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Quincy represented the eight British soldiers in the Boston Massacre trial (six got off).
If you don’t want to take a tour, you can always grab the family, someone from out of town, or someone who knows the city in a different way than you do and take a walk. You are guaranteed to learn something new, and you may be surprised by what you know already. This past summer, a client of mine was in town from California for a deposition. Since he would only be in town for a short while, I wanted to be sure he saw something of Boston before he left. The meeting was on the 25th floor of a building downtown. It had glass on three sides and provided a bird’s-eye view of Boston. Once I started pointing out landmarks, it was almost hard to stop. I realized an awful lot of Boston has been captured in movies, news, or TV shows. No longer is “Cheers” the only show about Boston. There are other great ways to beat the crowds in November. It’s a good time to get a jump on holiday shopping, visit museums, or check out the theaters or comedy clubs — both of which are in full swing this month. There are also plenty of big-time sporting events to catch. The fact is, we live in a great city, but, like all locals, we get into our groove and don’t take advantage of the opportunities that surround us. So, go act like a tourist this month. Take a walk along the Freedom Trail, go to the New England Aquarium, or stroll the Rose Kennedy Greenway (you paid for it) and remember what it used to look like. With the fall colors, the nice weather, and few actual tourists, you could do a lot worse. So, get out and enjoy it before the weather changes and you want to visit somewhere warmer.
TOURISTS IN OUR OWN HOMETOWN
There are a lot of advantages to November in Boston, but one of the big ones, in my opinion at least, is the opportunity for locals like us to get out and see the city with new eyes. The college kids have settled in, the leaf peepers have headed back to wherever they come from, and the holiday madness has not begun just yet. This means we have the city to ourselves for a while. The weather’s cold but not unbearable, and I think it’s a great time to eat some comfort food and then check out this great city that we call home. We locals don’t usually take the city tours that tourists love, but with tourist traffic at a low this month, it’s a great time to do it. I once took a Boston Duck Tour with the family in the old amphibious World War II military vehicles we are used to seeing at the championship parades. It was a unique way to see the city. We’d drive around on land and then hit the water for a different perspective.
And on these tours, you’ll learn new things about our city — even as a local who's seen it all before. On the tour, the guide stopped at the Granary Burying Grounds on Tremont Street right by Park Street. As we went by the Beantown Pub, the tour guide said, “This pub is the only place in the world where you can drink a SamAdams while looking at SamAdams!” He was right, of course. I had forgotten the revolutionary who’s who that is buried there, despite passing by a thousand times. Sam Adams is buried right there at Granary along with other Declaration of Independence signers John Hancock and Robert Treat Paine. Other famously named residents include Paul Revere, Peter Faneuil, all of the victims of the Boston Massacre (there were only five), and Benjamin Franklin’s parents. This is just one example of the kind of thing you can learn when you look at Boston through a tourist’s eyes. Here’s another fun fact: Future President John Adams and Josiah
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