Thursday, June 22, 2017

Touring Boston with our Grandchildren

Nick, Will, Tommy, Sean, Heather and Scott at the Boston
Opera House to see "Wicked"
Our grandsons Nick & Tommy Mount came for a two week visit in June while their parents ran a marathon at the Victoria Falls in Africa. Here's some photos from our first five days in Boston. We went to see Wicked, did the Freedom Trail on the Hop On, Hop Off bus, toured the Constitution and USS Cassin Young, visited the Museum of Science (twice) and saw the Tall Ships Parade in Boston Harbor. Sean & Will hosted us at their apartment in Cambridge. Then we headed home to Vermont - next post.
That's Nick sound asleep on Sean & Will's
living room floor!

We used the subway frequently during our visit. Tommy and
Nick had their computer games on their phones to entertain

The State House from our "Hop Off, Hop On" bus through
the city. There was a demonstration in front on Clean Energy.
We were sorry we couldn't join them!

Our bus tour included a Harbor Tour of Boston. Nick and I
enjoyed it. Tommy gets so sea sick he couldn't go so he and
Scott played in a nearby fountain.

The bus had open windows and as you can see, it was a lovely

We got off at Charleston and toured the Constitution and the
USS Cassin Young.

Nick & Tommy at the wheel of the Constitution.

Raising our newly purchased flag over the ship!

Nick poses with one of the guns on display near the museum.

Scott thinks about how much bread he could
make in this machine (on the USS Cassin

Big guns on the USS Cassin Young

The Museum of Science was so fascinating to the boys that
they asked to return a second day.

There were hundreds of interactive exhibits. Here Tommy
tries out the self propelled wheel chair.

At the Museum cafeteria Tommy enjoys a lunch of ketchup
and mustard (I believe there is a hot dog in there somewhere).

We occasionally had a rest period back at Sean & Will's
apartment in Cambridge.

The start of the Tall Ships parade on 6/17 from Long Wharf. That's the Coast Guard cutter "Eagle" leading over 50 ships. Two fire boats spewing fountains of water accompany her.

Thousands of people lined the waterfront to watch.

We took a break to have lunch in the North End - here's my
fig salad at Ben Cotto restaurant on Hanover St.

Dessert followed at the famous Mike's Pastry
Shop nearby.

Walking over to Charlestown we crossed the locks that
divide the Charles River from the harbor. That's the Zakin
bridge behind us.

From the Charlestown Navy Yard we watched more of the
tall ships arrive.

Sailors swarmed over the Eagle putting the sails away.

We had to pass through security every time we approached
the harbor edge.

This tall ship had most of their crew up in the yard arms as
they passed by the finish line.

Nick and Tommy pose with some of the many men in period
costumes around the Navy Yard.

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