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Quincy Market: A Foodie’s Paradise

Quincy Market, Boston
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By Rohan:

Who? Anyone who wants to experience the flavors of the world without breaking the bank and catch a glimpse of some American history in the process.

What? An indoor marketplace filled with food ranging in cultures. On one corner, check out authentic Ethiopian cuisine, on the other, sink your teeth into a sweet Belgian Waffle. The choices are endless at Quincy Market and sampling food from around the world is a breeze. The market was named after John Quincy Adams and is located in a historical building cornered off by cobblestone streets with sideshow acts and fun boutique stores.

How? The market is located in the heart of Boston, Massachusetts in the Quincy Market Colonnade (Faneuil Hall Market). You can either drive or walk, at certain times of the year the area is stunning.

Why?  Imagine the cultures of the world meeting in a marketplace to share the unique flavors they have to offer. Delicious Indian crepes called Dosas are made fresh on the spot and the Italian gelato is a little piece of heaven. Whether you just want a slice of Brooklyn pizza or feel like a Middle Eastern wrap, there is something for everybody. When your meal finally comes to a close, enjoy some of the succulent desserts the market has in store. The most unique of delicacies will surely satisfy your sweet tooth

A Little Tip: Going to Quincy Market during the holiday season is an unforgettable experience. After you’ve traveled the world, step outside for cheerful live entertainment, a gorgeous tree-lighting ceremony, and endless rows of shops to get your holiday shopping done early. The market makes for a very festive atmosphere as local rock bands perform classic holiday tunes and lights hang from the sky, illuminating kids awestruck by the giant Christmas tree. Don’t forget to say hello to Santa!

Visiting Pearl Harbor – A Must Do History Lesson

Map of Pearl Harbor

By Lakshmi:

Who?  Anyone visiting the island of Oahu in Hawaii must make their way to get a first hand look at a period when history was redefined.

What? Pearl Harbor and Arizona Memorial located in Oahu.

How? There are many tour companies that offer tours dedicated to these landmarks and more.  We had a rented car and drove to the venue.  Our advice is to avoid doing what we did which is getting there late morning when the parking lots are completely packed and spending a ton of time trying to find a space for your car.  The Pearl Harbor Visitor Center opens at 7:00 am and it would be best to start your day with a visit.  Once you get in, you will need tickets to get to the Arizona Memorial.  Again if you get there late, you may have a long wait for tickets.  The smart thing to do is to reserve tickets online and just pick them up in person  You can reserve your tickets at www.Recreation.gov.  There is a small convenience fee of $1.50 charged.

Why?  The attack on Pearl Harbor was the official trigger point for the US to enter World War II.  The visitor center at Pearl Harbor through a variety of multimedia exhibits brings to light the events leading up to the attack on Pearl Harbor and the consequences of the attack.  We had studied this point in history as kids growing up in India and our kids had learnt of the developments in their middle school years in the US.  Each of us was transfixed with the stories in front of us and it made the attack on Pearl Harbor real to us in a way no history lesson ever had.  Once we had toured the exhibits, we spent time walking around the area imagining that crucial time in history.  The boat ride to the Arizona Memorial is a sober experience, since it is actually a place were so many perished.  The mood is akin to what one experiences at Arlington National Cemetary but amplified since it was an unexpected attack at this very spot that sent so many to a gruesome end.

To learn more about visiting Pearl Harbor, here are two excellent resources.

http://www.nps.gov/valr/index.htm

http://pacifichistoricparks.org/pearl-harbor-hawaii.php

Lincoln Memorial, Washington DC – A Fitting Tribute

By Lakshmi:

Who?  Anyone visiting the Washington DC area must absolutely visit this spot.  It is indeed a jewel in the crown of the many monuments dotting the DC landscape.

What? The Lincoln Memorial is located on the Mall in Washington DC and is open 24 hours a day (except Christmas Day)

How? You can take the Metro to the Smithsonian station and walk the path across the Mall and along the reflecting pool to the Lincoln Memorial.

Why?  Abraham Lincoln’s role and legacy in US history needs no repeating.  The Lincoln Memorial is an absolutely fitting tribute to the 16th President of the United States.  From the first time I visited this monument many years ago to every visit I’ve made over the years, the site continues to move me.  As you walk across the reflecting pool and climb the steps towards the monument, the 36 Doric columns seem to play hide and seek with Lincoln.  Majestic is the first word that comes to mind when you set eyes on the gleaming block of marble from Georgia that has been chiseled with love and dedication by Daniel Chester French into Lincoln’s statue.  As you work your way up from the folds of clothing, towards the intense face of the man sitting in absolute composure, his infamous Gettysburg speech rings in your years.  This speech along with Lincoln’s second inaugural address are carved into the walls of the monument.  History buffs would also know that Dr, Martin Luther King delivered his famous “I have a dream” speech on the steps of this very monument.

To truly appreciate the beauty of this monument, you need to visit it by day and again by night when it is lit up beautifully.  As you watch the cars whizzing by to and from Virginia behind the memorial, Lincoln seems to be looking down on his city, his nation promising that he is watching over its people.

To learn more about the Lincoln Memorial, please visit the National Park Service website at:

http://www.nps.gov/linc/index.htm