose’ that wrote the nursery rhymes, Samuel Adams, one of the founding fathers, to the Night Rider, Paul Revere. Old Town Boston, also known as “Little Italy” is crammed full off long lines waiting for customers to taste the traditional italian food or desserts! I stopped in Modern Pastry, and had a delicious nougat caramel bar and a Neopolitan. I stopped a couple coming out of Mike’s Pastry, she had a red velvet cupcake and he had a chocolate chip canneloni, there is only so much I can burn off in calories in my walking around Boston, even though I would have loved to try them all!
The cobblestone streets, and amazing I didn’t trip with camera around my neck, it happens more often locally, and the public alley signs, made me laugh, as at first, I thought it was telling me, it was a “public alley”…but then I realized, each alley, is public and numbered, they keep track of them! Boston skyline at night, looking over from where we were staying in Cambridge, that’s part 2 adventure! Christina http://www.christinaparkerphotography.com