After I was sufficiently out of breath from hiking up and down Beacon Hill looking for those little courtyards, I walked down to Charles Street which has most of the shopping for Beacon Hill residents. I always loved browsing the shops when I was in college even though I couldn't afford to buy anything. Most of the stores I remember are gone now of course.
The Paramount restaurant has been in this location since the 30s and we always ate here. The prices were reasonable and the food was amazing, and judging by how packed it was at 10:30 AM on a Wednesday, nothing has changed. This is the restaurant that gave birth to John Belushi's famous routine, 'Cheeburger! No Coke! Pepsi!' The owners/cooks really did talk like that.
Rounding the corner from Charles Street to Beacon Street, I of course had to take pics of Cheers,which is really the Bull & Finch, and apart from it being below street level like the TV show, that's pretty much where the similarities end. I've been in Cheers a couple of times and it looks nothing like the bar on the show. It's way smaller.
Liked the running shoes but I'm not sure if those are real or fake flowers.
This is the old Emerson College student union. I really didn't spend much time there at all, but they did have a fairly decent cafe' which served sandwiches. So if you lived at this end of campus and didn't have time to get down to the dining hall at the other end (9 fairly long blocks away), you could grab a sandwich here.
This was my junior year dorm, at 100 Beacon, in 1984/85. The first 5 floors were administration, then 6-9 were the residence floors, and 10 was administration. Now they are all very high priced condos.
My room was on the 6th floor, middle two windows.
The black iron fence wasn't there in the 80s when Emerson owned these properties and this was known as 'The Wall' where everyone hung out & sat between classes.
130 Beacon Street where most of the classrooms were located, as well as AM radio station WECB, FM station WERS and the TV studios were housed in the basement. Spent a lot of time in this building! I had a radio shift at WECB and I was a TV major.
Another shot of 130 Beacon.
This was my senior year dorm, 132/34 Beacon. My room was on the top floor but in the back, facing the Charles River. The tiny elevator (that always broke down) stopped on the 4th floor and I had to walk up one flight to the 5th. Half the time it was faster to just walk the whole way. 132 was the right side, the part that sticks out, and was very narrow. 134 is the flat part to the left.
But now they are also condos and just known as 134. Spent a lot of time sitting on those steps with my friends.
Here I am with my friends Ellen, Rochelle, [me] and Eileen, fall of 1985 on those steps.
Kept on walking past campus, into Back Bay. Had to get this shot of the Hancock Building from Dartmouth Street.
Then decided to continue heading west but on Marlborough Street because it's soooo beautiful with the trees and flowers and stuff. Back Bay is wicked nice.
So much interesting architecture.
Back on Beacon Street...so many pretty flowers!