Thursday, September 25, 2014

Aloha to New England - Freedom Trail, Bostom Common, and Cheers!

The Freedom Trail took us to Boston's Old City Hall on School Street.  Above is the Boston son Benjamin Franklin.

Boston politics is dominated by the Democratic Party.  From its website (link),

In 1828, Andrew Jackson established the Democratic party and ran for president using the populist slogan, "Let the people rule", his opponents thought him silly and labeled him a "jackass". Jackson, however, picked up on their name calling and turned it to his own advantage by using the donkey on his campaign posters. Over the years this donkey has become the accepted symbol of the Democratic party.

Placed in front of the Democrat Donkey is the Republican footprints that "stand in opposition".  

Across the street is an architechural landmark that reminds me of a far away place.  Can you guess?

Continuing along the Freedom Trail, we visited the Granary Burying Ground.  From its website (link),

Established in 1660, some of America's most notable citizens rest here. Named for the 12,000-bushel grain storage building that was once next door, the historic cemetery has 2,300 markers. However, there is a discrepancy between the number of headstones and the number of people buried in the Granary - it is estimated there are over 5,000 Bostonians who have made the Granary their final resting place. 

The cemetery is the final resting place of Samuel Adams ...

... and Paul Revere.  

Again from the cemetery's website,

At one time the Granary was part of Boston Common, and the livestock that grazed the Common handled landscaping at the burial ground as well. During the Victorian era, the headstones were reorganized into neat rows to make way for a modern innovation of the time, the lawn mower.

Boston Common is now home of the Massachusetts State House.

Following along Tremont, we find a place where they know our name ...

... the Bull and Finch Pub, inspiration of Cheers.

We enjoyed a drink with the gang.

We walked back to the T station through the Public Garden.

Do you have a favorite garden?  One randomly selected commenter from this week's blogs wins a book choice from my convention stash.  Comments are open through Saturday, September 27, 10 pm in Baltimore.  I'll post the winner on Sunday, September 28.


Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City

Make Way for the Ducklings by Robert McCloskey.


  1. Love the ducks, did like Canada gardens I visited

  2. I have been to some spectacular gardens. Not sure which one is my favorite. Maybe the one at Mount Vernon.

  3. My mom's :) She and my dad have worked so hard on landscaping their backyard and it's beautiful. The only drawback of their beautiful flowers is the bees! My dog has already been stung. But oh well!

  4. all nice, but not really