After a very late night, we had a much more leisurely start to the day, heading to Panificio in Beacon for a wonderful brunch, including a mug of Earl Grey tea for Martha, who'd given up hope of having any on the holiday.We then headed to Quincy Market. Very similar to Covent Garden in London, with its mixture of established shops, temporary stalls, food shops, and entertainers working the crowds milling around.Later we went on a "The Heart of the Freedom Trail" tour, starting at Faneuil Hall, run by Boston by Foot. Interesting stuff, covering US/British history in the 1600-1700s. It followed only part of the famous Freedom Trail "red line", so there was actually very little walking, and much standing around whilst we listened to our knowledgeable guide, so that made us more footsore. This called for coffees and a rest at the handily-placed big Borders near by.We visited the Crocs store and saw that they now sell rather more than just the clogs and sandals - they have a few lace-up mens shoes, but still with the "strangely comfortable" rubberised footbed, as Martha describes them.


We've passed a few Wagamamma restaurants on our travels, but never tried one. So back to Quincy Market where there was one. The "cho han" dish was excellent, with the miso soup the perfect accompaniment. I must work out what it's made of. The dining experience did have some novelties - our order got chalked onto the table between us, and the dishes got served without any attempt to make them arrive at the same time for all the diners.

AuthorJonathan Clark