22 September, 2020

East Coast Toasts

East Coast Toasts
This has to be America’s finest city. I know, I know, New York is bigger and more worldly. Miami has a great climate. Chicago’s architecture is stunning and Los Angeles has...well, okay then, forget LA. To me, Boston is special. The American revolution was plotted here in taverns and chop houses, many of which still stand. There’s the excellent Freedom Trail—a walking tour that you do yourself through Boston’s historic districts by following a line of red bricks along local pavements and sidewalks. One of the dominant features of the skyline is the Bunker Hill memorial, a towering monolith that marks a crucial battle in the Revolutionary War with Britain that the Americans actually lost. But that defeat sparked them to greater glories and eventual independence, much as the setbacks of India’s freedom struggle that inspired its leaders and footsoldiers. Then there’s the glorious waterfront. Boston Harbour is a jewel, a place where warships, whaling fleets and explorers have set sail for centuries. At one end, the USS Constitution, the world’s oldest...


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