Saturday, April 02, 2016

A-Z Challenge... B is for Boston




Bali, Brazil, Bhutan, Boston, there are a lot of places I’ve missed that begin with a B.  For my bucket list, I’ll choose Boston (even though the others are enticing.  Boston is the only large city in the continental United States that I haven’t visited.  I can’t believe I’ve missed it for I have walked across Western MA, through the Berkshires, when I did the Appalachian Trail. Once in the city, I’d walk I’d walk the Charles River (with the “Dirty Water” by the Standells playing in my head), take an afternoon nap in Boston Commons while dreaming of Minutemen, visit the Old North Church (and climb in the belfry if allowed), tour John Adam’s old home and perhaps, when it is 5 PM somewhere, find a Sam Adam’s tavern (or seek out Cheers).  I’d fill up with lobster rolls, oyster sliders and fish and chips.  Then I’d catch a game (or two) at Fenway Park, the oldest stadium in major league baseball and a classic one that I’d love to visit.  If I have a free day, I might head up to Plymouth or Salem, but more likely I’d be drawn by the salt air to Cape Cod.
  

37 comments:

  1. This is wonderful, and one of my favorite places to visit. This sounds like a very interesting and enjoyable challenge it'll be fun to follow. Enjoy the beginning of April, and this weekend.

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    1. It seems an odd city not to have visited... but I am enjoying the weekend (especially if Carolina keeps winning!)

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  2. Now you see I haven't been to the Berkshires yet, so I'll have to start my own Bucket List! Bhutan is also a place I want to go. If you get there first, let me know how you like it.

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    1. There's this nice trail that you can take through the Berkshires :)

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  3. It sounds like a wonderful plan. I think I'd be drawn to Cape Cod too.

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    1. Outside of Fenway, Cape Cod would be second on my list!

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  4. Boston is one of those cities I've visited, but not visited enough. History is my great love and when we last went there, all the places I wanted to linger in were in the midst of a big Italian festival - which was grand, but distracted from the historical parts for yours truly.


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    1. I wouldn't think of going to Boston to eat Italian...

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  5. Like you, I've never been to Boston, but will some day. I have been to Bhutan. It is pristine, gorgeous, the people wonderful, and the government measures the GNH
    (gross national happiness) every year to find out what they can do to make their people happy. Imagine that?

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    1. I am envious about your travels to Bhutan!

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  6. I admire you make that . Im not good for challenge.
    Boston :I know is beautiful :)

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    1. Wait till I get to S, and look south, to Chili and Santiago

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  7. I did everything except visit Cheers. From what others told me, the inside of the building along the commons that 'looks' like Cheers is just a bar with high priced food. The actual set of the inside of Cheers is along the Freedom Trail in Boston somewhere but I think they charged admission to get in and I was trying to make up some time so I skipped it. The Freedom Trail was my favorite and while most walked it in a day, I took two days so I could stop and do other things like ingesting lobster rolls, Boston clam chowder and daydream on the Commons.

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    1. Yeah, I don't think Cheers would make my list. I remember your trip there and before I go, I'd have to go back and read your post

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  8. I have not been there either, but your plan sounds like a really good one.

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    1. I've had time to daydream as I been recovering :)

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  9. Boston is undoubtedly an interesting spot. But I think it resonates more with US people given the place it had in the genesis of the republic.
    Outside, it tends to in and out of awareness/fashion. Boston Legal with Capt Kirk and that Stargate fellow was excellent. Earlier again you had Cheers, but also The Paper Chase, a television series based on a 1970 novel by John Jay Osborn, Jr. I'd say it was a spin off of Love Story. John Houseman was in it.

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    1. Oh yeah, the Paper Chase, it was good and Love Story was the "chic-flick" of my Jr. High years

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  10. Boston is a wonderful city. I thought about moving there for grad school. It would have been a great place to have spent a few years. Cheers - Ellen | http://thecynicalsailor.blogspot.com/2016/04/b-is-for-boatyard-nancy-drew.html

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    1. I have enough degrees otherwise it would be a good city for more study

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  11. Thanks for your comment on my blog. I've not read Art of Writing but will check it out. I love to read what other authors wrote about writing. When I was in Paris last year I found, WHY I WRITE by George Orwell. A few years back, at a garage sale, I found this by Dean Koontz, HOW TO WRITE BESTSELLING FICTION.

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    1. I've read a fair amount of Orwell, but haven't read "Why I Write"

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  12. Don't forget to get an order of crabcakes down by the water, excellent!
    I enjoyed your Alaska post also, if you do go give consideration to the Kenai Peninsula also, particularly Homer, at the end of the road. I lived up there for 10 years long ago.

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    1. I'd be comparing them to Eastern NC Crabcakes :)

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  13. I've been to Boston and walked the Freedom Trail. I hope you get to experience it.

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    1. I gotta get my leg well enough for some serious walking

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  14. We visited Boston from Australia in 2011 and just loved it! Smaller than busy NY but so full of history. Thanks for bringing back some memories for me.:) Sue @Sizzling60 from
    Sizzling Towards Sixty

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    1. I would love to visit Australia, too.

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  15. I've never been to Boston. I don't do a lot of traveling.

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    1. You should get out of Vegas, Mary (but some of my favorite parts of the United States is located just a few hours northeast and northwest of Vegas).

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  16. I actually have been to Boston. Very fine place. Great bookstores, at least back in the 80s when i went there

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    1. I expect with all the universities, there would be plenty of great bookstores.

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  17. I haven't been to Boston either - I'd love to see it, too.

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  18. somewhere i've actually been! good beer, great seafood, SO many people. :)

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  19. An expensive city, from what I'm told and few drive their own cars in favor of the mass transit. I'd prefer to keep my car!

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  20. I've been to Boston and the Berkshires -- but never walked across them, or any of the trails. Would definitely like to do that sometime!

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