As part of our mini-vacation, we decided to shoot some pictures before heading home to little old Uxbridge.

One of the rare times when I didn't have a camera with me. Two strikes agains me -- just a cell phone and shooting through glass at twilight. But the view from the 33rd floor at 60 State Street is breathtaking. Even using a cell phone.

One of the rare times when I didn’t have a camera with me. Using a cell phone shooting through glass at twilight. The view from the 33rd floor at 60 State Street is breathtaking. Even using a phone instead of a camera.

Boston has changed a lot since we lived there. We’ve been gone 16 years during which time nothing much happened in Uxbridge. A couple of restaurants closed. All but one reopened under new management. The Unitarian Church went out of business. CVS built a big store where the ice cream place used to be. The ice cream place moved to Whitinsville. Both local dry cleaners closed and Walmart built a super store in Whitinsville.


During this same period, Boston finished the Big Dig. They built new roads, tunnels and bridges. Completely redesigned the waterfront, turning what had a been a dark, dirty dumpy area into an attractive, accessible tourist magnet. Lots of young people were there. Singing, dancing, drinking and hanging out which seems to be what young people do when they get together.


The Beaver

There are easily a dozen new hotels, one of which we stayed in. Very modern. Comfortable. Accommodating. Friendly. From the outside, it looks like it’s built with Lego (it has to be one of the most unattractive pieces of architecture I’ve seen), but inside, it’s delightful. High ceilings. Bright and airy. Well-designed, spacious bathrooms and plenty of closet space. Good cable package and fast, free WiFi. Lots of cool high-tech stuff.


And they take dogs. We were among the few people who didn’t have a well-groomed, properly trained canine companion. Our dogs are neither well-groomed nor properly trained. I shudder to imagine taking any of them to a hotel.


We cabbed over to the wedding from the hotel. It is on the waterfront — as was the hotel — but it’s several miles north of the area in which we were staying. As we passed the edge of Charlestown Harbor, I saw a tall ship. I assumed it was the Constitution and suggested we go back the next day. Take some pictures.


The Eleanor

When we lived in Boston, we used to hike to Charlestown from Beacon Hill or Charles River Park. We were younger. I could hike up the hill to our apartment at full speed with 20 lbs of groceries in each hand. These days, I’d have to stop along the way and take a nap. On the sidewalk. Or call for an ambulance.


It turned out the ship was not the Constitution. It was The Beaver, a restored schooner that recreates one of the three Boston Tea Party (NO relation to right-wing “Tea Party”) ships. There are two ships, the second being the Eleanor. A third ship is being built. Originally, four ships sailed from England bearing tea. One sank. Three made it to Boston. Then, there was a tea party, a bit of shooting, a declaration, a revolution … and the rest, as they say, is history.


You can have tea on one of the ships. There’s a cute little “museum” which is really a gift shop and not any kind of museum.

Hi from Sam Adams. He helped start a revolution and is mostly famous for making beer. Perhaps justifiably so.

Hi from Sam Adams. He helped start a revolution and is mostly famous for making beer. Perhaps justifiably so.

We took pictures. We stopped and had crab cakes for lunch. We came home. The dogs were very glad to see us. We were very glad to see them. But mostly, we were unbelievably glad to see our extremely comfortable bed. At our age? There really is no place like home.

Other than the pictures I took with our rarely used cell phone, all the other photos were taken with my Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ 200. It’s the camera I grab when I want to keep it simple.


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14 replies

  1. They have lovely clam chowder in Boston.


  2. I should have had Marilyn use the movie app on her camera so I could do a commentary. Why? When I finish my commentary I could sign off … “On the waterfront”. I LOVED doing that with just the right hokey, melodramatic touch during my working days. A tribute to Terry Malloy, Johnny Friendly and all the other water front heroes of yore.


  3. I saw your wonderful photos this morning and now have time to comment. They are great, and Boston looks like my kind of town. I did not realise they had water (stupid Brit) but I suppose they do if they had a Tea party. I had a look in internet and it seems it is not a river, but the Atlantic Ocean (more stupid Brit). I take mainly photos with my mobile for immediate use on a blog, otherwise for the photos that can take their time, I like to use one of my other cameras. I now have problems taking photos as I have to keep my balance, and am still working that one out.

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    • All of America’s oldest cities have deep water harbors. New York, Boston, Baltimore … up and down the Atlantic coast. Those that aren’t on the ocean, are on a big, deep water river that leads to the ocean.

      Boston and New York were founded around the same time and have been rivals since colonial times. It goes on today, too. New York takes the prize for size and energy, but doesn’t keep it’s history.

      Boston is all about history. It has lots of preserved buildings, most are well-maintained and accessible.

      New York is all business or entertainment. Anything old is in the way and gets knocked down. So, even though the two cities are of similar age, they have a very different attitude and appearance. Garry and I are both originally from New York. I think half the people who live in New England started out in New York. If you find NY a bit high pressure, Boston is a very good alternative.


  4. What a wonderful city to take photos in. Talk about American history. Great photos Marilyn.

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    • Thanks, Cee. Boston is a very good place to shoot. Lots of old right next to new, plenty of texture and color. Parks, wharves, sculpture. We don’t get in there often unless I’ve got a doctor appointment and then we are usually racing to get in and out as fast as possible. Nice when we have time to play a bit 🙂

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      • I’m glad you planned this as an overnight trip rather than drive in-drive out wedding event (with fries on the side?). It was nice to be out on the town, just the two of us.
        Truth be told, I was glad to get home when we did.
        Thank you!


  5. Great selection of photos. Garry looks like he is concentrating hard.

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