The heat in the city is different then any kind of heat I have encountered. It is like a brick oven, literally. All the brick buildings and cement absorbs all that heat and radiates it back, there is no breeze so it just sits and roast everything in it. Today Boston was in the low 90's with high humidity and I thought my brain was going to be cooked.
It is amazing what a little perseverance and time can do to change ones attitude. When I got up this morning I didn't want to go to Boston (except to see the game). When I got there using the commuter train I still didn't want to be there. I knew I had to kill about 6 hours before I could get to the game. I decided on a whim to get on of the tour buses that let you get on and off and just wander around the city. It was a very good choice. I was able to see all the historical sites I wanted to see and really enjoyed myself.
The USS Constitution (Old Ironsides) was really the highlight of the day. She is really a beautiful sailing ship. The Museum has a small film that shows her on the ocean and it is quite majestic. The Navy also offers a tour of the ship which I highly recommend. I was able to eat at the Union Oyster House, which has been in business since 1826. The food is great and not too expensive for a tourist town.
The people in Boston are different then I have seen in other big cities. The are down right nice. They make eye contact and smile, start conversations just because are seem to really mean it. The time for the RedSox game was changed and if the ice cream vendor I met hadn't started a conversation with me and told me of the time change I would have never made it. People in NYC are helpful but they are not about to just engage a stranger in conversation like Bostonians would. I don't think I could live here, it is hard to get around, I didn't like the subway and it is expensive, but I really like the people. The town of Boston is beautiful, historic and interesting but not for me.
Off to Philli tomorrow. More to come.