Our afternoon activity in Boston
was a visit to the Skywalk Observatory.
But first we had to find a carpark in the city.
That was a challenge!
We ended up having to park streets away
and walk, briskly,
just to keep from freezing.
But, like I’ve said before,
you get to see a lot of a place
when you walk.
We eventually got to our destination,
but were frozen to the core.
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.)
The views were wonderful
(as all views are).
However, what I saw,
held me to my first impressions of Boston
– it’s not as pretty as I imagined it would be.
Perhaps a summer view with greenery would help,
(there’s an awful lot of brown).
Perhaps my expectations were just too high.
The city has quite an industrial feel to it.
To be fair, we were only seeing a little of the city
and only for a few days.
This is the Charles River.
It was mostly iced over,
which was a very pretty sight
especially when you drove alongside it.
This is the Storrow Lagoon
on the Charles River Esplanade,
which I suppose it somewhat like Brisbane’s Southbank
during the summer.
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).
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.
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.)
I really liked Boston’s houses.
While I would hate to live in one,
wall to wall with your neighbours,
I loved the look of Rowhouses.
They seem quite ugly
looking down on them.
But driving past them,
they were so quaint.
With all the trees on the sidewalk,
it would be very pretty in warmer months.
However, in winter,
they just look brown,
and all the same.
You needed some imagination
to visualise their potential.
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.
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?
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.
This was definitely why WE wanted to visit Boston.
We looooove History.
So while we enjoyed the aquarium and the observation deck,
we were just itching to get down to the Freedom Trail.
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.
It had grown dark
so it was even colder outside,
if that was at all possible.
Some of the Boston streets were quite pretty at night
so walking through them,
wasn’t all that bad.