Visit Boston: from the cobbled streets of North End, to the skyscraper jungle of the financial district
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Many of the events which kick-started the American revolution occurred in Boston so I knew that the city was steeped in history and culture (note the subtle tea party reference).
I was excited to learn about a topic which I knew relatively little about but, after leaving the endless museums of Washington DC, I worried that I was overdoing it on the American history lessons. Luckily, Boston knows how to keep its visitors entertained.
The fresh sea breeze which flows through the city immediately sets Boston apart from other North American cities, many of which are heavy with urban heat in the summer. Wandering along the
The city itself is a mosaic of cultures, echoed in the architecture which changes as you walk. From the cobbled streets of North
This marketplace is always bustling with tourists, eager to try their first lobster roll or bowl of clam chowder. While the stalls can be a bit pricey, the competition ensures that pretty much anything you try here will be delicious.
You can find more than just seafood at Quincy hall - from adorable
Make sure to check out the happy-hour deals at the different restaurants encompassing this market hall, offering outdoor seating on Boston’s beautiful summer days. Opposite Quincy Market is Faneuil Hall which, although closed at the moment, is definitely worth a visit.
Located in the Back Bay area, this Square is surrounded by the beautiful Boston Public Library, Newbury and Boylston Streets (famous for their designer shops), the magnificent Trinity Church and the enormous John Hancock Tower. It is
Boston Common and the Public Garden
Wander around Boston’s North End for a true taste of Italy. There are countless cafes and restaurants so pop in for lunch, dinner, or even for a cheeky afternoon wine.
Make sure to pop into Mike’s Pastry and try one of their many
On previous whale-watching trips with my family, the experience often resulted in nothing more than a brief, and distant,
My expectations were, therefore, pretty low but I was excited by the prospect of even a distant sighting. To say that my expectations were surpassed would be an
As we reached the sanctuary, the boat slowed and all of the passengers began to scan the waters around us. I heard a voice from above – our guide – who announced that there was a group of whales at our three o’clock. My heart began to race. As I looked out, I saw aqua bubbles simmering at the surface. Soon a group of dark whales burst out from the ocean, mouths wide open and pink throats revealed. The crowd of tourists collectively oohed and aahed at the majesty of these elegant animals, and this was quickly followed by the rush of cameras clicking.
Over the next couple of
The Freedom Trail
There is an easy way to make sure you do not miss any important historical sites – simply follow the freedom trail, a continuous red brick line which you can follow around the city to various spots. As Dorothy famously said, follow the (red) brick road.
You can do this trail by yourself or you can take a tour. I went with The Freedom Trail Foundation who take you on a number of the freedom trail stops. The guides dress as patriots or loyalists, leading you around the city on hilarious (and informative) journeys. The guides provide little details about the stops, going beyond the basic information on the plaques.
Cross the river to see, literally, a different side to the city. Take a stroll through Harvard’s buildings or take a tour led by some of the students themselves. These are just some of the many incredible spots in Boston. Make sure to add this incredible coastal city to your travel bucket list!