Days 5 and 6 of the East Coast USA tour
10.11.2010 - 11.11.2010 10 °C
After appreciating the falls the next stop was Boston- a long bus trip to the east coast of the US. This trip took pretty much all day to complete, and we arrived in Boston just in time for some of its famous steamed lobster for dinner. This lobster dish certainly lived up to its fame- was absolutely delicious, though a little small (ones I've had before have been a bit bigger). After swinging on some of the famed Boston lampposts and taking some snaps of the city at night, our tour group headed back to the Crown Plaza for some sleep.
Downtown Boston at nightMmmm...Boston LobsterSwinging off those Boston lampposts
The next day begun at a very sleepy 5am (yes, it was painful waking up this early on a holiday D:, though necessary due to the heavy Boston traffic) and included us firstly heading over to Harvard University for some breakfast. I was amazed at how big Harvard University was when we entered- it had its own town and everything, the historic Cambridge, and included a lot of beautiful colonial architecture. We were guided around the old campus of Harvard and informed a bit about its history. I took the chance to get a photo with the founder of the school since it was said that it could bring good luck :P
Charles River outside Harvard- makes me think back to the movie '21'Inside Harvard University- beautiful buildingsStanding inside Harvard UniversityGetting good luck from the founder of Harvard :PMore of that beautiful architectureA description of the old town of Cambridge, just next to Harvard University
After walking a bit through Harvard our next stop was the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), a university famous for its technological courses and success of its students. The institute itself was very Roman/gothic looking, and definitely gave the impression that it favoured science over religion (as opposed to Harvard perhaps). It was cool being able to go through this school and see the various halls and classrooms, and I was glad to see that they also had an Information Systems faculty, the area I had just completed studying in. Shaun, Dad, David and I finished the tour of the school with a few photos in the graduation yard, as well as in front of the main hall.
Out the front of MITInside the front hall of MITShaun and I outside in the graduation lawn of MIT
The next stop on the tour of Boston was a visit to downtown, and here we stopped at a plaza to take some photos of some of the awesome churches and skyscrapers surrounding us. After this brief visit we made our way over to the water for a cruise of Boston harbour. The sights here were awesome and made me a little homesick for my own harbour in Sydney
Nonetheless, the cruise showed us some of the interesting wharf areas in Boston and the stories associated with them, some of which included drug trade, as the harbour was quite a bustling marketplace in its time. Today, though, much of the wharves have been converted into nice restaurants and luxury apartments, much like what has also happened in Sydney.
Looking out over Boston HarbourThe USS Constitution on Boston HarbourWharves on Boston Harbour
To finish the day, our tour group next visited the Faneuil and Quincy markets, famous for the Boston clam chowder. I had some of this for lunch and can say that, even though I'm not the biggest fan of seafood, this was delicious.
Quincy Markets, BostonInside Quincy Markets
And so the East Coast tour was now at an end, and our guide dropped my brother, dad, Shaun and I at Boston Logan airport. Overall I was very satisfied with the tour and especially with the value we got out of it. Boston would also be somewhere I'd like to come back to one day to explore a little more, especially to get into some of those little harbourside suburbs and observe more of the architecture of the place (loved the style of housing used). With the end of the tour was also the end of my time in the US for a little while, with the next place on the itinerary being a trip to see Aunty Jan in Canada.
So goodbye USA! Will see you again soon in San Francisco
Flying out over Boston during the sunset- amazing colours