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Masonic Temples

Everywhere I go I tend to spot a Masonic Temple or Lodge. The buildings are usually architecturally interesting and often have various Masonic symbols on them. They tend to have a lot of security and I have been yelled at for lingering too long or for snapping pictures of the outside. In Philadelphia I even got the chance to tour one (more on that in another post). I love listening to the stories behind Masonic rituals. The stories blend fact and fiction, but I am ok with that. There definitely is a lot of mystery surrounding the Masons and authors like Dan Brown help add to it. Here’s a small sample of some of the lodges/temples I have seen:

 

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Modern Day Boston Tea Party

April 26 2013

My mom got me a 7-11 corn muffin to start my day in Boston. We checked out of the Courtyard Marriott and wheeled our suitcases through the streets of Boston to the Hyatt Regency. We had stayed here before so we knew what to expect. We were upgraded to a suite on the top floor because it was my birthday weekend and because we are members. The suite wasn’t ready yet so we had to leave our bags and start our day.

On our walk to the water we passed a bunch of food trunks. My mom stopped at the Cookie Monstah truck and got a red velvet cookie. She asked for one with a lot of chips and they gave her one without any. She asked for a different one. They gave her a different one, but it was burnt. 😦

We walked over to the water to do the Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum. I had read about the museum when they first opened and have been wanting to go ever since. The tickets are expensive, but they are worth it. I bought them online to save $5 total. We arrived right before the 1pm tour. Only one other couple was on our tour. There were several actors in costume that were there to guide us and help recreate the night of the Tea Party. They stayed in character the whole time and were quite funny. The tour starts with a town meeting and everyone gets a card with their identity and feather for their disguise. Then you go on the ship and dump the tea overboard. Afterwards, you explore the ship and can take pictures. After that we learned more about the night and boycott from holograms that looked real. We got to see one of the two remaining tea chests and hear from Sam Adams and King George III (think Hogwarts moving pictures). Then we watched a film about the battle of Lexington and Concord. The tour was about an hour and it was very well done. The tour ends at Abagail’s Tea Room. The tour guides saw me mouthing all the answers so they spoke to me after the tour about my love of history. The gift shop had a wide variety of items. I got several postcards, tea, and a t-shirt. They make you say haazah a lot, which is cute. I really wish I could take my students here.

We got a call from the hotel that our room was ready so we walked back to the hotel. We put our bags in the room and went back out. We stopped at the Old Granary Burying Ground where Samuel Adams, Franklin’s family, Paul Revere, John Hancock, and several others are buried. We took some pictures and left. We got on the train at Park St Station and got very lost inside the station. We eventually got on the right train to the Museum of Fine Arts.

We went to the MFA after 3pm so I could be free (I look like I’m under 18). We visited the Egyptian section first. I enjoyed explaining to my mom what everything was. She actually admired several pieces. The death and burial section also known as the Mummy Room is the best part of the exhibit. I also loved a rare statue of two women. One had her arm around the other. We saw the Greek and Roman statues. We also did a little bit of the Assyrian and Mesopotamian section. We looked at several of Monet’s paintings and saw the famous paintings of Sam Adams, John Hancock, the Washingtons, and Paul Revere. The special exhibit was on the Samurai warriors and we enjoyed that as well. However, we saw several similar artifacts in Les Invalides in Paris. The museum had many great items, but I still think the MET, Louvre, and National Archaeological Museum are better.

We debated about where to go for dinner. We finally settled on Max and Dylan’s. I got a turkey cranberry avocado sandwich with fries to go. My mom picked up a red velvet whoopie pie from 7-11. We took all out food back to the hotel. I had the sandwich and she ate my fries and pie. As we ate we watched a Law and Order SVU marathon. Overall, it was a great first day in Boston.

Courtyard Marriott Lobby

Masonic Temple

Park St Church

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Boston Memories

I took a day off of blog posting yesterday in honor of the victims of the Boston Marathon Explosions. It was my version of a moment of silence for them. My heart and prayers go out to the victims, families of the victims, and everyone who witnessed the horrific events first hand. As a girl I watched from my classroom window (located across the street from the World Trade Center) the atrocities of 9/11. I know what it is like to wish you could take the images and sounds out of your memory. I know what it is like to run for your life. I know what it is like to wish that you were safe at home watching on TV instead of being in the middle of it. So I know how you feel. The pain, sadness, and the memories start to fade and blur over time. Though each horrific event or anniversary will temporarily bring them back.

I’m headed to Boston next week. This is a trip I have had planned for months and am not going to change it. I’ve been to Boston several times before and thought I was use this post to show off my favorite Boston memories. I will post pictures from my times in Boston with my college friends and with my family. I will go back to writing about Philly tomorrow.

Did I mention it was St. Patrick’s Day weekend?

This was right after a guy came up to us and said “beam me up Scotty!”

St. Patrick’s Day Parade

No idea why Star Wars people were at the parade

At the parade

After freezing our butts off for hours this Borders was our savior

Paul Revere’s Pew

At Harvard

Loved Make Way for Ducklings when I was little

Where everybody knows your name…

Always have to find the Masonic Lodge

Yummy! From Flour Bakery

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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