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Cruise Day 3: Boston

Posted by Nancy J. Cohen on September 23, 2010

Caribbean Princess 7 day New England/Canada


We paid $15 to take a shuttle round trip from the pier into town, about a ten to fifteen minute ride but definitely not doable on foot. We were deposited in front of Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market with their tempting shops and restaurants. The kids were thrilled to see a Cheers bar and café from some TV show. Weather was partially cloudy and cool but good for walking. We hung around this area until lunch then made our way a block over to Union Oyster House where I’d made a reservation. I’d enjoyed this restaurant when I lived in Boston many years ago, and I liked it just as much this time.  It’s atmospheric, dating from 1826, with lots of wood inside. We had the best New England clam chowder ever with those little oyster crackers…um, I can taste it now. Then we had moist and tender Boston scrod that you can’t get anywhere else.  Yummmm.  Oh, I miss this food.  We had to pass on the Boston baked beans and Boston cream pie.  Couldn’t eat it all. Great food, great atmosphere! Highly Recommended if you’re in the area. I made reservations online at Open Table.

Faneuil Hall area

Faneuil Hall Area

Our stomachs full, we strolled toward the Old State House, which we toured later. This brick building dating to the revolutionary era is near where the Boston Massacre occurred. Following the Freedom Trail, we passed the Old South Meeting House as we headed toward Boston Common.  I saw the old Filene’s building being torn down but didn’t realize Filene’s Basement had moved to another location. Oh well. We stopped in a huge Macy’s to use the restrooms.  You could get lost shopping in here. An H&M is in this downtown area too.  Back on the historical trail, we ended up at Boston Common with a view of the majestic State House up on the hill.  From here we turned back toward the wharf, passing by a historic Burying Ground where many of our forefathers lie at rest.                   

Old State House

Old State House

It’s hard to do Boston is one day. You really need a week here to see everything and to take excursions to the surrounding area attractions.

Union Oyster House

Historic burial ground

Historic Burial Ground


Boston Common


3 Responses to “Cruise Day 3: Boston”

  1. What I miss most about Boston is the lobster. It’s too expensive here.
    Sounds like it was a fantastic trip, I am so happy you had such a great, relaxing, time.

  2. More beautiful pictures! I don’t know if you noticed, but the Boston State house looks very much like the Colony House in Newport.

  3. Mary, I miss the clam chowder. It’s the best there. And the Boston scrod. Allison, I didn’t notice but it’s no surprise since both buildings date back to the Colonial era. Lots of history in both places.

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