Memorial Day weekend, 2016. In Boston for a wedding, we decided to make a holiday of it. Stayed in the Aloft Hotel in South Boston, on the harbor. We made time to shoot some pictures. Remarkably, we did not get lost. We had no trouble getting to the harbor and found a convenient parking garage … at a reasonable price. In Boston. On a holiday weekend. Gee.



Such a miracle deserves celebration.

We both took a lot of pictures. The differences are interesting. Marilyn commented that my “roots” in journalism are obvious. I shoot pictures of people and activities. She takes landscapes and architectural shots, though we always seem to take at least a dozen pretty much identical shots, no matter what else we do.



I was impressed at the intrepid kayakers braving Boston Harbor. There’s a lot of boat traffic and I would not want to be in such a tiny craft in so crowded a waterway.

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It’s true. I look for people. I’m an old news guy and that’s what I see. Sometimes, we take the same pictures or almost the same … and sometimes, we see very different things while being in the same place.


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  1. Nice & the pictures are great!

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  2. Congratulations! I have chosen your post to be featured on Cee’s Fun Photo Challenge.
    I sure hope your week is off to a great start.

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  3. Looks like a great get away- and I love the photos. That last one really pops Garry!

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  4. Did you have any clam chowder while you were there?

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  5. Boston has a harbour and the Atlantic Ocean -the things I learn. Some great photos there, gives me an appetite on Boston. The bridge and the buldings look really neat, what a place to have a tea party.

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    • Ms. Swiss, lots of pricey little and not so little restaurants where you can sate your appetite. But it’s still a very picturesque area for visitors, new and old timers.


  6. These are fabulous photos Garry. Nice to see you play along. 😀

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  7. Is “The NoName” Restaurant still down on the wharf..?? It was the best seafood joint I’ve ever been to.., even though it looked like a dive.

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    • None of the old restaurants are there anymore. They are all replaced, some by places with the same name, but very different food and much “classier” digs. Especially missing is “The Daily Catch” which specialized in calimari and where, whether you were famous, infamous, or nobody at all, you still had to wait outside in the rain and cold for a seat. No one jumped that line. And no place had better food.


    • Ben, they’ve really yuppified the area. Not sure about the “No Name” or any of those other favorite places. I think they’ve passed into legend. Too bad.


  8. Wonderful photos Garry. Very impressive

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  9. Beautiful and colorful photographs………. I like especially red hut image 🙂


    • That’s the “museum” which is really just a fancy gift shop where they sell tickets to the tea party ships. But it’s pleasant and they have some nice stuff, not all of it tourist junk. Some really elegant English-made tea sets which I resisted since in all my years of collecting tea sets, I never served tea. No one wanted to deal with lovely bone china tea cups. They wanted coffee. In big, sturdy mugs.

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    • The red was really vibrant on an overcast Sunday afternoon with no reflection from the water.

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  10. How colorful! Looks more like Mexico than Boston… if you just replaced all that wood with adobe, concrete, brick, stone and stucco!

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    • They did a really nice job on the area. When we lived there, it looked like a rundown old fishing pier, with hole-in-the-wall restaurants that had the BEST sea food ever. The new pier area is beautiful, bright, clean, and easy to access … but the great little restaurants are gone. Even the ones that kept the same names, don’t serve the same food. No more bare board tables and rickety folding chairs with sizzling platters straight off the cooker. Now, tablecloths and air conditioning. And (gasp) polite waiters. But mostly, the food isn’t anywhere near as good.

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      • I know. Gentrification rarely improves the cuisine. I hated it when the gentrified the Huntington Beach pier area. I loved it when it was seedy!!! Mainly, I was appreciating the colors. You know me.

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        • I was very pleased at how much color they used. Boston isn’t known for “colorful,” but whoever designed this used color very nicely. I loved the yellow hull on The Beaver, too. That area has a lot of history going back as far as there have been European settlers in North America. It’s one of the oldest settled (invaded?) areas. Many of the buildings are much older than they look, though the very oldest ones were burned down in a huge, lethal fire in 1876 that destroyed pretty much the entire wharf area and all of the warehouses and businesses. This is maybe the 5th or 6th rebuilding of the area. I’m sure it won’t be the last. I do miss the great seafood, though.

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    • Lots of little stories there. This area has changed a lot since we moved from Boston to Uxbridge aka The Outcasts of Poker Flats.



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