We are in Boston Massachusetts visiting a few sights while we wait for our friends van to be repaired and before we have to fly back to the Netherlands.
There is amazing amount of history in the region, too much for us to see in the short space of time that we have in Boston…
…So we have already decided that one day we will be returning here to learn more about this amazing city.
There are bus tours available but we are enjoying our walking tour…
We find a statue to commemorate the Declaration of Independence, with a copy of the signatures of the signatories.
Of course I know about the Declaration of Independence, but in a very general vague very basic-general-knowledge kind of way, but not in any detail. Here, the history is bought home to me and I realise just how little I really know on the subject. I’m keen to learn more.
Even though we are in the center of a very large city it’s a pleasant walk and we are having a good time learning a little about the history of Boston.
We are on Boston Common, and some statues catch my eye as we walk around and I walk over for a closer look. Parkman Plaza is named for George E, Parkman 1823-1908, who was the benefactor who enabled improvements to be made on Lafayette Mall and this plaza to be created.
One of the statues here depicts “Religion” another, “Industry” and another, “Learning”.
There is a walk around various points of interest around central Boston, called the “Freedom Trail” and it is marked in the pavement by a red stripe or red bricks and punctuated by markers set in the ground.