Public Garden. The following day, however, we took a taxi from our hotel to Bunker Hill where we began our walk along The Freedom Trail. The famous words, "Don't fire until you see the whites of their eyes!" were believed to have first been uttered here during the battle of Bunker Hill in 1775 when the Colonists resolutely stood their ground against the British Army.
We trudged up the 294 steps to the top of the Bunker Hill Monument in sweltering heat and humidity and were rewarded with spectacular views of the city and harbor.
I never truly understood the term "weak in the knees" until we had descended and began our trek along the trail. It took several blocks for my legs to fully recover.
The USS Constitution (Old Ironsides) was all decked out for Harborfest.
We walked crossed the Charles River and the Boston Harbor was right before our eyes. I couldn't help but imagine the scenes of that long ago tea party.
One of the most fascinating places (to me) along the trail was Copp's Hill Burying Ground and its curious gravestones.
The Old North Church was just down the street and is memorialized in Longfellow's famous poem, "The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere."
Paul Revere's house was built circa 1680 and is the oldest remaining structure in downtown Boston.
In 1776, the Declaration of Independence was first read to the people of Boston from The Old State House balcony.
I find it fascinating how the city has been built up around this historic landmark.
Abby and Travis are standing on the cobblestone marker that signifies the site of the Boston Massacre. I didn't realize it was basically on the doorstep of the Old State House.
The Freedom Trail ended for us at the new State House on Beacon Hill that overlooks Boston Common--pretty impressive golden dome.
Cheers to us for a day packed with history!