17 August - Boston
After eating breakfast at the hotel we walked to the nearby light rail station called Kenmore. Using the ticket machines we managed to purchase return tickets to take us downtown. The track was underground and it was very warm down there. It was a short ride in a vehicle similar to two of our trams joined together.
We alighted at the required stop (Haymarket) and walked towards the wharf district through an old part of town full of Italian restaurants and shops. We detoured past a statue of Paul Revere and then a very old church then looped back to Haymarket station and walked in the other direction down ancient cobble-stones streets into The Bell In Hand, billed as the oldest tavern in the USA. We had a meal there seated by an open window which provided a welcome breeze on what was again a very warm day.
After lunch we continued to Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market where we browsed a variety of stores and stalls in a market like setting. We walked back to Government Centre light rail stop. As we arrived a "tram" pulled in and whilst it was crowded we managed to squeeze in and find a pole to hold on to for the short trip back.
After but a momentary pause, Lance & I left the ladies behind at the hotel and walked the short distance to Fenway Park for a guided tour of the Boston Red Sox home ground. There were lots of fact and figures about the stadium and its rich history. It's the oldest stadium in use in major league baseball in the USA dating back to the early 1900s. It holds about 37,000 fans at capacity and rivals Etihad Stadium in Melbourne for viewing the action close up.
It was being set up for a Billy Joel concert tomorrow night. Unfortunately we leave for Montreal in the morning. Damn. The tour lasted almost an hour and included sitting in the oldest seats in use fro USA baseball, they date back to the 1930s. We visited a seating area perched on a wall in the home run area called the green monster. In interesting name but the view is fabulous and with their dynamic pricing policy, premium games can cost up to US$500 for a block buster game. The tour took us past a vegetable garden on the roof of one area that grows organic ingredients for salads and other meals.
Lance and I estimate we walked over 10 kilometres over the course of the day and returned to the hotel to freshen up before dinner. We didn't have the energy to go out so we ate in the restaurant downstairs. Feeling weary now. An early night beckons.