Friday, September 10, 2010

Touring American History, Part 1

Several months ago we decided to take a vacation over Labor Day in celebration of our anniversary. I picked our destination, Boston, because I love history, I’m a history teacher, I love to read historical fiction, and I’m a died-in- the-wool romantic, so Boston was a natural choice. The next few (plus or minus one or two or seven) posts are going to be my chronicle of our trip because I want to remember it all. If you aren’t into history or don’t want to see about a million vacation photos, consider yourself warned. Ha!

We left on the Friday before the Labor Day weekend, the day that Hurricane Earl was supposed to hit Cape Cod and Boston. We actually had more trouble getting out of the Houston Airport because of thunder showers than we did getting into Logan. The only issue we had was a very bumpy (“you do understand that if you get out of your seats it is at your own risk”) landing.

We stayed at the Omni Parker House, the oldest continuously run hotel in the United States and the inventor of the parker house roll.

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When we arrived in our room, this was what awaited us:


The girls had called ahead and made arrangements to have flowers delivered to the room. They also made dinner reservations for us for Saturday night at the Oyster House. The flowers were gorgeous, as you can see in the photos. Don’t we just have the sweetest daughters?!?

The hotel had a bottle of champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries sitting on a tray with a congratulatory note.  I can’t say enough about the service at this hotel. IMG_1817-1






Dan is taking an opportunity to rest because he knows that his wife has a grueling fun-filled day planned for tomorrow.


We walked around the corner to a little restaurant for a dinner of fish and chips and to familiarize ourselves with the area. The hotel sits on the Freedom Trail so the Old South Meeting House was behind the hotel on Washington St. and King’s Chapel was across School Street.


This is the spot where the original Boston Tea Party started.

IMG_1814  IMG_1815Old South sits on a square and there is a fruit and vegetable stand adjacent to the building.This area is always bustling, no matter the time of day.

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