The city of Boston surpassed all my expectations during my two-day trip to this city this summer. Boston is one of the oldest cities of the United States, parts of it reflect the olden times with cobbled stone streets and old architectural buildings while the other part showcases lush green city full of young and intellectual people with such a vibrant outlook. With just so much to explore, we walked endlessly for two days which felt really short. Nevertheless I had such a great time with my friends in Boston.
My love for gardens took us to begin our adventure at the Boston Common and Public garden right next to each other in the heart of downtown. As soon as we parked our car, we walked out to the hustle and bustle of the cheerful little kids relishing the water fountains to beat the summer heat. We relaxed by the huge oak trees next to the lagoon while the tourists lined up to enjoy the swan boat ride. We then walked up to the bridge to catch a bird eye view of the lagoon and then made our way to the downtown area.
I was really excited to see the water front harbor in Boston. So we started making our way to the harbor exploring through streets of downtown. Strolling by the main shopping streets that was meant for just the pedestrians with restricted vehicle entry was such an appealing idea to me. I just love walking on streets with no cars and buses around. After shopping for a bit and keeping time in mind we then reached the Quincy market.
Quincy market is a little art and craft market that we crossed on our way to the harbor. The little unusual things such as the free chess tables and book shelves made me believe that Boston is indeed a city full of opportunities to learn and explore. The market was filled with all kinds of handmade jewelry, lamps and lanterns. We also spotted the freedom trail in the Quincy market which connects all the historical churches and museums in Boston. After wandering through the market and enjoying delicious gelato by the carousel, we finally stepped onto the Boston Harbor area.
The harbor was even more beautiful than what I imagined. The creepers making their way through the dome-shaped walkway by the waterfront was a sight I would like to go back in a blink of an eye. We walked all over the harbor spotting all the outdoor restaurants and bars with very lively atmosphere. We also visited the New England Holocaust Memorial dedicated to the Jews who were killed in the Holocaust. I have never seen something like that in my life and it melted my heart to read those heart wrenching notes from the Jewish families who encountered the death of their loved ones. We ended our day at an outdoor park with lovely music and relaxing ambiance.
A trip to Boston is incomplete without a visit to the Harvard University. Our second day in Boston was occupied for the visit to Cambridge neighborhood which is like a little college town in the city. The Harvard square full of book stores and hustle and bustle of the students reminded me of my school days. We basked under the sun for quite some time in the campus and then after spending some time in the Harvard square shopping for some souvenirs made our way to the airport to catch our flight back to the Midwest.
In all, Boston felt like an absolutely beautiful city to explore. With such a short time visit , I wished I had few more days to get more familiar with the pretty neighborhoods of Boston. Oh well there is always a next time 🙂