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Boston’s Impromptu Serenade

An August 2002 trip to Boston by kjlouden

Quincy Market Photo, Boston, Massachusetts More Photos
Quote: From waterfront dining to serenaded squares, Boston longs to tantalize you with a luxurious tapestry of sight and sound and taste. Forget chasing history, at least for the weekend! Savour the present moment away from traffic and neon and visit the parks, markets, and piers.

Boston’s Impromptu Serenade

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All you have to do to enjoy Boston is to find the perfect place to sit outdoors. Avoid the traffic and the "Big Dig." Head for the markets, the piers, the squares. Stay out of museums and indoor restaurants, too. Sidewalk cafes are allowed, but don’t stray far from the perfect outdoor pulse that is never sleezy or frantic, always just rich enough to make you glad you’ve found your spot. When you find it, sit a while, at least until another spot beckons you, as the front of Quincy Market may at about nine o’clock on a Saturday night, if "The Jim Show"--or another--returns. Sample the impromptu entertainment all around town as your senses note the scarcity of neon and traffic and bask in the absen...Read More

Legal Sea Foods

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Restaurant | "Legal Sea Food"

Legal Sea Foods Photo, Boston, Massachusetts
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Perhaps you know the concept of "legal seafood." The waiter explained that the establishment has their own inspectors who meet the fishing boats directly, so that the lucky customer could count on the freshest seafood possible. I counted on it with the Boston scrod and was pleased. It was delicious and reasonably priced at about $16. My friend, who doesn't like seafood, found many chicken dishes to choose from and found his delicious, and we both enjoyed healthy fresh steamed vegetables. Altogether, dinner was a pleasant sidewalk experience serenaded by violin, so forget noise from the street, which is mostly a walkway for humans, anyway. There is a bar and a good wine list, but we didn't imbibe...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 5, 2002

Legal Sea Foods
26 Park Plaza
Boston, Massachusetts 02116
(617) 426-4444

Quincy Market

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Attraction | "Quincy Market and "The Jim Show""

Quincy Market Photo, Boston, Massachusetts
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You can shop, dine, and be entertained at the marketplace. Your seat may be a wooden bench or the granite edge of a planter surrounding one of many locust trees canopied lacy overhead. Partake of something barbecued, but take your time. Feel like sauntering into the Yankee Candles shop between courses? Want to buy a tapestry bag from a stand under the market roof? Sing along with your chosen music as you browse, for it is right there with you, never far away. Eventually, the stack-lighted, lacy canopy under the night sky calls you back, so find your next course, perhaps a frozen yogurt, and mosey on back to your seat. Be happy you’ve found your spot, for that’s what you’ll remember of Bost...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 5, 2002

Quincy Market
Faneuil Hall Market Place
Boston, Massachusetts 02109
(617) 523-1300

Boston Public Garden

Attraction | "Boston Public Gardens"

Boston Public Garden Photo, Boston, Massachusetts
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A truly "antique" garden, the Boston Public Gardens were created in 1837 at what used to be the edge of the city, now the perfect place for local folks and visitors alike to take a delightful detour away from the noise of the street. The garden gates, the pagoda on the lake, the serious statuary, the weeping willow trees gracefully highlighting the lake, the lighted bridges--all these cooperate with the exquisite flower arrangements to make this the best walk-through in Boston. How quaint and unique the contrast of the city skyline still visible, but nearly forgotten as it peers over this naturalistic Victorian dream. Don't miss it when you visit the Commons, which of course, you don't want to miss...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 5, 2002

Boston Public Garden
Adjacent to Boston Common
Boston, Massachusetts
(617) 522-1966

Old North Church

Attraction | "Patriotic Band at the Old North Church"

Old North Church Photo, Boston, Massachusetts
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A lover of antique churches, I admired the Old North Church inside and out. Inside, rich wood and pure white walls were pretty much what I had expected, only a little more "satisfying" than I had imagined. Not much to surprise me until a marching bank started playing in the narrow street just outside the door. As I walked out, I was struck by the patriotic sounds played with passion and precision. In this Italian neighborhood in Boston’s North End, a one-year-old baby was having a birthday. According to some fellow onlookers, that was the purpose of the performance. I’m not sure. Paper mache figures on poles were held high in the middle of the street while the band stood stil...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 5, 2002

Old North Church
193 Salem St
Boston, Massachusetts 02113
+1 617 523-6676

Boston Common

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Attraction | "Impromptu Serenades: the Commons"

Boston Common Photo, Boston, Massachusetts
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Unexpected surprises await you at the Commons. You may get to sit on a bench at the Visitors’ Info Center and watch a playful horse get saddled up! One certainty is that you can choose from a variety of impromptu serenades. Even on a Sunday morning, musicians haunt the Commons. Bring a picnic or visit a vendor’s cart for some ice cream, find a bench or spread a blanket on the green, and enjoy a violin. When you want to move on, take a delightful stroll among historic statuary, monuments, fountains, and antique grounds. If you are travelling with children, they must get wet in the Frog Pond, of course, while grownups enjoy a table alongside the Concession. While you muse about the historic figu...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 6, 2002

Boston Common
Charles, Beacon And Tremont Streets
Boston, Massachusetts 02116