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Iz & Irene's Beantown Adventure Continues

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An October 2007 trip to Boston by zabelle

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Legal Sea Foods

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Restaurant | "Legal Seafood"

Legal Sea Foods Photo, Boston, Massachusetts
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Legal seafood has grown from one restaurant next to their fish market in Cambridge to over 30 restaurants in 8 states and the District of Columbia. What hasn’t changed in over 50 years is their dedication to serving the freshest fish available. On Friday as we were waiting for the Trolley at Long Wharf we realized that facing us was Legal Seafood. We decided that we would return to have dinner there after we had completed our touring. We arrived at 5pm. We thought that if we arrived early we could avoid having to wait and we were right. We were seated immediately and were placed our drink orders in a snap. We were given a basket of nice rolls and butter while we looked at our menu...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 26, 2007

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

Rabia's Ristorante

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Rabia's Ristorante Photo, Boston, Massachusetts
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What a lucky find this was. We planned to have dinner at Goody Glover’s Irish Pub but after sitting there for 10 minutes and being ignored we decided that the North End had way too many delicious restaurants for us to waste our time here. I had seen a sandwich board outside Rabias offering the stuffed fig appetizer when we walked by so it seemed like something we might want to try.We walked in and were greeted and seated immediately. We declined the table for two in the window preferring to leave the limelight to someone else. We were seated at a banquette along the wall that had about 5 tables for two at it. We had a basket of bread and dipping oil in front of us while we decided what we wa...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 26, 2007

Rabia's Ristorante
73 Salem St
Boston, Massachusetts 02113
+1 617 227 6637

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

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Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Photo, Boston, Massachusetts
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If your name is Isabella this is one of the times you will be really glad, all Isabellas get free entrance to this museum. Now being an Isabelle I tried to convince them that my Mom had just forgotten the “a” but they weren’t buying it. It has to be exactly correct so I am assuming that Isabela isn’t going to get in free either. Isabella Stewart Gardner was one of the foremost art collectors of her time. She also befriended such greats as John Singer Sargent who did several pictures of her which you will see in her museum. Before you begin to tour the museum I am going to suggest that you either rent the audio tour and/or ask them to borrow the little blue book that gives you ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 26, 2007

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
280 The Fenway
Boston, Massachusetts 02115
(617) 566-1401

Mapparium

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Attraction | "Maparium"

Mapparium Photo, Boston, Massachusetts
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Mary Baker Eddy was the founder of Christian Science. I have to admit I know nothing what so ever about it and I had never heard of the Maparium. This was one of Irene’s choices and I am very glad she brought it to my attention. The Maparium is a stained glass globe, three stories high that was built in 1935. It is done to a scale of 1 inch equaling 22 miles. One of the most amazing things about it is that it is a snapshot of the world as it existed in 1935. This was a time when Africa in particular was stilled ruled by its European Colonial conquerors. It is almost indistinguishable from the Africa that exists in 2007. It is, however, a lot like the Africa I knew in the early 1960s. ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 26, 2007

Mapparium
175 Huntington Ave.
Boston, Massachusetts
(617) 450-3790

Otis House Museum

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Attraction | "Harrison Gray Otis House-141 Cambridge St"

Otis House Museum Photo, Boston, Massachusetts
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This house can only be visited on a guided tour. Harrison Gray Otis was born into a prominent Boston family. He graduated from Harvard and then studied law. He was a Massachusetts State Representative and a United States Representative for the Federalist Party. He was also Mayor of Boston, District Attorney and US Senator. This is the first of three houses where the Otis family lived in Boston. They only lived here for 2 years because the area was growing so fast that it no longer was fashionable, the new bridge to Cambridge made it a very successful commercial area. This house was designed by Charles Bulfinch who is also known for designing the Massachusetts State House,...Read More

Otis House Museum
141 Cambridge St
Boston, Massachusetts 02114
+1 617 227 3956

Otis House Museum

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Otis House Museum Photo, Boston, Massachusetts
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141 Cambridge St.BostonIf you go out the front door of the Liberty Hotel and go left around the corner you will be on Cambridge St. It is a very short walk up the hill to the Otis House. This house can only be visited on a guided tour. Harrison Gray Otis was born into a prominent Boston family. He graduated from Harvard and then studied law. He was a Massachusetts State Representative and a United States Representative for the Federalist Party. He was also Mayor of Boston, District Attorney and US Senator. This is the first of three houses where the Otis family lived in Boston. They only lived here for 2 years because the area was growing so fast t...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 27, 2007

Otis House Museum
141 Cambridge St
Boston, Massachusetts 02114
+1 617 227 3956