I have visited Boston a handful of times since college, and I have really been charmed by the city. So much so, I once visited for just five hours on a layover, and this month, I ended up visiting Boston twice in two weeks (with a return to California in between). The first visit to Boston was after I photographed a wedding in Rhode Island. A week later, I returned again to sign a gorgeous oversized ballerina canvas for my friend Cheryl and enjoy a little brunch party too.
Cheryl’s apartment is so beautiful!
Love the backsplash and the cute little containers.
My visit would not have been complete without a visit to Flour Bakery, owned by James Beard nominee Joanne Chang. The sticky bun was indeed all it was cracked up to be.
I met up with Emily right when I arrived– I had just seen her in North Carolina and San Francisco in the weeks before she moved to Boston to start medical residency. And we also met up briefly with Rebecca, who had also come down to Boston from the wedding in Rhode Island.
Every day that I was in Boston, the weather swung between sun and thunderstorms, or sometimes both simultaneously.
After Cheryl got home, we met up with Bob for dinner at The Butcher Shop in the South End.
Bob played host for my stay, and so I was right on Boylston Street. I took a walk down from his apartment, and just across the street, you could see the memorials left in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings from just two months prior.
It was really quite beautiful to see all of the Boston Strong sentiments up and down the street.
A makeshift memorial had been set up at Copley Square.
I had been in New York at the 9/11 Memorial the day of the bombings and wrote this reflection on the survivor tree.
It was really humbling to see such a beautiful spirit to the city… life went on around all of this, while small displays of remembrance and resilience could still be seen.
I paid a brief visit inside Boston Public Library with all its gorgeous architecture.
Later that night, I met up with my friend David to try Joanne Chang’s restaurant, Myers + Chang. The food was great, but I could have done without the excessive Oriental, Chinese-y decor.
Me and David, high school friends reunited.
Next, I met up with my friend Eric who happened to be on a business trip from Chicago.
We got drinks at Top of the Hub in the Prudential building and were treated to some nice views over Boston.
The next day, I walked from Boston over to Cambridge to have lunch with my friend Kevin.
This was my first visit to the MIT campus.
I headed home to California, only to return the next week to New York and then Boston. We had a lovely homemade brunch at Cheryl’s place. I whipped up the little bouquet from the grocery store that morning.
Jesse and Tina did most of the heavy lifting in the kitchen, while the rest of us played sous chef.
My contribution was the endive & goat cheese appetizer.
Grilled pineapple rings, mimosas, bacon, scrambled eggs, mushrooms, blueberry pancakes, and a grapefruit pound cake. Deeeelicious!
Thanks, Boston, for a lovely two trips in a row. I will be back!
Anna Wu is a wedding and portrait photographer based in San Francisco but often jetsetting around the world. Follow her on facebook for more photography and travel adventures.