We made a day long stop in Boston on our cruise up to Canada. While you would need weeks to really appreciate what Boston has to offer, we had a great time and literally just stumbled on everything we saw.Being late October, the weather was great and the leaves turning were stunning.
After a brisk 20 minute walk from the port to downtown, we found the market, which is a good 'ground zero' point for exploring historic Boston. On our walk through the old town we came across Boston Commons, which was gorgeous with the leaves turning and the overcast weather. Ringing the park on any given sidewalk are statues to founding fathers, and most impressive is a monument to the men of the 54th Massachusetts combat regiment from the Civil War (made famous by the movie Glory). The regiment was comprised of black enlisted soldiers and a handful of white officers and fought heroically in the Battle for Fort Wagner, where most of the unit was lost. The statue is breathtaking and a fantastic memorial to brave men.
While walking the city we came across the State House, the old meeting house where the Tea Party was planned and more old churches then we could count. The real gem that we discovered was the Old Granary Graveyard. Here we found the final resting places of Sam Adams, Thomas Paine, John Hancock and Paul Revere, among others. People from all over the country were there paying respects, and it is truly a priceless piece of American history.
After a long day, we were getting wet and cold and ducked into the first decent looking pub we saw (which didn't take long). It happened to be an Irish pub called Kennedy's, and it was absolutely perfect. The atmosphere was great, the beer was cold, and the shepherds pie immediately took the cold edge off. It was the perfect end to a great day in one of our most historic cities, we hope to go back and spend some real time getting to know it.