I spent a long mid-September weekend in Boston with the family. It had been over 20-years since I last visited this beautiful and historic city. The city has changed, but much is still the same. The three of us stayed in a historic waterfront hotel that was once the Boston Customs House.
We did the things tourists do; walked the Freedom Trail, visited the Boston Public Library, stopped by the Boston Opera House, strolled Boston Commons and spent hours walking and dining in the fabled North End.
Like Philadelphia, Boston has history around every corner. Its almost impossible to walk through the old town and not encounter a building, a street or monument commemorating the revolution, a historic moment in the nations early years or memorial dedicated to contributions of the founding fathers. If you’re into history as I am, its a wonderful and exciting place to visit.
And if you’re not into history, Boston is still a great place to spend some time. With entertainment choices ranging from shopping on Newbury Street in the Back Bay to visiting art galleries in the South End to going to the many museums or historical sites in the Downtown Waterfront, there is always something interesting to do. Boston has a great subway system that makes getting around a breeze. No matter where you are in the city you can always get back to your hotel or to dinner in minutes.
We especially enjoyed the walkable North End chock-a-block with interesting and wonderful restaurants. From little hole in the wall places to stop in for a drink to formal dining, many in beautifully restored historic buildings. We found little places that were creative and inventive in their interpretation of the traditional Boston seafood fare. Italian immigrants are the most recent group to call the North End home, so many restaurants focus on this regional cuisine. With the Atlantic’s bountiful seafood on the menu the only problem is planning where to have your next meal.
Like so many places we visit, Boston is one we can’t wait to return. There are a couple of museums, a bookstore or two, several of restaurants and a Sunday morning in Cambridge still on the list. And of course, there’s always one more lobster to enjoy.
All images were taken with Nikon D750 w/ Nikon AF 28-105mm f1:3.5-4.5D or Nikon 24mm f1:2.8 manual focus lens in RAW format processed in Adobe Lightroom 5.7.