Cynthia - Click to enlarge Edition #10, 11 February 2008

Hello, my name is Cynthia, a mermaid from the cool waters of New England. Thank you for visiting my collection of articles on coastal New England. A new article is posted here every two weeks.

If you missed any of my previous articles, you can find links to them here.

Boston, Massachusetts

Boston is the capital of Massachusetts. It was founded in September of 1630 by Puritan colonists from England. The Puritans founded America's first public school in 1635, the Boston Latin School, and America's first college in 1636, Harvard College. Boston was the largest town in British North America until the mid-1700s. In 1822, Boston was chartered as a city. Here is a map of the Boston area.

Let's begin our tour of Boston with a trip to Quincy Market. Here you can enjoy live music, comedians, pubs, and plenty of food. Not far away is Haymarket, which is open Friday and Saturday from dawn to dusk. Haymarket offers fresh fruit, vegetables, and fish.

Boston is alive with history. Quincy Market is one of the stops on the Freedom Trail which starts at Boston Common. A particular Prime Minister of England had no idea that his tea tax would cause such an outcry, let alone start a revolution. You can read more about Boston's place in history at iBoston.

During the summer months, cool off aboard a harbor cruise. Did you know that there are 30 islands in Boston Harbor? Cruises typically leave from either Long Wharf or Rowe's Wharf, and both are a short walk from Quincy Market. Some cruises offer dinner or snacks on board. Be sure to save some for me!

Boston Harbor at Sunset     Sailing in Boston Harbor

The Boston Museum of Science is a great place to have fun and learn something at the same time. Currently playing at the Mugar Omni Theater at the museum is Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure. This show runs through March 21, 2008. The laser shows in the Charles Hayden Planetarium feature music by artists such as Shania Twain, Pink Floyd, Enya, and others. You may also wish to visit the Museum of Fine Arts and the Children's Museum.

During baseball season, be sure to pay a visit to the Boston Red Sox at historic Fenway park. Fenway is located in the heart of Boston at 4 Yawkey Way. I would recommend traveling to the ball park by subway or commuter rail.

Charles Playhouse is the Boston home of Blue Man Group. Their high energy show is sure to entertain. The USS Constitution, otherwise known as Old Ironsides, can be found at 1 Constitution Road in Charlestown. Tours run every 30 minutes Thursday through Sunday, beginning at 10am this time of year. The last tour starts at 3:30pm. Be sure to also pay a visit to my friends and relatives at the New England Aquarium. The aquarium is located on Central Wharf adjacent to the Marriot Hotel near Quincy Market.

Each Boston neighborhood is unique, and each offers something special. The North End features great Italian restaurants, and Boston's Chinatown is the third largest Chinese neighborhood in the US.

For more information on Boston, visit and and

As always, if you see me in the water, be sure to wave!

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People do occasionally see me in the water...

Cynthia: Hello.
Man: Hi.  I don't think I have ever met a mermaid before.
Cynthia: Now you have!
Man: Yes, I have. <laughs>
Man: But I have heard rumors of mermaids.
Cynthia: Yes, we're real.
Man: I have also been warned.
Cynthia: We are nice... not like some of the old stories.
Man: So... you say.
Cynthia: In time, perhaps you will understand.

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Cynthia at Sunrise: DSI Photo
Boston Harbor: Betty & Jim Bennette

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