Tuesday, September 27th, 2016

Boston A to Z: 26 Perfect Photos

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It’s time to pay tribute to my beloved hometown: Boston, Massachusetts.

Since a picture can convey much more than words, here are my favorite 26 things of Boston, shown in photos, A-Z!

Architecture.  I.M. Pei knew what he was doing when he juxtaposed the Hancock Tower with Trinity Church!

Brunch cocktails.  Try a blood orange mimosa at Toro.

Christian Science Plaza. Turn the corner and your jaw will drop.  Where did this gargantuan building come from?  Has it always been there?

Ducklings. Make way for these adorable statues in the Public Garden!

Esplanade. Spend a hot summer day on the banks of the Charles River.

Fall Colors. The trees in the Fens explode with color by mid-September.  No other major city is as beautiful as Boston in the fall.

Gluttony. Indulge in Church’s “Toad in a Hole”: French toast covered with a poached egg, butter, whipped cream, bacon and syrup.

Hancock Tower. Boston’s most famous building is an optical illusion, disappearing into thin air!

Ice sculptures. Every New Year’s Eve and Day, you’ll discover these all over the city.

July 4th. Nobody puts on a better Independence Day celebration than Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops!

Kids. Who needs a water park when you have a fountain?

Louie.  He’s one of the city’s mascots, riding all day long, yelling for you to move out of the way!

Marathon Monday. Cheer on the runners as they make their final turn onto Boylston Street!

Newbury Street. This boutique-filled street is best on an afternoon during the week, when it’s just you and fellow Bostonians!

Oysters. For the best ones in town, make a trip to Neptune Oyster.

Public Garden. Part of Boston Common, the Public Garden is meticulously landscaped and perfectly set against the city.

Quiet. Escape the din of the city when you relax in the Fenway Gardens.

Riding the Swan Boats. This Public Garden tradition is as popular as ever, and still one of the cheapest rides in town.

Skyline at Sunset. Stroll the Harvard Bridge for the best views of Boston’s skyline.

Tequila.  The Cactus Club serves excellent frozen margaritas.  Look at that frost!

Urban Escapes. Spend an afternoon at the rooftop pool at the Colonnade.

Views.  South End brownstones are best seen from the top of the Colonnade Hotel.

Winter. Love it or hate it, the city looks beautiful after a fresh snowfall.

eXpression. Making art or protesting it, Bostonians always have an opinion

Yellow. Whether leaves on a tree or Smoots on the bridge, this color brightens up the city.

Zzzzzzs. Catch them in Post Office Square, where half the Financial District goes to catch rays during the summer!Boston A-Z

Comments

17 Responses to “Boston A to Z: 26 Perfect Photos”
  1. Katie says:

    I loved, loved, loved this post. I visited Boston in August 2009 and moved there for six months in January 2010 after I graduated from Texas Tech. I worked at a flower shop next to the Back Bay train station right by Copley Square. It’s one of my favorite places in the world. 🙂 I’d still be there if I hadn’t gotten a job back in Texas.

    Good luck on your travels! I just started reading your blog and I’m excited to read about your adventures. You’re giving me ideas for my RTW trip in January 2011.

  2. Laura Kinson says:

    Such a good representation of Boston, Kate!!
    I really appreciate the visuals, as I’ve found myself missing our lovely city while I spend some time in LA!
    Thanks!

  3. Now that’s a great photo blog. I always loved Boston, its trees, its brownstones, its simplicity. You really put that out there!

    I guess that’ll be your go-to post when you feel homesick 😉

  4. Emily S. says:

    What a great idea for a post! A-Z photos of your favorite things 🙂 The photos are beautiful, especially the one of the ducklings–and the tequila 🙂

  5. Amanda says:

    I love this A-Z idea in photos! I may have to steal it…

    Definitely makes me want to visit Boston!

  6. Rease says:

    Every time I meet someone from Boston they tell me they didn’t realize how much they loved it until they left it. These photos are great, I am dying to visit!

    • Deb Love says:

      So true, I left New England in 2008. Lived their my whole life, from Chelmsford to Nashua to Lexington to Worcester, and many places in between. I spent many a night/weekend rollerblading or biking through the streets and trails of Boston. Thanks Kate for the memory pics.. I’ve been to all of those places .. On how I miss them.

  7. Mary says:

    Excellent post. Boston remains one of my favorite places. I dreamed of going there for years, finally made the trip in 2009, and I’m glad to say it lived up to the hype. You’ve given me a lot of ideas about other places to see on a future trip. I really enjoyed the photos and the clever tour.

  8. I am going to tweet this to my followers later – cute post!

  9. This was a great post! I love seeing how other people see Boston 🙂

  10. Sara says:

    TOTALLY LOVE IT!!!

    YOU SHOULD MAKE A BOOK OF ABC’S LIKE THIS OR EVEN MAKE IT FOR KIDS BOOK TO LEARN THEIR ABCS RELATED TO BOSTON!!

    THUMBS UP!!

  11. This is awesome but… where are the Red Sox?

  12. Tony says:

    How the F have I never had that French toast before? Definitely a big miss during my years in Boston… But I gotta go with B&G Oysters over Nepture… their Oyster bar plus their lobster rolls kill me me every time.

    Great list and perfect time for me to read now that I’ve been gone 5 months… May is always one of the best months in Boston.

    • It’s crazy, huh? Believe it or not, I’ve never been to B&G. Need to get on that next time I go home!

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