A travel journal
to Boston by violino
Quote: Forced to face the possibility that Manhattan is not the Center of the Universe, a former New Yorker comes to realize that Boston has a few cool tricks up its sleeve as well.
My friends were in a tizzy and it was up to me to show them that life does go on in Boston. So, here are my survival tips to meet those basic New Yorker needs - where to lounge, eat and shop in style - as well as a few supplementary categories of well-being.
Note: if you're looking for info on the Freedom Trail or other historical hoo haa, this journal will not help you. All I can offer are a few tips on cool places to hang out and some not-to-miss events that are unique to Boston. Hope you enjoy!
An Important Note on Nightlife: When bars and clubs say they close at 2am around here, they generally mean it. That means last call may be 1am or even earlier on some nights. Also note that public transportation is not readily available that late at night, so be prepared to cough up that cab fare home.
Don't even think of getting in a taxi - the fares are outrageous.
The #1 bus is a great way to get from any point along Massachusetts Avenue between Harvard Square and Symphony Hall, and is a relative bargain at .75.
The T is a bit complicated and tends not to take you exactly where you need to be, but the .00 token can get you pretty far if you have a map, and it's also a super cheap way to get to and from Logan Airport (be prepared to change trains a few times and hop on a free shuttle bus - it still beats tunnel traffic with the cab meter running!).
If you'll be here a while, look into getting a combo T/bus pass at the MBTA's web site.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 24, 2002
49 Temple Street
Attraction | "Louis of Boston"
Louis of Boston carries some of the most exclusive lines for men and women, ranging from conservative suits to flashy up to (or down to) there dresses. Expect to see the likes of Loro Piana, Luciano Barbera and Helmut Lang hanging on the racks. Wind your way up the staircase past the DJ spinning cool Euro beats and gaze upon the tasteful selections for men on the second floor. Another floor up brings you to the women's section, which is not quite as impressive but worth cruising nonetheless.
Once you've exhausted your feet as well as your charge cards, step into their cafe for a cool drink and a light bite to eat. Like the rest of the store, the decor is ultra stark and modern. But luckily, like in the rest of the store, good taste abounds. If you're looking for the best Caesar salad in Boston, you've come to the right place.
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 24, 2002
234 Berkeley St.
Boston, Massachusetts 02116
Washington, District of Columbia