As I stumbled upon these old photos from my waning I-pod, I couldn’t help but feel nostalgic. There were literally thousands of stunningly memorable images worth reminiscing — from my graduation and my first job, to my US internship and those rewarding travels after a hard days’ work. One of those rewarding travels was my first trip to Boston with my friends. Not only that it was my first time to visit the city but it was also my first time to go out of town after being in the woods for months! So I decided to share this unforgettable experience with you all as I take a walk down memory lane.
With a distance of about 60-70 miles, Boston is the nearest tourist destination from New Hampshire where we lived. Our colleagues from Omni Mount Washington Resort recommended Boston, too, as this famous New England city has a lot to offer. Being one of the oldest city in the United States, it’s no surprise that Boston has a lot of historic sites and museums for tourists to visit, also popular parks and marketplaces for a shopaholic like my friends! Plus, most of it are easy to reach — you can take a walking tour or just stroll by yourself like we did! And their subway is also very convenient you will not get lost!
Adios, NH! Ola, Boston!
It was December 2014 when I first traveled outside New Hampshire with my friends. Thanks to our generous Supervisors for letting us all take leaves at the same days! We were all beyond ecstatic as we were finally off to seeing a city after being stuck in the woods for awhile. We started our plans with where to stay. I was lucky that my college friend, Ely, was doing her internship in Hampton Inn, Natick which was 30 minutes by train to South Station in Atlantic Avenue (where we planned to start our walking tour). She was able to book us a room for four under a “friends/family rate” so that saved us a lot of money! 🙂 As per the transportation from NH to Boston, we took the 6:45 scheduled Concord Bus from Littleton to the South Station for around $32 per person I think.
Misfits and Misadventures Upon Arrival
We arrived at the Boston South Station 3 hours later and went straight to Natick to check-in in Hampton Inn (what?). If I remember it correctly, you just have to cross the street to get to the MBTA or Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority and carefully check the line where you’re going and its schedule. We did just the same and dropped by the West Natick Station which took us approx. 30 minutes.
As what Ely told me, Hampton Inn was walking distance away from the station. So, we walked around the area for an hour or two but did not find the hotel. Later did we realize, after asking some locals, that we missed the right stop which was Framingham and that we were a bit far from Hampton Inn Natick. 😦
It could have been easy if I understood Ely’s instructions clearly and if one of us was smart enough to reload his phone before travelling so we could have called her in advance. But even after refilling Moises’s phone in an attempt to call Ely, I found out I saved the wrong number! How stupid I could be? Could this situation get any worst? We tried to get a hold of the hotel instead. Luckily, the concierge was very helpful to book a taxi that will pick us up and bring us to the hotel. I forgot his name but he really went beyond his duty.
How we enjoyed our 1-day in Boston?
After our first day hiatus, we agreed to leave the hotel early so we can make the most out our Boston Trip. This would be officially our first and last day exploring Boston as we were going home the next day. This time, we were joined by Tanja, Jannie’s and Claudene’s high school friend, who happened to be a housemate of Ely. What a small world! Anyway, with only one day to explore Boston, you might wonder how we enjoyed it? Well, welcome aboard as we will walk (literally) through the city of Boston.
Like I’ve mentioned, you can visit one touristy place to another just by walking. The city has a lot of walking tours arranged by experts from different tour guide company/groups if you’d like to join. From the Freedom Trail where you’ll walk through the Boston’s historic sites to Cambridge Tour where you’ll see the World’s famous University — Harvard. But if you’ll just get yourself a map, you’ll do just fine. I don’t know why I said that when honestly I was just tagging along with my friends. HAHA! So we started our own walking tour from South Station at Atlantic Avenue towards Faneuil Hall for food trips and shopping. And you’ll see where our feet led us along the way!
The stunning architecture of the buildings made me felt like I was in Europe! If only I can take a photo of all of ’em! But Moises and Claudene were already scolding me and Jannie for being so slow as we stopped in every corner for pictures. Didn’t you guys see what we saw? But surely the next one was worth stopping by.
Norman B Leventhal Park
Just a stone’s throw away from the South Station via Atlantic Avenue and Congress Avenue, you’ll find this little green oasis hidden along the Boston’s Financial District — the Norman B Leventhal Park. Good thing Jannie and I stopped by to admire this park while the rest of the gang continued walking. This park is perfect for romantic dates and family Sunday bonding!
Faneuil Hall Market Place
With only less than an hour, we made it to the historic Faneuil Hall! A unique old market place with over 50 shops — shopaholics will go drooling! From clothing and souvenirs to gadgets and footwear, you name it, Faneuil Hall has it all! If you visit this place for food trips, I heard the Quincy Market has tons of food choices in different cuisines that it’s overwhelming. But our lunch plans changed so we didn’t get to try the food. 😦 We were satisfied by what we purchased though 🙂 (I bought magnets to add to my collections!)
This capital of Massachusetts is surrounded by water, and Faneuil Hall is just few steps away from the waterfront. So when we visited Boston during the winter, the breezy air from the sea plus the negative degree-weather made us freezing cold! Those were the reasons behind our chopped lips, rosy cheeks and teary eyes in the pictures, if you noticed. Tips: Don’t forget to wear thermal clothes if you visit during the winter. Without them, even we were wearing sweaters+jackets+wool coat+scarves, we were still dying inside.
Christmas season made Boston even prettier, though.
Boston Public Library and Trinity Church at Copley Square
With its stunning Renaissance-style architecture and massive book selection, Boston Public Library is known as the first free public library in America. I’ve never seen this kind of place ever! Those bookworms will find it so heavenly! Oh, I just loved it!
If you’re visiting only for art and not for books, like us, you’ll love to see the spectacular architecture and murals around the building.
When you walk through Copley Square, it’s like hitting two birds in one stone. Just across the Boston Public Library is another state-of-the-art building in Boston — the Trinity Church. Unfortunately, it was closed the time we visited. But just looking at the exterior, no wonder this breathtaking masterpiece was among the Top 10 Buildings of America.
From Copley Square, a 5 minute walk will lead you to Prudential Tower, the second tallest Building in Boston. The highest observation deck in New England, The Skywalk, is also situated in this tower. If that will not interest you, how about a lunch or dinner with a view of Boston’s skyline? Located at the top of Prudential Tower is the Top of the Hub, a restaurant known for its world-class cuisines, stellar service and breathtaking 360 degree view of Boston.
Nope, we did not dine in there because it was extremely pricey for us except for our friend Moises. We were just lucky that we had a glimpse of the restaurant when Moises checked his reservation. He was one fortunate guy who could afford to book a table for himself and was granted a seat by the window (I know, right?). Well, he thought the experience was really worth it and he did not have any regrets. I’ll definitely try it someday with Avinash! 🙂
Well, that short walking tour around Boston was lovely! But we did not walk any longer to see the infamous Harvard University as it was about 3 miles away from the heart of Boston and we were running out of time. We went through the red line subway instead that took us about 30 minutes to get to Cambridge. I guess, I don’t need any introduction for Harvard University as you all already know how prestigious this University is .
That was it, loves! Just browsing through these images, you could say we made the most out of our one day in Boston. Although I still wish we spent more days so we could have visited some museums, we still had so much fun exploring Boston. I couldn’t stop talking about this trip the moment we got home. The city was also as charming as its people that watching them amazed me! I’m gonna say it again, “I felt like I was in a movie” in a European setting.
I hope you had a good read! Thank you for joining me as I walked down my “Boston” memory lane. Till next time!