And a new park. And Freedom Trail part 2.
We are still discovering all Harvard Square has to offer. On our way to find a farmers market today we stumbled on this perfectly cute little park
The kids wanted to stay here all day, and I had to drag them away with promises of returning in the near future to play. The water tables were a total hit—they loved filling up the basin only to send the water streaming down the other basins to the bottom.
The kids were dragged from their park to hit more of the freedom trail. Today was really fun! We got to do a scavenger hunt at the Old South Meeting House, listen to a historical figure at the Old State House, and visit the house and statue of Paul Revere. Everyone along the way kept stopping Blake and commenting on his cute hat.
Paul Revere’s house. We learned that he had 16 children. 8 with his first wife, who died shortly after giving birth, and 8 with his second wife!
Listen, my children, and you shall hear
Of the midnight ride of Paul Revere,
On the eighteenth of April, in Seventy-Five:
Hardly a man is now alive
Who remembers that famous day and year.
He said to his friend, “If the British march
By land or sea from the town to-night,
Hang a lantern aloft in the belfry-arch
Of the North-Church-tower, as a signal-light,--
One if by land, and two if by sea;
And I on the opposite shore will be,
Ready to ride and spread the alarm
Through every Middlesex village and farm,
For the country-folk to be up and to arm.”
--LongfellowAfter eating a delicious dinner at Legal Sea Food (I had crab cake, shrimp and mussels) we walked over to the Prudential Center Skywalk. By default, we were there at the perfect time. I had planned on getting there around 6, but walking with 3 kids all over the city always takes so much longer than I think it’s going to. So we got there about 7:45 and got to see the Boston skyline turn from day, to dusk, to evening. The provided audio headsets were so great, and pointed out all the important structures on the skyline. We all loved this, and it was the perfect way to get acquainted with how Boston all fits together.
We also walked past the Boston Marathon finish line. It was thrilling to think of all the great moments and inspiring runners that took place at this spot. It was also sobering to remember the tragedy of the bombing, and pause to remember all those whose lives were changed forever that day.
Steps we took today: