As in many places in the U.S., Boston has MANY Starbucks coffee shops. My bright idea for a VT meeting that would make its way along the Freedom Trail was a bit unrealistic in the frozen weather we were having. We initially met at the Starbucks at Boston Commons and sat around sipping, talking and enjoying each other's company for an hour or so... mainly, just staying warm! We also ended our walk with an hour stop at ANOTHER Starbucks... yes, it was a day for warm fluids.
Boston gives you so many cultural highlites!!
There is the Public library in the Back Bay
The Freedom Trail who guides you to some very intersting historical places
The JFK-Museum outside Boston ('T')
The museum of science ('T')
The shell near the Charles River - there are many concerts during the summer
I learned about the long-standing friendship between the cities of Boston and Halifax. During both world wars the port of Halifax, Nova Scotia was an important naval and air base, convoy terminal, and embarkation center. In 1917 the French ammunition ship Mont Blanc, carrying more than 2,500 tons of explosives, was rammed in the harbor by a Belgian relief vessel, causing an explosion that killed about 1,800 people, injured about 9,000 more (one-fifth of the population), and destroyed the northern part of the city.
The Prudential Center Christmas Tree was a gift from Nova Scotia. At the tree lighting ceremony on December 1, 2001, there were speeches by the Premier of Nova Scotia, John F. Hamm, M.D., M.L.A. and the Mayor of Boston, Thomas Menino. There was also entertainment from Nova Scotia: Acadian musicians, bagpipe players, step dancers, a young singer, Aslyn Devison, from Glace Bay, NS, and well-known entertainer Jeremiah Sparks. Mr. Sparks started performing with his family at churches in Halifax as one of the Sparks Singers, and has sung gospel music all his life. For the past 21 years, he's occupied the organist's bench at the Cherry Brook United Baptist Church, and also sings and directs in the Nova Scotia Mass Choir. Mr. Sparks was accompanied by children of the Boston Arts Academy Choir.
The following is a excerpt from Premier Hamm's speech: *This year marks the 30th anniversary of your tree lighting event. As Nova Scotians, we are very proud to be a part of that tradition by providing a giant evergreen for all Bostonians to enjoy - a tree that is a gift of appreciation for your assistance 84 years ago.
As you may know, Halifax was a devastated city following a great explosion in our harbour on December 6, 1917 after two wartime ships collided, creating the largest man-made explosion before the nuclear age. Nova Scotians have never forgotten the assistance that you, our friends in Massachusetts, provided so quickly in our time of need.
Nova Scotia and Boston are united by strong ties of family, friendship, business and culture. And at this time of year more than any other, we have the opportunity to reflect and to share in messages of peace and good will.*
If you want to see some photos of the ceremony, check my Travelogue. The photos are really poor quality because I was fighting for a position in a huge crowd, to take some shots without people's heads in front of me. I was also too far away for the digital camera to be effective with night shots. So, they are all *blurry-artsy* :)
1. Go and see the USS CONSTITUTION ; visit the free museum ; the visit of the ship is free too ; do it during the week.
2. If you want to have a general view of Boston, go to the Prudential Center, take the elevators up to the 50th pay a 6 $ per person and you will have a complet view (360°) of Boston (eventually send only one person with the camera ...and save $ .. hihi)
Summers vary from comfortable 70s and 80s to the 90s. Temperatures are cooler on the coast. Warm sunny days and cool nights follow in the fall. Winter temperatures may hover around freezing or sometimes lower.
Education is highly regarded in Boston. Some of the world's best universities are located here, most notably Harvard University of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
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