Above is a picture I took on Sunday. I could say yesterday but I don't know if I will get this published on Monday. Anyway this is a picture of the Old South Meeting House or later on The State House until 1798. You do get a feeling of history as first see it. In the picture above you see a kid standing on a light grey area on the sidewalk on the right side of the building. That's the site of the Boston Massacre. My lady friend and I took public transportation in. Believe me driving is not a good option though it's just 5 or 6 miles away. We weren't really sure where we would emerge from the subway. It turns out it was the first thing we saw as we walked out to street level. Sweet! This 299 year old building is positioned between buildings built the 1800's, 1900's and 2000's yet it's clearly visable amidst the skyscrapers of the financial center. From this building Samuel Adams (I do like his beer) and a group of rebels made their way to the nearby harbor to toss some tea into the water. This was the first place in the English speaking world where regular citizens could hear their leaders debate issues and speak their minds. This is where the Massachusetts Constitution was written on which the U.S. Constitution is based. Ben Franklin lived a minute away from here and was baptized as this was also a place of worship. The Declaration of Independence was read aloud to the citizens of Boston on July 18th 1776 though it was read first in Philedelphia on July 4th. John Hancock also lived next door. It's a beautiful building indoors, well preserved.
You can see all of the pictures here.
Once we left we made our way towards the North End which also happens to be the place where Paul Revere's House and the Old North Church are. Been there done that. The reason for the 20 minute walk was for one thing, food. The North End is one square mile with 44,000 people, and 143 restaurants, bakeries and sandwich shops. Mostly restaurants though. To there you pass through the Quincy Market/ Fanuel Hall (another historic building). Quincy Market is a total tourist trap but a lot of fun anyway. In fact I look like a tourist in my own town walking about with a camera snapping pictures.
So when you,re in the North End what do you eat? Italian of course! You will not have a bad meal anywhere. I suppose that's a ridiculas statement as I have only been to four of them. But all the restaurants always seemed to be packed. Both with locals and tourists. There was a French couple sitting next to us though they could have been from Montreal. You won't have a cheap meal either but one taste and you don't care how much it costs. That's mainly because we were ordering from the dinner menu. That's what we were given. We ate at Picolla Venezia (little Venice) This was my choice taken right from the menu.
| CHICKEN RISOTTO |
Boneless breast of chicken with diced plum tomatoes and black olives in a white wine and garlic sauce over Italian Arborio rice
Here's a picture of my partially eaten meal. I almost finished it.
OK here's the inevitable video of my day Sunday
Alrighty then. This whole blog has taken the better part of a day but what the hell it's my day off and I had nothing better to do except housework, laundry and bill paying. Small potatos. I'm done.
I'm outta here.