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Weekend in Boston Day Two

Boston, Boston - Sunday, March 2nd, 2014

The Maritime Explorer Score:
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Skirted downtown Boston on the 95 and got off at Quincy and then north to our destination the Kennedy Library. Read my comments on Trip Advisor.

Presidential Seal
Presidential Seal

After spending several hours touring the library I took some shots of the Boston skyline from the waterfront on Dorchester Bay.

It’s one thing to look at the Boston skyline and quite another to actually get into downtown Boston. Despite the billions spent on the Big Dig we spent almost two hours in bumper to bumper traffic on the I-93 crawling into the city centre. The scariest part was the underground expressway where traffic suddenly speeded up to a manic pace and I had to cross three lanes of traffic to get onto the exit ramp. Usually this would be no problem except for the cars coming up from behind with no lights on which were virtually impossible to see. It was a relief to come back to the surface on Causeway Street and then follow it to Commercial Street and our destination at the Fairmont Battery Wharf. I handed the keys to the valet and said goodbye to driving for a couple of days.

Our friends Rob and Janet Purdy had flown in that morning and were already checked in. We got Room 3134 which was at ground level right on the Boston Harborwalk. Instead of looking at other buildings our view was all water, with a variety of seabirds bobbing on the dead calm surface.

Tonight we had a great meal at Abe and Louie’s which I reviewed here. Back at the hotel there was a jazz quarter with a trumpeter who played some very passable renditions of Miles Davis and Chet Baker standards. Rob and I made the mistake of ordering Irish coffees which was clearly something only lowbrows did in Boston. It arrived with straight coffee with a shot of whiskey and cream on the side. I switched to Knob Creek bourbon.


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