Friday, July 17, 2009

More Tours on Friday

Friday was our first full day with my Dad and Carter (who flew up Thursday night to join us). It seems they brought the sun because Tuesday-Thursday had been in the low 6o's, raining, and foggy. But Friday was sunny and in the 70's. We took the "T" to the Paul Revere Statue where our tour began. We then walked to Copp's Hill Burial Ground and Old North Church. 

Our wonderful tour guide in front of Cotton Mather's tomb. 
Old North Church
Mom, Emily, and Charlotte posing nearby Revere on horseback in the background. 
This is the beautiful organ in Old North Church. 
Walking from Fanuel Hall where we had lunch. 
Another view

After lunch we walked to the Massachusetts State House for our final Boston tour led by Paul Jehle--another wonderful, knowledgeable speaker. 
This is Paul Jehle in front of a plaque dedicated to the Pilgrims. 

Reformation 500-Bunker Hill

One afternoon, we headed to the Bunker Hill monument for a tour led by David Botkin. Even though it was about 63 degrees, foggy, and pouring rain we had a great time. This young man really knew his stuff!  It is always great to visit these kinds of places and have their significance explained by someone who is passionate and knowledgeable about what took place.

The view from the top of the monument (294 steps up, in a full length skirt. :P)

Emily and Mom in front of the monument.  (It finally stopped raining.)

Friday, July 10, 2009

Reformation 500

Last week our family went to the incredible "Reformation 500. 
This event celebrated the birthday of John Calvin, 500 years ago. 
We had a wonderful time exploring the historical sights of Boston, listening to incredibly inspiring speakers, and making new friends.
The big event for the week was a debate between John Calvin and Charles Darwin.
Charlie Zahm (center) is an absolutely amazing singer. While singing "Dixie" Doug Phillips (president of Vision Forum) joined him on the harmonica. "Dixie" is my favorite song Charlie Zahm sings.  Awesome! 

Most of the sessions were held in the hotel's ballroom which was gorgeous.
The three girls in front of a replica of the Liberty Bell.