Boston Photo Journal

Following my Cambridge Photo Journal, here are some of the non-food places that I visited during my Boston trip. Hope you enjoy!

Bates Hall inside the Boston Public Library. I adore this room and the fact that this room was hidden up top in the building, while the rest of the library looked modern and contemporary. Can you imagine actually reading or studying in this room?
Marble stairs and frescoes inside the Boston Public Library. When I started wondering why can’t more libraries also serve as a museum. And such a handsome lion too. So fluffy.
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The beautiful courtyard inside the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. The story behind this museum is fascinating. Isabella Gardner, born in the 19th century, was a New Yorker, who married a Bostonian, and they traveled throughout the world. In their travels, Gardner collected many artworks, totaling about 2500 pieces in the end. After her husband’s death, Gardner built her palace, where she arranged all her artwork. In her will, she requested that her home be open to the public as a museum and that the art arrangements she made be touched as little as possible. This courtyard and the three floors of rooms filled with all the amazing paintings, sculptures, furniture and many others is seriously giving me dreams of being some kind of a countess, in my palace, surrounded by my art collection, wearing haute couture and custom-made jewelry…hmmm…
An example of the pieces found at the Gardner museum. John Singer Sargent’s “El Jaleo” was just propped rather casually in a little corner on the side of the courtyard, surrounded by intricately painted ceramic tiles. The sense of luxury, indulgence and passion for the arts in the museum is so real. Visiting the Gardner museum was different from visiting other art museums. The collection in the Gardner museum was carefully curated and arranged, the artwork felt more personable, while artworks in a public museum seem more clinical and sterile in comparison.
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Boston Common. Like Central Park in New York City. I can’t imagine how beautiful this place would be when the snow has melted. Not that the park doesn’t have its wintry charms, but brrrrr….
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If I ever go back to Boston, I’m totally spending more time in Beacon Hill. It’s a tiny neighborhood in Boston, near North End, with lots of cobblestone streets, beautiful brownstone homes and many cute shops. It’s adorable. Kind of like West village in New York. I bet it’s hella expensive to live in Beacon Hill, but damn it’s cute.

 

 

 

 

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