Saturday, September 26, 2009

Freedom Trail

I love the history associated with Boston, the architecture was amazing, although pictures just don't do them justice. Its one of those things you have to see for yourself.

Bobbys Uncle did the gold leafing on the dome at one time... in 69? I think.
Update- 10/12/09- Bobbys cousin said it was his Uncle Donald Amerault. He is one of the few remaining gold leaf artists in the state of MA. Very cool :)

The cemeteries are soo cool! Granary Burying Ground had lots of cool headstones, I'll not post all the pictures :).

Genealogists dream- generations of dates on the same headstone!
Stones and coins in memory of deceased.
Creepy and cool at the same time ... no machines to lazar cut the stone- hand done with chisel and mallet.
Site of the first public school- Boston Latin School- no tuition charged but they had to buy firewood. Benjamin Franklin dropped out, funny :)
I think this mosaic would make an awesome quilt or needlework sampler!
Grasshopper weathervane atop Faneuil hall. Next time we go, Im taking pictures of all the different weathervanes! Loved them!
Inside Faneuil Hall-Daniel Webster speaking before the US Senate in WA. 16 ft high x 30 ft wide! Painted by G.P.A Healy- took 7 yrs. Its HUGE!!
Quincy Market- best souvenir shops. Behind it is the North and South Markets. We had dinner at the Durgin-Park Market Dining Room- it was fabulous!
The New England Holocaust Memorial was amazing, not necessarily because of the way it looked, but because of the way it makes you feel...reverent, awed, bewildered, disbelief, outrage, hatred, confusion, love, heartbreak. People outside the area were talking in normal voices, but they seemed muffled next to the heaviness of the feelings in the immediate memorial area, there people whispered, touched the glass, read the numbers quietly-silently- whispering the quotes on the sidewalks. Heads shook slowly, eyes watered, couples held hands, reverent smiles to strangers-smiles on the lips...but not in the eyes. There were small stones and coins on the edges of the black granite sidewalks- I read later it is in memory of the deceased. 6 glass towers signify the 6 death camps, etched with 6 million numbers.

Beautiful artwork done by the Italian immigrants that built the church. It looks like a Christmas card!
These statues were tucked away, down an alley, on a building just in front and to the side of the church. I love them, but you'd not notice them unless you were looking outside the "main path".

Why did "we" go away from having placards on pews at church? Your visiting family would always know where to sit, and you'd never have to find a new seat if someone, unknowingly- of course, took "your" seat.

Old State House- built in 1713- Oldest public building still standing in the Eastern US- Declaration of Independence was read from the balcony on July 18, 1776

1 comment:

  1. Kathy, I really enjoyed the New England pictures and very much liked your comments. Very few of the places had I seen before but thought your pictures were wonderful and you have a great way of describing everything.
    I enlarged all of them and they are beautiful. A nice picture of you.
    Thanks, Grnma Flo