Boston’s Freedom Trail is a popular tourist attraction. Any time of the year droves of people meander along the brick lined streets marking the route. My friend Glenna and I started out at Park Street Church and made our way to Old North Church via Granery Burial Grounds, King’s Chapel, the Old City Hall towards Old South Meeting Hall, the Old State House, Quincy Market and Faneuil Hall, through Little Italy, past Paul Revere’s house, to Copps Hill, and so many of the great landmarks of this historic city.
The Cradle of Liberty… the birthplace of American Independence (as it was referred to in one of the guide books I picked up) is much too vast to explore in depth in one short day but we attempted it anyways. Thank you, Glenna for being my well informed tour guide!
Sorting and processing the images I captured took me quite some time. I am sharing the first set of these images here today. Join me as I rediscover this great city!
It was the intent to walk the Freedom Trail…
…but the architecture along the way was impossible to ignore.
Old against new – the city planners ave worked hard to integrate historical buildings against the modern highrise backdrop.
Looking up, way up… my neck was beginning to hurt and I was wishing for my full frame camera.
More old against new – as we made out way towards Boston Commons.
The small back alleys were not to be ignored…
…and these kinetic art installations stretched between buildings made sure that the sparkle caught every visitor’s eye.
Before we knew it we had arrived at Park Street Church adjacent to the Boston Commons.
Across from the church another major landmark, the Park Street Station – the oldest subway station in the United States of America.
The Commons lay beyond…
…beckoning to be explored. A short walk under the old shade trees…
…lead us to the relief commemorating the founding of Boston in 1630.
A closer look revealed the story of the first settlers arriving on the shores of Massachusetts.
Beacon Hill architecture towers over the Boston Commons.
As we made our way back to the Freedom Trail we left the New State House with its gleaming gold cupola behind.
Time to start our Freedom Trail excursion in earnest…
To be continued…