Walking the Freedom Tail and exploring the sights along the way makes hungry. Our next destination was Quincy Market and Faneuil Hall.
Quincy Market with its wide open plaza adjacent to Faneuil Hall promised countless choices for a mid-day break to quench our thirst and fill the empty stomach.
Faneuil Hall with the larger than life Samuel Adams Statue – art and architecture to honor Bostonians who have shaped history.
A closer look at Samuel Adams – looking up, way up!
A Boston landmark, Faneuil Hall has been witness to countless historical events.
Faneuil Hall: Symmetry, reflection, pattern, texture, line and shape – the elements and principles of design successfully applied to architecture.
The short break for food and drink opened my eyes anew to the city scape.
No matter where I turned the amazing architecture drew me in and demanded to be captured with the camera.
Once we found the “red line” we continued on our excursion. Past Hennessy’s and Ye olde Union Oyster House we made a right turn…
…at this impressive landmark…
…America’s oldest tavern.
We soon passed this eye catching sign for the Green Dragon Tavern, informing us that Paul Revere drank here…
The Hancock House still stands today…
…just down from the Green Dragon. Narrow streets with historic architecture – we could almost here the call of the revolutionaries!
Little Italy was next along the Freedom Trail. With a vibrant Italian community the area was bustling with tourists in restaurants and gelaterias as they were winding their way to Copp Hill.
I just love these markers…
…this one had one for Abruzzi – an Italian region I visited in 2013.
A Roman Catholic church lined the perimeter of the square Paul Revere’s House is located on.
With time restraints we opted not to join the long line-up into the historic building. Instead, we carried on with walking the Freedom Trail.
Colorful store fronts with living quarters above, a true sign of city life with a European flair.
As always, small details are difficult to ignore.
We soon crossed the street to enter Paul Revere Mall, a shaded court yard with fountain, another impressive bronze statue and Old North Church just beyond.
Paul Revere, high above on his horse, life-like and frozen in time greeted us.
Looking back before we turned out attention to another interpreter in costume.
Interacting with tourists to share historical facts about Old North Church with passion and sweeping gestures this guide was not easy to pass by.
Old North Church – the place Paul Revere’s lantern was hung in the tower.
We entered and took our seats in one of the square pew cubicle. A young interpreter shared numerous facts, including that Paul Revere had neglected to secure a horse for himself on the night of the famous ride… it was also not Paul Revere, but one of his patriots that hung the lantern in the church tower…. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wrote the poem “Paul Revere’s Ride” much later and took creative license with some of the facts.
The interior of the Old North Church, the oldest working clock in North America, a finely crafted organ and two French statues that were gifted to the church by a British privateer.
The pew we quickly took our seats in caught my attention. Theodore Roosevelt had occupied the same place in 1912.
Our final stop was Copp’s Hill Burial Ground, the first cemetery that allowed burial for the African American community.
A day in Boston walking The Freedom Trail is a live history lesson not to be missed. I hope you have enjoyed this excursion in three parts and seventy images. I can’t wait to return to this vibrant city – I am not done exploring its sites and museums.