Last weekend Maggie and I were looking for something to do to entertain ourselves in our new ‘home’ in New England, so we decided to road trip up to Boston since neither of us had been there. We didn’t really have too much of a plan until a day or two before we went.
Saturday was rainy (remnants of a tropical storm), but not a total wash out. We started by visiting the U.S.S. Constitution, a 200 + year old ship that was one of the first Naval ships built in America. It’s nickname is “Old Ironsides” because some of the wood they used to build it, Southern live oak, is a very dense wood so all of the cannon balls fired at it bounced right off the hull. The expression “Old Ironsides” came from a sailor who supposedly proclaimed that upon seeing the cannon balls ricochet off the side of the boat in it’s first major battle.
We toured the museum where we learned a lot about the wars that the USS Constitution waged battle in as well as the construction of it’s strong hull. After the museum tour we ventured through the rain to see the boat up close and take a tour of the inside.
After visiting the USS Constitution we decided to find lunch and stumbled across The Warren Tavern, “one of the oldest tavern’s in Massachusetts”. According to their website, “George Washington stopped here for refreshments and conversation. Paul Revere considered us one of his favorite watering holes. George Washington’s funeral speech was given here.” We both enjoyed our sandwich and then headed to the Boston Museum of Science.
My first impression of the Museum of Science was that it looked to be in an older building the Science Museum of Minnesota, but the inside was just as good, featuring plenty of cool science related permanent exhibits as well as temporary exhibits exploring Black Holes and National Geographic Critter Cam (where they strap video cameras to various wild animals to observe their travels). They even had a couple computer related exhibits which I enjoyed very much.
Afterward we decided to find a hotel and call it a day. We were hoping for better weather for Sunday, and it turned out to be a beautiful day for a stroll around Boston following the Freedom Trail.
The freedom trail is a red trail either painted or made of red brick that travels through downtown Boston sidewalks taking you to various historical points of interest such as:
as well as many other historic sites such as the location of the Boston Massacre and Paul Revere’s house.
Along the way we got side tracked and stumbled on a car show being put on by the Boston Area MG Car Club. My uncle Dave Tietz belongs to a similar MG car club in Florida, so uncle Dave if you’re reading, here’s a shoutout!
Also as a part of the show they had a snazzy sports car made by Brittish car company Lotus:
I’m sure driving around in an MG is fun, but I think I probably would prefer a Lotus if money were no problem 🙂
After our nice walk around historic Boston we headed back ‘home’ to New Haven, content with our very touristy weekend trip to Boston.