Mt. Rainier and Lenticular Clouds - Dec. 2008 copyright: JMM

May 8, 2015

First Day Trip of the Year!

I have desperately.....desperately...needed to get out of town.  I chose Boston for my first day trip because I wanted to see the Public Gardens in full bloom, plus once it gets hot and humid, traipsing around the city is no fun at all.  

I took the 7:55 AM bus from Sagamore.  Here it comes!  It costs $33 round trip, but it's so worth it to have someone else do the driving.  Plus it can use the HOV lane and bypass the bumper to bumper commuter traffic.  I don't know how people do that every day.  You see the electronic signs that show how far/how long it is to the next major highway and I'm sorry but '5 miles/40 minutes' is just insane.

You can see how empty the HOV lane is compared to the traffic on 93 to the right.

The iconic 'Chinaman' tank in Dorchester.  I know that's not very 'PC' to refer to it that way but everyone in the region calls it The Chinaman.  It was painted by Corita in the 70s and the blue looks like a Chinese man with a long beard (he's facing left)

After I got off the bus at South Station, I first headed towards the Children's Museum so I could shoot the big milk bottle.  I think this is some kind of complex string art.  I don't know how they got it hung without tangling. 

Crossing over the water and looking at Atlantic Wharf.

Didn't even know there was a Tea Party museum over there.

Now I can check this one off the local bucket list.

Back over the bridge.

Saw some Patriots at the Tea Party Museum.

I love this mural.

South Station.

Then I walked through Downtown Crossing on my way to explore Beacon Hill, which was my old stomping ground at Emerson.  This orange sign is really faded now but it's been there since the 70s. It's one of the last remaining signs in this area, that I remember from when I lived there 30 years ago. I cannot believe it's been that long.

Now I am up on Beacon Hill and let me tell you, I could spend hours and hours exploring and shooting every nook and cranny up there.  It's sooooo picturesque.

Tons of these little 'hobbit doors' as I call them, that lead to basement apartments.

Love the brick work and architecture so much.

Louisburg Square is one of the most expensive places in the USA to live.

It's gorgeous.  I'm not sure I would want to live's a little too cramped for my liking but I'm sure those buildings have spacious rooms.  Parking can't be very easy, although it is for residents only.

This is the other side of the square on Pinckney Street.

Looking up the hill on Pinckney Street.  The trees were amazing with all the white blossoms.

There are tons of these courtyards with lamp posts and that's what I love the best about Beacon Hill.

Two such court yards always stuck in my head from my Emerson days.  This is Primus Avenue. I always loved the gate, although back in the day it was usually open but it was locked now.

This is my absolute favourite one on the hill: Champney Place.  I was sooooo happy to see that it hadn't changed one bit since I last saw it in the mid-80s.

I don't know what this used to be but it's so unusual and somewhat out of place for an alley but someone has kept up with the white paint.

Stay tuned for more!


  1. I even chucked the tea overboard when I was in Boston although I announced I was British and they decided I was a spy. Also drank some of their sun tea. Nice town, not spent much time there. Loved your pictures as usual.

    1. Thank you! I was on an impossibly tight schedule so I was unable to do any of the museums. My bus was about 15-20 minutes late b/c of traffic, so I was already behind by the time I used the washroom and headed out.

  2. Never been to Boston but I do realize that it is an old city, rich with history and historic sites and buildings. Can imagine that the photo ops there are just about endless. Almost everywhere you turn would be worthy of a picture.
    Wonderful array of photos. :)

    1. Thanks! I totally didn't appreciate my surroundings when I was going to they say, youth is wasted on the young! I did like walking around though b/c the area was so pretty. Plus growing up here, at least for me who wasn't that interested in history, it was like, 'Pilgrims, Revolutionary War, yawn'. Now however I think it's pretty darn cool to grow up where our country was born.

  3. It's been about 30 years since I've been to Boston so it was nice to see these photos. I'd love to return one day as I have good memories of my visits there. I looked long and hard but didn't see the China man on the tank. Maybe I just lack imagination this morning. I think I need to go back to bed and sleep some more.

    Arlee Bird
    A to Z Challenge Co-host
    Tossing It Out

    1. Thanks! If I had a better shot of it you could definitely see the profile. Well I hope you enjoy the next series of posts cause I walked about 5-6 miles and shot nearly 200 pictures.