Thursday, July 9, 2009

A lot of history...

We were out of breakfast again this morning so we stopped at Au Bon Pain, which is Boston's La Bou. We took the train out to Cambridge to check out Harvard. It was really amazing standing in Harvard Yard knowing just how OLD it is and knowing that it is the BEST University in the world. They were doing a little archeological dig in one of the grass areas in the Yard. They said that they'd found stuff dating back to the late 1600s. We walked around Harvard for a little while and checked out a few really cool old churches.

After we saw Harvard we went up to the Longfellow Historical Site. On the way there, we stopped at a little coffee shop and had a Thai iced tea. The coffee shop was in a really important old house. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wrote a poem called "The Village Blacksmith." (I actually teach this poem to my 7h grade class.) The man that this poem was written about lived in the house where the coffee shop that we stopped at currently is located! Anyway, we took a 45 minute tour of the Longfellow Historical
Site. I was so overwhelmed during the ENTIRE tour not only because a GREAT American writer once lived in, wrote in, and walked the halls of this house...but also because America's first President George Washington lived in the house for 9 months while he was forming the Continental Army. We got to see the parlor where amazing people where once entertained, the dining room where both Washington and Longfellow's family used to share their meals, the library where Longfellow used to play the piano, the bedroom that Longfellow and his wife Fannie slept in...Fannie also died in their bedroom from severe burns...the room that George Washington used as his war council room and Longfellow used the same room as his study. I stood in the same room where Longfellow's writing desk was...where he wrote most of his beautiful poetry. I stood in the same room where George Washington once slept! I walked the same hallway and staircase as George Washington, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, John Adams, and even Benedict Arnold! Everything in the house is stuff that the Longfellow family once used. The entire house was donated to the National Park Services by the Longfellow family estate.

We also checked out MIT while we were in Cambridge and then we went to the Christian Science Complex. The building is so amazingly beautiful. It had a very long pool in front of it that creates some amazingly beautiful reflections!

Now we're just sitting at home relaxing and planning our day out for tomorrow!

Today's mileage: 5 miles
Today's blessing: Feeling inspired to be great...Almost being brought to tears by walking around Harvard and the Longfellow Historical Site where so many amazing, intelligent and GREAT people once walked.

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