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One thing you can’t miss when visiting Boston & strolling through the Boston Commons park, is the Massachusetts State House. This gold domed building is the state capitol & seat of government for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. It’s right on top of Beacon Hill & it’s glittering dome overlooks the beautiful Boston Commons. During WWII the dome was black to prevent attracting attention during blackouts. In 1997, it was re-gilded in 23k gold!

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The historic Park Street Church, right on the edge of the Boston Commons & one block from the Massachusetts State House, is a historic stop on the Freedom Trail. It held the honor of being the United State’s tallest building until 1828. In 1949 Billy Graham’s first transcontinental mid-century crusade began at Park Street Church.

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The maps left us confused so we ended up finding our landmarks based on Yelp photos! Here I am running around feeling lost!

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The frozen Boston Commons didn’t stop us from strolling through. We took in the sights and ice skaters. The frozen lake looked inviting for someone’s dog to roam around on, while the ducks flocked to a tiny melted portion.

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I had my boots ready from Iceland and was eager to use them in the snow! I felt a little silly walking around the city in them, but they definitely kept my tootsies warm!

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The lake at the center of the Boston Commons was frozen over….

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Happy ducks in the park found the one melted spot in the pond to paddle around in!

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At least until they saw us coming! Then they jumped out, wishfully hoping that we had some treats for them!

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Boston easily ranks as one of my favorite cities to visit. I loved the history, the culture, and the food! What do you think? Is Boston on your travel list?

When in Boston, we stayed at the Ames hotel, which we loved! It was centrally located in Downtown Boston.¬†Boston is a very walkable city. We took a few Uber rides, but mostly we walked. As we headed to the Boston Tea Party Museum, we accidentally stumbled upon the site of the Boston Massacre. It was […]

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After landing in Boston & checking into our hotel, Ben & I headed off in search of dinner. I had a night of taking a self guided Food Tour through Boston: Boston Baked Beans at Durgin Park Drinks at Bell in Hand (longest continuously operating tavern in the United States) Clam Chowder & Lobster at […]

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Walking through the Boston Commons Park along side the ice skating rink & winding paths was so peaceful. Brick buildings lined the park & we kept a sharp look out for our next destination. What would a visit to Boston be without stopping in at the bar where everyone knows your name? At the far […]

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After touring the incredible Boston Tea Party Museum, Ben & I headed over to see the Paul Revere House. It is a small, two story house located in the North End. We were interested to learn that although a popular historical figure, Paul Revere wasn’t always appreciated. He lived in this 3 room house with […]

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Our trip to Iceland took us through Boston. I couldn’t resist adding on a few days to really explore. Our first stop in Boston¬†was to the Boston Tea Party Museum (with a quick stop in Boston favorite, Dunkin Donuts). We were immediately given new identities & let through an interactive tour, complete with period actors […]

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After our Reykjavik tour, we quickly hopped onto our next excursion…dog sledding! This easily tops my list of favorite life experiences. The van that picked us up was warm & I hadn’t slept in a few days so I dozed off in the car. I was quite disoriented when I woke up and instead of […]

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We booked our trip to Iceland for January, the darkest, coldest time of year so that we would have the best shot at catching the Northern Lights. With all of that cold though, I was really looking forward to visiting the famous Blue Lagoon for some warmth & relaxation. After we bought the tickets to […]

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Our final stop on our Golden Circle Tour was Thingvellir, a national park that sits along the continental divide of the North American and Eurasian plates. Its unique rock formations made it perfect for orators. Before the days of amphitheaters with big sound systems, the Icelandic government held court & council right here. There Senate […]

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After a delicious dinner at Sjavargrillid, we headed out for our first attempt at finding the Northern Lights. Our big tour bus took us out to this little restaurant and hotel designed for searching for the Northern Lights. They kept exterior lights to a dull minimum, had nice restrooms, and a bar with plenty of […]

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