Trip Start Jun 19, 2008
1Trip End Jun 22, 2008
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Boston is a wonderful city to visit, full of history, yet modern. The historic is intermingled with the modern for striking contrasts, yet it all seems to work together to create a city that is so easy to get to know and enjoy, without the constant noise and rush of New York City, nor the sprawl of Los Angeles.
One nice thing about going with Keith on business trips is staying in nice hotels and being met at the airport by a driver. He delivered us to the Westin at Copley Place, right across the street from the Boston Public Library and an easy walk to the Public Garden and Boston Common. This was a part of the city which I hadn't been to before and I was looking forward to exploring it while Keith was in the seminars he had to attend. We had dinner at Legal Seafoods, a Boston icon. This particular one was in the mall adjacent to the hotel. We sat by a window and had a lovely view.
Friday, while Keith was busy, I went exploring and did a little shopping. Next to the hotel is Copley Square and the home of the historical Trinity Church and the John Hancock Tower, the tallest building in Boston and New England. Here, the old and new co-exist
One thing that always impressed me about Boston was how clean it is. On previous visits, the lack of litter on the streets was impressive. This time, I was less impressed. As I walked down the street, I noticed litter everywhere -- in the street, on the sidewalk and even in the bushes. There were white rectangular pieces of paper everywhere. I was starting to be a bit disappointed of the state of things when I remembered that on that very street and in that very Square the previous morning, there had been a victory parade for the Celtics. The paper was confetti and by Saturday afternoon, few traces remained.
When Keith was through for the day, we took a walk down to the Public Garden and into a bit of Boston Common.
Saturday, after Keith was done with the seminars at noon, we decided to take the Subway to The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in The Fen area of Boston. It happens to be next door to Simmons College, where Keith's mom went to college way back in the early 1940s. The audio tour in the museum was interesting. In 1990, 13 paintings (one of them a Rembrandt) were stolen and to this day there is a $5 million reward for information. After the museum, we decided to walk a bit around The Fen and came across an area of individual gardens. They were about 10'x10', all fenced with locked gates; some well tended and others overgrown. We asked one woman working in hers about them and learned they started out as Victory Gardens during the war. Now, for $30 a year, any Boston resident can rent one and have their own garden to grow whatever they please. Some had gazebos and brick paths, others were just masses of flowers.
I hope all of you get a chance to someday visit Boston and experience it for yourselves.
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