Leaving Cape Cod for Boston
July 8th, 2019 12:07 am
We found getting in to an RV park quite difficult around Boston. There’s very few close to Boston and those that are close were fully booked, however we were lucky to sneek into the last spot in one called Mill Brook. This is a very nice park with very friendly people who have made us feel very welcome. Tomorrow is the 4thJuly and there is a social breakfast for everyone and fireworks on Friday night. Many people staying in their RV’s at this park come here from Florida in the summer to escape the hot summer down there and many of them live nearby to each other down there on Florida’s west coast-the place has a nice community feel.
We asked many people about the pro’s and con’s of how to get into Boston and what to see there, we also did our own research on what to see as we always do. Getting into a city is often harder to research and everyone warned us against driving into Boston. We were told about grid lock traffic, no where to park, very expensive parking etc. People said to catch the train but 6 people told us to catch the train from 6 different stations! It was quite daunting but our logic was that the 4thJuly here was a Thurs which was a day off for everyone, so we figured the Fri had to have less foot traffic and commuters so we decided to stick with that and drive the car in with our bicycles on the back.
The plan worked very well. We drove with ease into central Boston with no holdups, infact we parked under Boston Commons carpark in the very heart of the city, the common was established in 1634, the first public park in the US! It took us 45 mins to drive in, the carpark was nearly empty and it cost $23 for the day-not bad. Everyone is eager to give us advice but we have noticed that often it’s misinformation.
This is Boston Common:
I had researched the routes the cycle tours take people on, and figured that if we stuck with that we would see pretty much everything. We cycled with ease, all flat and there being a cycle track just about all over the city. We cycled along the river, took in Copley square
, bought our hot buttered lobster rolls from Faneuil Hall (very expensive!),
rode through the Cambridge area, Rose Kennedy Greenway into Chinatown etc,
what a lovely city, one I could certainly live in, even in the winter! Out of curiosity I had a look on line at what the city looks like in the winter and the parks look beautiful, all the trees are lit up and the snow gets very deep! The city seems to be all connected by the river, parks and cycle ways.
The architecture is varied and very attractive, with Boston being one of the oldest port city’s in the US some of it’s architecture is as old as the 17thcentury. I enjoyed the old brownstone houses that seem to have featured in so many movies.
Boston was the epicenter of the American Revolution. It was here in 1765 that the controversial stamp tax was imposed on the hard working settlers, many of whom had already battled with the English in Ireland and Scotland. 1770 saw the Boston massacre in which the English troops killed many civilians in an attempt to put an end to the mob rule. In 1773 a mob threw a shipment of tea imported from India by the English into the Boston Harbour, forever known as the Boston Tea Party, it was the beginning of the revolution which eventually lead to independence from England.
Today, the city had a friendly and clean feel, we felt very safe there. We explored for about 3 hours and covered many miles but eventually the heat beat us and we returned to the RV park.
That evening the RV park held a 4thJuly (on 5th) fireworks display. It really was spectacular and lasted for 25 minutes.
The following day they had a communal dinner and patriotic golf cart parade! It was a great park to stay in.
The next day we went to the saddle up saloon 5 mins down the road for lunch, we heard they did a pretty good lobster roll and I’ve developed quite a taste for them! They were a quarter of the price of the ones in central Boston and even nicer!! I’m going to eat my way up the Maine coast!