I disappeared for more than a month because I was busy planning my move to Boston. I apologize for not posting and letting your imagination run amok regarding my virtual whereabouts. I am going to school again and MIT happened to be that school! Hence the escape to Boston.
My first impression of Boston was that the city looked more British than American. There were more red brick houses than the skyscrapers. In addition to that MIT & Harvard University are located in Cambridge. Does the word ‘Cambridge’ sound familiar?
Cambridge is on the North side of the Charles River, whereas Boston in on the South side. People commonly mistake MIT/Harvard to be located in Boston, but they are located in Cambridge.
I am temporarily staying in Back Bay, which is one of the most expensive neighbourhoods of Boston. All the economical places were booked due to commencement at Harvard. Hence had to take a refuge in the oldest locality.
Back Bay is famous for its rows of Victorian Brownstone homes. The Old South Church in Back Bay dates back to 1669.
The Church proudly displays the statement, ‘Our Church members have sailed on the Mayflower, taken the midnight ride with Paul Revere, dumped tea into the harbor and signed the declaration of Independence. We’ve got history.’
How can I be in the most historic place in Boston and not take pictures? After having my breakfast on a early Saturday morning, I took my camera, got lost around the neighbourhood and clicked away pictures for almost two hours.
On my self-inflicted walking tour, I discovered Newbury street, Old South Church, Trinity Church, a walkway to the Boston Public Garden, a Candy Store and the prettiest flowers around Boston.
This post is dedicated to a good friend of mine, who lived in Boston while doing PhD at Brown University. Over the past two months she patiently guided me how to handle affairs in Boston. Thank you to her!
Enjoy the pics!
Commonwealth Avenue, Back Bay, Boston
Massachusetts Avenue, Back Bay
I am mesmerized whenever I look at these flowers. They are called as Rhododendron.
Sugar Heaven on Boylston St.
I asked the helper at the store, ‘How many types of candy are in this store?’. She replied there are close to 1500 varieties!
Candy, candy candy! Calories, calories, calories! The cynical me! I bought milk-chocolate covered pretzels at this store.
The Old South Church. It was moved to Boylston St in 1875.
Old & new. Trinity Church. The Church was constructed in 1877. What are those pretty violet flowers?
Alliums in close-up.
The hare and the tortoise and a beautiful fountain at Trinity Church. I made a memory by sitting on the steps by the fountain and eating the candy I bought at Sugar Heaven.
Newbury Street. Boston’s enchanting street which has saloons, boutiques and restaurants.
The restaurants, boutiques and saloons on Newbury Street.
Samuel Eliot Morison and his trusted cute little sailors.