Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Boston's Freedom Trail

A red line snakes through the city of Boston. Like a child enamored with a grade school teacher your imagination rushes through stories learned in your youth. The trail leads through graveyards with names like John Hancock, and the Old North Church where Paul Revere held his lanterns to declare "two if by sea."

Wisely one begins the Freedom Trail at Faneuil Hall, where John Adams called for independence. Upon returning - your head bursting with history, your heart beating with the wild fight for freedom, you sit down in the marketplace behind Faneuil Hall. In the cradle of liberty you take your lunch break among rows of culinary options, and digest your day in the belly of freedom's birthplace.

Boston is just a four-hour trip north-east from your New York City break. For an adventure all its own you can capture one of the Chinese bus lines (Lucky Star, or Fung Wah) for $15 for a one-way trip. They typically run all day and night beginning in New York’s China Town and dropping you off near Boston’s China Town at South Station.

The Freedom Trail packs loads of history in a small space, and is set among other places of interest such as The North End (Boston’s Italian community and a culinary theme park), the New England Aquarium, and the Holocaust Memorial.

I live near Boston. This is one of my one thousand things, which I have returned to many times.

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