Boston: Urban Buzz with Natural and Historic Charm
As I flew into Boston Logan International Airport, I could see kayaks, sailing boats and dinghies in the harbour below. Catching a taxi was a breeze, and after a 15-minute drive, I checked into my hotel in Copley Square. Boston is a beautiful, compact and exciting waterfront city, and with its gorgeous brownstone buildings and picture-perfect parks, this is truly a jewel in the crown.
Boston Harbor Islands National Park Area
During my stay, I took the opportunity to get out of the city by ferry and headed out to the Boston Harbor Islands National Park, which is made up of 34 islands and peninsulas. As the boat cut through the waters, I was glad for the summer breeze. Within 30 minutes, I was surrounded by nature. Two of the most popular islands to visit are Georges Island, which was used as a Confederate prisoner-of-war camp during the American Civil War; and Spectacle Island, which has some of the best views of the Boston skyline. Formerly the city dump, Spectacle Island, which used to look like a pair of glasses, has been transformed from an eyesore into something beautiful. You’d be short-sighted to miss a visit!
Faneuil Hall Marketplace
When I got back to the city, I made the very easy walk over to Faneuil Hall Marketplace, an indoor/outdoor shopping centre close to the waterfront. The marketplace is as alive today as it was in 1742. This iconic mixed-use venue includes a wide array of shops, restaurants, bars, world-renowned street performers and historic Faneuil Hall, also known as “The Cradle of Liberty.”
Taking a walk through Quincy Market, I salivated over the variety of food available. But since the weather was so warm, I opted for one of the many air-conditioned restaurants found in Faneuil Hall Marketplace. A very yummy prosciutto, rocket and fig pizza re-fuelled me for the rest of the day.
Shop Till You Drop at Assembly Row
During the afternoon, I made the short drive over the magnificent Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Memorial Bridge to the Outlets at Assembly Row. Although beautifully modern and sleek in design, the bridge is Boston’s equivalent to Tower Bridge in London, or the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. You’ll know the city when you see it. Once at the outdoor mall, I browsed the many shops offering bargains and picked up gifts to take back home. My favourite place, and a great photo spot, was the LEGOLAND Discovery Center, complete with a life-size LEGO giraffe.
Back in the city, I took a walk over to Kenmore Square, the gateway to Fenway Park, which is the home to the Boston Red Sox baseball team. Interestingly enough, the owner of the Boston Red Sox, John William Henry II, is also the owner of Liverpool Football Club. On the day I was there, the Liverpool players were back in town for a friendly rematch against AS Roma. The English fans donned their red football shirts and were everywhere.
As you can tell, with a wide variety of things to do and see, this multi-cultural and multi-dimensional city has plenty to offer everyone!