I visited Boston at the beginning of January as my friend A. from high school will soon be finishing her post-grad and will very likely be moving so I jumped at the chance to visit Boston again.
View of Boston and the Charles River from Cambridge
I arrived by train during a snow storm (of course) and the train was a great way to get from NYC to Boston. That meant that my long weekend in Boston was very cold and blanketed in snow! A. and I spent a lot of time walking around which, in retrospect, felt like a warm-up for the exceptionally cold weather we have experienced (ahem, -38 with the wind chill) in the 6 subsequent weeks since my visit. Thank you, Polar Vortex.
The shortest suspension bridge in the world in the Boston Common/Garden
I wanted to share some of the more interesting photos and sights I saw:
The shortest suspension bridge in the Boston Common! (It may have been in the “Garden” side, A. would be able to correct me).
A hilarious jumble of signs in Cambridge! A. and I walked all over MIT and then along to Harvard (thankfully we took the T – metro/rail – back to downtown Boston.). It was at least -15 degrees Celsius but very sunny, so it’s hard to complain. My favourite part of this sign was the spoiler alert: “Caution, Police Officer Ahead”.
Here’s a school that also houses a fallout shelter.
Here is an elementary school with a fallout shelter. The sign for the shelter is to the left of the main door in yellow and grey.
Doors commemorating the Boston Tea Industry
Intricately decorated doors commemorating the Tea Trade in Boston. I believe we found these in the Back Bay area. All I know was that it was on the way to Flour Bakery and everything other important or geographically-identifying factoid was promptly obliterated when I ate their Butter Breton Cake. I. Can’t. Even. I was the combination of a brioche and croissant with butter and sugar all over in a subtle glaze. *Sigh*
Boston sure knows how to preserve their building heritage.
This photo shows the evolution of Boston’s buildings and I love how the old and the new coexist so easily in Boston. The mash-up in this photo includes: Police Department Division Sixteen, Dillon’s Bar & Restaurant, Boston Architectural College and (just out of sight) a fire department.
Contemporary art from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Here’s one of the most interesting pieces of art I saw at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts in the Contemporary Gallery. Poor A. – we trekked all the way out to the MFA the day after I arrive (a.k.a the day after the snowstorm) and the MFA was closed due to extreme weather. We had to go back a couple days later and I’m so glad we did! I love how the dos and don’ts of gallery etiquette (and life?) are depicted.
The main reading hall in the Boston Public Library in Copley Square.
Final photo, I promise! A beautiful view of inside the Boston Public Library main reading hall. Cue the Hallelujah chorus #amiright?