Earlier this week, my class went on a great field trip. This is one I had never done before and it actually turned out really well! We went to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). The first part of the “tour” was a lesson in the gallery where we looked at various paintings. Then we back into the classroom and they made their own versions of what they saw. Their art pieces actually turned out really well. I was impressed!

Gallery talk

Look at those colors!

So many art pieces to look at!

Student A

Student B

Student C

Student D


The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is an incredible personal collection of art pieces all collected by one person — namely Isabella Stewart Gardner. What clearly comes through throughout this original plus added on modern building is that the woman really cared about art and wanted to make sure it was showcased in the best way possible. She personally decided where lights and plants would be to better frame each picture. It’s even part of the agreement that nothing can be moved from the original locations that she left everything in! That’s pretty intense, but totally worth it considering the amazing collection here that we are now able to see! The courtyard is especially beautiful!

A personal photo adventure:

Walking the Freedom Trail in Boston is one of my favorite things because I love learning and relearning about this area’s history. Yesterday (in 2017), I shared about the first half of my most recent Freedom Trail adventure. Today, let’s quickly review the rest.

Upon leaving Faneuil Hall, you’ll encounter Paul Revere’s house. On some trips, I actually go on and tour this house (because it’s not that expensive and it’s neat to see how this local man who had so many kids lived!). Old North Church and Copp’s Burying Ground are next as you head toward the North End (area of Boston).

At this point, you have to cross the Charles River and then the trail splits into two (well, actually a loop). From here you can decide if you want to see Bunker Hill or the U.S.S. Constitution first. I usually pick Bunker Hill first, for whatever reason. Both are quite neat to view. Especially with the “Don’t shoot until you see the whites in their eyes” statement (at Bunker Hill) and the fact that the U.S.S. Constitution is technically still in service today!

A freedom photo adventure:

Around Thanksgiving, I went back to Boston for a tiny bit before heading over to my sister’s place in Connecticut. During my time in the city, I brought my friend on the Freedom Trail. Growing up in this area, I’ve probably walked this thing at least a dozen times over the years. It never ceases to amaze me all the neat things along this trail though.

I like starting off in Boston Common and seeing what it is today compared to the description of its muddy cow pasture past. The Massachusetts State House is always one that brings back memories for me as I remember going there as a kid and meeting our state representative there. Next is Park Street Church with its famous steeple (even if under construction at the moment). The Granary Burying Ground is just the first of many of its kind along the trail and it’s the final resting place to so many famous people like John Hancock, Benjamin Frankin’s parents, and Paul Revere.

Next is King’s Chapel and Burying Ground, Boston Latin School Site, and the Old Corner Bookstore (which of course is no longer anything like a bookstore). From there, you walk straight past the Old South Meeting House, Old State House, and the Boston Massacre Site before Faneuil Hall comes into view. For whatever reason, this is where I always get lunch, no matter which time I remember walking along this trail.

See more about my most recent Freedom Trail adventure tomorrow (in 2018)!

A freedom photo adventure: