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Our Magnificent Journey
Chapter 12
New England


On the coast of Ireland  
Day 3

Slept well again but woke to a cool gray drizzly day.


Enjoyed breakfast at the hotel and then armed ourselves against the elements with sweaters, gloves, hats and umbrellas.


Walked southwest from the hotel several blocks to the MIT museum where we spent a very interesting two hours perusing the robotic and holographic exhibits, but by far our favorite gallery was the collection of exquisite and delicate machines crafted by an artist named Arthur Ganson. One of his amazing works is called “Beholding the Big Bang” and is made of a collection of one motor and several reduction gears that connect to a small concrete block; it will take the motor, coupled with the sets of reduction gears, 13.7 billion years (the estimated age of the universe) to complete one rotation of the concrete block.

MIT Museum
Beholding the Big Bang by Arthur Ganson
Beholding the Big Bang by Arthur Ganson

Next we walked west several more blocks to Harvard and entered the centuries-old esteemed university via one of the gates into Harvard Yard and mingled among the hundreds of students and professors on their way to or from classes on a misty Monday.

At Harvard
John Harvard

Spent a couple of hours wandering in and out of shops and people-watching, then at 3 in the afternoon we took the T back to the Kendall Hotel to freshen up and rest.


At 4 pm we jumped back on the T and rode two stops from Cambridge into Boston Common where we bought tickets for the Freedom Train Tour.

Boston Common

We spent the next two hours being thoroughly entertained and enlightened by our guide, Cathy Woods/Jean Gordon, dressed in period costume as a tavern wench circa 1770.

Cathy Woods/Jean Gordon
At the tomb of Paul Revere
Paul Revere memorial
At the Boston Common Cemetery along Boylston Street

We walked from Boston Common, where our group had assembled, to Boston Common Cemetery, past several historic churches, the original state house, the site of the Boston Massacre, and ended up at Fanueil Hall. Our guide Cathy kept us informed and laughing for the entire two hours and we were sorry to see the tour come to its conclusion.


Since we were back in the vicinity of Fanueil Hall, and the weather being cold and misty, we settled on Cheers for dinner of fish & chips, mac & cheese, fries and salad. Touristy but delicious.

Cheers at Faneuil Hall

At 7:30 we walked four blocks to the North End where we walked up and down Hanover street checking out the many candle-lit aroma-filled Italian restaurants in case we have time to come back tomorrow. We stopped at Caffe Vittoria for a coffee laced with Grand Marnier and Kahlua.

Boston's North End
Caffe Vittoria in Boston's North End

Caught the T back to the hotel where we sat in the lobby leafing through an interesting book of photos of American history.


After a full day of fun and exploration in one of the great American cities, we were fast asleep by 11 pm.


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