Saturday, July 17, 2010

Holocaust Memorial, Granary Burial Ground, and the 1st ever African Heritage Festival in Boston

There's still a hole in my kitchen ceiling. I lent my raincoat and umbrella to Will. A cello is not waterproof. It totally looks like there's a person standing there. Creepy, right?

Today I went exploring with Katie! We're travel buddies. We ate at the Boston Common. I got pizza for lunch at the place called Sal's Pizza. I was sort of curious to see if it was like the one in NY. It wasn't. But I had to check. And we got slurpees from 7/11 because it was sooooo hot out. I got a gogi berry/cherry one. Yum.

We wandered around the monuments in the Common and of course, we went to the Frog Pond. In winter the Frog Pond is open for ice skating - super fun. In summer, it's like a mini-water park.

Frogs fishing at the Frog Pond.
I keep finding myself at stops on the Freedom Trail. Today I saw the Old State House, the Boston Common, and Granary Burial Ground. Each stop is marked with one of these plaques.

At the Granary Burial Ground, we saw the tomb of James Otis, Paul Revere, John Hancock, Samuel Adams, and Ben Franklin's parents.

The grave stones were really thin. We joined the back of a tour - the guides dress up like colonists from the 1700s. Apparently John Hancock forgot to Notarize his will, so his wife didn't get his fortune. She was angry, so she published a thing saying he was buried with all his jewels and nice obvious invitation to grave robbers. Now he's buried without one of his hands because it had all his gold rings on it, and the grave robbers cut it off. Ouch.

After that, we went wandering around Government Center. To our surprise, we found ourselves in the middle of Boston's first ever African Heritage Festival. Bright colors, great fabric patterns, traditional music, jewelry, and food. So cool!

Odd placement, but across the street from this festival was Boston's Holocaust Memorial. It's six glass pillars (for 6 million Jews) that you walk through. It's placed in the middle of the street so that you just happen onto it, which is neat because then more people see it.

The glass pillars have numbers 1-6 million printed on it, and the names of the concentration camps are on the ground around the pillars.

The pillars are over these grated things that have heat coming out of them. It's unsettling when you figure out that what you're walking over is part of the memorial and not just the sidewalk. Sorry this photo is sideways.
You can see in this photo that you have to walk over the grates to pass through the columns.

After leaving Government Center, Katie went to work at Fenway Park, and I went to the Minot Rose Garden in Brookline, MA on the way back to my apartment. Very pretty. Not quite like El jardín botánico in Madrid, but still nice.

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