Boston

Ah, the joys of being the retired tag-along spouse of someone who has to be in meetings all day. So while Lorette was getting smarter, I was free to explore the city.

The Boston Convention Center

Boston Convention Center, site of the three-day conference

First stop for me: Boston Common, America’s oldest public park.

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Tadpole Playground

Tadpole Playground

Grown up tadpole

Grown up tadpole

Massachusetts State House

The ‘new’ Massachusetts State House, completed in 1798

Monument to the Massachusetts 54th Volunteer Infantry, the first African American regiment formed after Lincoln’s 1863 Emancipation Proclamation

Monument to the Massachusetts 54th Volunteer Infantry, the first African American regiment formed after Lincoln’s 1863 Emancipation Proclamation

I had the opportunity to have lunch with Pam Hoyle, a friend from high school who lives in Boston, and catch up on the past fifty years. So how did I manage to not get her photograph? Rest assured, she is not in the photo below.

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We ate at a place called Carrie Nation Cocktail Club where I got to try another Lobster Roll.

A lobster roll BLT

A lobster roll BLT

One of our stops was the Granary Burying Grounds, founded in 1660.

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Some of America’s most notable citizens rest here.

Paul Revere

Paul Revere

Sam Adams

Sam Adams

Irish Famine Memorial along the Freedom Trail to commemorate the 1845 Irish potato famine.

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The Old State House built in 1713 to house the colony’s government.

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The Institute of Contemporary Art was close to our hotel and provided an interesting diversion with its eclectic galleries.

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A collection of 36 horn speakers made from newspaper and dryer lint and numerous tube amplifiers playing a fifty minute piece by violinist Andrew Bird

A collection of 36 horn speakers made from newspaper and dryer lint and numerous tube amplifiers playing a fifty minute piece by violinist Andrew Bird

I bought a pass for the T, Boston’s Metro, and spent some time just riding around. Couldn’t get the Kingston Trio singing the Charlie on the MTA song out of my head. A couple of random photos:

The Red Line station at Park Street opened in 1897. Could use a little sprucing up

The Red Line station at Park Street opened in 1897. Could use a little sprucing up

The Silver Line goes by the cruise ship terminal

The Silver Line goes by the cruise ship terminal

Snow shovels at a Metro station on May 1

Snow shovels at a Metro station on May 1

And speaking of snow, there was still some around from the winter’s record of 8 feet.

Snow pile still melting

Snow pile still melting

The John F. KennedyPresidential Library and Museum is definitely worth a visit.

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A campaign poster from 1960

A campaign poster from 1960

Part of the 'Main Street USA' exhibit: an appliance store from the era

Part of the ‘Main Street USA’ exhibit: an appliance store from the era

On January 20, 1961, Kennedy became the youngest person, at 43, to be elected President

On January 20, 1961, Kennedy became the youngest person, at 43, to be elected President

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That is a lot of windows to keep clean!

That is a lot of windows to keep clean!

Exterior of the building designed by the architect I.M. Pei

Exterior of the building designed by the architect I.M. Pei

View of Boston from the library

View of Boston from the Library

And for a bit of culture, we attended a concert of the Boston Symphony in Symphony Hall which opened in 1900. Wonder who else sat in our seats over those 115 years?

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Lorette checked to see if the orchestra had any flute vacancies

Lorette checked to see if the orchestra had any flute vacancies

Our flight didn’t leave until 6:00 PM so we had time for one last taste of New England.

Wellfleet oysters

Wellfleet oysters

And the last lobster roll of the trip

And the last lobster roll of the trip

Despite the livery on our Alaska Airlines plane, our pilot was able to find Seattle with no apparent difficulty.

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