Boston Walk #2: The
Paths of Famous
Boston Walk of the
Arts: the Trail of the
Boston Common is the
starting place. This walk
takes you through the
flowered and tree-lined
paths of the Boston
Public Gardens, famed
for the swan boats and
spring flowers. West on
Newbury Street and its
glitzy boutiques, fine art
galleries and sidewalk
cafés you find many
Back over the pedestrian bridge at Community and you are
bookstores, bakeries and coffee shops might slow your
progress south on Charles Street towards Boston Common,
you could make a right at the corner of Charles and Beacon
and go a half block to visit Cheers Pub for a nostalgic brew at
the bar amid all the memorabilia from the famed TV comedy.
Boston's subway system whisks the traveler to places
inaccessible to walkers, making Cambridge and its art
museums near Harvard Square, the House of Blues and its
Gospel lunches, ethnic restaurants and the glass-flower
collection at Harvard University's Natural History Museum
available from the station at Harvard Square. Boston's Red
Line serves the Kennedy Memorial Library, and the Green
Line the long-time home of baseball's Boston Red Sox at
Still have legs? Board the island shuttle at the Aquarium and
spend a day of island-hopping in Boston Harbor. Fort
Warren, the first of five stops, dates to the Civil War and once
held prisoner Alexander Stephens, the Vice President of the
Confederacy. Each island has walking trails, history and, of
course, a resident ghost. Boston offers so much-and offers it
so conveniently-that you might just settle in and never want to
leave this intimate and walkable city.
Boston in mid April and
Early May sees flowers
the Boston Public
Society painters set up
and paint the swan boats
and flowering trees.
Boston Walk of the Arts, Boston Common,
Newbury Street, Huntington Avenue
Christian Science Church's World Headquarters. Beyond the
fountain and reflecting pool, the church offers free tours of the cathedral
interior and one of the largest church organs in the U.S with 13,290 pipes.
Boston's Museum of Fine Arts is four blocks west, on Huntington Avenue.
There you'll find the largest group of Monets outside of Paris, complemented
by some of the best in Medieval, Renaissance, Impressionist and Modern
paintings. You'll even find Ancient Egyptian, South American, Chinese and
Near Eastern artifacts, a huge collection of Japanese art and another
monumental Sargent mural, started in 1910.
Boston offers another art museum close by, just a short walk west, the Isabella
Stuart Gardner Museum offers Sunday concerts amidst Mrs. Gardner's
collection of Renaissance art displayed just the way she left it in her four-story
Venetian-style villa. Lavish turn-of-the-century dinner parties at the mansion
attracted cultural luminaries including Sargent, Whistler, Julia Ward Howe and
Henry James, the guests chatting amidst Mrs. Gardner's collection of
Rembrandts, Botticellis and de la Robias.
Back south on Massachusetts Avenue past Kingdom Fine Art, a B&B
dedicated to art and Epicurean delights, and then east on Boylston Street
East three blocks to Fairfield Street and then north four blocks to the
footbridge over the highway will take you for a walk along the banks of the
Charles River. A mile east, visit Community Boating, where experienced
sailors can join for a small fee and rent a 19-foot Rhodes for a sail on
Boston's Charles River.
Boston Public Gardens in Spring, Tulips bloom mid April
Boston Public Gardens
Boston Public Garden
Boston Public Garden: In spring the swan boats start their cruises and the
flowering trees burst with color. Around mid-April tulips and others fill the beds.
Walk ways Around Boston
Boston's Copley Society, America's oldest art association, sponsors exhibits that once included the
work of John Singer Sargent, Claude Monet, Winslow Homer and James McNeil Whistler. Newbury
Boston's private galleries include the Wentworth, Dyansen, and the Galerie d'Orsay which carry on the
tradition, along with the Guild of Boston Artists, whose roots go back to Tarbell, Benson and Gammell.
One block to the south, the fountain and gardens of Copley Square rim the Gothic Trinity Church, which
reflects in the mirrored 62-story John Hancock Building.
A half block west, John Singer Sargent celebrated religion with a huge 1890's mural project at the Boston
Public Library. Half a block to the south the entrance to the Westin Hotel leads to a mile of glassed-in
atrium housing fine shops hotels and restaurants. Within the walkway, the Marriott Hotel offers a brunch
where the chef will cook your omelet to-order. Or try the fish at the Legal Seafood Restaurant, both
consistently ranked the best dining in Boston. Option: the Sushi Bar on the second-floor atrium of the
Enter the Prudential Building's glass-enclosed mall, which leads to the 50th-story skywalk observation
deck. You can almost hold the city of Boston in your hand as you absorb its intimate and walkable nature.S
Getting to Boston: Air service
reaches Boston's Logan Airport (BOS)
from other major hubs and cities.
Rental cars are available at the
airport. From the airport boat shuttles
reach the City of Boston at several
Transit service and taxis reach the city
after a short drive.
Passenger Boat service leaves daily
from Boston to the tip of Cape Cod
(May -September) at Provincetown.
Bikes can go aboard.
Boston walk of the arts is a Walking tour of
Boston on the trail of Boston's artists, art
galleries, and museums, west on Newbury
Boston Transportation, Getting to Boston:
Air service reaches Boston's Logan Airport (BOS) from other major hubs and cities.
Rental cars are available at the airport through rental car shuttle buses that pick up at arrivals.
From the airport boat shuttles reach the City of Boston at several places. Transit service and taxis reach the
city after a short drive.
Passenger Boat service leaves daily from Boston to the tip of Cape Cod (May -September) at Provincetown.
Bikes can go aboard.
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