Red Brick City

Trip Start Sep 05, 2010
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Trip End Dec 06, 2010


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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Boston is pretty amazing. Bryn (my dad for any that are not sure) and I went out to Downtown Boston, south east of Boston Common this morning. The current city hall is rather ugly but just the other side of it are a few markets selling all kinds of food. We had a look at Paul Revere's house. He was the one who supposedly shouted "the British are coming" when he rode to warn of the British army crossing the Charles River. (Actually he probably shouted "The Regulars are coming out" if anything but I feel the other has more snap).

The old parts of Boston look exactly how I imagined them. I wandered around Beacon Hill, walking past where Louisa May Alcott used to live. The streets are paved with red brick and made lumpy by the roots of trees that line them. Some narrow streets are still paved with cobblestones. I felt like I was walking around the Boston described by Rose Red in "What Katy Did Next". I also wandered around the Public Garden where there was a charming statue of some ducks.

The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is like nothing else. The only place I have ever been that comes close is the John Soane museum in London. It is made up of a collection put together for Mrs Garder who, after her husband's death, built the house that contains them. I say house, Renaissance palace is closer the mark. It is like nothing I have ever seen before. Because of it's eclectic mix of different artefacts, collected from all over the world, it is like visiting all of Europe, China and Japan rolled into one.

There are paintings by Degas, Botticelli, Rembrandt, Raphael and Sargent. Upon entering you walk into a cloister which surrounds a beautiful courtyard, green with ferns and filled with statues. I felt like even if I spend every day there for a month I would still find something new the next time I went. The museum was also the subject of America's largest art heist when in 1990 three hundred million dollars worth of paintings were stolen from there. Empty frames hang in the places of the missing paintings as Gardner's will does not allow the pieces to be rearranged from how she originally placed them.

Unfortunately I no photography was allowed in the museum so I cannot show you photos. The website has a few pictures though: http://www.gardnermuseum.org/

Dinner was a rather nice burger and a glass of coke in true American style. It was nice to have dinner with my dad and sister, I'm really looking forward to my week in Maine.
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You seem to be having a ball!! ,nan and me envy you ,we cannot wait for the next blog ,We almost fight over who reads it first .They are so good its like being their with you ,keep them coming
Give our love to Mum Dad AND Bethan love you grandadxx

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