Sunday, April 17, 2016

The City On A Hill

It's always nice to get away, especially when your destination is a fun place. Boston qualifies as one. It's a vibrant city with lots to do and a terrific transit system (the "T").

I rode up Friday; the trip took six hours. I spent Saturday enjoying activities in the city. I'm riding home today. The trip was a last-minute thing but I've learned how to quickly put together a motorcycle adventure. I even have a "go bag" ready so I can leave at a moment's notice.

My hotel was well-chosen. Despite being outside the city, it's right next to the beginning of the  T (Green Line) so I'm able to walk onto the train and take it everywhere. Unlimited rides are only $12 a day which avoids hassles and hefty parking fees.

Boston is the largest city in New England; it's almost 400 years old. European settlers arrived in 1630 looking for baked beans and baseball. The history of the place is palpable. On prior trips I did historical-site walks and looked at old buildings. This time, I focused on fine art.

My main goal was to visit the Museum of Fine Arts which has three exhibitions up I wanted to see. Two are on fashion and one is on photography, my favorite subjects. The exhibitions are terrific. I have so much to say (and show you) about them that I'll do a separate post tomorrow.

I didn't know the Boston Marathon is tomorrow which explains why the city is swarming with runners. In addition to the museum, I walked in Public Garden and sat on a bench made famous from a scene in "Good Will Hunting." I ate a tasty lunch of lobster bisque and lobster roll on the 52nd floor of Prudential Tower (Top of the Hub). I paid tribute to Fenway Park (where the Red Sox play) and milled around Faneuil Hall to observe tourists in their natural habitat. "Daddy! I dropped my ice cream!"

My favorite part of the city isn't downtown, however; it's Back Bay. Particularly Boylston Street which is full of nice stores and restaurants. Back in the 1980's when I lived in Boston, I once walked down Boylston Street with a clueless acquaintance from school. We went past a popular gay bar named "Buddies" and, on a Saturday night, it had a long line of men outside waiting to get in. My friend turned to me and said, "That's so sad! None of these guys could get a date."

For a last-minute trip, I had a great time. Here are some pics...


  1. LOVE your photos!!!! So glad you had/are having a good weekend in Boston.

  2. Ha! That is too funny about the gay bar.

    They will have great weather for the marathon.

    I did one of those historical walking tours and loved it, although if you quizzed me on it I wouldn't remember a thing.

    Glad you had a great trip. You chose the perfect weekend for the weather.


  3. It seems you had a great weekend! And some great photos to prove it, too.

  4. Great photos! Looking forward to more.

    Is it just me, or does that lion have a man's face??

    1. Yup! It was outside The Capital Grille where I ate a fabulous dinner.

  5. looks like you had a great day. How did you liek the runners by the way?
    you look very happy there and it makes me feel happy for you!
    Yay for last minute trips!

  6. Looking forward to the MoFA post. Wondering what fashions were showcased... There's a menswear show out here at LACMA that I MUST see! They have a real zoot suit from the 40s!

    1. Tune in tomorrow! It was about fashion being changed by technology. Innovative and fascinating.

  7. LOL Your friend sounds hysterical :) Awww, love all of these photos. You look so incredibly relaxed, and well, in travel mode.

    Last minute trips are the best kind of trips. fa

  8. Last minute trips rock! After a fairly lengthy stretch of poor health, things perked up for me on that front last week and to help shake off the cabin fever that had amassed and give ourselves a much needed spot of R&R, Tony and I zipped off for a "homemade long weekend", returning indeed well rested, on Sunday evening (blog posts on our quick jaunt to follow in the near future, natch :)).

    ♥ Jessica

  9. I am catching up with your posts but cannot comment on everything. Very funny "they couldn't get a date".
    I think I would like Boston as I like old European cities. So if I ever come to the States, I might visit Boston.