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    Starbucks Boston Coffee Mugs

    by machomikemd Written Jul 8, 2014

    I rarely collect Starbucks Coffee Mugs during my travels but on a visit to Boston, I felt the need to buy one and you can buy starbucks coffee mugs with the boston sign and picture at the many Starbucks Branches all along Boston and even at the Logan International Airport. The Coffee Mugs comes in small and large sizes and the small ones retail for $ 9.99 per piece and the large coffee mugs at $ 11.99 per piece.

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    Cheers Shot Glasses (Bull and Finch Bar)

    by machomikemd Written Jul 8, 2014

    feel free to buy the assorted touristy stuff like key chains, ref magnets, shot glass, beer mugs, t-shirts and a lot more in their souvenir shops located beside the bars at both levels hehehe.

    I did and I Bought the Cheers Shot Glasses to complement my Cheers Fridge Magnets and they come in different designs and sizes and prices from $ 3.99 to 8.99 per piece.

    Beacon Hill is the setting for the Iconic Cheers TV Series and they even had a large party in 1993 here when the series ended in 1993 which was star studded but the truth is that only the outside part of the bar was used in the iconic TV Program (and they copied the inside of the bar for the cheer's other branch in fanneuil hall/quincy market area) it has 2 floors, the ground floor and the basement (the basement is better since it is the original ok)

    Directions: 84 Beacon Street, Beacon Hill (in front of Boston Public Garden) Boston, Massachusetts 02108

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    Cheers Fridge Magnets (Bull and Finch Bar)

    by machomikemd Written Jul 8, 2014

    Beacon Hill is the setting for the Iconic Cheers TV Series and they even had a large party in 1993 here when the series ended in 1993 which was star studded but the truth is that only the outside part of the bar was used in the iconic TV Program (and they copied the inside of the bar for the cheer's other branch in fanneuil hall/quincy market area) it has 2 floors, the ground floor and the basement (the basement is better since it is the original ok)

    feel free to buy the assorted touristy stuff like key chains, ref magnets, shot glass, beer mugs, t-shirts and a lot more in their souvenir shops located beside the bars at both levels hehehe.

    I did and I Bought the Cheers Fridge Magnets and they come in different designs and sizes and prices from $ 4.99 to 8.99 per piece.

    Directions: 84 Beacon Street, Beacon Hill (in front of Boston Public Garden) Boston, Massachusetts 02108

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    Boston Fridge Magnets

    by machomikemd Written Jul 8, 2014

    I must buy my favorite souvenir items like the shot glasses and the fridge magnets and off course, being in a touristy town and being part of the boston loop bus tour, I must buy these favorite collectible items of mine and they are available at souvenir shops all around Boston and along the different attractions around Boston,there are different designs and prices of these favorite items of mine and fridge magnets costs from $ 2.99 to $ 7.99 depending on the material and size of the fridge magnets.

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    Boston Shot Glasses

    by machomikemd Written Jul 8, 2014

    the most famous and Historic City of Boston and being here, I must buy my favorite souvenir items like the shot glasses and the fridge magnets and off course, being a touristy town and being part of the boston loop bus tour, I must buy these favorite collectible items of mine and they are available at souvenir shops all around Boston and along the different squares and at Quincy Market, Long Wharf, North End, etc. there are different designs and prices of these favorite items of mine and Boston Shot Glasses costs from $ 2.99 to $ 7.99 depending on the material and size of the Shot Glass.

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    Backyard Barbecue

    by travelfrosch Updated Sep 25, 2013

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    A common tradition in Boston, as well as much of the rest of the USA, is the holiday backyard barbecue. On long weekends such as Memorial Day, Independence Day, and Labor Day, families will gather together, sit outside, and enjoy all sorts of grilled meat, fish, and vegetables. The most common fare are hamburgers and hot dogs, though spare ribs, chicken, steak, and even shrimp or salmon can be on the menu. It's an excellent opportunity for families and friends to get together, relax, and socialize.

    (Note: "barbecue" in this context is distinct from Southern BBQ, which is a dish rather than a social event. In the South, the "backyard barbecue" is less common because of the heat, and is sometimes referred to as "outdoor grilling" or a "cookout.")

    A backyard barbecue Dinner is served Two goofy relatives enjoying the outdoors Lots of pictures are taken... Cleo the cat looks on disapprovingly
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    Sam Adams

    by Ewingjr98 Updated Jul 26, 2013

    A brewer and a patriot! Sam Adams is the largest American owned brewery, and they brew some outstanding beers, including their flagship brand, Boston Lager. The brewery was founded in 1984, well ahead of the modern micro brewery industry in America. Sam Adams now has 900 employees working at breweries in Boston, Cincinnati, and Pennsylvania, and they produce 50 different beer styles, which are sold in all 50 states and 20 foreign countries.

    Address: 30 Germania St, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, 02130-2315
    Phone: (617) 522-9080
    Website: http://www.samueladams.com/

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    Restaurant Week

    by sarahandgareth Updated Apr 4, 2011

    Want a way to try out some of Boston's hottest restaurants without breaking the bank. During Restaurant Week (which is actually two weeks, one in winter and one in summer) different area eateries offer three course meals for a song. Check the website for dates and participating restaurants.

    One tip - reserve your table well in advance! The most popular restaurants fill up quickly unless you are willing to eat really early or really late.

    Offical website: http://www.bostonusa.com/RW07/rwindex.html
    Unofficial website: http://www.restaurantweekboston.com/

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  • The Big Dig

    by grkboiler Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    When in Boston, you will probably hear someone talking about the Big Dig. This is the largest construction project in the history of the US. It started in 1991 and will be finished some time in 2005. Its purpose is to completely overhaul the expressway system in key areas to relieve traffic. It will make Boston a different city when it is finished, and every time I go, I see major progress.

    The cost: $14.7 BILLION!!!

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    Artists Are Everywhere

    by moiraistyx Written Jan 18, 2010

    It doesn't matter where you are visiting in Boston or what time of year you are visiting, you are bound to come across some type of artist who has set up their easel or their trip pod right smack in the middle of where everyone is going to walk or right in the field of view of what you are trying to look at. This is all a part of Bean Town and we've all gotten used to it. Some are very conscientious and set up shop out of the way, we like these folks.

    lady painting a picture in the Public Garden
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    Pedestrian ettiquette on the road...

    by joits Written May 1, 2008

    Coming from LA where there are jay walking laws and just an insane amount of traffic, seeing Bostonians walking around the city opened my eyes almost the minute I started walking around. Basically, Bostonians don't really observe the traffic lights and the walking signals. It all comes down to if there are no cars, cross the road. Even if there is traffic, a Bostonian will cross if they think they can make it to the otherside before the traffic arrives. Of course if the walking sign comes on... then by all means, cross. Of course there were several times that I was hesitant to cross even though I saw the locals do it, just because I wasn't sure if the light would turn green and the traffic would start moving. For tourists, I think to be safe is to wait for the walking signal or at least cross the road with other people. There are some places where it's sort of a blind corner and if you're not careful, a car could come speeding around the corner. So my advice would be... better to be safe, it's probably touristy but its a lot better than the alternative.

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    Orchids of every description

    by Pawtuxet Updated Mar 24, 2007

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    They called this exhibit "The Lure of Orchids" and they were so right. There were crowds studying every detail and photographing them, oogling them, and preparing their questions for the gardeners. I have just one orchid and I'm thrilled when she blooms....which will be soon. Don't know if I would ever be a collector like many of these people are. Some are so possessed that they buy special red lights and blue lights to be sure the orchids get exactly the right hue and correct light they need.

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    Down on the farm...

    by Pawtuxet Updated Mar 24, 2007

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    Here is a series of pics of a farm scene at one of the exhibits. I thought the display was marvelous. I'm partial to farms and veggie gardens....roadside stands and such....but the colors in the display were truly scrumptious.

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    Music made you bounce

    by Pawtuxet Updated Mar 24, 2007

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    I wasn't sure if these musicians were Peruvian or from some other place...but loved the sound of their music. Everyone tended to sort of bounce as they walked past them. Colorful costumes and fascinating sort of whistle.

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    Lovely landscapes

    by Pawtuxet Updated Mar 24, 2007

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    Some of the exhibits at the flower show are more appealing than others, of course. I tended to like the more old fashioned "country" look rather than the more contrived... or exotic. I thought of my Australian and New Zealand pals on VT when I saw the sweet lambs. You can't see the black one in the pic, but they had 2 in a garden...one white and one black.
    The stand of Delphiniums were really a knock out.

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