This morning Barb and I rode the "T" into Boston again to visit some of the places we had seen on our last trolley tour. Our first stop was at the North End to see Paul Revere's House, the Old North Church and the Copp's Hill Burial Ground. We had lunch at the Volle Nolle, a restaurant highly rated by Sagat. It is a very popular place. It is very small, with only six tables, so nearly everyone ordered carry-out.
Paul Revere's House is in what is now an Italian neighborhood. It is attached to another building on a brick-paved street. Photography is not allowed in the house. That's always a disappointment to me.
The Old North Church is very pretty. Large apartment buildings surround it, so it was difficult to get a good photo of it. At the back of the church there is a memorial garden honoring military and civilian people who have lost their lives in the Afghanistan and Iraq Wars. Their dog tags are hanging on display around the garden.
The Copp's Hill Burying Ground (Est. 1659) contains the graves of a number of people important to our history, including ministers, Increase (1639-1723), Cotton (1663-1728) and Samuel Mather (1706-1785) and other family members. Also buried here is Robert Newman who, at the age of 23, hung the lantern in the steeple of Christ Church (now Old North Church) on April 18, 1775, as a signal to Paul Revere and others. Most of the headstones in the cemetery are difficult to read because they are so old and worn.
Our next stop was at the Boston Common Public Garden (Founded 1837). It has a large pond in the middle surrounded by large old trees. Because it was such a lovely day, the Garden had attracted many visitors. While we were there, a bunch of Hare Krishnas came walking through, chanting. I'm not sure what that was about. At the George Washington statue we listened to a Scottish bagpiper.
Across from the Garden, on Beacon Street was Cheers. Of course we had to go in. We ordered sodas to go and they didn't charge us for them. The only type of carry-out glasses they had were some for kids. :>)
From Cheers we walked up Beacon Hill where we caught the trolley across the street from the Massachusetts State House. We decided that we had had enough walking for the day, so we went back to South Station. Due to a reduced Saturday schedule, we had to wait nearly two hours for the next train to Middleboro. We bought some magazines and snacks.
This has been a good week, which seemed to fly by.