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Our Adventures in the City of Bahston: Delays and Bikes

It feels like eons ago now, but Mark and I took a little vacation to Boston several weeks ago. I've been promising a recap for quite a while now, but life got in the way. Stupid life making me into a liar :) So here it is.

Part 1: Delays and Bikes

Our first few hours of vacation were spent sitting in the airport waiting on a crew member to make it to the airport... following his arrival, we were delayed for weather issues. Ended up sitting on the runway for another few hours while the pilot negotiated flight patterns with air traffic control... good times. We finally arrived in Boston around 10:30pm and got settled in our hotel room around 11pm. We were starving, but exhausted. Most everything near us was closed... so sleep won out.

The fun part our trip began first thing Friday morning. We had booked the City View Bike Tour with Urban AdvenTours when we were first planning our trip to Boston. We'd been looking forward to this for a while. In preparation, we scoped out the location before heading to breakfast at Anthony's Cafe on the Waterfront in the North End. Definitely recommend this place. It was tiny with no frills but the bacon, egg, and cheese sandwich was awesome. Good source of fuel before our bike ride :)

After breakfast, we walked over to Urban AdvenTours to get checked in for our bike tour. They fitted us for our bikes and and we were ready to get started.

Mark ready to go

Mark ready to go

Beth ready to ride

Beth ready to ride

The tour began in Christopher Columbus Park. We rode along the streets in the North End passing a street fair and the Old North Church ("One if by land, two if by sea..."). We stopped for a rest at unsupported characters, or include a non-local or incorrectly linked interwiki prefix. You may be able to locate the desired page by searching for its name (with interwiki prefix, if any) in the search box.

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Molasses Disaster that took place just below there. North End residents claim you can still smell the molasses on a hot day. Luckily/unluckily for us, the temperature was in the mid eighties so we didn't have that pleasure :)

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Bridge. It's a pretty young bridge, but it looks really cool. Its architecture is reminiscent of the Bunker Hill Monument, and its cables call to mind the rigging of the USS Constitution.

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Zakim Bridge

Our tour then took us through Beacon Hill and on a bike path by the Charles River. It was a really beautiful ride.

Charles River

Charles River

We rode by Boston University and then we were on our way to a landmark: unsupported characters, or include a non-local or incorrectly linked interwiki prefix. You may be able to locate the desired page by searching for its name (with interwiki prefix, if any) in the search box.

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Park. We hopped off our bikes long enough to walk into Bleacher Bar. You could see Fenway Park right through the glass!

Fenway Park

Fenway Park

View in Bleacher Bar

View of Fenway in Bleacher Bar

Next we saw the Isabella Gardner Museum and our wonderful tour guides told us all about the great art heist that took place there (Side note: Mark and I just watched an episode about it on American Greed a couple of days ago... interesting stuff).

Probably one of my favorite sites on the tour was the Christian Science Plaza. The reflecting pool there was amazing.

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Reflecting Pool

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Square and the Farmer's Market were next. There was an awesome statue of the tortoise and the hare. So cute!

Tortoise and Hare at Copley Square

Tortoise and Hare at Copley Square

We rounded out the tour with Boston Common and the Old South Meeting House. Then it was back to Columbus Park.

Overall, the bike tour was definitely a great choice. We got to see a lot of historical sites, and it allowed us to be active. The only drawback was that there wasn't really a good way to take pictures of everything we saw... you know, without taking a dive off of my bike! Still, it was definitely a fun way to see the city! If you'd like to see a map of the places we went, you can find the Google map here.

Stay tuned for Part 2!

Posted on September 26, 2010 by Beth | View Comments