On The Road: Boston

TaMara here again, day 2 of guest posting for Alain. Here are some photos from my annual trek to my favorite city, evah!

One of my favorite places to sit and relax. Long’s Wharf


It is just down from the grass embankment that leads to the Christopher Columbus Parkway, A beautiful vine-covered walkway, with a carousel and fountain in the green space just steps away from The North End.

I go to Boston every year or so. My last trip was to do some research for the novel I’m writing. So I explored some places I don’t usually have on my agenda. SoWa is the art district, filled with art studios, showrooms and lots of trendy restaurants.

We watched this artist make a similar piece in his studio. It was fascinating.

I could have spent a week in this vintage market in SoWa.

I did pick up these cute earrings for a couple of bucks.

The Old State House is the oldest surviving public building in Boston and it also has a surprise downstairs. An MBTA stop.

The best way to get around town. Taking the T.  Though sometimes we take the ferry to get to and from Boston. Makes for some pretty views:


Okay, that’s it for me. Alain will be back later this week.

Open thread

25 replies
  1. 1
    rikyrah says:

    Great pictures 😊😊

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    Eric Schneider says:

    I miss when I used to commute into Boston by ferry. Now it’s by train. Still…nice town. :)

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    Pete Downunder says:

    UK Supreme Court rules 11-0 that Boris’s prorogation was unlawful. Court was very harsh on old Boris.

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    Bostonian says:

    A “parkway” is a type of road with trees, especially prevalent in the southwest corner of Boston, e.g Fellsway, Riverway Jamaicaway, Arborway, Enneking, VFW…

    This is a footpath through a park (Christopher Columbus Waterfront Park), not a parkway. The nearest “Christopher Columbus Parkway” to Boston is in Buffalo NY.

    Glad you enjoyed your visit to Boston. If you like classical music, there are frequent free concerts and recitals at Jordan Hall.


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    @Pete Downunder: Tony Jay’s downstairs discussing that. Nice pics of Boston, not been there in 35 years.

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    satby says:

    I love Boston! Thanks for reminding me how much TaMara!

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    Spent almost a week in Boston decades ago at a tech conference. Had a free day, and walked (winter, some snow on the ground) all the way from downtown hotel to the docked ship The Constitution. Other than that fond memory, I remember wondering if I would arrive alive, both on way in taxi from airport to hotel, then back again a week later. Drivers in Boston worst I have ever seen, here in the states or in Europe when we lived and drove there for a year.

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    Ramalama says:

    @Eric Schneider: I used to commute by ferry too…to /from hingham. Best part of my day, the ferry ride home … During summertime. Not quite so fun around hurricane season.

    What about you? Nantasket?

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    Ramalama says:

    Also TaMara, it might be grammatically correct … long’s wharf but everyone calls it Long wharf. If you’re going to include it in a novel, you might want to know that.

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    Aleta says:

    These are beautiful. Thanks.

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    Bostonian says:

    @HeartlandLiberal: I lived (and drove) in Latin America for about a decade. I was the only one of my colleagues who wasn’t the least bit fazed by drivers down there.

    Boston driving is a great training ground. Only two rules to remember:
    -Blinkers are a sign of weakness
    -The right of way is not given, it is taken

    Around here we tell jokes about the midwesterners who go around a rotary five times because they’re waiting politely for someone to let them out.

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    vertalio says:

    Been here thirty-five years; glad you like it, TaMara. Me too!
    If you like the drivers, HL, you should try bicycling here; very very exciting.
    The potholes are to die for.

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    WaterGirl says:

    I miss Boston. Thanks for so many great photos.

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    funlady75 says:

    I love the theater district & Chinatown……Best hospitals in the world….great restaurants….I live 50 miles south but don’t drive there too often because the traffic is such a mess……Great pics!

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    Inspectrix says:

    I’m on one of those orange trains right now. We are getting a batch of new train cars and so far I’ve been lucky to ride one. Thanks for the photos! It’s nice to see the city from a visitor’s perspective. I always wonder how tourists find that train station!

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    JPL says:

    @Bostonian: haha That is so true.

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    Gin & Tonic says:

    @Bostonian: Having lived and driven (and cycled) in both NYC and Boston, the difference can be summed up that NYC drivers are very aggressive but predictable. Boston drivers are very aggressive and completely unpredictable.

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    the Conster says:

    I work across the street from Long Wharf, at the foot of the Custom House Tower. If I had tuned in earlier we could have grabbed a burgah or something.

    Beautiful pics. Lived and worked here most of my life, and am still finding little tucked away places. I put my tourist hat once a year or so and meander down streets I wouldn’t otherwise.

    We’ve had a wonderful stretch of weather, which just makes the hahbah shine.

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    You guys are so funny.

    I visit Boston every year because I used to live there and have friends and family I visit. Also, I cut my teeth on driving in town and it has served me well. LOL Road signs? We don’t need no road signs! There is no merge, you just take that small opening and everyone best move! It scares me how quickly I can pick that rythmn back up when I’m out there.

    And funny story – I had no idea what that greenway next to Long Wharf was called – I mean YEARS, until I started writing about that area and had to go look it up. My North End relatives are probably rolling in their graves.

    ETA: This all makes me miss efg. Also, Yazstremski is a god, and even when they have a season like this one, the Red Sox own my heart.

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    @Bostonian: Long’s Wharf is a bad habit my friends tease me about, I just can’t seem to say it without the s.

    Also parkway was just a typo. ;-) It was supposed to be park walkway.

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    Gemina13 says:

    Thanks for the gorgeous pics. I had to go to Boston for training this April, and I wish I’d been there longer. What a great place.

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    Ramalama says:


    Boston driving is a great training ground. Only two rules to remember:
    -Blinkers are a sign of weakness
    -The right of way is not given, it is taken

    You forgot:
    – Baseball bat in the back or trunk

    I used to work across the street from the BPL on Boylston, where parking is hard to find. Baseball bats attached to men getting out of their cars…were not.

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    Bostonian says:

    @Ramalama: Wait, there’s somewhere people don’tkeep a baseball bat in their cars?

    Yes, pluralization is tricky in Boston. For example, I live by the Arbs (ahbs). Which is actually only one Arb (Arboretum). There’s things that ought to have an s but don’t, and things that don’t have an s, but gain one. No net loss or gain, just like the r (just ask Mahk when he gets back from Aruber.

    One of the most charming things about Boston is how people give directions based on landmarks that don’t exist anymore: “Just bang a youie where Fontaine’s usta be”.

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    karen marie says:

    If you’re in Boston and you don’t walk through the Boston Victory Gardens in the West Fenway, you’re doing it wrong! I had three adjacent 15×30 plots there for over ten years. I never should have left.

    It’s an easy stroll from the Museum of Fine Arts – just across the Muddy River and to your right as you’re coming from the museum.

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    Inspectrix says:

    I live wicked close to the Arbs, too. We might be neighbahs.

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