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Boston on the Cheap: Amazing Museums

Boston on the Cheap: Amazing Museums

Boston is home to many wonderful museums that specialize in very different styles and eras of art. Several of these institutions offer free or voluntary donation admission on certain nights, which will allow you to experience them without breaking the bank.   Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts is a world-renound institution that collects and displays many forms of art and cultural artifacts from around the world. The museum is open by voluntary donation on Wednesdays after 4:00 PM. The MFA’s…

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Wordless Wednesday: Monumental Shadows

Wordless Wednesday: Monumental Shadows

Wordless Wednesday: Massachusetts State House

Wordless Wednesday: Massachusetts State House

Water, water everywhere…

Water, water everywhere…

The other day at work, a person asked me if the water coming out of the water fountain was filtered. I was taken aback for a moment before I remembered that so many places in the world do not have good tasting water even with filtration. Boston, however, is incredibly lucky in terms of our favorite beverage (no it isn’t beer! haha) In recent taste and quality tests, Boston’s water has scored either in the top or as the best…

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Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween! Living in New England, we have the chance to be spooky almost all year round with our historic burial grounds scattered throughout the area (as long as the snow isn’t too high!). Here are some of my favorite photographs that I’ve taken at cemeteries this past month:   The Death’s Head is one of my most favorite images in the world. Watching it evolve from the simplistic circle with two dead eyes and a long nose over to…

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The Best Laid Plans…

The Best Laid Plans…

Whether they are of mice or men, they truly do often go awry unfortunately.   For the past two years, I’ve been trying to get us out to Boston Light.  This is an amazing site that is part of the Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area.  As a cooperation between the National Park Service, Department of Conservation and Recreation, and the Coast Guard, it truly is a unique site in America. Situated on Little Brewster Island, the Boston Light is…

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Boston Bricks

Boston Bricks

Some of my favorite pieces of public art are the ones that are hidden right in plain sight.  In downtown Boston, there is a series of beautiful crafted “bricks” that hundreds of people walk over each day. Created by Kate Burke and Gregg Lefevre in 1985, these bricks chronicle not just Boston’s history, but some unique aspects of living in the city. Stones include directional ones that tell you how far away places like the North Pole or Moscow are….

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Local Travels: A Kennedy Day

Local Travels: A Kennedy Day

Growing up in Massachusetts, you learn to either live with or adore the Kennedy family. They are EVERYWHERE it seems, and many visitors like to visit places related to the family. It is no surprise, then, that Boston was chosen as the location for President John F. Kennedy’s library. What is surprising is that I had never been to this museum until last week! Sure, I’ve toured through its amazing collection and seen Ernest Hemingway’s bullfighting photos next to Bobby…

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Traveling back in time

Traveling back in time

  Today, I got to do something that a lot of people would probably love to do: dig in an archaeological survey in downtown Boston. I’ve been talking with the city archaeologist of Boston for quite some time now and was invited to help dig up the front courtyard of Old City Hall. Old City Hall is located on School Street and has been reused a number of times. In 1635, it was the site of the first public school:…

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Map Mondays

Map Mondays

I adore historic maps. I have 5 on my walls downstairs, mostly from the 1800s. When I go to London in the summer, I will be keeping my eyes open for more… However, here in Boston we have a great resource for people who love to drool over maps:   This collection is simply amazing and many of the maps are digitized and available for printing or purchasing. Seeing as how this past Thursday was the 245th anniversary of the…

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