Monday, July 27, 2015

Day 7- Salem and Boston!

June 21st we were back to jamming as much as would could in one day. We woke up in Boston and had planned to do the Freedom Trail and then head up to salem. Then we looked out the window and it was pouring rain- Plan B! Salem first and then Boston. We left he hotel around 8ish and stopped at Dunkin' Donuts for breakfast and then headed to Salem to check out the Witch Trial Museums. We stopped at the Salem Maritime NHS to check out the cool boats and then went to the visitors center to find out where to go next.
 At the visitors center there was this cute old man that told us what to hit and what to skip since we wanted to go to Boston that day too. We went to the Salem Witch Trials Memorial first. It's a small courtyard with benches to remember the victims. Between the town itself and the rain, it was the perfect setting. It was pretty eery! 

 Then we went over to the Salem Witch Trial Museum. It took you through the trials time line and talked about how the witches got a really bad wrap. It was pretty neat!
 Marie had seen a street sign for the House of the Seven Gables and insisted we tour it. It is the actual house that the book was based off of. It was a mansion built in 1668! It was cool to compare a 1600's mansion to the 1900's Breakers mansion.

 I was obsessed with the grounds. There were flowers and shrubbery everywhere- it was gorgeous!

Right across the street from the House of Seven Gables we found the oldest chocolate store in the country! Kellie was in Heaven and got a pound of chocolate for everyone to try.

 Time for lunch again! We stopped at the Witch's Brew. Kyle and I had sandwiches and Marie and Kellie had soup and sandwiches.

 We could've spent more time in Salem but we were burning daylight- off to Boston is was! First we dropped the car off at the airport rental place and then we took a bus to the Rapid Transit to the Freedom Trail. It took a little bit to find the Visitors Center to find out where we were actually going but we found it :) By this time it was like 5pm and the places were going to start closing so we knew we had to start going quick. The thing about back east is the sun stays up way longer then everything is open for! Not good for tourists :( We stopped at the Paul Revere house first. Compared to the mansions we just saw it was a pretty tiny house :) They were renovating the grounds so it had construction stuff all around, but I'm glad we went in.
 Then we followed the trail to the Old North Church. We stopped at an old-fashioned chocolate store that gave us cocoa with a bunch of spices in it- like they are in the olden days instead of adding sugar to the cocoa. Kelly and Marie really liked it, but Kyle and I prefer sugar. :) Next up was the Copp's Hill Burying Ground. On the way there we remembered we forgot to stop at the famous Mike's Bakery. Marie and I found a bench with Kelly and Kyle went back to get the sweets. They came back with a cupcake, 2 pieces of cake, and a slice of Boston Cream Pie. We all agreed that we'd take Mike's in Boston over Carlos' Bakery in Manhattan.
 We were all getting pretty tired and kept debating whether or not we were going to walk all the way up Bunker Hill. Finally Marie said "we are here! we are going!" and so we did. We made it all theway up and enjoyed the benches for a while. By this time it was about 7 o'clock so we called an Uber and called it a day.

 Here is the end of the Freedom Trail!

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