Saturday, February 05, 2011

The TC Graduation Week-end, Part II

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.

The view from the hill down into the city --

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.


HOOTIN' ANNI said...

Oh....I hear'ya!! Once, in San Diego, we boarded a Frigate docked at the piers and the guys went down below, I couldn't bring myself to go deeper within. The sound of the water hittin' the ship's side was enough to drive me nutso!!! Then, after that, they went down a submarine...oh lordy. Not me.

And I do love the last photo of Kevin with the crab. I'm like you tho, Shrimp is still my favorite. Lobster and crab...well, it's okay, but I'd much rather have shrimp.

Susan said...

The ship is fantastic, as are your pictures. Glad you got to cram a lot into that day.

Gigi said...

Brrrr....looks like it was cold!! Great pictures, Dawn! But I think the smile on Kevin's face as he enjoys his lobster dinner is the winner!

Linda said...

Wonderful pictures Dawn. It has been so many years since I visited Boston I had forgotten how beautiful it is. And the seafood - I could eat enough for both of us!
I'm so glad you were able to be there with the kids. They look just wonderful. Praying for them as they take the next step in this journey.

Becky said...

Your son looks like his daddy. I love Boston SO MUCH. It is a great city ... wonderful history ... and amazing sites. We had a ball there for our 25th anniversary a few years ago.

Sammy said...

I'm not a seafood person at all! I don't like any of it. A couple of years ago my husband and I spent a vacation in Maine and I figured that would be the best place to try lobster for the first time. Totally hated it!

Beautiful pictures. I love the architecture there. It's so historic and quaint.

Can't wait to hear more about your trip! Keep 'em coming! :-)

And I hope you're well!

grammy said...

More great pictures...
made me feel like I was there
I am always afraid of seafood too...clam chowder and red Lobsters Coconut shrimp is about it.
Kevin looks like he is enjoying his lobster.

Midlife Mom said...

Just finished reading your two last posts. What a wonderful graduation for Kev and that you three were able to attend! You certainly dodged the weather bullets as we did this weekend in Florida! Amazing the amounts of snow we have here and in Boston.

You sure saw lots of sights while there. Too bad you couldn't get onto the ship. That lobster sure looks good to ME! My mouth is watering!!

NM and I had a fabulous time at the conference. We had some new experiences with the pictures to prove it! ha!

Just Call Me Grammy said...

Beautiful pictures. I love the one of the ship with the city in the background.

Needled Mom said...

We did take the tour and loved it. Isn't the setting so beautiful? Your pictures are all fabulous, Dawn, but they do look COLD!!!!

My mouth is drooling just looking and hearing about that delicious seafood.

It looks like you had a quick, but fun filled trip.

PEA said...

I'm not a seafood person myself and like you, I'll only eat a few shrimps here and there! lol

I would have loved to go on that ship, they always fascinate me. I agree with you, the shot you got of the ship with the skyline in the background is perfect:-)

The Warren Tavern...another type of place I love to go to. Anything with history behind it, I'm interested! lol I love Philly Cheese Steaks but never heard of them in an egg roll. I'd be willing to try one, though:-)

What a shame you couldn't go inside the Bunker Hill Memorial. Love the way you can see it from up the street. Goodness, they sure do have a lot of snow there. I can see why some people haven't bothered digging out their car underneath all that snow! lol

That last picture of Kevin eating lobster is precious, look at that smile:-) xoxo

Robin said...

We were in Boston about a year and a half ago for Tara's graduation from grad school. We walked the Freedom Trail and visited the USS Constitution - what a great and fun thing to be able to do! It was all so fascinating!
I'm glad you had a great time - albeit short!

nancygrayce said...

Oh, my goodness, what a beautiful place! I've never been there, but your descriptions and pictures have certainly made me want to! I wouldn't have gone down in the ship either...too claustrophobic!

Being a native Floridian, I love seafood, but I think it's very different there than here. Ours is saltier....:)

Amy said...

As always I love your pictures!

What a wonderful place to visit. I love history and visiting historical sites. Thanks for sharing!

Sharon Lynne said...

The ship looked so interesting. And I like all those old buildings. I felt like I was back in 1776.

I love early American History.

nannykim said...

Man, I could eat some steamed clams!! I love them!! I don't mis that snow at all!