Our visit to Boston was far too brief. Between commuter traffic and needing to get back on the road, we only got to spend a few hours in the city.
We drove from our hotel in Framingham directly into downtown Boston. Moving through the brick buildings and October foliage, we eventually came to the North End, one of the city’s oldest neighborhoods. Without much time to explore, I managed to get a glimpse of the Paul Revere House, the Old North Church, Faneuil Hall, and the Old State House (where the Boston Massacre occurred). The streets around the Paul Revere house were narrow and lined with old buildings and the cobblestone underfoot was incredibly uneven. The lack of a solid grid pattern for the streets (not to mention the innumerable one-way streets) made the North End a maddening place to take the modern convenience of a car through.
After the North End, we drove across the Charles River to have lunch in Harvard Square. Driving by MIT and Harvard, I couldn’t help but feel excited at the thought of being in the midst of some of the best minds in the nation.