With a bit of time before I was planning to head to the Airbnb I had for the night before my flight home, I took a subway toward the Boston Common area, and upon arriving there, I took a moment to checkout the state capital building of Massachusetts, and while seeing it, I saw a sculpture across the street from it that looked familiar, but I couldn't place it until I read the inscription below as this was a tribute to Robert Shaw who led the 54th Regiment of Massachusetts in the Civil War. This is the regiment that was the main focal point of the popular film "Glory", staring Matthew Broderick, Denzel Washington, Morgan Freeman and Cary Elwes, which was one of the first black regiments of the Union Army in the Civil War, comprised of free men and former slaves. The title sequence of this film features this sculpture.
Nearby, there was another burial ground, which happened to be the final resting place of several famous Bostonians of the American Revolution, from Paul Revere to Samuel Adams, with grave plots dating back multiple centuries.
Not far from Boston Common are several other historic buildings (There is no such thing as too many historic buildings), one of the more fascinating ones being the old city hall building, which also featured a monument to a person who is considered one of the greatest minds from the American Revolution, Benjamin Franklin. While he was a prominent part of the American Revolution, I wasn't anticipating seeing a statue of him here as he was from Philadelphia, but this could very well be a case of where his role was more significant than where he was from.
The last stop I made before calling it a day was to get some Pizza from 1000 Degrees. This Neapolitan Pizza place offers an excellent pie with the use of the fresh mozzarella and the quick-bake, high temperature style of cooking. I went the custom route ordering one with bacon, pineapple (I have no moral obligations about pineapple on pizza, it's delicious!) and pepperoni. Certainly a delicious way to end my visit in Boston!
After dinner, I made my way to the Airbnb for the night, getting some sleep before taking the rental back and getting ready for the flight back home to Seattle with good old Alaska Airlines.
And that was the Northeast trip! I truly enjoyed getting a chance to have my first real exposure to the historic locations of Boston after having only connected through it before, as well as getting to visit some of the more popular amusement parks of the area like Six Flags New England and Lake Compounce, and adding some coaster credits along the way from the likes of Edaville and Coney Island.
A big thank you to Phillip for joining me on another adventure! Hopefully it won't be long until we do it again. A thank you to Alex as well for catching up with us while we were in Coney Island, I hope your future performances go well as you continue to pursue your goals!
Finally, a thank you to all of you for taking the time to check out this trip. I hope you enjoyed it and that you'll be back for more adventures on Coasting with Culture!
- Take Care & Safe Travels
See More of 2017 Northeast Trip
1: Charlestown Navy Yard / 2: Bunker Hill & Cheers / 3: Funworld Game Center & Topsfield Fair / 4: An Evening in Salem /
5: John F. Kennedy Presidential Library / 6: Edaville Family Theme Park / 7: Six Flags New England / 8: Lake Compounce /
9: Finding Coasters on the Islands of Coney & Long / 10: Taking in More Boston History /
11: Bruins Hockey at the TD Garden / 12: The Last of the Northeast Trip