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Feasting on creatures of the sea and cuisines of the world
Boston is the home of the first Thanksgiving and of bountiful autumnal harvests. It is one of the United State's best cities for seafood, famed for clam chowder and boiled lobster. And it is a rich mix of ethnic flavours from all corners of the world. Is your mouth watering yet?

Cheering on the runners as they cross the finish line
Patriots' Day - officially celebrated on the third Monday in April - means more than Paul Revere's ride and "the shot heard around the world". Since 1897, Patriots' Day has also meant the Boston Marathon. Fifteen people ran that first race (only 10 finished); these days, the Boston Marathon attracts more than 20,000 participants annually. 

Reflecting or recreating at Thoreau's sanctuary
Thoreau took the naturalist beliefs of transcendentalism out of the realm of theory and into practice when he left the comforts of Concord and built himself a rustic cabin on the shores of the pond. His famous memoir of his time spent there, Walden, or Life in the Woods (1854), was full of praise for nature and disapproval of the stresses of civilized life - sentiments that have found an eager audience ever since. The glacial pond is now a state park, surrounded by acres of forest.

 

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