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Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

Boston, Massachusetts, USA

A DAY OFF!!!! A whole day but of course I still made breakfast, I mean who wouldn’t, right? What is better than a day off in a new and awesome town? A day off with a pile of your shipmates, who also have the day off, in a new and awesome town!!! It gets even better when I learn that Brandon, the Fashion Princess, used to live here and is willing to give a walking tour of his home turf to Sam, Drew, Brittany and myself. The tour starts out by heading to a camping store where a bunch of us have money burning holes in our pockets. I find a beautiful cardigan sweater with a shawl collar in a lovely brown wool. They only have one and it happens to be my size. Damn it. It is on sale for $120.00, which is approximately $119.99 more than I was hoping to spend here. Actually it is closer to $120.00 more as we had already stopped in an Italian coffee shop for treats and coffee and after the shopping were on the way to grab food out. I decided that I could make the sweater when I got home. All I would need to do is get some photos of the design and copy it. No better way to take photos than to model it yourself and have a friend take photos. I got great detail shots of every angle, even the buttons, so I could faithfully reproduce it. Then I bought it. Screw it and just get it, right? Yup. Looks awesome and I love it.

I forgot to mention that on the way to the camping store, Tin Tin’s, that we happened to cross the bronze statue of Paul Revere, right by the famous church that still stands. It blew my head off my shoulders that we just happened to cross this area. I would normally take a vacation across the country to see something like this and here I didn’t even know that it existed and just stumbled on it. I love Boston.

We departed the camping store and went to the Market Square. This area predates our country! Original buildings, original streets and vendors still trying to take your money for wares sold. I finally got to try my first lobster roll on the East Coast. Delicious! Then I found a Greek baker that sold me three pieces of Baklava. One for me, one to share with the shipmates and one for Maria as I am planning on stopping by her shop this afternoon.

After lunch it was decided to break into smaller groups and I went with Brandon and Brittany for a beer at an Irish Pub and then to set-up Brittany’s hammock in the city park for a quick lay-down. I am not going to lay down, I was completely weirded out with the notion of setting up the hammock in public. They thought nothing of it in the least and only found my hesitation strange. How different we all are! I watched as they found two suitable trees and stretched the hammock across and then they both got in the thing together. Right next to the sidewalk path in the public park – downtown Boston! Clearly I am still trying to process this. I am so glad that I witnessed this, as it forced me to examine my sensibilities in life. Perhaps I need to live more, think less and only care about what truly matters. Thank you Brandon and Brittany for expanding my vision.

After a short while I had to depart their company and make my way to Maria’s shop. I had some loose instructions, a vague map of the area and a water bottle. Everything that a sailor needs, I guess. I headed out to explore an unknown city, on my own. It quickly occurred to me that I had never done this before. I am a very social creature and enjoy companionship when exploring. I do not go out and explore on my own. I am more likely to do research on any given location, plan an outing with friends and make it happen. I might also bring a Victorian picnic along for snacking on, complete with aspics. But I would not explore alone, until now. I loved it. I still wish that I had the companionship but I do not think that I will plan so much in the future. With my new found sense of adventure, I decided to take the "road less traveled" by taking every back road and side street that I could. Guess what, it was brilliant! Out of nowhere, at the end of an alley, I literally walked into a cemetery called the Granary Burying Ground, est. 1660. Not just any cemetery but the final resting place of:

  • John Phillips (1770–1823), first mayor of the city of Boston
  • Samuel Adams (1722–1803), statesman, signer of the Declaration of Independence
  • Crispus Attucks (1723–1770), African-American victim of the Boston Massacre, in a common grave with the other four victims and Christopher Seider, a boy killed 11 days before
  • Peter Faneuil (1700–1743), benefactor of Faneuil Hall
  • Members of Benjamin Franklin's family
  • Jeremiah Gridley (1702–1767), lawyer, defender of writs of assistance in 1761
  • John Hancock (1737–1793), statesman, signer of the Declaration of Independence
  • James Otis (1725–1783), lawyer, Revolutionary War Patriot
  • Robert Treat Paine (1731–1814), signer of the Declaration of Independence
  • Paul Revere (1735–1818), silversmith, Revolutionary War Patriot
  • Increase Sumner (1746–1799), Fifth Governor of Massachusetts
  • Nathan Webb, (1705–1772), pastored the first new Congregational Church in Massachusetts started during the Great Awakening period for over 41 years
  • Benjamin Woodbridge (1708–1728), victim of the first duel fought in Boston
  • Samuel Sewall (1652–1730) Salem Witch trials judge
  • John Smibert (1688–1751) Scottish-American artist
  • John Endecott (c. 1588 – March 15, 1665), First Governor of Massachusetts Bay Colony
  • Phillis Wheatley (May 8, 1753 – December 5, 1784), American slave and first African-American poet and first African-American woman to publish a book

I took the time to look for almost all of these graves and spent hours doing so. This is by far one of the most astonishing places that I have ever been and to think that, again, I just stumbled into it in the middle of Boston.

I did force myself to leave the cemetery and continue down the road to find Maria’s wedding gown shop. Beautiful salon, lovely designs and well worth the walk. Should you ever find yourself in Boston and needing a couture gown, check out Maria’s work at her salon, Sabella Couture at 151 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02111 or at www.sabellacouture.com. We had a lively chat and I got a tour of her work space, which I adore. It was wonderful to meet such a lovely and talented designer in Boston.

Sweet Sleep All,

Kit Cusick
Cook and Proud Fashionable Shipmate Sailing on the Pride of Baltimore II

P.S. Maria, thanks for the shop talk. Can I be in your fan club? I promise that I have better shoes than you saw me wearing on the ship.

Posted by kitcusick 13:54 Archived in USA Tagged cemetery hammock brandon maria brittany paul_revere

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Oh Kit, Boston (and the "old" East Coast cities) are just awesome, aren't they? Susan, my friend on our sailing jaunt with you on the Pride and I have been exploring the east for the last 20 years together. We always try to do a historical place and a genealogy place when I am out east. Christmas on the east coast!!! Hugs, P

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