For many years, I’ve heard families and friends who live in New York rave about Boston. I have watched these people become Boston Red Sox fans, Boston Celtics fans and so forth. I wondered how could these New Yorkers and family members from New Jersey and other states all become so fascinated and enthralled with the city of Boston. It just didn’t seem to make sense to me. I have watched actors like Matt Damon and Ben Affleck who have made movies in Boston seem to be so embraced by Bostonian culture. I keep seeing that guy on TV in the commercials claiming to be “your cousin from Boston,” doing stupid stuff and making it seem like it’s OK because he’s from Boston. Why do all these people who don’t live in Boston fall in love with this city so quickly? Well, the answer is easy, all you have to do is visit the city to find out. You will find out quickly.
There is just something magical about the city of Boston. It really can’t be defined in just one sentence. But for anyone even after staying in Boston for just one day and one night it becomes apparent that this is a pretty special place. So what is it? Is it the food? Is it the people? Is it the city streets themselves? Is it the history? Is it the weather? Well, it’s pretty much all the above. It doesn’t seem to matter what time of the year one visits Boston, except for maybe in the dead of winter, the weather is beautiful in Boston, especially in the spring and fall. Even in the summer, it’s not too bad. However, it’s the spring and fall seasons where Boston just feels so good. The air, the smell, it just makes you want to be alive.
Like any major city, Boston is dived into separate sections, Boston has its own Little Italy in the northern section of the town, there is a Chinatown section and of course its own section called downtown Boston at Downtown Crossing. Of course, Boston is a seaport so the marina sections are just stunning in both views and the local activities that surround the seaports.
Boston is a modern city fueled by its historic past. It’s one of the most important cities in the United States as far as the founding of this county. It’s where it all began along with the cities of Philadelphia, New York, and Washington DC. It’s in Boston where the bloody Boston Massacre took place at a building that still stands in the heart of downtown Boston. The Old State House Building still stands surrounded by modern skyscrapers. One look at the building in between the high rises is like looking through a time machine. It’s just breathtaking. It’s worth the visit to Boston alone.
The Freedom Trail
The Old State House Building is part of what’s called The Freedom Trail. It’s not a trail in a sense of a trail through the woods. It’s rather a map that one can follow on foot of all the historic Boston locations that have played pivotal roles in the history of the United States. There are arrows and posted directions along the streets that will help one stay on the trail. The Freedom Trail offers visitors something to do that will basically cost almost nothing. Anyone can start at any point in the trail that they want.
If you are not into walking all around town and you don’t feel like pulling your car out of the garages, Boston offers a wonderful mass transit system. They call their subway system the “T.” It’s not as big as New York City’s subway or bus system, buts it’s a lot cleaner and much less crowded. It’s also pretty old making it one of the oldest subway systems in the United States. The Subway lines are defined by colors like the Green Line, The Red Line and so forth. We were stunned by the size of some of the subway trains in how small they were and how few people were riding them. It was actually a nice experience using the Boston Subway system.
One of the biggest reasons people fall in love with Bostin is the city’s wide variety of restaurants. Seafood is extremely popular as we are talking about an East Coast Port Town here. Nonetheless, there are tons of great Italian Restaurants, especially in their Little Italy section. These restaurants get packed so get there early. There are also many fabulous marketplaces starting with the legendary Faneuil Hall Marketplace. This is a place you don’t want to miss visiting when in Boston. We love marketplaces because it’s a combination of shopping and eating all while continuing to move and explore without wasting a lot of time in a city that has so much to see.
Museums and More
Boston is filled with museums, theaters, and legendary book stores like Brattle Books. Anywhere one walks, they will find old-time mom-and-pop shops still in business. Little cafes that serve incredible coffees and pastries. When you get tired of walking around the city streets and want a little open space. there is the Boston Common park where there is plenty of places to just relax get a little sunshine and breath in the fresh Boston air. Boston Commons is to Boston what Central Park is to Manhattan.
There is so much to see and do in the city of Boston. It’s not just about the actual food and places to visit. it’s about the experience of visiting these places and eating the food. It’s a clean city where most people are very friendly and of course very proud of their city. As long as you’re not wearing a Yankees or Mets jersey, you’re going to have a great experience in the beautiful city of Boston Massachusetts.
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