Pictures from Boston

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.

Pigeons and ducks scrounging for food.  You’ll also see squirrels looking for their fair share.  As they migrate, Canadian geese also show up looking for a handout.

My dear friend Curt greets his honorary niece, Rhiannon.

Some pretty flowers, grass and a lamp in the Common.

Pretty flower.  If anyone knows what type it is, just leave a note in comments and I’ll edit this to say (with credit due)

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.

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5 Responses to Pictures from Boston

  1. Juanita says:

    Good morning! I have quite a few pics taken that a similar to yours!! One of the things I love about Boston is the architecture. Oh gosh the building are just… Dreamy sigh.

    Building in Singapore are a sight to see. They may have the wow factor but it’s almost never a steal-your-heart factor. Doesn’t make you feel attached. I feel like it’s more of “here’s the latest money-maker! Go INSIDE, spend your money”.

    By the way, I emailed you back yesterday. And gave you my number. Maybe it’d be easier to text to arrange something, haha.

    • Juanita says:

      Man, I just re-read that and I have spelling/grammatical errors! Pardon me, I just woke up. I had to put this disclaimer because I pride myself on being an English teacher/tutor, lol.

    • Crystal says:

      It takes me a while to warm to Singapore’s architecture. I remember when I first saw MBS, my thought was Why are they putting a boat on top of those three skyscrapers?. Now I think it’s really gorgeous. I also love the Esplanade Theater (aka the Durians), the very Deco building, and many others.

      While I adore the brick and brownstone architecture in Boston (and I do), the issue is that the city doesn’t change much in terms of architecture. Yes, that can be very comforting, but it’s also occasionally stagnant. I remember when they build the new skyscraper at 110 Huntington (part of the Pru/Copley complex) and it has this odd spherical top that mostly just makes it look like an erect penis. So we dont’ have much in the way of new innovation.

  2. The flower looks like an orange hibiscus. We have a lot of that in Singapore and it’s the official flower of Malaysia if I’m not mistaken.

    Boston is one of my fave places in the world. You’re lucky to be able to call it home. Just beautiful.

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