Of course, when the band started playing "Chattanooga Choo Choo," I wasn't about to pass it up! John started dancing with me, much to the delight of three Amtrak porters. My mom often used to tell me about dancing to that, and other Big Band hits, in her youth. Okay, I'm well past my youth, but I can now look forward to telling my nieces' children how I danced to it!
John had heard that the Bull & Finch Pub (the bar that inspired the TV show "Cheers") was wheelchair accessible, so that was our next stop. It's right on Beacon Street, not far from the Commons. As you can see by its shingle, it's now commonly called Cheers.
We asked some tourists to go up to the Cheers Gift Shop at the Hampshire House Restaurant (called "Melville's" in the TV show), and they sent someone to help us up the lift and then down the elevator.
The staff at Cheers was very friendly and helpful. And the bunless burger with Ceasar Salad (including tomato and artichoke hearts) was excellent. Those reading this blog who live in the Greater Boston Area probably think I sound like the Phantom Gourmet. You can tell WBZ I'm willing to apprentice!
After lunch, John wanted to explore, and just two blocks from Cheers we found the Arthur Fiedler Pedestrian Bridge, which took us to the Esplanade. We crossed a footbridge, and saw an enormous (and interestingly executed) bust of Fiedler (who, for 50 years, conducted the Boston Pops).
John also took a beautiful photo of the Longfellow Bridge. Usually, I edit his photos by straightening, brightening, adjusting saturation, or perspective correction, but all this photo needed was a frame:
It was getting cool by the water, so we returned to Boston Common via the Public Garden. I saw one of the willows, and asked John to take it's picture. I now have the picture on my computer desktop--a reminder of a wonderful date with my wonderful husband!