Saturday, November 22, 2008

Boston Common

The starting point of the Freedom Trail, Boston Common is the oldest park in the country. The park is almost 50 acres in size.
Today, Boston Common is the anchor for the Emerald Necklace, a system of connected parks that winds through many of Boston's neighborhoods.
The "Common" has been used for many different purposes throughout its long history. Until 1830, cattle grazed the Common, and until 1817, public hangings took place here. British troops camped on Boston Common prior to the Revolution and left from here to face colonial resistance at Lexington and Concord in April, 1775.
Celebrities, including Martin Luther King Jr., Pope John Paul II, and Gloria Steimen (advocate of the feminist revolution), have given speeches at the Common.

I really wanted to get a bit more sightseeing done in Boston before we left. I got up on Friday morning and walked to Boston Commons at 7am. It was super cold but it was worth it to see a little more of the city on foot. I walked around the public gardens and then around the Commons. Here are a couple pics.

This is the first time I have ever seen a naturally frozen over lake. There was a bit in the center that wasn't frozen and there were a couple of ducks swimming there. I walked over many frozen puddles too.

1 comment:

yogamama said...

Thanks for the great pictures. It is very picturesque and a place I'd love to visit.