Aside from Seattle, of course. But for reals. I love this city. Boston is like Seattle, but with tons of American history and New England charm. I’ve been 3 times and will be going back for a 4th time in November this year, but more on that in another post. On this trip, my friend Laura was participating in a study at Mass General and need someone to be her control. I gladly volunteered, and we even got to spend a few days with my friend Maggie who lives there now. After participating in the study, we walked around Bunker Hill and climbed all 294 steps to the top.

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We were there in October and the fall colors are beginning to show.

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I’ve done the Freedom Trail 2 times before, but I still enjoy seeing these historic sites, especially surrounded by the new, modern buildings. The first one below is Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence was read. On the ground in front of it is where the first shots of the Revolutionary War were fired.

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I always love the Old North Church, where the lanterns were hung in the steeple to warn the colonists of the Regulars; 1 if by land, 2 if by sea. Because America hadn’t won its independence yet, most citizens still considered themselves British. Paul Revere would not have said “The British are coming!” because that could have meant anyone. ‘Regulars’ was the term  used to refer to the British soldiers at the time.

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I think I would have taken a greater interest in history when I was in school if I could have seen places like this in person. It’s hard to grasp the reality of it all from a text book, but being here really brings it to life. We even got to watch an old printing press in action.

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Finally Maggie got off work so we met up with her and head to Little Italy for dinner. This place is so charming, and the food was delicious. It’s really small though, so you have to wait outside for a place to sit and share tables with others.

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Maggie and I split the aglio olio; ground squid, garlic and olive oil on black pasta.

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The next day, Laura and I rented a car to drive out to Lexington and Concord. No matter how many times I’ve been here, visiting these places never gets old. If I ever had to live somewhere else in the US, Boston would be the top of my list.

Lexington, Concord, Gloucester and Rockport
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