Saturday, June 2, 2007

Day 04

We woke up this morning feeling a bit down about the Red Sox loss so we went to Breugger's Bagels to console ourselves with bagels and lots of coffee. We spent a bit of time in Breugger's surfing the net and still trying to tie up all the loose ends we both had in Dublin.

We then grabbed our maps and set off on our day of sight seeing in Boston. We walked down Beacon Street towards Boston Common, stopping at Cheers along the way for a few pictures and of course a Sam Adams. Because, of course, it would have been rude not to. Once we found Boston Common we began walking The Freedom Trail through the historic sights in the city.

The Freedom Trail is a 2.5 mile walking trail marked by red bricks that leads through the northern part of the city and includes sixteen sites of historic importance. The trail was created in 1958 when some of the landmarks were threatened by expansion and rebuilding.

The trail starts, moving away from Beacon Hill and features sights that reflect the strong feelings of community and freedom that pervaded Bostonians in Colonial times. It then turns north and passes Paul Revere's house where he lived with his second wife. Amazingly he had a total of sixteen children and was instrumental in the insurrection of the Bostonians in April 1775. He planned the hanging of lanterns in the steeple of the Old North Church to warn everyone of the impending British troops arrival.

The trail continues north into Charlestown but we decided to end our walk in the North End so that we could get a bite. We went into the Italian neighborhood and as we were spoiled for choice ended up eating in the first place we saw - Cafe Pompeii. Then we crossed the street to another cafe, whose name I can not remember, so I could have an espresso. I wanted to go into this cafe because it was full of Italians and they know their coffee. I have to say it was one of the best espressos that I have ever had and as some of you know I am not the easiest to please when it comes to coffee.

On the way back, Paulo stopped to make some new friends...

And have the chatsies...

Since the Red Sox threw us a curve ball and were playing an afternoon game, we got the T back to Fenway and went into Boston Beer Works to watch the game. Once again it was a great atmosphere and the Sox played really well beating the Yankees 11-6. We were pretty knackered after the game so we had a quick bite and then retired to an Irish pub called Cross Roads. Now before you have a go, I don't normally go to Irish pubs when I am traveling but we were so tired that we didn't want to go very far from the hostel. Unfortunately, it wasn't a great pub. The staff and the punters were all a bit strange but we had a few 'relaxers' and watched the Cleveland Cavaliers win the Eastern Conference Finals.

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