Boston Day 3: The Tourist with Sore Legs

With a late flight out of Boston, I had all day to kick around town and see some sights.  I decided to head back into the city and take a duck boat tour – seemed like a good way to get around to the best locations without having to do much walking or driving.  There were departures every 30 minutes, but the lines were HUGE.

My reflection.

Old mixed with new is a common sight in Boston.

No luck with the duck this time.

Great spot for a running store, just a few feet from the finish line.

I quickly abandoned the duck boat plan and headed up to the Prudential Center observation deck on the 50th floor to take a look around.  Luckily the weather broke for a bit and I got some nice shots.

Looking west out over the Boston Marathon course - The famous Citgo sign is just above center and Fenway is on the left.

Looking east - you can see the marathon finish line on Boylston Street (yellow stripe).

Sailboats playing tag on the Charles River.

Fenway fully zoomed.

Next I headed down to the waterfront.  With no real plans, I was just winging it and doing what looked interesting.  When I got there a harbor cruise caught my attention and at 16 bucks was one of the most reasonable deals around.  At any rate, it was another chance to kick back and take in the views while someone else did the driving.  We saw several historical sites and the boat captain gave excellent details about it all.  I really enjoyed his narrative.

The waterfront. John Hancock owned and used the smaller building near the center of the photo.

My harbor cruise 'ship'.

Planes were constantly leaping into the air from the Logan launching pad.

Lobstah boat.

Boat flag over the city.

Old Ironsides with Bunker Hill monument in background.

One if by land, two if by sea... The Old North Church fights for a view of the harbor these days.

Beautiful view of the city as we head back in to dock.

With time running out before I needed to head to the airport, I decided to wander around the old section of the waterfront area and see what I could find.  I was able to spend some time in a very old cemetery and look around inside the Old North Church.  It was an amazing feeling to stand in places with such depth of history and I wish I had more time to explore.

The Segway tour looked like a cool way to get around, but I passed on the $60/hour price tag and used my own creaky legs.


Thought the hourglass was a nice touch...

No cute little angels or halos here.

It was amazing how the grave markers had held up considering the years.

The Old North Church. A stop on the Freedom Trail, which is a self-guided walking tour.

View inside the church.

PR. That's Paul Revere for you runners...

Thank you Boston.  I truly enjoyed my trip and hope to come back some day.

See previous posts for more background on my trip to Boston and doing the ‘double’:
Bahstun x2
Boston Day 1: Travel/Expo/Race prep
Race Report: Boston (double) Marathon

Posted on May 2, 2010, in run, stuff. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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