Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Around Historical Boston in a Wheelchair

The city of Boston is very enchanting with a myriad of cultures, history, people--life.  I loved having so many Italian restaurants to choose, walk the Freedom Trail, walk the city at night, cheer at a Red Sox game, eat at a Hard Rock (My goal is to go to a Hard Rock whenever we visit a new place, I collect their pins and love everything there!). The tricky part is wheeling on the old cobble stone roads and broken cement side walks.

We made it in time to get our friend, Jeff from the Boston Logan International Airport in our rental, which was kind of confusing to get to with lots of construction and junctions.  After we picked him up, we went into the North End via our GPS, Richard to catch our reservation at an Italian restaurant called, Antico Forno.  However, it was a huge pain to get there; we took a wrong turn and ended up traveling back to the East End.  There are lots of one way streets and the restaurant was located in very small area (Come on, it's the North End) and no parking spots readily available.  We found a street that went through street cleaning, so people weren't allowed to park there for a while. Basically, driving in old town Boston is a nightmare. Try public transportation like the subway, the T, which is wheelchair accessible.

We snagged a spot right next to Copp’s cemetery, the second oldest in Boston along the Freedom Trail.  We were there briefly when it began to rain.  It was kind of scary go up and down hill (which there are many in Boston) and especially when the boys carried me up the slippery steps of the cemetery to take a quick gander, where pirates and witches were hung. 

We walked down hill to the Old North Church, which was wheelchair accessible, except I couldn't make it up the stairs to see where the action went on.  The entrance fee is donation based.  It was a cool to see the pews and the names of those who owned them such as Benjamin Franklin and Paul Revere.  The richest could afford the closest seats.  We learned about the night of Paul Revere’s ride and how the church keeper helped him by running the lantern to the top to alert the colonists that the British were coming.  One of the French generals back then said that the bust of Washington there is the closest to his likeness.

Boston Commons
Red Sox vs. Tampa Bay Rays- Fenway Park
As a wedding present, one of our friends, Peng kindly gave us tickets to a Red Sox game during the time we were there so we didn't have to find scalpers for our tickets, but for Jeff's. Of course it was very expensive and standing room, but well worth it.  We were led to wheelchair seating right near the Green Monster, and AJ and Jeff rotated sitting during the game.  The stadium itself was well adapted for wheelchairs with disable restrooms, ramps and lifts instead of stairs.  Unfortunately, our Sox lost this game, but we still had a great time!

Boston skyline at night

 I love Boston. I could definitely see myself living here someday. I find the East Coast culture very intriguing (don't get me wrong, I love the West, especially my sweet home state of California!).  There are many differences here mixed in with such a long historical background. You also gotta love the Bostonian accent and cannolis! 

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