The purpose of my trip to the United States was to visit my host family. But my American sister Colleen has bought her own condo in Lowell, Massachusetts where I could stay. Lowell is 50km North of Boston with a direct train connection to the city.
First time riding a train in the United States 🙂 I had 2 options to buy my fare; using the App of the T-line in Boston or just buy a ticket when the conductor comes along. A chose the first option, downloaded the App, used my creditcard to buy a ticket and activated it and just showed my smartphone to the conductor. Easy peasy!
Arriving in the North Station I could easily walk through downtown Boston on foot. I first walked to Boston Commons where I started walking along the famous Freedom Trail.
The freedom trail is a red trail that leads you along all the historic sights of Boston. It’s a well marked red path of 4 km which is easy to follow. The path starts at Boston Commons and leads you along the historic sights of Boston and ends at the Bunker Hill Monument.
One of the buildings along the trail that I loved is the Old State House in the middle of all the skyscrapers. This historic place stands out between all the modern buildings surrounding it.
Old State House
A little bit further is Quincy Market, right behind Faneuil Hall. A place with food vendors across the market and seating in the middle to eat all the delicious food.
In the mood for a good slice of pizza? The Freedom Trail takes you to the North End, also known as Little Italy. You can really feel the Italian vibe in this neighbourhood.
When you crossed the North End you follow the bridge to Charlestown where the Bunker Hill Monument is found; a granite obelisk that looks like a little brother of the Washington Monument.
Bunker Hill Monument
After finishing the Freedom Trail I still had some time to spare and walked back downtown and checked out some of Chinatown. By now I’ve walked over 18 km and took the train back.
My second day in Boston I started at Assembly Square where I was dropped of by Colleens boyfriend. It’s a nice little area with shops along the streets and expensive condos on top. I got some croissants for breakfast at this French bakery.
From Assembly Square I took the subway to downtown Boston where I hopped on to the other line to Harvard in Cambridge. Although I’ve been in Boston before, I never visited Harvard University. It’s free and open to walk over the campus, I even walked into one of the buildings and saw empty class rooms.
Harvard class room
The town Cambridge also has a great atmosphere with cute coffee shops, book stores and all types of restaurants. Being in Harvard, I also had to get my very own Harvard T-shirt 🙂