14.09.2013 - 15.09.2013
With some lovely pastries, coffee and chocolate milk in our bellies, we wandered down to the subway to head out towards a well known American Brewery, Samuel Adams. Samuel Adams, the man, is very well known throughout the USA as a member of the Boston Tea Party, signer of the Declaration of Independence and also as a Governor of the Commonwealth. We saw and heard many interesting things about Samuel Adams and the American Revolution whilst in Boston so we celebrated with a brewery tour in his honour. The walk from the train station to the brewery was full of interesting sights of suburbia including the interesting shape of some of the houses and some bloke called David.
The Brewery is not a large brewery, nor does it supply large quantities of beer for the mass market, but it is the original brewery and it also is the main site for trialling and testing new brews. Oh, and free tours with beer tasting! After a late night at the baseball the previous night, Carys was less than enthusiastic but before she nodded off, she did try smelling some of the different varieties of hops. Her response? "Yuck!"
We left the brewery with some additional glassware and returned to the city to find something to eat off our shortlist. What better place to eat than the oldest restaurant in America? We joined plenty of historical, famous and not so famous diners at the Union Oyster House and although we weren't famous enough to make the engraved list, plenty of others did. The food was very nice and there were plenty of historical artefacts to look at throughout the restaurant. Very close to the Union Oyster House was the oldest tavern in America, The Bell in Hand Tavern, and the striking New England Holocaust Memorial. To me, the most striking aspect of the memorial is that the 6 towers represent the gas furnaces of each of the 6 camps, with each tower inscribed with hundreds of seven digit numbers of victims, with a flickering light and constant steam to highlight them.
Next up we wandered down to the harbour to visit the Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum. Not only could you view replicas of the original ships, but you were invited to participate in reenactments of events of the American Revolution in 1773. It was one of the best multi-sensory museums I've ever visited and the samples of tea from the time of the Revolution were also very interesting.
Our last stop before bed was to a fun fondue restaurant for dinner. It's not all about cheese and chocolate anymore!
On our last morning before flying home, we hopped back onto the train and headed out towards the Bunker Hill Monument, the site of the first major battle of the American Revolution. The hill is located in a very pretty and leafy suburb with wonderful views of the surrounding areas. It was a beautiful Autumn/Fall day and a great day to be out in the sun.
We couldn't end our trip without another walk through Boston Common and stopping for another ride on the carousel for Carys. Each time she rode, she chose a different animal. I think her favourite was either the dragon horse or a cat with a fish in its mouth. She also loved throwing the Autumn leaves in the air and running through them!
Farewell Boston, we had a fantastic time and we wish we had more time to explore you!