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Along the Freedom Trail to the Old State House

Posted in Travel, USA by Dennis Wright on November 9, 2008

We succeeded in exiting the State House by a side entrance near a large square and it took us a while to work our way back to Beacon Street. We headed off down Park Street and onto Tremont Street (opposite side of Boston Common to the State House) in search of lunch.

We alighted on Finagle A Bagel, because we were after something light. We placed our orders for lox bagels at the far end of the counter (furthest from the door to the street). The staff drop bagels of the right specification onto a conveyor belt that runs along the front of the counter, behind glass. The belt takes each bagel to a rotating blade which slices it in two, after which it hurtles past the blade at double the speed to a collector area where it is picked up by the sandwich maker staff who assemble it with fillings and bag it up.

Thanks to Paul Martin (jugglerpm) who placed a photo of the blade on Flickr.

Picture Paul Martin (Flickr & Creative Commons)

Picture Paul Martin (Flickr & Creative Commons)

There’s a YouTube video here which shows the blade in action.

We had our lunch in the park then picked up the Freedom Trail again. We looked in briefly on Park Street church and the Granary Burying Ground. Then onto King’s Chapel on the corner of Tremont St and School St. There was a service in progress so we did not go in.

Down School St and left on Washington St to the Old State House, the seat of the Massachusetts state government prior to its move to the present Massachusetts State House in 1798.

This is the east side balcony from which the Declaration of Independence was proclaimed in 1776 by Col. Thomas Crafts.

Looking down State St to the Custom House Tower, now a Marriott Hotel.

We again picked up the red line on the ground that marks the route of the Freedom Trail and followed it along Congress St to the delightfully unpronounceable Faneuil Hall. I think it’s usually pronounced “fannel” to rhyme with flannel or “fanniel” to rhyme with Daniel. Or maybe something else. “Fanooey” to rhyme with gooey?

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The State House #1

Posted in Travel, USA by Dennis Wright on October 29, 2008

We crossed Beacon Street to the Massachusetts State House and found it was open to visitors, so decided to take a look around.  We spent more time there than we’d expected, but there was a lot to see.  There is tight security on the way in, but from then on visitors can pretty much wander round as they please.

This is the Memorial Hall:

The Hall has a remarkable huge stained glass skylight window.

This is the hall outside the office of Timothy P Cahill, Treasurer and Receiver General. Tim didn’t appear to be in.

Adrian & Peg’s Wedding #17 – Sunset

Posted in Adrian & Peg Wedding, Travel, USA by Dennis Wright on October 4, 2008

This is the last post in the series on Adrian & Peg’s wedding in August.

In truth the series has been more web gallery than blog. I have added a bit of text commentary as required, but the pictures have pretty much told the story on their own.

Let your pictures do the talking …

Another of my legendary abstracts …

It was a day that everyone present will always remember … which I’m pretty sure is what Adrian & Peg intended.

Thank you Adrian and Peg for inviting us. It was magical.

Adrian & Peg’s Wedding #16 – Kissing ducks

Posted in Adrian & Peg Wedding, Travel, USA by Dennis Wright on October 2, 2008

Adrian & Peg’s Wedding #15 – The cakehole ceremony

Posted in Adrian & Peg Wedding, Travel, USA by Dennis Wright on September 27, 2008

Adrian & Peg’s Wedding #14 – By the lake

Posted in Adrian & Peg Wedding, Travel, USA by Dennis Wright on September 27, 2008
Alexis and Ben

Alexis and Ben

Andy

Andy

Adrian & Peg’s Wedding #13 – Speeches: Adrian

Posted in Adrian & Peg Wedding, Travel, USA by Dennis Wright on September 25, 2008

Adrian thanks the head chef who steps out on the balcony to receive the applause of the guests

Adrian thanks the head chef who steps out on the balcony to receive the applause of the guests

Adrian & Peg’s Wedding #12 – Speeches: Libby & Kelly

Posted in Adrian & Peg Wedding, Travel, USA by Dennis Wright on September 20, 2008

Adrian & Peg’s Wedding #11 – Tea Party

Posted in Adrian & Peg Wedding, General, Travel, USA by Dennis Wright on September 16, 2008

Naomi took this shot of Avram.

She also took this one. Not quite sharp/focused but still a cute picture.

Adrian & Peg’s Wedding #10 – Taking the plunge

Posted in Adrian & Peg Wedding, Travel, USA by Dennis Wright on September 7, 2008

The Intentions for the Future part of the programme concluded with a couple of musical numbers so I took some pictures of the band. I wasn’t conscious of it at first but, as I was photographing them, the band were becoming aware of something going on behind and to the right of me.

So while I missed the moment when Adrian leapt fully clothed off the dock and into the lake, I caught the incredulous reaction on the face of the singer, Patty Brayden.

Well at least he had taken off his shoes

Well at least he had taken off his shoes

Adrian & Peg’s Wedding #9 – Intentions for the Future

Posted in Adrian & Peg Wedding, Travel, USA by Dennis Wright on September 6, 2008

A Reading/Blessing by James Dillet Freeman

Kelly Lownds delivers the reading

Kelly Lownds delivers the reading

Benediction of the American Indians

The Benediction started as a solo effort by Max

The Benediction started as a solo effort by Max

but Avram was not going to be left out

but Avram was not going to be left out

and succeeded in appropriating the mike

and succeeded in appropriating the mike

Breaking of the Glass and Mazeltov!

The lens missed the physical act of the glass-breaking but we do have the immediate aftermath.

A small cluster of helium balloons was bobbing against the wooden façade of the house, so I spotted an opportunity for a post-Mondrian composition.

Adrian & Peg’s Wedding #8 – Intentions for the Future

Posted in Adrian & Peg Wedding, Travel, USA by Dennis Wright on September 6, 2008

Commitments and Giving of a Ring

24 Aug 08: Adrian & Peg’s Wedding #6 – Honouring the Past

Posted in Adrian & Peg Wedding, Travel, USA by Dennis Wright on September 2, 2008

Focus on Adrian

Focus on Adrian

Focus on Peg

Focus on Peg

24 Aug 08: Adrian & Peg’s Wedding #5 – Gathering

Posted in Adrian & Peg Wedding, Travel, USA by Dennis Wright on September 1, 2008

The Reverend Lee Bluemel

The Reverend Lee Bluemel

Gerry White reads A Reading on Marriage by Edmund ONeill

Gerry White reads A Reading on Marriage by Edmund O'Neill

24 Aug 08: Adrian & Peg’s Wedding #4 – More meeting & greeting

Posted in Adrian & Peg Wedding, Travel, USA by Dennis Wright on September 1, 2008

24 Aug 08: Adrian & Peg’s Wedding #3 – Folk start to show up

Posted in Adrian & Peg Wedding, Travel, USA by Dennis Wright on August 31, 2008

24 Aug 08: Adrian & Peg’s Wedding #1 – Prelude

Posted in Adrian & Peg Wedding, Travel, USA by Dennis Wright on August 27, 2008

The morning of the wedding, at Adrian and Peg’s house on Lake Cochichewick.

Adrian is preparing his climbing gear. All will be explained later

The veranda at the back of the house

Peg walking across the rear lawn

Some guys fishing on the lake

The marquees were in situ days before the event

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