After our day in New York, we drove up to South Hamilton, Massachusetts, which is 30 to 45 minutes outside of Boston, to stay with my friend Jill. She is the director of admissions at Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary and graciously offered us a place to stay as well as took the next day off to tour us around the city! One of my husband’s friends, Paul, attends the seminary and we got to hang out with him a good deal too, which was great!
When we arrived in South Hamilton on Wednesday night we walked around the seminary and admired the beauty of New England. Here’s a picture of one of the main buildings on campus.
After walking around we went to hear one of Jill’s friend’s sing and play the guitar at a local restaurant. He was great, very talented! His name is Matt Scott, if you want to check him out!
The next morning, we went to breakfast at a delicious and very cute place in Gloucester (yes, where The Perfect Storm took place!) called Sugar Magnolia’s. They had Carrot Cake pancakes with cream cheese butter (which sounds gross, but was really tasty) and awesome omelets.
After Sugar Mag’s, we drove into the city of Boston. We parked at a public transportation (in Boston called the T) station pretty far outside of city and rode the T into the Boston Commons, where we started walking the Freedom Trail. This is a walking path that takes tourists by many historic buildings. Here are pictures of the Commons and a freedom trail marker.
On the Freedom Trail we explored a graveyard where many famous historical figures are buried, like Sam Adams, Ben Franklin’s parents (only famous because of Ben, but hey, they deserve mention, I guess), Paul Revere, etc. We also saw the site where the Boston Massacre happened, which is right outside a building off of whose balcony the Declaration of Independence was first read to Bostonians. Here’s a picture of the balcony:
My favorite stop on the Freedom Trail was the Old North Church, where two colonists hung two lamps to signal that the British were marching to Lexington and Concord by sea. Paul Revere and others then rode out to the colonists to warn them so they could assemble the militia and attack the Red Coats, thus beginning the American Revolution. This stop amplified what we felt throughout our tour of Boston: this city is steeped in rich history. This first picture is a picture of Paul Revere’s statue on the back side of the Old North Church, and the second is the church from the front. The third shows the eclectic mix in Boston of old and new, historic and modern. The steeple does not belong to the Old North Church, though that would be really cool.
We deviated from the Freedom Trail in order to visit Mike’s Pastry, which is famous for its cannoli (which Wikipedia tells me is the plural form. Cannolo is singular). Cannoli are tube-shaped pastries that have a creamy filling, often ricotta cheese, and can be dipped in chocolate and sprinkled with powdered sugar. Quite delicious.
We took the T back to our car and drove back to South Hamilton to pick up Paul and head to a quaint fishing town nearby called Rockport. Rockport has a marina with the most photographed/painted/artistically used motif: a little red fishing shack. It is known as Motif Number 1. I followed suit, and here it is:
Rockport also had two streets of quaint little shops that we walked through. One of the streets was used in The Proposal in the scene when they arrive in the little Alaskan village Ryan Reynolds’ family lives near.
We finished up the day with chowda and fried seafood at the Lobster Pool, a restaurant on the coast with a view of the sun setting over the water because it’s on a piece of land that curls up and inward so it’s facing west. Unfortunately, it was overcast for us, so we didn’t see a sunset. But we still enjoyed the Lobster Pool.