Monday, January 11, 2016

Monday, October 26, 2015 – Boston, MA – Sunny - 55F

Distance from Bar Harbor to Boston: 205 Nautical Miles

A much nicer day in Boston, MA…however, it is a short day (7:00 AM – 3:30 PM).

All the tours are early today because of the mid afternoon departure – I was at the Horizon Court about the time it opened and Ellen had room service.

We are both on tour today - “Boston by Sea and Land” and Linda is out guide.  She is very chatty but does impart a lot of information.  The bus is comfortable but our tour starts off with a boat tour of the harbor.


Departing the Pier


On our Way

Anthony’s Restaurant (probably the same Anthony’s you find in other cities) was the biggest restaurant in the city.  Now it is closed and shuttered – we did get a good view of this Boston institution from our boat.


Anthony’s Restaurant


World Trade Center (One of the Many Worldwide)

Linda pointed out a WWII warship, the USS Cassin Young, a U.S. Navy destroyer named for Captain Cassin Young, who was awarded the Medal of Honor for heroism during the attack on Pearl Harbor.  He later died in the battle of Guadalcanal in 1942.


USS Cassin Young

The clock tower visible below has been nicknamed the “Four Faced Liar” because each of the faces displays a different time.


The Skyline and Four Faced Liar


The Beautiful Boston Skyline

The Hyatt Hotel (below) was designed to look like a lighthouse – what do you think?


Plane Landing at Logan International Airport

The Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Bridge is designed to reflect the structure of the Bunker Hill Monument in neighboring Charlestown. The bridge is also dedicated to the life of civil rights activist Lenny Zakim.



Top: Leonard P. Zakim Bridge; Bottom: Bunker Hill Monument


Coast Guard Cutter Seneca


Old, Abandoned Ship Building Pier


Fishing Boat (Blast from the Past)

Following the boat tour, the bus started the city tour of Boston.  Our only stop was at Trinity Church.  This Episcopal church, located on Copley Square in the Back Bay area, was founded in 1733.  It was destroyed in the fire of 1872 and rebuilt in the late 19th Century in this location.



Trinity Church

Even more interesting, at least to me, was the Hancock Center, located across the street from the church.  Not as tall as Chicago’s Hancock Center – this one is 62 stories – but very impressive with its glass and angles. 


We took a picture of us and the church reflected in the mirrored glass of the Hancock Center – you have to look real hard to see us.



Ellen on the Copley Square Turtle

The bus passed by the Boston Public Garden, the first public botanical garden in the United States.


We passed the statue of General Joseph Hooker, located near the new Statehouse.  Linda told us that the current term “Hooker” might have come from the General’s hard driving and not so clean behavior.


General Joseph Hooker


The New Statehouse


King’s Chapel Burial Ground

The bus also took us down the street where the Boston Marathon finish line is located and the site of the recent bombing.  The bus couldn’t stop so I got a blurry picture of the crime scene.


Back on the ship in time to get a late lunch/snack and watch the sailaway. 


Boston Sailaway

Tonight’s Showtime features another production show – “Do You Want to Dance”.  We have seen it a number of times but the dancing was great (especially this version of the Irish Stepdance)


Theme from Zorro (“Spend My Lifetime Loving You”)

Stepdance but no “Danny Boy” preceding it…



Crocodile Rock



“Do You Want to Dance”

We listed to the Duo Angels in the Crooners Bar – they have been playing the same set throughout the cruise – not a problem since two of the songs are by Adele that I like.


A very nice day in Boston…

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