Boston City Tour – the Downtown

One of the oldest cities in the United States, Boston is the capital and largest city of the US state of Massachusetts. It is also the largest city in New England, and the 21st largest city in US with a population of over 600,000 people in 2011. Our Boston city tour can be split into 2 parts – the downtown Boston and the Cambridge area. An interesting fact about this city is that it is the windiest city in America. No wonder we could always feel the breeze when on the streets of Boston.

In this post I shall talk about downtown Boston. Many of the pictures were taken while on the coach, as we could only alight at the main attractions such as the Trinity Church, Boston Marathon finish line, Boston Public Library and Quincy Market/ Faneuil Hall Marketplace.

Massachusetts State House

Massachusetts State House

Boston Common - the starting point of the Freedom Trail & the oldest park in US of abt 50 acres in size

Boston Common – the starting point of the Freedom Trail & the oldest park in US of abt 50 acres in size

Beautiful reflection of Trinity Church on the tallest building in New England - John Hancock Tower

Beautiful reflection of Trinity Church on the tallest building in New England – John Hancock Tower

Front view of the national historic landmark - Trinity Church, founded in 1733

Front view of the national historic landmark – Trinity Church, founded in 1733

Famous portrait painter in colonial America - John Singleton Copley

Famous portrait painter in colonial America – John Singleton Copley

Boston Marathon finish line

Boston Marathon finish line

Boston Public Library (est. 1848) - the 1st large library open to the public in the US

Boston Public Library (est. 1848) – the 1st large library open to the public in the US

After viewing the above, we went to the Cambridge area where the renowned Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University are located, which I will cover in the next post. I shall continue the post-Cambridge tour here, where we were brought to Faneuil Hall Marketplace where Quincy Market was for lunch on own expenses.

Quincy Market, a historic building near Faneuil Hall, an indoor pavilion of vendor stalls

Quincy Market, a historic building near Faneuil Hall, an indoor pavilion of vendor stalls

Bought our fish & chips + chowder soup from this Fisherman's Net stall

Bought our fish & chips + clam chowder soup from this Fisherman’s Net stall

I like the interiors of Quincy Market :)

I like the interiors of Quincy Market 🙂

Long line of food stalls here in the market

Long line of food stalls here in the market

Lunch was pretty rushed as there were so many people in Quincy Market looking for food and trying to find seats at the limited seating area! We settled for fish & chips and clam chowder soup (US$17.25, about S$21.80) from the Fisherman’s Net stall. The soup was thick, creamy and good but the fish was quite bland. Luckily the fries were ok. Maybe the clam chowder soup was good because Boston Clam Chowder soup is famous so any ordinary hawker can cook great soups? 😉

Starbucks can also be found in Quincy Market at the end of the building, and there was the usual long queue. Compared to Starbucks in Singapore, the beverage price is much cheaper. We got our fix at about S$4 each hehe.

Taking a shot of my Iced Tazo Tea Chai Latte (US$3.15) in front of Starbucks :)

Taking a shot of my Iced Tazo Chai Tea Latte (US$3.15) in front of Starbucks 🙂

There are many shops outside Quincy Market in the Faneuil Hall Marketplace such as Crocs, American Eagle Outfitters, Abercrombie & Fitch etc but we really had no time to shop. 😦 No choice, just have to wait till our last day to shop at New Jersey… Here are some parting shots of the nice marketplace, I will definitely come back to explore for a longer time if I have the chance! 😉

The North Market

The North Market

Beautiful marketplace ^^

Beautiful marketplace ^^

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