REVOLUTIONARY TALES – BOSTON , MASSACHUSETTS . A SIDE TRIP TO CAMBRIDGE .

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Whenever  I  go  to  Boston ,  whether  it  be  for  a  30  Plus  Teams  Tour  or  to  visit  family  and  friends ,  I like  to  get  out  the  city  and  take  a  side  trip .

My  side  trip  isn’t  far  at  all .

I  can  even  take  the  ”  T”   to  get  there .

It’s  not  Cape  Cod .

No matter what  neighborhood  in the  city  I’m  in, I  can get to my side  trip .

I’m  talking  about  the  city that’s  the  home  of  of Massachusetts  Institute  of  Technology  and  Harvard  University .

It’s  Cambridge ,  Massachusetts  and  many  people  are  under  the  impression  that  Cambridge  isn’t  only  a suburb  of  Boston ,  but  it’s  one  of  the  Boston  neighborhoods  as  well .

Sorry ,  but  it’s  not .

People  in Boston  call this city, “The People’s  Republic  of  Cambridge  “,  due to  their  really  liberal  politics .

Cambridge  has  their  own  mayor  AND City  Hall .

I could  take  the  Red  Line  train  from  the  Park  Street  Station  in  Boston   to  the  first  train  station  in  Cambridge ,  Kendall  Square .

Kendall  Square  also  happens  to  be  the  station  for Massachusetts  Institute  of  Technology .

One  thing  that  you  notice  when  you’re  in  Cambridge , it’s  the names  of  the  train  stations .

Kendall  Square ,  Central  Square  and  Harvard  Square .

See  a pattern  here ?

As  I  said ,  I  usually  take  the  Red  Line  train  but sometimes  no .

Sometimes   I’ll take   the  bus  going  towards  Harvard  Square .

The  buses  in Boston  are  just  as  colorful  as  their  trains  are .

They’re  bright  yellow  and  like  the  trains, they also  have  a  big  black  letter  T in a  circle ,  right  in  the  middle .

As I’m  riding  the  bus ,  it passes  slowly  by  the Kendall  Square  station  and  a lot of  people  are  getting  off at  the  round  white  building  known  as  the  Massachusetts  Institute  of  Technology  or  MIT ,  for  short .

I’m  not  going  to  stop  here now   to  take  pictures ,  but  on  my  way  back  to  Boston ,  I  definitely  will .

The  bus  continues  on to  Central  Square ,  which  has lots  of  shops  and  restaurants  as  well  as  the  Cambridge  City  Hall .

You might  call  Central  Square   the “business  district  ”   of Cambridge .

The  Cambridge  City  Hall  looks  like  an  old  17th  Century  building ,  very  stately .

My  destination  is coming  up and it’s  a place  that  lots  of  tourists  come to  when they  come  to  Cambridge .

It’s  my  quiet  spot  in  the  city ,  Harvard  Square .

Like  Central  Square ,  Harvard  Square  also  has  a  lot  of  shops  and  restaurants .

Unlike  Central  Square ,  but like  Kendall  Square ,  a university  dominates  this  square .

It’s  one  of  the  oldest  universities ,  if not  the  oldest  in  the  country ,  Harvard  University .

Like  the  other  tourists ,  I  like  to  go straight  to  the  statue  of  John  Harvard ,  seated  in  a  chair  overlooking  Harvard  Yard .

Or  at  least  it’s  the  person  who  we  THINK  was  John  Harvard .

Since  there  are  no  pictures  of  the  founder  of  the  school ,  we  have  no  idea  of  what  he  really  looked  like .

Urban  legend  has  it  that  the  person  seated  in  the  chair  isn’t  really  John  Harvard ,  but  a  friend  of  his .

Another  place  that  I  like  to  go  on  campus ,  and  I’m  sure  that  I’m  not  the  only  one ,  is  the  Out  of  Town  Newstand .

This  isn’t  just  any  old  newstand ,  chances  are  that  if  you’re  looking  for  your  hometown  newspaper ,  you’ll  find  it .

Looking  for  that  magazine  that you  saw  and  liked  when  you  were  in  Dubai , ?

Guess  what ,  they just  might  have  it  there ,  too .

They also  sell drinks ,  munchies ,  lottery  tickets ,  and of course  you know  that you just  have  to  have  a  either a red shirt  that says  Harvard  University  Crimson  on it or the ones  that tell you  to Park your car  in the  Harvard  Yard .  ”

The  city  of  Cambridge    isn’t  that  far  away  from  Boston ,  but for  a few  hours ,  no matter  if  you  decide  to  go  to  Kendall  Square ,  Harvard  Square  or even  Central  Square ,  let  this  city  across  the  Charles  River  be a stop  on your  own  30  Plus  Teams  Tour  of  Boston .

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