Niagra looked so beautiful the morning we left with all the lights from the city on and the twilight sky.
Going into Boston I didn't really know what to expect so I knew I'd be a bit surprised by the city no matter what. It was much smaller than I expected. I don't appreciate that Sydney is a big city so I always expect the bigger cities to be larger than Sydney. It was also much uglier than I thought it would be. It was hard not to compare it to Quebec even though I didn't expect it to be nearly as beautiful. Some areas were prettier and had a nice buzz as Boston is dominated by students as it houses MIT, Harvard and other less known institutions whose names I don't remember.
What Boston did not disappoint on was it's fascinating history.
We walked the Freedom Trail a self-guided tour that takes you through the events leading up to the revolution. You just follow the red bricks.
Boston at night is much more attractive than during the day mostly due to the gas street lights which are never turned off - not even during the day.
The next day we went to both the Adams houses. John Adams was the second President of America and his son John Quincy Adams was the sixth President of America.
John Adams was very interesting. He had been raised thinking he would be a minister but then realised he didn't have the temprement for it so dedicated his life to the revolution. Originally it was Adams who was to write the declaration of independance but he passed the task to Jefferson as he believed he was a better writer. Decades later he lamented that Washington and Jefferson would be the ones to be remembered and he would be forgotten.
John Quincy Adams was groomed to be a politician by his father from birth but wasn't popular during his presidency. I think he was more of a intellectual - he spoke 8 languages fluently and could read and write in 4 others.
The next day we caught the train to New York City. I loved New York. I will be very suprised if I don't live there for a year or two (or somewhere close by) in the next 15 years.
The first afternoon we were there we went to the MET. I could spend a week in that place. Here are a few pictures I liked.
Mum flew in that evening and the next day we walked the whole of Grand Central Park. New York is dirty and busy but they know how to do parks. Below is 'Strawberry Fields' memorial.
Church on Sunday night was very enjoyable. We went to Reedemer Church and heard Keller preach on 1 Peter 2.
Mum and I did 'Rock at the Top' which sounds much more exciting than it is. All you do is go to the top of the building, it does have great views.
Going to Ground Zero the next day was one of my favourite things of the whole trip. I was suprised at how emotional I got. They're rebuilding in the area and the memorials and temporary musuem are great.
We walked around Wall Street which had quite tight security and then went to MOMA. MOMA was so so good. I don't care if you can't stand art go to MOMA.
The next day was the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. I enjoyed the Statue of Liberty much more than I thought I would because the history of it was much more interesting that I thought it was. I didn't like Ellis Island very much. I might have just been tired or something. We went to the musical How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying staring Daniel Radcliffe and it was so good. I must have looked a fool grinning the whole time.
On the ferry back to NY main land.
All in all New York was very exhausting. I was waking around 6 and not returning to the hotel until quite late so I was looking forward to the slower pace of Philadelphia and Washington.