To recap, here’s a list of my stops from mid-July to mid-September 2021.
- SoCal and Idaho trip
- Las Vegas
- Finger Lakes, New York
- Portland, Maine
- Boston, Mass.
- Cape Cod & Returning home to my vineyard!
In this current installment updating you on my summer trip to the U.S., I took a bus from Portland, Maine to Boston, Massachusetts.
Boston is one of my favorite cities worldwide and probably my favorite U.S. city to date. I’ve been to New York City several times and it holds a certain mystic, a cultural icon immortalized in food, culture, music, art and especially in cinema. But when I went to Boston for the first time in November 2014, I fell in love with it almost immediately. Some other Europeans that have been there find it very much a European style city and maybe that was an underlying, subconscious feeling I had about it as well.
Some might say that Boston and Bostonians are harsh but some of the most welcoming people I have come in contact with were Boston natives. It’s a cosmopolitan city which is reflected in the many aspects I ascribed to New York City. Some would associate it as closely linked with Irish and Italian culture, its Little Italy is a must for great food, but if you look beyond that, you will see the history of defiance that made America what it is today and what some around the world see as a country of people which will always want to change things for the better. Striving for that which should be right and fair for those willing to work for a better life, both for themselves and for their family.
Boston, from a tourist perspective, is a small, walkable city packed wall to wall with sites, sounds, smells and tastes of a world class city ready to be explored. Lobster rolls, cocktail bars, world class art, ethnic communities, great food and sports – growing up a Lakers fan the Celtics were the mortal enemy! The Harbor, the Back Bay, Cambridge – Harvard, Bunker Hill, The Freedom Trail to the modern Prudential Center, it’s an action packed 3 or 4 day adventure. My first visit was a 7 day visit in an Airbnb in a Back Bay brownstone. My second visit was with friends over a Labor Day weekend and my third visit was just this past summer, also over Labor Day. The usual sites were a hit, the typical food was eaten. One of my favorite sites is the Isabella Gardner Museum which is right next to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, also a nice visit. Nearby is the Prudential Center and Eataly Boston. Next to that is Boston Common which as you are walking East is not far from Quincy Market and the Harbor. Next time I go, and there will be a next time, I vow to hit something unusual to the tourist scene. Maybe you have a suggestion? Á bientôt, mon chère, mon amour, Boston. Next stop – Cape Cod!