Esplanade / Hatch Shell, Boston
Boston is just so photogenic.
Just walking around and being surprised when turning a corner.
Just follow the Freedom trail and let it lead you to some pleasant surprises.
Fondest memory: I like John Sargent paintings so it was for me wonderful to find some of his in Boston.
As well as New York his work can be found in my home town of EDINBURGH.
Boston's many open spaces are replete with festivals, especially during the summer. The big one, of course, is the Independence Day concert by the Boston Pops at the Hatch Shell along the riverfront Esplanade, an event attended by many thousands who delight in the evening's culmination with fireworks set to the 1812 Overture. The cultural phenomenon of arriving ludicrously early for this event to claim large swathes of lawn close to the shell has been postponed indefinitely, however, in lieu of security concerns (the same is true for boats in the river).
Other prominent festivals include First Night during New Year's Eve, Chowderfest, the celebration of the region's famous coup, the Scooper Bowl, a showcase of New England ice cream companies' new flavours, and my personal favourite, the Jazz and Blues Festival, held during the summer at locations throughout the city but notably in Copley Square at which this photo was taken. Warm sunlight will give a honey glow to the surrounding buildings as sonorous saxophones drift through Back Bay streets- the perfect way to culminate a sweltering summer's day.
This strip of parkland along both sides of the Charles is very popular with the locals. First of all, it is probably home to the highest concentration of fit people anywhere, probably because it sits between 3 major universities. In the summer, the park is packed with joggers, bikers, rollerbladers, while sailboats, rowboats and windsurfers crisscross the water. On a warm, sunny spring day, sun-worshippers who suffer through the long winter practically cover grassy areas. Spring flowers bloom in many places; cherry blossoms are particularly beautiful. In the winter, after a heavy storm crosscountry skiiers are usually spotted, along with an occasional nut who jogs in shorts! In the fall, the leaves all along the Esplanade turn orange and yellow, transforming it into an autumn retreat in the middle of the city.
Most people only stay in the area between the Museum of Science and Harvard. However, further upriver the Esplanade is even more scenic. Past Harvard, the park goes by tree-shaded river banks. Continue into Watertown, the Charles river becomes so narrow that it can be waded across. Here is the Charles River Reservation, a marshy area home to many waterfowls.
Fondest memory: Living on the corner of Mem Dr and Mass Ave. All I needed to do was go downstairs, cross the street and I was on the Esplanade. Needless to say, I was there a lot :)
Take a walking tour of the Esplanade, the Common, the North End, Downtown Crossing, and Newbury Street. Boston is small enough that everything is within a short walk.
Fondest memory: I miss the Back Bay (esp. Kenmore Square) and all the activities that were within easy reach.