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Boston with Tate

Posted by on January 3, 2015

Thanks to Kelly booking us a couple of multi-city airline tickets, Tate and I were able to make it out to Boston for a week before meeting Kelly, Rylee and Luke in Baton Rouge for the holidays.  Tate wanted to go to Boston to meet an internet friend, and I wanted to go out there again for all the American history since I was there several years ago for a couple of days, but I didn’t have an abundance of free time on that earlier trip.

Tate was a great travel companion.  He was open to just about any activity we could come across out there, so we went to the Museum of Fine Art, Museum of Science, the Boston Public Library, the Old Statehouse, the Granary Burying Ground, the Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum, and too many other things to list them all.  We even took a train out to Cambridge to walk around Harvard Square and through the Harvard campus on one snowy afternoon.  We were in Boston for 6 days and we tried to get one to three outings fit into each day.  We used buses and their subway system to get around every day.

One of our favorite outings was a trip to Faneuil Hall Marketplace to see an art exhibit made out of Legos.  The artist was an Oregon born, New York educated lawyer who left his profession to follow his calling of making art.  Many of his pieces had some very interesting and insightful descriptions about his process of growth and discovery of creativity.

We had lots of guided tours and a few self guided tours.  We learned a lot about the history of the American Revolution, the idea of liberty and the evolution of the concept of liberty for some vs liberty for all.  Travel is a great way to learn about history and generate excitement.  Tate really enjoyed seeing the real Boston as compared to the historically accurate colonial Boston he’s learned about through playing Assassin’s Creed.

There are many American firsts there that we got to experience.  We rode on America’s first subway line, ate at Union Oyster House which is said to be the oldest continuously run restaurant in America, and we walked around the first public library in America.

After our busy week there, we were ready for our trek to Baton Rouge!

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An evening in Boston, walking to get some Clam Chowder and Boston Cream Pie with Tate

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A row of the typical Brownstones that line the streets in Boston

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The reading room inside the Boston Public Library

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Granary Burying Ground c.1660. Burial site for Paul Revere, John Hancock, Samuel Adams, Boston Massacre casualties, and many more.

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Tate’s Favorite Lego sculpture. The plaque said “No matter where your heart wants to lead you, there will be hands that try to hold you back. Life’s challenge is to find the strength to break free. I created this sculpture in response to so many people telling me “no” in my life. I wanted to break free of those people – Nathan Sawaya”

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Our daily ride. The MBTA Orange Line Subway.

 

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