25 October 2016

All things Boston beautiful

If there was a dictionary example for "long overdue", you'd probably find this post... between work, dissertation research and my own anxious head, Autumn has been a physical and mental busy-bee. Moreover, I wanted to do it justice.

In a nutshell, my heart now belongs to Boston. You know those places that just click? My hometown of Bath is one of them, Disneyworld Florida another (no apologies), while the Portobello Market and Cambodia Tree Temple are up there too! They are culturally and geographically far apart, but they are places I feel at home.

Yet, as of August 2016, Boston may have secured the top spot. Even the squirrels are feeling the love, as my macro shots at the end will show... So here is a glimpse into all things Boston beautiful, ft. skyscrapers, sailboats, public gardens and a message from Grandmother Willow...
      
    LOOKS LIKE A MILLION DUCKS     
The title will become clear in a couple of photos, but I had to open with this - the view from the Prudential Tower! The Skywalk Observatory is Boston's version of The Shard/Empire State, which gives a complete 360 of the City. You can see the Victorian architecture of Back Bay, the green expanse of The Public Gardens and the Modernist influence of the distinctive John Hancock Center (the glass skyscraper in the opening photo). 

If you ever visit Boston, make the Prudential Tower your first stop; it is the best way to get an overview of the City, along with its historical  context. Boston was built on a grid, so it is far 'tidier' than a City like London - I felt terrible for being so underwhelmed by the Shard, but the view was an eyesore in comparison to Boston! Nevehrtles, the Skywalk isn't the only way to see the City. Another must on any Boston bucket list is... 
...the Duck Tour! Trust me, this little dynamo will make Boston look a million bucks. You start off with a land tour of the City, seeing sights such as Copley Square's Public Library, the golden-domed State House and our friend from the Prudential - Mr John Hancock Centre (we were practically in a relationship by the end of the trip!) 

So you might have noticed I said land tour - this wasn't a simply a statement of the obvious. As the name suggests, the Duckmobile  has gone undercover as... a boat. Yes, it's quite literally a Duck to water; halfway through the tour, it dives into the Charles River and gives you this view to remember... 


     A WALK IN THE PARK     
From sky to 'sea', Boston has hit the tourism ball out the park. Yet when it comes to the park itself, only a stroll will do! Boston Public Garden, aka a tree-lover's paradise. The closest thing I could compare it to was Central Park in NYC; this leafy oasis among a sea of skyscrapers. You can pretty much capture this in a single photo... 


Fun fact, New England Squirrels are a far friendlier then British Squirrels... which is essentially a metaphor for the people, too! Throughout my time on the East Coast, which covered 4 states, the New Englanders were consistently warm, engaging, helpful and proud of their heritage. Their love for New England was infectious and helped us fall in love with it too...

...along with my furry friend Cedric, because squirrels are special too. Give me a woodland ramble and my heart is content, which practically makes me a Disney Princess.. or Luna Lovegood! You can choose; I'm not picky. Some girls may choose diamonds, but my happiness is found in the duckiest of times....


    Has Boston made your Bucket List?    
Discover more of my New England rambles here... 



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