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[personal profile] pallid_regina and her husband Lance were in Boston for a conference this week. They decided to stay over a few extra days and visit with us.

So, yesterday morning we drove off to Boston.


We stopped at the Swiss Bakers and got some things for breakfast.


Then, into the city proper to meet them.


It was a nice day, with only slightly strange goings on.


I have very good luck finding people in Boston. So, as we drove along we spotted them walking through the area they had been staying.


But, they said they were going to get coffee first, so we didn’t stop them from that. We went over and waited in front of the art museum.


The little hoppy birds were happy we chose that spot to eat.


The folks who do valet parking were taking their booth for a walk.


We met up and drove off to the harbor.


My wife insisted we look at a map, and good thing too. They had changed the pier for the water shuttle, so I would have gone to the wrong place.
But, we found it and got on the boat.


Lance was not hauling the bowline as some might have expected.


He was, in face, posing with a squid.


We sailed off from Boston towards the Charlestown Navy yards.


It’s only a 10 minute float.


We were off to see Old Ironsides (The USS Constitution) which had been built in Boston, but they put a Coast Guard station in that spot now. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Constitution


We started at the visitor’s center.

They had benches…


Folks were very engaged with the exhibits.


Then we walked past all the extra cannon to the actual ship.


It’s in dry dock now, but you can still go on board.



Lance likes the ship a lot.


But, we all liked it.


This made me think of a bit from an Arlo Guthrie song.


Eventually we disembarked.


Our next stop was going to be the Bunker Hill Monument.


But, there was a museum! We needed to go there first.
They had a shop and everything. But, I’m not sure about their choices for grads.


They didn’t have any benches at the museum, but they did have a chair.


And, a map of Boston 220 years ago.


Then, off to the hill.


It was a bit of a walk, but not bad.


And, there were parks and monuments on the way.


Eventually we got there. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bunker_Hill_Monument


I have to admit, my first thought was "I have the same kind of hilt on my smallsword!"


We did NOT climb the stairs.


We did look at the historical info.


We decided to go back to Boston for lunch.


I suggested we walk over to the subway station instead of taking the boat back. This was not the best choice as instead of a nice shaded walk, we had a hard march through hot city streets.


When we got to city hall, we found the gay pride event still going on.

And, every restaurant near there full.
So, the march continued.


We did find the Chart House, right on the water, was not full and had good food at reasonable (for Boston) prices. http://www.chart-house.com/locations/boston/index.asp

The man who sat us at the table seemed very concerned that we know how old the beams above us were. Hopefully that wasn’t a reflection on their strength. They lasted through lunch, which is what I cared about the most.

Post lunch we walked the short distance to the aquarium and looked at the seals.


Then, back to the car.


We drove back to Worcester and stopped at the school where my wife works to show it off.


It does have a nice view of the city.


Then, we went over to Elm Park for the Art in the Park. Technically it doesn’t open until today, but the art is up. https://www.facebook.com/Art-in-the-Park-Worcester-111366882269332/

There is fair bit of art this year.






We never found any information on this one.

Is he happy? Is he chained there? What does it mean?

[personal profile] pallid_regina found an art patch, so she was clearly accepted by the park.


I thought this one interesting.


As with museums, I tend to go through fast. So, I got ahead of the others.


But, I didn’t stop at bridges either…


Eventually we went to the store, got some stuff for dinner and went home.


All in all, a pretty cool day.
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