Boston

IMG_5417While visiting family in New England this past Independence Day weekend, we took a day trip to Boston to walk the Freedom Trail, and explore the city. Though we had both been there when we were younger, our experiences until now were very limited. This trip was our first opportunity to check off many Boston locations from our list, and we couldn’t have been more pleased with all that the city had to offer.

IMG_5407Since we typically fly into Boston when visiting the northeast, we usually only view the city from an airport terminal, but on this trip we finally got a view from the middle of Boston Common.

IMG_4885The gleaming gold dome of the Massachusetts State House sits just on the edge of the Common.

IMG_5436Not far from the current State House is the Old State House. This building housed the government of the Province of Massachusetts Bay, and was referred to by John Adams as the spot where Independence was born.

IMG_5460Faneuil Hall and the Custom House Tower are two of the most recognizable landmarks in Boston.

IMG_5457The imposing brutalism of Boston City Hall is very much out of place in the heart of the city, but the raw concrete and adjacent brick desert create a fascinating interplay of shapes that has influenced James while developing science fiction projects.

IMG_5427The City Hall that was used in the late 19th and early 20th centuries is certainly a much more pleasing structure.

IMG_4924If you’re lucky, maybe you’ll see a parade of ducklings while visiting the beautiful Public Garden.

IMG_5547IMG_4921_newStrolling the Federal style rowhouses of Beacon Hill is a great way to get out of the sun on a summer day, and it’s charming paths made this my favorite neighborhood in the city.

IMG_5495img_4956 (1)All the vibrancy of an immigrant community can be found in the narrow streets of the North End, a primarily Italian neighborhood.

IMG_5579Once we finished walking the entirety of the Freedom Trail we decided to continue exploring the city. Newbury Street is a wonderful place to shop, dine, or simply walk. I loved that the shops are housed in a variety of 19th century buildings, making it unique from other shopping centers I had ever visited.

IMG_5558IMG_4932While most of the historic sites are Georgian Colonial, the Richardsonian Romanesque Trinity Church stands out as perhaps the most beautiful. This church was not even on our list of locations to visit, but we were thrilled to run into it on our way to the library.

IMG_4953We have yet to see a game at Fenway, but we were able to take part in the atmosphere of Yawkey Way after a Red Sox win. This trip was one of many that we will take to Boston, and we look forward to having new experiences in the city, as well as revisiting our favorites.

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2 Comments on “Boston”

  1. […] line the streets of Brooklyn Heights and Cobble Hill. It was very reminiscent of our recent trip to Boston, where we saw an abundance of row houses on Beacon […]

  2. Greg Koren says:

    Your lovely photos and travelogue remind me of the time my family and I walked the Freedom Trail! 😀


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