REVOLUTIONARY  TALES  –  BOSTON ,  MASSACHUSETTS .  SAYING HELLO  TO  PAUL REVERE . 

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.

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LIBERTY TALES – PHILADELPHIA , PENNSYLVANIA – FIREHOUSE PARK

The  first  thing  you  notice  as  you  walk  down  Arch  Street  in  Philadelphia  is  that  humongous  bust  of  Benjamin  Franklin .

This  being  Philadelphia ,  be  surprised  if  you  DON’T  see  anything  that  has  to  do  with  Benjamin  Franklin .

This  happens  to  be  a  working  firehouse  as  you  can  tell  by  the  fire trucks  getting  ready  and  firemen  going  about  their  business .

But  look  a  little  bit  closer .

To the  right  of  the  firehouse ,  there  seems  to  be  a  small  public  park .

On  this  particular  day ,  as the  temperature  is near  90  degrees ,  people  are  cooling  themselves  off  by  sitting  on  benches  near a fountain  that seems  to  sprout  out  water all day.

Some people  are  even  dipping  their  toes  into  the  cooling  water .

The  sign  by  the  entrance  tells  you  that  this  isn’t  the  place  to bring  your  dog .

It’s  not  a  doggie  park ,  it’s  a  people  park .

It’s  away  from  the  tourists  area  of  the  Old  City .

As  I’m  walking  by ,  I  wonder  if  anyone  who lives  and  works  in  this  area  knows  about  this  little  bit  of  peace  and  tranquility  in the  middle  of  Liberty  Bell  City ?

Somehow ,  I  doubt  it . FB_IMG_1500994739798

CAPITAL JOURNEY – WASHINGTON DC – THE GEORGE MASON STATUE.

You  all  are  on  your  30  Plus  Teams  Tour  of  Washington  DC .

The  four  of  you  have  lost  count  of  how  many  statues ,  memorials ,  monuments  and  museums  that  you’ve  seen  since  you  arrived  in  town .

You’re  going  to  see  the  Jefferson  Memorial  today .

It’s  a  long  walk  from  where  you  all  just  left ,  but  since  it’s  a  nice  day  and  the  cherry  blossoms  are  out ,  the  four  of  you  don’t  mind  the  long  walk .

Before  you  reach  the  Jefferson  Memorial ,  you  all  notice  a  statue  of  a  man  seated  on  a  bench .

His  hat  and  his  cane  are  on  one  side  of  him ,  and  on  the  other  side  seems  to  be  a  book .

He  seems  to  be  smiling ,  sort  of .

You  all  figure  he  could  be  smiling  at  what  a  really  beautiful  day  it  is ,  or  he  could  be  contemplating  the  meaning  of  life .

One  of  you  thinks  this  has  to  be  a  statue  of  Sir  Issac  Newton  or  some  other  great  philosopher .

You  bend  down  to  see  just  who  this  gentleman  is .

He’s  not  a  philosopher ,  he’s  one  of  the  signers  of  the  Declaration  of  Independence  from  Virginia ,  George  Mason .

You  all  don’t  remember  his  name  from  American  History  class  but  one  of  you  does  remember  hearing  his  name  from  somewhere .

”  George  Mason .  You  know ,  like the  school .  George  Mason  University . “, she  says .

Now  you  all  remember .

This  is  a  30  Plus  Teams  Tour ,  after all .

You  all  remember  the  name  from  the  men’s  basketball  team  in the  college  basketball  tournament .

You  know ,  the  one  that’s  known  as  ”  March  Madness  ” ? FB_IMG_1501510772084

SHUFFLING OFF TO BUFFALO , NEW YORK . YES, THERE REALLY WAS A TIM HORTON.

FB_IMG_1501595593919As you and your  family  get off the train in the  Canalside  of the city, your son notices a statue of  a hockey  player.

He bends down to  look at  the  plaque and reads the  name.

“Tim Horton ?  Do they mean like the coffeeshops?”

You nod your head.

You explain that among other  teams ,  Horton  also  played for the  Buffalo  Sabres hockey  club.

You explain  to  the children that not only were the coffeeshops  named after  him, he was the person who  founded them.

 

IT’S ALL ABOUT THE BLACK AND YELLOW – PITTSBURGH

HELLO  PITTSBURGH ,  PENNSYLVANIA !

When  your 30  Plus  Teams  Tour  brings you  to  Pittsburgh ,  aka “The Burg  “, one one  of  the  things to do  is attend a  Pittsburgh  Penguins hockey  game at the  Pittsburgh  Paints Arena in Downtown  Pittsburgh .

You might want to  stop and take  a  picture  of a statue  of a legend  in the  city .

Mario Lemieux ,  who not only  played  for the  team, but he now owns the  team.

This statue stands right in front of  the  arena .

It’s  so big that you  couldn’t miss it, even  if  you  tried .

If you still have trouble  finding  it, just look for the street  that the arena and the statue are located  on.

Mario  Lemieux  Place.FB_IMG_1501246274910