I know you’re probably ready for me to stop talking about Boston already. I mean this is supposed to be an expat blog, right? Soon, my darlings, soon. Just a few more posts.
Today I’ll take you on a tour of part of my city-the Public Garden and part of the Back Bay.
A swan boat is paddled around the island in the middle of the (man-made) lake in the Boston Common. On the ramp from the water to the island you can see one of the resident swans Romeo or Juliet (surprise, they’re a lesbian couple!) preening. These are are a huge tourist attraction, and are one of the most iconic images of Boston. Interestingly, they’re not powered by any sort of motor. The guy sitting in the swan? Is using what is basically a bicycle to power the swan boat.
Typical Back Bay Brownstone. On Newbury street, the garden and street levels (and second floors) are most often businesses. On other streets, they’re usually divided up into condos. Back in the day it would’ve been a single family dwelling. The windows at the top would’ve been the maid’s room. Ironic, really, that those are now some of the most expensive apartments in Boston today.
Trinity Church is in Copley Square. It’s famous for it’s stained glass windows (see a slideshow here). It has been declared a National Historic Landmark. Behind it is the John Hancock Tower, the exterior of which is all reflective glass, making for some really wonderful photography opportunities.
The Boston Public Library (across the street from Trinity Church and Copley Square) was the first public lending library in the US. According to Wikipedia, it is the second largest public library in the US. It is comprised of two connected buildings-the one seen here is the older section, and houses the research library. You can actually take tours of this section, as there is some truly exquisite art and murals, as well as rare books on display. The tours are free, and very interesting.
The BPL, as we call it, also marks the Finish line of the Boston Marathon. Year round you can see the finish line painted across Boylston Street, although they refresh it every year in time for the Marathon.
The shape in the upper left hand corner of the photo is the Hood Blimp, which flies over the Red Sox Games (and many other events throughout the summer). Hood is a dairy company in New England, and they make Hoodsie Cups (a half vanilla/half chocolate single serve cup of ice cream that heavily figures into most local kid’s childhood. Some of my favorite ice creams are made by Hood, and it’s my default when buying milk back home.
Curt walked me back to my car, and we stopped to take a few photos of the swan boats. Not sure if he or I took this shot. At night they’re all tied together like this in the lake. I loved the reflection and wanted a shot.
Days like that make me fall a little more in love with Boston all over again.