Yesterday I had a pleasant day pottering around Boston. In the morning I went to Hilton Tent City and managed to buy a 3-in-1 winter coat in their permanent sale. I actually think I may have bought the same one as I had in 1998 and which is just getting to the end of its life, but that did have good service! I had lunch with kaffirlimeleaf at a nice little Italian cafe, and we finished by sharing a large slice of chocolate cake. In the afternoon I met sternwieser for the first time, she was accompanied by her delightful and highly intelligent children. We went around the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, and the children were very intrigued by the garden in the middle, which is perhaps the most memorable feature of the building. The adults enjoyed looking at the art together, and decrying the fact that Anders Zorn isn't better known.
In the evening kaffirlimeleaf and I went to Redbones where I had ribs for the first time - not surprisingly I had to leave some, but they were really tasty.
Of course, today is Independence Day in America and most people have the day off. Since I was in one of the main cities connected with the Revolution, I was able to see a unique ceremony. I was one of the crowd below the balcony of the Old State House, where the current captain of the Ancient and Honored Company of Artillery read the Declaration of Independence, which is a somewhat ironic document once you get past the famous opening section. There was a small parade of police officers, sailors, the Ancient Artillery and a re-enactment society, the Middlesex Volunteers and everyone was enjoying themselves. Now I'm off to a 4th of July party - although quite a restrained one, I believe!