Sunday of the Boston Marathon weekend brought more fun and sun for my husband and I. While other marathoners were probably taking it easy today (maybe I should have?) we wanted to seize the moment and do any other touring we hadn’t done yet. We started the day off by catching transit and heading to the North End (Little Italy). Once down here, our plan was to join on the Freedom Trail and do as much of the loop as we could. We finally found Paul Revere’s house, and then later the Paul Revere statue! We opted to pay for the entry into the Paul Revere house, and it was worth the small donation. Seeing the inside of the house was incredible—all the old fireplaces, the brick, the solid wood…it was a real treat! We weren’t allowed to take any photos inside, so there are just exterior pictures.
We also walked by the first Roman Catholic Church in New England. It was neat to see the intricate interior of the church, but of course Dan and I both wondered what bad things had gone on behind those doors over the years. Note—on my flight home from Boston I watched “Spotlight.” Had wanted to see it sooner, but seeing that I was flying home from Boston I figured I needed to watch it then.
On a more positive note, we continued our trek on the Freedom Trail to a cemetery, over the river, and on to the U.S.S. Constitution. Touring the ship was awesome—it was free to tour, and you could go below deck. By the time we finished this, my feet were getting pretty tired. We used our transit pass to take the water taxi back to the downtown core. It offered great views, albeit a bit windy!
We wanted something healthy to fill our tummies, so we hopped on transit again and headed to Chinatown. Found a great little spot for some Pho…yum! Then, Dan and I headed to the finish line, as I had a group photo with my Facebook “Boston Squeakers” at 3:30. The commotion at the finish line today was CRAZY compared to how it was on Friday. You could feel the energy! Dan left at this time, as he was going to spend the evening exploring Harvard and find a pub to watch basketball. I was going to make my way BACK to the City Hall area so I could attend the Pasta Party. I headed down to the party with Mike from our Facebook group, and on our way we met a lady named Julie, who was from Edmonton. We paired up with her, and in talking during dinner I found out she knew some of the same people I knew down in Lethbridge! Small world!
The pasta party was what you would expect—mass pasta and salad, beverages, and a lot of people. But, it was well organized, the weather was gorgeous (outdoor seating) and the food was above average for being ‘free.’ There was also free Sam Adams beer! I had one, as my body can stomach a beer pre-race. I didn’t stay too long as I did want to get back to the hotel at a decent time. I think I was showered and in bed by 9:15 pm that night. I did have a big event going on the next day to get rested for…..