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

May 18, 2015

New Campus, Boston Common & OMG My Poor Aching Feet

After I left the Poe statue I continued down Boylston Street and was surprised to stumble on Emerson's new campus.  I totally forgot that they moved to this part of town.  To me it seems very crowded and cramped compared to the brownstones and dorms on Beacon.  But at least the whole campus is one place, instead of being as spread out as it was in the 80s.



Of course I had to stop into the bookstore to pick up a couple of souvenirs.  In my day the bookstore was awful, and in the basement of 100 Beacon Street.  It was tiny and cramped and stuffy.  There was a nicer store that sold tshirts and stuff in the Student Union.  Now it's all in one Barnes & Noble and is very nice.

Turning the corner onto Tremont Street, I noticed this ancient cemetery in Boston Common.  If I knew this was there in the past, I totally forgot about it.  I really didn't remember ever seeing this before.  




Across the street from Boston Common is this awesome tilework on the Masonic Lodge.


Another statue in the Common on the Tremont Street side.

By this point I was really humping it to get back to the bus station....it was 12:40 and the bus was set to leave at 1:15.

Downtown Crossing again.

Uh-oh!  The British are coming! The British are coming!  



Wow what a great day!  The weather was perfect...not too hot at all but comfortable for this epic walking tour.  And that's what's so great about Boston, you can do the entire city in just a few short hours (if you skip museums and tours).  I made it back to South Station by 1:00 pm and home by 2:30. My feet were absolutely screaming when I got on the bus and my back kinda went out a little bit too...this was an ambitious first walking day trip of the year. This is a map of the area I visited with a poorly drawn red line to show where I walked.  Started on the right side, worked my way to the top, then over to the far left and back to the right.  No idea how many miles it was, but I'm guessing at least 4-5.












I hope you enjoyed my tour of Beantown!

22 comments:

  1. Pretty buildings. I love those old buildings. AND that cobblestone road. Love it, too!

    I wish my feet and back could keep up with what I want to do.

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    1. Thanks! Those cobblestones are murder on the feet though. The brick is OK though. Parts of Beacon Hill and Faneuil Hall are cobblestone.

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  2. This is a very pretty place and the place is very neat and clean too. From the map, it looks like you have covered a lot of places.

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    1. I was pretty amazed that I hit everything on my list of things to do, but for the Maparium tour and top of the Pru. That's fine...I'll do them next time!

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  3. Wow! What an amazing place. Lots to see and do.

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    1. Yes, Boston is pretty cool. The birth of our nation took place there!

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  4. That was a long walk JoJo. I was interested that there was a warning sign on the Masonic Lodge saying hollow sidewalk. What's that about do you know? I remember that gold domed building. They told us it had to be covered during WWII so the bombers wouldn't see it. No way the bombers could have got that far anyway.

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    1. Thank you! It was a very long walk, esp. since I did it in a little over 3 hours. I didn't even notice that sign about the hollow sidewalk till I got home and downloaded the photos. I don't know what it means....I should probably google it. I've never heard that our state house roof had to be covered during the war, I should google that too.

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  5. It was nice to see all the things in your pictures...

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    1. Thank you! It was a fun trip!

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  6. This was very fun.
    If you tickle those guys with the tall hats, will they laugh?

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    1. Thank you! LOL, not sure! They seemed more 'organized' than the 3 people dressed up in Colonial America clothes in my first post about the trip to Boston who were just hanging around chit chatting at the Tea Party Museum, meanwhile the British were mustering outside of Macy's. lol Now there's a sentence I never thought I'd say....

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  7. I had never been to Boston, but thanks to you, I have now! Love the old cemetery - cool pix!

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    1. Thank you! Oh we are thick with old cemeteries around here. I love going to them. I have a stone rubbing kit but I found out that it's illegal. :(

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  8. wow that was a crazy amount of walking! and so fun to see your tour of Boston - one of my favorite cities to visit

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    1. Thank you! Yes it was a crazy amount of walking for a first day trip, esp. hiking up and down Beacon Hill trying to find those cool alleys and such.

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  9. I've just written a Powerpoint on the Hanovers for some of my kids, including poor old George III losing America, and peeing purple because of the porphyria that caused his madness.

    Did you know that the film was called The Madness of King George because the American producers thought that the title of the play, The Madness of George III would confuse US audiences who would wonder what happened to the first two films!

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    1. I had no idea that King George had porphyria and went mad. Wow. And I am cracking up about the title of the movie being changed....it wouldn't surprise me one bit if Americans were like, 'Wow I don't remember one and two....there's a three now?' hahahaha

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    2. Nor did anyone else at the time so the Prince Regent used to take his friends to laugh at his mad father.

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    3. That's really sad actually. :(

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  10. Love the walk in through the graveyard, a great day trip, thanks for taking us with you!phyllis

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    1. Thank you! I'm now plotting my next day trip. Not sure where to go this time!

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