Americas, North, Travel

Bumming Around in Boston

Boston is the capital city of Massachusetts and is a thriving maze of history and learning. Art galleries and universities rub shoulders with each other, whilst colleges and museums jostle for attention. The city is soaked in cultural history and it is easy to understand why Boston is such a popular city for residents and for visitors. Residents sit and relax in the humble city which continues to expand and grow, in interest and knowledge (as its seen the intellectual capital of the USA), whilst students flock to the city that homes Harvard, the most prestigious and sought out university in the world, bringing fresh energy and new ideas.

You might have heard of Boston because of the Boston Symphony Orchestra (if you know about orchestra’s) or from the Boston Red Sox (who won the World Series) or the Patriots (four time world champions- holllaaaa) either way, Boston is a heard of destination that attracts many. Whilst learning to snowboard in Vermont, my school trip and I popped into Boston for the day to see what all of the fuss was about.

Boston

Red brick buildings oozed charm as we passed Boston’s Public Library and Old State House, we soon found ourselves accidentally following history through “The Freedom Trail“, a 4 km walking tour of 16 historic sights that connect influential aspects of Boston’s political and social history. It offers a quick scope into the people’s history.

We spent some time viewing the dynamic skyline that Boston has to offer at the Boston Harbour Walk and found ourselves at the New England Aquarium, which is home to an abundance of marine life, in particular- turtles, as here the aquarium focuses on the rehabilitation of these precious animals.

Wandering out in search of a bargain, we found ourselves at Newbury Street, a popular posh boulevard that houses high end boutiques and fancy galleries which were interesting to people watch, rather then shop, (we were students hello!) An area more our price range and authentic, where men serve warm large pretzels on the street corners and people rush past in a hurry is: Downtown Crossing. Here, large department stores and tourist shops sell Boston hoodies and the beeping of traffic accentuates the ambience of  real life in Boston City.

Boston Sweaters

Unfortunately our time was limited in Boston, but there are many other great sights to see and things to do, whilst in the city. Make sure you check out; The Museum of Fine Arts for their outstanding collection of Monet paintings (outside of Paris), the Harvard Art Museum, the MIT Museum– which highlights ideas and innovation in all things scientific and technological, as well as catching a game at the popular and praised Fenway Park with the Boston Red Sox.