Viewing Boston

08 Apr

Our afternoon activity in Boston

was a visit to the Skywalk Observatory.

But first we had to find a carpark in the city.

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That was a challenge!

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We ended up having to park streets away

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and walk, briskly,

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just to keep from freezing.

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But, like I’ve said before,

you get to see a lot of a place

when you walk.

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We eventually got to our destination,

but were frozen to the core.

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Our Boston citypass gave us free entry and an audio tour.

So we walked around the observatory

with audio devices to our ears

listening to a guide tell us about the city views.

(They also had audio especially for children.)

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The views were wonderful

(as all views are).

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However, what I saw,

held me to my first impressions of Boston

– it’s not as pretty as I imagined it would be.

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Perhaps a summer view with greenery would help,

(there’s an awful lot of brown).

Perhaps my expectations were just too high.

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The city has quite an industrial feel to it.

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To be fair, we were only seeing a little of the city

and only for a few days.

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This is the Charles River.

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It was mostly iced over,

which was a very pretty sight

especially when you drove alongside it.

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This is the Storrow Lagoon

on the Charles River Esplanade,

which I suppose it somewhat like Brisbane’s Southbank

during the summer.

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See the tall skyscraper to the left in this photo?

This is the John Hancock building.

It’s the tallest building in Boston (and New England).

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It also has an observation deck,

however, it was closed after the September 11 attacks,

which is why we were standing in the second tallest building in Boston,

the Prudential Tower,

to view the city.

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Were you wondering about that strange image on the building?

It’s a piece of temporary art

on a very large canvas.

It covers six floors of the building

and is made from perforated vinyl

imprinted with a magnified photograph.

It’s done by a mysterious french artist, who goes by the name JR.

He is well-known for massive installations.

(He has some TED talks if you are interested.

I haven’t had time to watch any but I plan to.)

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I really liked Boston’s houses.

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While I would hate to live in one,

wall to wall with your neighbours,

I loved the look of Rowhouses.

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They seem quite ugly

looking down on them.

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But driving past them,

they were so quaint.

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With all the trees on the sidewalk,

it would be very pretty in warmer months.

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However, in winter,

they just look brown,

and all the same.

You needed some imagination

to visualise their potential.

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Oh I HAVE to tell you about the molasses tsunami.

Yes you read that right.

Somewhere down behind those taller buildings to the far right in this photo

(at least that’s where I’m thinking it was)

a tank of molasses exploded

causing a huge flood of molasses

to rush out into the streets

somewhat like a tsunami.

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Can you imagine such a thing?

Waves of up to twelve metres

of thick sticky molasses

rushing at you

at about 60km/h.

Sadly it did kill people,

21 in fact,

and injured a lot more.

It happened in 1919, in January,

which creates a whole new meaning for the saying,

“Slow as molasses in January.”

Residents claim that, on a hot summer’s day,

you can still smell that molasses .

Here’s a short video if you want to know more.

By far my favourite part of Boston was its historic areas.

Can you see Boston Common and the Gardens in this photo?

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The Common and Gardens form the heart of Boston Proper,

which is the oldest Boston neighbourhood.

This is where you go

if you want to visit historic attractions,

like Paul Revere’s House, Old North Church or the site of the Boston Massacre.

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This was definitely why WE wanted to visit Boston.

We looooove History.

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So while we enjoyed the aquarium and the observation deck,

we were just itching to get down to the Freedom Trail.

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With our Boston viewing finished,

we stopped to watch a few shorts movies about Boston,

and then started the frosty walk back to the car.

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It had grown dark

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so it was even colder outside,

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if that was at all possible.

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Some of the Boston streets were quite pretty at night

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so walking through them,


wasn’t all that bad.



Posted by on April 8, 2016 in Family Events, Field Trips, Geography, US Holidays


2 responses to “Viewing Boston

  1. Samantha

    April 8, 2016 at 4:14 am

    At least you got to see something..even if it was brown and boring. I went up the tallest building in South Korea and you could barely see a thing because it was all covered with smog. Clean air is a blessing ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Petra

    April 8, 2016 at 4:33 am

    Loved the video on the molasses tsunami – icky! I like the brownstone homes, as they are unique to our architecture down here, a bit like The Cosby Show kind of home – can look gorgeous on the inside with high ceilings and ornate mouldings! I would’ve expected Boston to look far prettier tho’ but I’m sure the New England countryside is where the “prettiness” is!


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