When Tiffany asked if I had plans to visiting Boston any time soon, the answer was no, but we could make plans! And so I found my way there in mid-November. We were hoping to catch the tail end of autumn, which we got, but we also got the first snow of the season the day before I arrived, so I braced for the cold. It turned out to be just fine, and I was also lucky enough to trade the smoke-filled skies from the California fires for clean, if chilly Boston air. Here’s a peek at my brief Boston adventures.
Seafood pasta, an apropos first meal in Boston.
Our scenic photo session location: Walden Pond! I love that we got just a little taste of winter.
That night, I met up with my friend Jen for drinks and dinner in the South End.
Sunday was museum day. First, Tiffany joined me for the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. I even had some themed listening for the rest of my trip with the new NPR podcast “Last Seen” about the 1992 museum heist that resumes unsolved to this day.
There’s a little modern wing of the museum too. Here’s The Mending Project by Taiwanese American artist Lee Mingwei.
And finally, a walkthrough of the Gardner’s greenhouse rooms where they keep extra plants for the courtyard.
Next, I walked down the street to the Museum of Fine Arts. This was my first visit to this huge museum.
So many different types of art spanning the ages.
A special exhibit on pastels, including some beautiful Degas and Mary Cassett’s old pastel set.
A modern take on still lifes.
Some crazy looking violins from the instrument collection and a violin in a painting upstairs.
Always love seeing Monet’s work all around the world.
And a couple looks at the contemporary section.
A little cheesecake to go from Tatte. And hot cocoa by the fireplace back at Tiffany & Brian’s place.
One more museum the next day, the Harvard Museum of Natural History. They have the most incredible collection of glass flowers which were made as scientific models by glass artisans Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka.
Thousands of rare minerals and gemstone are on display in another gallery.
So many pretty things.
And wacky looking things!
And then the great mammal hall, with a positively creepy looking alpaca and many other creatures on display.
The perfect post-museum stop for a cold and rainy day: hot chocolate from L.A. Burdick.
And a tiny bit of browsing before hopping on the T downtown.
Having visited the state capitols of Rhode Island and Texas this year, I decided to keep it going since Boston is also conveniently a state capital.
A lovely old lady gave us a guided tour of the building and a bit of Massachusetts’ history.
This modern hall has flags from every one of the cities in Massachusetts.
So much beautiful marble.
Beautiful neighborhood wanderings.
And then it was time to head back to California!
Thanks so much for bringing me out to Boston, Tiffany & Brian!
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