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    Side Trips: Walker Point, Kennebunkport Maine

    by machomikemd Written Jul 11, 2014

    Walker Point in Kennebunkport is about an 86 mile (139 kilometer) and 1 1/2 hour drive via Interstate 95 from Boston.

    the area that made Kennebunkport Famous is the Walker Point, located on a sharp tip along the ocean coast of Kennebunkport, the Summer Home of former President George HW Bush, the father of Dubya George W. Bush. A Little dot of Red s on a Sea of Blue State of Maine. You Can See Walker point along various Vista Points along the Ocean Avenue area of Kennebunkport and you can park cars but buses are not alowed on the vista points. The Place is off limits to people and are guarded by secret service Agents. Inside the Compound is a large central house, built in the New England shingle style, has nine bedrooms, four sitting rooms, an office, a den, a library, a dining room, a kitchen, and various patios and decks. Next to the main house are a four-car garage, a pool, tennis court, dock, boathouse, and guesthouse. There are spacious lawns on either side of the house, on which there is a small sportsfield.

    You can then Shop and Eat Cheaper Maine Lobsters and Seafood at Dock Square in the Dock Square Area of Kennebunkoport afterwards.

    Directions: 04046 Ocean Avenue Kennebunkport, ME

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    Side Trips: Hampton Beach New Hampshire

    by machomikemd Updated Jul 11, 2014

    This is the only beachfront of the State of New Hampshire, all 18 miles (28 kilometers) of it at the town of Hampton, just across Northern Massachussets and is a 52 minute 45 mile (72 kilometer) drive north via Interstate 95. strolling on the nearly deserted beach since it is late september or early fall season that is why there are hardly any people here except the day tourist like us from boston from a day long new england sea coast tour. If you are in the boston area in summer or during spring break, I would strongly recommend you to go here plus book the New England Sea Coast tours from the assorted tours from boston and experience the beach since it is very clean and wide and the currents are not strong and more specially to see more people.

    Directions: Hampton Beach, New Hampshire 03842. Take 95 North to Exit 2 in Hampton
    Bear Left after Hampton Toll Booth onto 101 East towards Hampton (5.4 Miles)

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    Side Trips: Cape Neddick Nubble Light House

    by machomikemd Written Jul 11, 2014

    Located 66 miles (110 Kilometers) North of Downtown Boston Via Interstate 95 in Southern Maine.

    The Nubble Light House has one rich history in the Maine Coast (which has a reputation for historic lighthouses numbering about 60 dotting it's coasts) but at present is not accesible to visitors. The Nubble light House is a major stop for people who go on a tour of Maine in General and southern main in Particular. The best place to view the Lighthouse is at the nearby Sohier State Park where parking is free. Built in 1879, Cape Neddick is the southernmost of Maine's many lighthouses. It is also called Nubble Light, refering to the barren rocky island (Nubble) on which it sits, just off shore. The 41 foot tower is constructed of cast iron plates lined with brick. Cape Neddick's fourth-order lens flashes red every six seconds, and is visible for 13 miles (21 Kilometers). The Nubble Light has probably appeared on more postcards, calendars, and other souvenirs than any other New England lighthouse

    Address: NUBBLE Road, Cape Neddick York, ME 03909

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    Carmen Park

    by machomikemd Written Jul 9, 2014

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    betweeon Union Street and Congress Street fronting the Union Oyter House in One Side and the City Hall Square on the other Side and ending at the Faneuil Hall is the Carmen Park, the small public park also houses the Northeast Holocaust Memorial (I will have separate tip on it) and you can take a rest or just hang around here as there are many public chairs and some bronze statues along this park.

    opens 24/7

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    Boston Convention and Exhibition Center

    by machomikemd Written Jul 7, 2014

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    The Boston Convention and Exhibition Center (BCEC) lies in the Seaport District of Boston and is the biggest Indoor Convention and Exhibition Center in New England. This huge facility has 516,000 square feet (48,000 square meters) of floor space and the main hall can be divided into 3 separate areas for different activities. It is ideal for conventions and of course I've attended one here since I am making a tip. The Convention Center is a good stepping point in doing tours arond boston as they have Subway Stops and Hop On Hop Off Trolley stops here where you can go to other areas of boston on a budget if you are staying in this area.

    the convention center is open from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm everyday

    Nearest MBT is World Trade Center Station.

    address: 415 Summer St, Boston, MA 02210, United States

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    East Boston Piers Park

    by Jefie Written Sep 27, 2013

    This little park has got to be one of the best places to see downtwn Boston's skyline. Located in East Boston, it's very easy to get there from the Airport subway station. You only need to follow the walking path that starts in the park at the front of the station for about 15 minutes until you reach the waterfront. The park is not very bit (6.5 acres), but if you happen to be in the area - especially if you have some time to kill before your flight - it's definitely worth making the short detour to enjoy the beautilful views it offers of downtown Boston.

    Boston skyline seen from East Boston Piers Park At the entrance of East Boston Piers Park Enjoying the view at East Boston Piers Park Walking path between Airport station and the park
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    Chelsea is across the Tobin Bridge

    by atufft Written Sep 7, 2012

    The rough cut but historical ethnic enclave of Chelsea is where the commercial produce market and other industries are located, but it's also an important historical town. Take the 111 bus from the Hay Market transit station in downtown Boston. These buses are very popular but cost just $2- to cross the Tobin Bridge within 10 minutes to Chelsea. Get off along Broadway and walk around. There are good cheap ethnic restaurants here.

    Street Art in Chelsea, MA Tobin Bridge leads to Chelsea from Boston Chelsea along Broadway
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    Statue of Admiral Farragut

    by travelfrosch Updated Apr 21, 2012

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    A statue of Admiral David Glasgow Farragut, hero of the Battle of Mobile Bay in the American Civil War, stands in the center of the traffic circle at City Point. Were he alive today, he would probably exclaim, "Damn the SUVs! Full speed ahead!"

    Take bus #7, #9, #10, or #11 to City Point.

    Farragut
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    Float on....

    by garridogal Updated Sep 18, 2011

    Sometimes you seek attractions and sometimes they find you on their own. After having dinner at the Ashmont Grill, I found this wonderful floating head. It lives across the street from the restaurant and really, just begging for a photo op.

    I hope I did it justice.

    Meeting of the minds
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    Find the big fishes!

    by leics Updated Sep 4, 2011

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    I came across the rather lovely mosaic quite unexpectedly one evening, whilst wandering around the Long Wharf area.

    I don't think it would be quite so obvious in daylight, but it really is worth a look after dark, when it is illuminated from behind.

    The mosaic is made of 900+ pounds of tumbled recycled glass set in resin. The glass pieces resemble the sea-glass one finds on beaches around the world...soft colours and soft edges.

    It was set in place in 2007, to mark the revitalisation of Boston's harbourfront area and 'the important role of the codfish' in Boston's history.

    I thought it was very striking indeed.

    It's called '255 State Street Sea Glass'. You'll find it set into the side of the building at the junction of Central Street and Atlantic Avenue.

    Fishy mosaic Fishy head
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    Post Office Square Park...a shady spot.

    by leics Written Sep 4, 2011

    Set amongst the concrete and brick of the Financial District, this little park (in two sections) is really rather lovely. Although privately-owned it is accessible to the public at all times.

    There are trees and grass, flowerbed and benches and a rather nice sculpture of small animals which is very attractive to small children, several of whom I saw stroking the ducks, squirrels and turtles.

    The park is also obviously much appreciated by local workers, judging by the number of them I saw eating their lunches in its shade

    If you are wandering this part of Boston and fancy somewhere to sit and rest for a while the Post Office Square Park is just the spot, imo. The square has less traffic than one might expect, even on a weekday.

    You'll find the park at the junction of Milk, Water, Pearl and Congress streets.

    Park, 'temple' and sculpture Attractive animals. :-)
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    Have a splash!

    by leics Updated Sep 4, 2011

    The Rose Kennedy Greenway is a series of parks following the line of Atlantic Avenue and onwards.

    The Greenway was created as a result of the 'Big Dig', a mega-project that put Interstate Highway 93 into a 6+km long tunnel....the elevatedsection which once carried the 93 has been replaced by grass and trees and sitting areas and plants and artworks.

    I'm sure the Big Dig was a nightmare for Boston residents when it was underway, but the results have been worth it. The Greenway is a real asset and, on warm summer nights, I found its fountains were a huge draw for both local children and visitors.

    There are complicate patterns of water spouts, 'steam' (which must be brilliant for children!) and coloured lights....a water paradise for little ones.

    I really enjoyed spending a while watching kids and parents enjoy themselves. They were there in the daytime too, of course, but the evening lights made it a much more magical experience.

    If you are wandering the Long Wharf area on a warm evening you might be tempted to play in the fountains too...even if you have no children with you! :-)

    You'll find the set of fountains in my photo at the junction of Atlantic Avenue and Central Street, but I think there are several sets along the Greenway.

    Red lights and 'steam'..... Purple lights and 'steam'
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    Boston Irish Famine Memorial

    by leics Written Sep 3, 2011

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    You will probably pass by this memorial, as it stands opposite the Old South Meeting House (dating from 1729). It's fairly new, unveiled in 1998.

    My guidebook suggests that the 'presumably wealthy Bostonian family' are ignoring those ragged victims of the Famine who hold out their hands towards them.

    I'm not so sure it is supposed to be Bostonians. I think it is probably supposed to be the British ignoring the victims...but the clothes are wrong.

    An alternative view is that the 'wealthy' represents the Irish emigrants who escaped the Famine and made their way in America.

    The sculpture annoyed me a little, to be honest. The clothes of the 'wealthy' (be they British or Bostonian) were entirely wrong for the period (mid 1800s)..so perhaps they *are* supposed to be a later, wealthier emigrant family looking back to the past?, And the rags of the female victim were far too skimpy. I felt the latter, especially, displayed a lack of knowledge and understanding I would not expect to find in a memorial. The New York memorial to the famine was far more appropriate and far more evocative, imo.

    Seek it out and see what you think. There is no right or wrong, just personal opinion.

    The most important thing is that the Irish Famine is remembered.

    You will find the memorial at the junction of School Street and Washington Street, not far from Downtown Crossing T.

    The memorial Victims 'Wealthy'
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    Liberty Square: seek it out.

    by leics Updated Sep 3, 2011

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    Liberty Square is just a small square in the Financial District but it has a lot of history.

    In 1765 Bostonians tore down the British Stamp Tax Office which stood here. Crikey!

    In 1791 the square was named after the French Revolution, with a 'festive banquet' and a 21-gun salute.

    And in 1986, a memorial to those who fought and died in the 1956 Hungarian Revolution was erected, and it was this which caught my eye.

    I saw the triumphant woman first, of course. But do take the time to get a closer look, for all around the base which supports her you will see the faces of those who died.

    I found this a very impressive memorial. Gyuri Hollosy was the sculptor.

    Liberty Square lies on Water Street, between the Common and the waterfront.

    Memorial view 1 Memorial view 2 Find the faces 1 Find the faces 2
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    Rather good murals

    by leics Written Sep 3, 2011

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    One of America's oldest bookshops, Brattle's is no doubt hugely attractive to those who enjoy browsing through secondhand books. There were certainly plenty of people around whenever I passed by.

    But I enjoyed it when it was closed too, for the rather excellent murals in its outside area (where many books are displayed).

    Even if you have no interest in secondhand or antiquarian books it is worth seeking out Brattles, after it has closed, just to enjoy the colourful murals on the 'outside sale lot's' walls and ...well, they're book-cupboards, I suppose.

    You'll find it on 9 West Street, which runs between Tremont Street (bordering the eastern edge of the Common) and Washington Street.

    Wall and 'cupboards' 'Cupboard' doors And here's the sign  to look out for.
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