Pinoy Transplant visits Boston

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Last week, I went to Boston to attend a conference to learn a new technology (which will be on a separate post). But as I learn the way of the future there, I also learned the way of the past, as we explored Boston.

Boston is one of the oldest cities in the US, and is very rich in history. It is the biggest city in the New England region. It was founded by Puritan colonists from England in 1630. During the 18th century, it was the location of several major events of the American Revolution.

Mix of old and new buildings. The building with a clock is the historic Old South Meeting House.
Built in 1729, it was the largest building in Boston at that time and provided a stage for the American Revolution. This is where the Boston Tea Party was organized that led to the revolution.

We hopped on a trolley and explored the city.

sightseeing trolley tour
We can hop in and hop off in different stations.

We also did a lot of walking, following what is known as the “Freedom Trail.”

Freedom Trail marker
The Freedom Trail is a red (mostly brick) path through downtown Boston that leads to 16 significant historic sites.
Following the Freedom Trail through Boston.

Boston has old neighborhoods whose houses and buildings dates back to the 16th to 18th century. These structures are preserved by the city, as owners cannot change their outside appearance, even though they can update and renovate the inside of these buildings.

Old tavern (est. 1795) and bar (est. 1826).
Trinity Church. One of the oldest and most beautiful churches in the country
Beacon Hill neighborhood. It has traditionally been the home of Boston's upper class.
street in bloom

One of the interesting area in the heart of Boston is Charles Street. It was studded with quaint shops and business stores. The street was lined with lamp posts dating back to the era where gas lamps were used. It was said that the city kept the lamps burning through the night and through the day, as it will be more expensive to hire people to light them at night and extinguish them during the day. These lamps are kept burning 24 hours to this day.

old Post Office
typical streetscape in Charles Street
These street lamps have been turned on for more than a century, even through the day, as part of the tradition of the city.

One of the revered names of the American Revolution is Paul Revere. He was made famous for his “midnight ride” (as in the poem of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow), alerting Colonial militia of approaching British forces. During the battles of Concord and Lexington, two lanterns were hung in the steeple of Old North Church, as a signal from Paul Revere to the Patriots keeping watch in Charleston that the British troops were coming by sea and not by land.

Paul Revere statue. In the background is the steeple of Old North Church where two lanterns were hung as a sign to the Patriots.
inside of Old North Church
This is Paul Revere's house. He already had eight children when his first wife died. He remarried and had eight more children with his second wife. This house must have been so crowded.

Here are the Massachusetts State houses. The one with the golden dome is the “New” State House. How new? It was completed in 1798. That’s hardly new at all! Before the current State House was completed, Massachusetts’ government was seated at the “Old” State House. Within the walls of that old building, where Samuel Adams, James Otis, John Hancock and John Adams debated the future of the British colonies.

New State House
Old State House. This is now a museum.

One of the oldest meeting place in Boston is the Faneuil Hall. It has served as a market-place and meeting hall since it was built in 1742. This building had been the scene of many meetings where Bostonians voiced their dissent against the oppressive policies of the British Parliament. Thus this building has been known as the Cradle of Liberty.

Inside the Faneuil Hall. It is still hosts graduations ceremonies, concerts, and oath-taking ceremonies for Naturalized citizens.
clock in the second floor of Faneuil Hall

In the middle of city, are a number of old graveyards. Many of the fathers of this nation were buried in this cemeteries.

me and my kids walking among America's forefathers
Granary Burial Ground, resting place of Boston's most famous sons, including Samuel Adams, John Hancock, and Paul Revere.

At the center of the city of Boston is the oldest park in the country, known as Boston Common. The park was created in 1634. It is almost 50 acres in size. Nearby is the Public Garden, which was created in 1837.

Boston Common
one of the monuments in Boston Common
ducks statue in Boston Public Garden
A different type of garden. TD Garden is the house of Boston Celtics, the winningest franchise in NBA.

Since Boston is near the sea, it has been known for its ports and harbor.

Old sea port in Salem. This harbor was the site of sea merchants from other countries trade their goods.
Site of the old shipyard in Boston.
Boston skyscrapers as seen from its harbor.
Zakim Bunker Hill Memorial bridge. It opened in 2003. So not all structures in Boston are old.

Harvard University. The cradle of the most brilliant minds of America. It was established in 1636, and is the oldest institution of higher learning in America. We visited Harvard when my daughter was less than a year old. Now, my daughter is 14 and my son is 8 years old. Who knows, maybe the next time we come here, we will be visiting the registrar’s office.

walking in the Harvard yard
They just celebrated their 375th anniversary. My alma mater, University of Sto. Tomas, celebrated its 400th year last year.
Harvard Memorial Hall. Erected in honor of Harvard graduates who fought for the Union in the American Civil War

Goodbye Boston. Until next time…….


  1. wow, thanks for that great boston tour, doc!

    i like the red-brick-freedom-trail and that photo of duck in botanical garden!
    great captures! 🙂

  2. Yes, we love Boston too. It’s been 8 years since our daughter, then in high school, volunteered for two months at Partners in Health, a Harvard-affiliated NGO. I got to spend one month there chaperoning her and my hubby spent the other month there. . While she worked during the Day, I’d explore Boston, doing the walks and taking the “T” all over the place. Fun, huh? Thanks a lot for taking me there again. It’s such a lovely city, full of historical nooks and crannies. Such a swell ride through town again!

    1. I really enjoyed visiting Boston. It was just a little cold, windy and rainy during our stay there. There’s a lot more to explore that our time was just too short. Maybe next time.

  3. Now that I’ve seen Boston I can relate to your blog and the photos. I left Boston 4 days ago and like you I’ve attended a conference with a friend/colleague and stayed at Boston Sheraton Hotel at the Backbay area just a few walks from Boylston street. We didn’t know the place but it seems we were led to stay in a hotel that is very near to the place where a horrific event happened that all Bostonian can never forget in their lifetime. Your visit and your blog was written 6 years ago so naturally there’ll be no mention of the Boston marathon bombing that happened 5 years ago at Boylston street. The street is of course peaceful again but for sure it impacted how the peaceful Bostonian officials operates the city. I saw many lamps in our tour but none of them are lit up, but just the same Boston is a nice old city, most of the people we’ve talked to are nice especially the drivers of the shuttle and tour busses. It’s nice to go back to your blog and relive the experience of visiting Boston.

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