Day 2,015 of Traveling the World | Boston, MA | August 4, 2023

Historic, marvelous Boston! What a delightful stop! We only had a few hours, so we stayed in the tourist area of Faneuil Hall/Quincy Market. It was crowded and fun and most importantly…delicious. We were after some good Boston chowda – and found it in Quincy Market. Thick, creamy, and delightful, it was jammed with clams and potatoes. Several hours later, before we headed back to the ship, we succumbed to a Philly cheesesteak. It also was very good (even though it isn’t very “Bostonian”). We wandered around the adjacent streets and saw quite a few historic buildings, as well as a historic cemetery.

What is particularly terrific in Boston is that old buildings are all listed on the Historic Register, and they seem to be lovingly cared for. Many seem to be such fragile vestiges of our colonial past. The workmanship is just lovely, and they are all so symbolic . You will see several below. We were here in 2021, and wrote a post with many more of the buildings, as we were here for about a week. This supplements the information there. We had a great time in yet another city of which we are particularly fond. Next year, we will be on a cruise from Amsterdam that ends in Boston, so we will have more time here.

In case you twirl around with delight, fall, hit your head, and forget where you are – it’s BOSTON! (Otherwise, how in the world could you forget???)
The Quincy Market dome, with twinkling lights falling and people, people, everywhere. This photo is on the second floor, looking UP.
…and this is on the second floor, looking DOWN…over people and cows!
A close-up of the cow. Boston now has all sorts of manufactured animals on street medians and just hangin’ around streets and venues.
The outside of Quincy Market, built as part of the Faneuil Marketplace in 1826.
In a long line for chowda, we were about 15 back from the front! It is quite the money machine. Insert bivalves into one end and collect money at the other end. We have eaten at Boston Chowda on three different trips to Beantown. It is always good.
These two guys run the cheesesteak venue – working the register, taking orders, cooking, and refilling condiments.
We couldn’t buy one, thinking of our (aging) teeth, but we sure did like how colorful these apples were.
Faneuil Hall, completed in 1742, faces Quincy Market. Originally intended as a market, it became the home of the city government and has been used for concerts, banquets, and ceremonies.
Recipe for disaster – a crazy, crazy bagpiper, playing bagpipes while balancing on a high unicycle, while juggling sharp knives! What could go wrong? (See the video, next.)
Just wonder-full! (He asked for tips, and we tipped him handsomely for perfecting this amazing feat!)
Outside Faneuil Hall, on the right, just a 1776 guy hanging around. Actually, he was a costumed guide about to give a tour.
Advertising an exhibit on dinosaurs…
The ocean is just ahead, beyond the arch you see at the far end.
A beautiful building, all the way to the tippy-top.
The Old State House, built in 1713. The Boston Massacre took place just in front of this beautiful building. From its balcony, Bostonians first heard the Declaration of Independence being read.
Boston’s Old City Hall, completed in 1865.
Outside Old City Hall is the Democracy Donkey Statue.
In front of the donkey is your chance to stand in opposition!
…and a little of the history of the statue, the donkey, and the elephant.
Next to Old City Hall is King’s Chapel Burying Ground, which we usually call a cemetery. Notables from Massachusetts history lie buried here, including William Dawes, who also alerted the surrounding cities about the British coming on a midnight ride along with Paul Revere. But Revere got captured (held for a few hours and released without his horse), while Dawes turned around and eluded the British.
There are saloon bars, beauty bars, nail bars…but we had never seen an Eye Bar, for all of your optometric needs.
A weird (but pretty) lighted box in a little alleyway.
Boston Customs House Observation Tower (aka The Boston Clock Tower) is one of the city’s first skyscrapers. The 492-foot building was Boston’s tallest from 1915-1965.
🎶 Do you believe in magic…? 🎶
The Grain Exchange Building (1892), now an office building, has gorgeous witches’ hat domes. We will get better photos next time!
Part of Boston’s public art projects.
This gentleman makes quite elaborate balloon constructions. He has delineated his working area with a rope, and his sign says, “No food or beverages allowed in classroom.” We like him immensely!
Lobstuh boxers, men? Only $20! And…ouch!!
Pepper Palace has the meanest-looking mascot ever!
A candy store called “It’sugar.”
Truth in advertising???

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