With the kids in Nassau, the DH and I slipped away to Boston for a long weekend. We were craving a little history mixed in with an adventure in a big city. Boston fit the bill.
Hilton Boston Downtown/Faneuil Hall
We flew in very early Friday morning and headed to our hotel – Hilton Boston Downtown/Faneuil Hall – Boston’s first Art Deco skyscraper. It is an architectural gem and minutes from the waterfront, and major landmarks including Fanueil Hall Marketplace, Quincy Market, the North End, and the Freedom Trail.
We dropped off our bags and headed out to explore. But when we returned late that evening, we discovered we were upgraded to a corner suite on the 14th floor. Thanks Hilton Honors!! Check out the views from our room!!
The first thing we did was activate our Go Boston cards. I’d spent a few days pouring over attractions and our must-dos. This was the option that fit us, and our time frame best. The next thing we did was explore Fanueil Hall and Qunicy Market, which was steps away from our hotel.
Quincy Market and Faneuil Hall
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Duck Boat Tour
Then we headed to the Duck Boat tours for a land/water tour of the city.
I took the photos of these dolphins especially for Blinky. They look just like the ones at Disney’s Swan & Dolphin hotel, which she loves. They are modeled after Bernini’s dolphins on the Fontana del Tritone in Rome.
Remember the midnight ride of Paul Revere? This is the steeple where the lanterns were lit. One if by land, two if by sea.
Beautiful view of yachts in the harbor.
After the Duck Boat tour, we jumped on a trolley to the USS Constitution – the oldest commissioned warship afloat. It is now a museum and part of the Boston National Historic Park and Freedom Trail.
We’ll have to bring Stinky and Blinky back to explore and get stamps in their National Parks Passport books.
We took a subway over to Harvard for a student-led tour. There was a major alumni event on the Hahvahd Yahd, which was closed to us, but we did get to walk around it and sneak peeks. Our guide took us around the rest of the Cambridge campus and gave us a glimpse into the life of a Harvard student.
Can you believe this is the hall where the freshmen have their meals? If it looks a little like the Hogwarts dining hall, that’s because Hogwart’s was modeled after this one.
Some more impressions.
St. Anthony’s Shrine
We headed back to the downtown area and wandered around a little more. We stumbled upon St. Anthony’s Shrine, inspired by the enduring legacy of St. Francis of Assisi – the patron saint of animals. The shrine is the center for the Roman Catholic ministry in Boston.
We ended up at a quaint little cafe for dinner.
By 8:00 pm, we realized we’d been up over 16 hours, with less than five hours of sleep the night before. So we called it a night and retreated to our very lux hotel suite for a good night’s rest.
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