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Old 08-30-2006, 08:31 AM   #1
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One Day in Boston: A Trip Report *Complete*

Destination: Boston
Date: August 22
Travelers: poohmaine (me), DH Ben, DD Hayley 17, DD Evelyn 12, and special guest Lambchop

We were in Massachusetts visting my dad, who has been in ill health since June. Since the DDs had never been to Boston (except for the rare field trip to one of the museums), we thought it would nice to spend the day downtown.

I was born and raised in MA and I am very familiar with Boston . . . the hard part was deciding what to do with only one day! After asking for input from the DDs on what they really wanted to do, here was the plan:

1. Drive to the T station in Braintree and take the red line in town.
2. Harvard Square
3. Split up time: Tour of the Freedom Trail for DD12 and me; exploring Chinatown for DD17 and DH
4. Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market: lunch and shopping
5. Surprise for the DDs to TOMB over near Fenway Park
6. Walk down Newbury Street for some shopping/eating
7. Walk through the Public Gardens and the Boston Common

Yes, lots of glaring omissions, but this was a day for the DDs, not the parents . . .

And yes, a long day planned! We were hoping for good weather, as rain would cancel the tour and make all the walking very unpleasant . . .

Next: Lambchop?
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Great start Susan-I Love Boston! [img]/ubb/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img] [img]/ubb/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]. More please [img]/ubb/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]
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Great plans - I can't wait to hear more about your day! [img]/ubb/images/graemlins/waytogo.gif[/img]
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Re: One Day in Boston: 8:00 \'till 11:00

Lambchop has been a dear friend of my DD Evie since she was 3 and watched Lambchop and Sherry Lewis on PBS. (Raise your hand if your children sing/sang “The Song that Never Ends.”) It was Evie’s idea to bring Lambchop along, and as you will see, it was a lot of fun having her with us.

I was up at 5:30, and the rest were up about 7:00. We said goodbye to Grandpa who was headed to the doctor, ate a quick breakfast and left Walpole by 8:00.

Ah, rush hour in Massachusetts! How I have missed it! [img]/ubb/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img] We hit traffic on the 95/128 merge in Westwood, and it was slow going all the way to the Quincy Adams Red Line station.

After a few glitches with the ticket machine (my credit card did not want to work), we were on the train. Half of our ride was above ground, and half in the subway. My DDs do not ride the subway very much (there is little public transportation in Maine), so the ride was fun for them.


Lambchop enjoys the view from the train


The DDs hanging out on the Red Line


30 minutes and 13 stops later, we were in Harvard Square.

We had hoped to take a tour of Harvard, but they had stopped their tours last Sunday. (Evie loved it here so much, I am thinking of returning with her at the end of September when the tours start up again.) So we wandered on our own through Harvard Yard . . . don't you want to go back to college here?


Evie at the Johnston Gate into old Harvard Yard


Lambchop lounges under a tree in Harvard Yard


A doorway at Matthews Hall


Massachusetts Hall

Then we went shopping at the Harvard Coop. While Hayley and Ben browsed the amazing selection of books, Evie and I amused ourselves with photography.


Lambchop at the Harvard Coop Bookstore

All too soon, it was time to get back on T and head over to the Boston Common for our 11:00 Freedom Trail Tour.

Next up: A fabulous tour!
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Sounds great! Live that stretch of traffic all the time!! I grew up in Norwood! (Now live in West Roxbury) You should have taken the commuter rail from Norwood or Dedham and the the T from South Station!

Can't wait to hear the rest.
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Great itinerary. I can't beleive how much you have planned for one day. When my kids were small, we would spend hours in the Harvard Coop-they had the best selection of children's books (this, of course, was before all the superstore chains).

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What a great update - those photos bring back so many great memories and I love the way Lampchop features in the pictures! [img]/ubb/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]
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Great updates [img]/ubb/images/graemlins/zwavin.gif[/img] And great pictures of Harvard [img]/ubb/images/graemlins/082502yes_prv.gif[/img]

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(Raise your hand if your children sing/sang “The Song that Never Ends.”)

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[img]/ubb/images/graemlins/zwavin.gif[/img] We were just talking about that song recently. Lambchop looks like she is having a great time in Boston!
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[img]/ubb/images/graemlins/waytogo.gif[/img][b] Lambchop!!!!!

Great report and pics [img]/ubb/images/graemlins/082502yes_prv.gif[/img]
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[img]/ubb/images/graemlins/love.gif[/img] Lambchop! Great TR and pictures.
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Great start!! Lambshop brings back a lot of memories of when I was a kid!! Great pictures!! Can't wait for more!!
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Re: One Day in Boston: 8:00 \'till 11:00

Lambchop is kind of your Roaming Gnome! How sweet. I think Grace may have had a Lambchop, but he took second seat to her Elmo. Elmo still has a place of honor in her bedroom, 15+ years later!
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Great start! You're bringing back some great memories of my trip to Boston back in April!
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I love the pic of Lambchop chilling out under the tree at Harvard! [img]/ubb/images/graemlins/roflmao.gif[/img] Somehow, Lambchop never struck me as the Harvard type! [img]/ubb/images/graemlins/smirk.gif[/img]
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