Red Brick City
Trip Start Sep 05, 2010
92Trip End Dec 06, 2010
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The old parts of Boston look exactly how I imagined them. I wandered around Beacon Hill, walking past where Louisa May Alcott used to live. The streets are paved with red brick and made lumpy by the roots of trees that line them. Some narrow streets are still paved with cobblestones. I felt like I was walking around the Boston described by Rose Red in "What Katy Did Next"
The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is like nothing else. The only place I have ever been that comes close is the John Soane museum in London. It is made up of a collection put together for Mrs Garder who, after her husband's death, built the house that contains them. I say house, Renaissance palace is closer the mark. It is like nothing I have ever seen before. Because of it's eclectic mix of different artefacts, collected from all over the world, it is like visiting all of Europe, China and Japan rolled into one.
There are paintings by Degas, Botticelli, Rembrandt, Raphael and Sargent. Upon entering you walk into a cloister which surrounds a beautiful courtyard, green with ferns and filled with statues. I felt like even if I spend every day there for a month I would still find something new the next time I went. The museum was also the subject of America's largest art heist when in 1990 three hundred million dollars worth of paintings were stolen from there. Empty frames hang in the places of the missing paintings as Gardner's will does not allow the pieces to be rearranged from how she originally placed them.
Unfortunately I no photography was allowed in the museum so I cannot show you photos. The website has a few pictures though: http://www.gardnermuseum.org/
Dinner was a rather nice burger and a glass of coke in true American style. It was nice to have dinner with my dad and sister, I'm really looking forward to my week in Maine.