The North End of Boston is known for its many Italian restaurants , bakeries, Gelato stands, and Italian Grocery stores .
It’s known as “Boston ‘ s Little Italy . ”
It wasn’t always this way in this neighborhood .
The North End was the birthplace of Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy , mother of JFK .
The North End at one time was mostly Irish .
It was also the home of another famous Bostonian, Paul Revere .
As you walk down the red brick road known as The Freedom Trail , you’ll come across two landmarks synonymous with Paul Revere .
The Old North Church, where he hung two lanterns warning the colonists if the British were coming by land or sea , is the first stop.
Since he hung two lanterns, the colonists knew the British were coming by sea to invade Boston .
You can still see the Old North Church just as it was way back in Revolutionary War times.
Next stop is to the Paul Revere Mall, which isn’t a shopping center.
It’s like the National Mall in Washington , DC , except here in Boston , there’s only one monument on the mall.
One HUGE STATUE !
It’s the statue of Paul Revere on his horse, riding throughout the city to give colonists even more information about the invasion , and also to warn the two colonial leaders in town, John Hancock and Samuel Adams .
(Yeah, just like the beer. There really was a Samuel Adams . )
Forget what you learned in the history books .
Revere did NOT say, “The British are coming “.
There was no United States of America at that time , so EVERYONE at that time in this country considered themselves British .
What Revere did say as he rode through the streets of Boston was “The Red Coats are coming.”
Being the big selfie nut that you are, don’t even try to get a selfie with this statue .
It’s not going to happen .
This statue is way too big!
There’s so many people walking around as this isn’t only a major tourist attraction in Boston , but a very vibrant neighborhood .
You’re bound to find someone willing to take a picture of you and Paul Revere.
Enjoy your time in the city and say hello to Paul Revere if you come to the North End.