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"Boston, My Boston"

A May 2001 trip to Boston by friskycelery

Quote: When I was a kid growing up south of Boston, I learned the following ditty: Boston, my Boston, Home of the bean and the cod, Where the Cabots speak only to Lodges, And the Lodges speak only to God. Thankfully, Boston today is not nearly so stuffy.

"Boston, My Boston"

Overview

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Today, Boston is a city with one foot firmly in the 17th century, and one foot in the 21st. This is a great city where you can walk around in the history you learned in grade school, and know that people here in grad school are working on things that will change the future. Do all the touristy things in Boston: Go to the Public Gardens and ride the Swan Boats. Visit the Old North Church where Paul Revere hung the lanterns. See the cemetary where Mother Goose is buried. Do it all, it really is pretty cool.Quick Tips: Make sure you take a trip to Quincy Market. While some of the stores here are the same as at the mall, this area is also home to Durgin Park, a restaurant that's been around...Read More

Durgin-Park

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Restaurant | "Durgin Park"

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Durgin Park is a Boston institution, and should be treated as such. I first visited Durgin Park as a teenager, over thirty years ago, and I don't think it has changed a jot since then. Located just east of Faneuil Hall in the North Market building in Quincy Market, this restaurant is definitely worth a stop. Service Durgin Park is famous for its no-nonsense (did somebody say surly?) waitstaff, but I found them to be prompt and attentive. My party was greeted and seated promptly, and menus appeared immediately. Beer was ordered and brought quickly, along with complimentary slabs of cornbread. The waiter came to take our order as soon as we closed our menus, and the food was...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 27, 2002

Durgin-Park
340 Faneuil Hall
Boston, Massachusetts 02109
+1 617 227 2038

John F. Kennedy Library and Museum

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Attraction | "Kennedy Library and Museum"

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The Kennedy Library is the repository of the papers of President Kennedy, and as such it is an important research facility. The Kennedy Museum, which is part of the Library, is a real gem. The museum is small, human sized, and can be fully enjoyed in an afternoon or morning. Don't cut yourself too short on time - there is a lot to see here. At the entrance to the museum, pick up a booklet titled "A Great Big Treasure Chest?". This pamphlet is decorated with drawings made by Jackie Kennedy, then Jackie Bouvier, with her sister Lee. The drawings were made in 1951, as a thank you present to their parents after a trip to Europe. This booklet points out 12 items for you to find a...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 31, 2002

John F. Kennedy Library and Museum
Columbia Point
Boston, Massachusetts 02125
(617) 929-4500

Hahvahd Squayah

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Story/Tip

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Boston, like any big city, is made up of neighborhoods, and Harvard Square (pronounced Hahvahd Squayah) is a fun neighborhood to explore. Getting There Be forewarned: Boston is undergoing a major construction project called "The Big Dig". (You can get details of this project at their website: bigdig.) It entails taking the Central Artery and moving it underground. Traffic tie ups are legendary, and rerouting of streets is common. This project is not expected to be finished until 2004. Unless you are a true glutton for punishment, DO NOT DRIVE in Boston if you can avoid it. That said, you can get just about anywhere you want to go by pu...Read More