Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Our New England Adventure: Boston, Day 1

One of the main reasons we chose New England for our vacation was that my daughter was involved in an ambassador program at Harvard University.  (Or, as they say in Boston, "Hahvad.")  It has always been on my list of places to see and this year gave us the opportunity.

Not only did my daughter get to spend a week making a lot of friends and learning leadership skills at one of the oldest universities in the country, but we got to tour some historic sites as well.  From the JFK Presidential Library and Museum to Plimouth Rock (I'm spelling it the way they do).

To me, Boston has an amazing feel.  I don't know if it's because I imagine what it must have been like to walk off the Mayflower in new territory or to have been there when the British started shooting American colonists during the British Massacre.  Regardless of the modern edifices that surround the historical sites, I can almost feel myself transported back in time.

Our first visit was to Bunker Hill (technically in Charlestown), where the British overtook the ill-equipped colonial army on June 17, 1775.  The granite monument boasts 294 steps to the top, where it overlooks the city.  Colonel William Prescott is attributed to have said, "Don't fire until you see the whites of their eyes!"

  Bunker Hill Monument with 294 steps.

 Statue of Colonel William Prescott.

A view from the top of Bunker Hill monument, overlooking the city.

Before we continued onto Harvard, we stopped off at the 99 Restaurant and Pub, located in Charlestown. It wasn't crowded and they had some of the best food at a reasonable price.  The waitresses were pleasant and our food was brought out quickly.  I ordered the fish and chips.  I'd give it a two thumbs up!  

Afterwards, we took a drive through the area around Harvard Square to find out where exactly our daughter would be spending her week.  It's amazing how you imagine something would look and find out it doesn't fit the description in your mind.  We found some wonderful old homes and churches.  I apologize that I didn't get the names or history behind each of them.  There was just too much to take in and not enough time.  

Below, are images from the old part of Harvard and Harvard Yard.  One of the intriguing things about the John Harvard statue is that it there is no living representation of him, so it was someone else's image used for the inspiration of this statue.  Also, he was not the founder but the first major benefactor.  

Though we toured Harvard Yard and the area around it, our daughter actually spent her week at the Harvard Law School dorms, a newer area of Harvard.  The last picture is inside the law school.

Inscription of Harvard Hall.

A little furry friend who came up to us during our tour.

Inside Harvard Law School, waiting to drop our girl off for a week.

Needless to say, our first day was busy but exciting!  We were tired when we went back to our hotel, wanting to rest for the next day of our journey.  

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