I ended the New York blog as we were leaving Central Station to get the train to Boston. The journey was good, the train comfortable and spotless.
Having arrived at our destination we made our way to the Lenox Hotel, which is off Copley Square, in the Back Bay area of Boston.
Back Bay is the sort of upmarket area that you see in films. It is filled with brownstone houses, trendy shops and between Newbury and Boylston Streets there are some very posh restaurants. We pushed the boat out and naturally ate steak at Abe & Louie’s steakhouse as that is what it is famous for and if memory serves me well it was good.
The room at the hotel was luxurious, the bed turned down every night, Lindt chocolates left on the pillow and a complimentary copy of ‘USA Today’ waiting for us each morning. We booked our car through the concierge and collection documents were left in our room while we were out sightseeing. We enjoyed chatting to Jimmy Fisher a spry 84 year old who had been a bellhop at the hotel for over 60 years; he was a mine of information and loved anything English.
However, enough of the hotel, we had to hit the streets and the first thing we did was get an insight into the area we were staying in. We walked the park where there was a market taking place and bought some fresh fruit. Visited the First Church of Boston, and of course having been up the Hancock tower in Chicago several times, we had to take a peek at the one in Boston. Unfortunately, the observation deck for some reason isn’t open to the public but we managed to take a nice picture of the OLD Hancock Tower reflected in the windows of the NEW.
We did a Trolley Bus tour and took in Fenway Park. To anyone who knows even the slightest bit about baseball, this is where Babe Ruth was a pitcher for the Red Sox before he joined the Yankees. It is reputedly Boston’s most popular attraction.
I spotted the building that was used as the FBI headquarters in a film both Jim and I love, ‘The Departed’. It is actually a Mental Health Facility. FBI … Mental … Coincidence eh!
We headed for the waterfront and visited Quincy Market, which was fun. Lively with buskers and street artists as well as lots of shops and places to grab something to eat. It has a good vibe about it. Next to the market is Faneuil Hall and Paul Revere’s House. We wandered round the corner and spotted the Cheers Bar, where only the front looks anything like the TV show. We had been here on a previous visit and were disappointed that the inside is a restaurant and looks like many other bars in America and nothing of the show is recognisable.
Image of Jimmy from the Boston Herald.
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