This was a quick trip, to say the least. Out on Friday, back home on Sunday. But we made the most of our Saturday. We headed in to Boston right after breakfast in the hotel.
DC made a model of Old Ironsides, the USS Constitution, when he was a boy. We went to see it several years ago when we visited Kevin out there the first time, but it was Columbus Day and we soon discovered that they take Columbus Day much more seriously out East than we do out here in the West - at least everyone gets the day off. So it was closed that day.
The other three went down into the bowels of the ship, down three levels, but I couldn't bring myself to do it - I'm a wuss, what can I say?
I especially love this shot of the ship with the silhouette of the city skyline in the background.
We asked one of the employees in the gift shop if there was a good place for lunch within good walking distance. He said there really was only one place, and it was only a few blocks away. We were so happy we asked and went to eat there ---
The Warren Tavern was probably the first building erected in Charlestown after the British razed the town during the Battle of Bunker Hill on June 17, 1775. It was founded by Captain Eliphelet Newell in 1780. Newell had been believed to have been a participant at the famous Boston Tea Party and as an ardent patriot and admirer of Dr. (general) Joseph Warren, it is natural that he named his tavern after the fallen hero of the Battle of Bunker Hill. Other famous visitors included Paul Revere, who had been a close friend of Warren's and stated often that the Tavern was one of his favorite watering places. Later after the Revolutionary War, General George Washington, on a visit to Charlestown to see his old friend Benjamin Frothingham, stopped here for refreshments.
The food was delicious, the atmosphere was cozy, and it was very family friendly - I loved how many young families walked there for Saturday lunch. The clam chowder was wonderful, and I got an appetizer for my meal - Phillie cheese steak egg rolls - different and delicious!
"Don't shoot until you see the whites of their eyes" - historically reported words stated at the Battle of Bunker Hill. The memorial has 247 steps to the top, but we weren't allowed in that day - weather related, most likely.
There was so much snow - the residents of these townhomes had a hard time getting their cars in and out - some hadn't even tried.
- - - and I think they've gotten more since we were there --
We went back to Brockton to the hotel, took it easy for a couple of hours, then went to a seafood restaurant Kev had been to before - nothing fancy, but good lobster --
I've learned during these last two trips, something I suspected before, that I am not a fan of seafood - shrimp is about it for me. I tried stuffed haddock this time, but it didn't cut it for me either. But I love watching Kev enjoy his lobster and steamed clams.