Freedom Trail

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Last Fall, while visiting Boston, we walked the 2 1/2 mile Freedom Walk.  It is a physical brick line that passes many historic sites.  It was educational, inspiring and wonderful, as we gained a greater appreciation for our country.  I highly recommend the Freedom Trail if you are ever in Boston!


USS Constitution

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The USS Constitution is the world’s oldest commissioned naval vessel afloat, launching in 1797.  In 2016 we were able to walk around the USS Constitution while she is in dry dock and as skilled people work to restore her.  As we walked around I thought, if only she could speak, what stories she could tell!


Bunker Hill Monument

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Last year as we walked along the Freedom Trail in Boston, we crossed a bridge and from there we had a nice view of the Bunker Hill Monument across Boston Harbor.  It was here that the battle of Bunker Hill took place on June 17, 1775.


Old State House

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The Old State House is a historic building that was built in 1713, it was the seat of the Massachusetts General Court until 1798, and is one of the oldest public buildings in the United States.  Last year when we visited Boston we passed it as we walked along the Freedom Trail.  This photo shows the old surrounded by the new.


Waiting for the Train

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We spent a fun day in 2016 walking the Freedom Trail in Boston.  To get into Boston we took the train and so I found this was the perfect place to put my feet up and RELAX as we waited for the train.



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After taking a Boston Duck Tour around Boston and on Boston Harbor in 2016, we walked along the waters edge and saw some fun things, this Seagull for example.


Massachusetts State House

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The seat of government for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the State House was completed in 1789.  Last year, while visiting Boston, we walked the Freedom Trail, a 2.5 mile route that covers many historic sites including the State House.  We really ENJOYED walking the Freedom Trail and learning more about our countries history!


Old North Church

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It was in this tower of the Old North Church that the signal was sent out, “one if by land, and two if by sea”, one lantern or two would tell how the British were coming from Boston. At midnight on April 18, 1775, the ride of Paul Revere began, as he warned the citizens that the British were coming. This preceded the Battles of Lexington and Concord during the American Revolution.

Camera used:  Canon 50D


Red Lentil Restaurant

Craig, Chelsea and I went to a vegetarian/vegan restaurant tonight.


We got some different dishes so we could each try them.img_0307

We decided to try their Red Lentil Soup, because it’s the name of their restaurant, so we figured it must be good and it was, DELICIOUS!!  We got a bowl each.  Red lentils, organic seasonal vegetables, fresh herbs and spices.img_0312We then got this dinner salad, which was really big, it was perfect to share it with the 3 of us and very yummy.img_0314Rustic Paella; Orzo pasta, green peas, cauliflower florets, onions, bell peppers, Kashmiri saffron, roasted butternut squash, and soy sausage simmered in a seasoned tomato broth and topped with fresh scallions.  Another good dish!img_0313Shepherd’s Pie; Layered mashed Yukon gold potato and sweet potato, soy sausage, corn kernels, onions, seasonal vegetables and spinach, baked and topped with vegan cashew gravy.  Drizzled with maple balsamic and cilantro sunflower pesto.  Absolutely delicious!img_0315Butternut Squash Polenta; Grilled plant, oyster mushroom ragout and warmed sesame asparagus, drizzled with cilantro sunflower see pesto and maple balsamic.  A very nice dish.

I highly recommend this restaurant!  There were a few other dishes that looked really good, but this was just perfect for the 3 of us!

The Red Lentil Vegetarian and Vegan Restuarant                                         600 Mount Auburn St – Watertown – Massachusetts – 1-617-972-9188


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On the grounds of the Boston Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints we saw these beautiful, absolutely gorgeous hibiscus!!


Old North Bridge

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Here, on this replica of the Old North Bridge, April 19, 1775, the Revolutionary War began with the ‘Shot Heard Round The World’.  In 2016 we walked across this bridge and felt the reverence of this area that Ralph Waldo Emerson so eloquently put on paper;

‘By the rude bridge that arched the flood,
Their flag to April’s breeze unfurled,
Here once the embattled farmers stood,
And fired the shot heard round the world.’


Pirate Cruise


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Today is one of our grandson’s birthday and so we called and wished him a HAPYY BIRTHDAY and told him that we have a gift for him and we will bring it to him when we get home.  He was happy.  Well, this grandson LOVES pirates and anything about pirates, so on Saturday I took this photo for him and then made it into a post-card and sent it to him.  I wrote to him; ‘while we were on a boat we saw this little pirate ship and thought of you!  If you had been here with us, we would have taken you on a PIRATE CRUISE!  Would that have been fun?’

Now, how fun is that?  A PIRATE CRUISE!


Mayflower II

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We had a fun time in Plymouth, Massachusetts where we took a cruise out on Plymouth Harbor.  While passing the Mayflower II, I snapped this photo.  The Mayflower II is a replica of the 17th-century ship Mayflower that transported the Pilgrims to the New World in 1620.  There were 102 passengers with about 30 crew.  Every time I look at the Mayflower, I am amazed that so many people fit on it and sailed across the Atlantic Ocean nearly 400 years ago.