Perhaps many of us sometimes feel tired and oversaturated with city life and associated bustle. This scenario is perfect to get away from your life for a while and devote some time to thinking of eternal things, including marvelous nature and unique culture. More than half of the state of Massachusetts is occupied by forests, swamps, lakes and parks. In intact primary wildlands, you can often see such wild animals as deer, moose, and various species of small animals and unusual birds. The nature of these places is beautiful at any time of the year, whether it is a snowy winter, or autumn with its crimson dye, or sunny summer. Another significant advantage of relaxation here is the rich cultural life of the state as a whole and Boston in particular, which is sometimes not limited to painting. In various museums you can find expositions devoted to science, technology, fashion, history, and contemporary art. In general, any person can find something new and extraordinary in this diversity.
Due to the fact that our day is somewhat limited in time, we will devote it to exclusively necessary preparations to feel comfortable starting the trip around the unique city tomorrow.
Spend a relaxed and quiet evening at Island Creek Oyster Bar. The interior of the place is well-designed, modern and simple, there's no frills. The menu is so diverse that it would be quite difficult to understand what you need for the first time. Many visitors love Giannone fried chicken, rolls with lobster, and a great selection of salads and other light snacks.
It promises to be a very exciting and busy day. We visit many parks, natural and historical sites near the city, and enjoy the culture in fascinating museums and galleries.
There's nothling like crispy, crunchy French bread right from the oven, soft buns with raisins in sweet glaze, chocolate cake, lemon-curd cakes with raspberry jam, fresh salads to order and a huge variety of sandwiches and a jumbo strong coffee for a good day beginning. That is why we start our day at Flour Bakery + Cafe, which, among other things, offers a warm welcome and a comfortable atmosphere.
The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is a perfect place to explore art and history. Isabella Stewart Gardner has assembled an incredible collection of more than 7,500 paintings, sculptures, furniture, textiles, silver, ceramics, 1,500 rare books and 7,000 historical items of ancient Rome, medieval Europe, the Renaissance, Italy, Asia, the Islamic world, France and America of the 19th century. For an individual tour, you can rent the audioguide, which would interest even those not into art.
In Sheepfold, Middlesex Fells Reservation you can enjoy an easy walk along the beautiful alleys under the thick green shade of trees, ride a bike along the equipped paths, go fishing or have a picnic in the meadow. It is also possible to rent a canoe, kayak or just a boat for a ride on the park lake.
Breakheart Reservation is a huge park area, which includes two lakes with an extended forest zone. Free parking is provided at the entrance. Enjoy the tranquility of nature, exploring the system of park alleys and roads, or climb to the observation deck, which offers stunning views of Boston and New Hampshire. If the weather is fine, you can also swim in the lake or just have a picnic down by the lake.
Sichuan cuisine is a Chinese culinary trend originating in Sichuan province in southwestern China. Characteristic features of this cuisine are bright rich flavors, many scented spicery and spices. Experience all the charm of this cuisine at Sichuan Gourmet. The menu is divided into several columns, including dishes of pork, beef, chicken, seafood and fish, as well as vegetable dishes. Many visitors find chicken in orange juice, pork with garlic, and beef with white peas very tasty.
Founded in 1950, the DeCordova Sculpture Park is the largest park of its kind in New England, spanning 30 acres 20 miles west of Boston. The landscape of the park is constantly changing and complemented by modern sculptures and installations, which are aimed at emphasizing the features of each particular place. The sculpture park contains more than 60 works, many of which are also exhibited in the museum. Visitors can enjoy year-round activities in the park and museums such as snowshoeing, yoga, guided tours of significant natural sites, conversations with curators and artists, as well as many special performances, shows and events.
A small and fine place to relax in nature. There is a park area, which includes neat and shady alleys, and a picturesque promenade with all the conveniences necessary for a picnic, and special paths for runners and cyclists. A golf course is also located here, and the young guests can have fun at the playground. Take plenty of beautiful photographs in an atmosphere of tranquillity and harmony.
It is here that the oldest university in America is located, George Washington assumed command of the Continental Army; in the 19th century this place became the center of the abolitionist movement, and in the 20th century became famous for anti-war protests. A lot of things have changed about it, but one hasn't. Harvard Square has always been the home to the authors, poets, publishers, printing houses, teachers, students and book sellers and a place where they gather, some kind of intellectual center. Back in the day, such printing giants of the 19th and 20th centuries as Longfellow, Lowell, T.S. Eliot and Cummings lived near Harvard Square and invariably bought and sold books there.
Sarma is a restaurant and bar where food, drinks and music unite as one and create a unique atmosphere and unforgettable emotions. Following the pattern of traditional restaurants in Turkey, the menu presents a large selection of small seasonal dishes. The incredible aromas of beef and pork fried in spices take your thoughts from the first seconds, and the selection of hot and cold drinks makes Sarma a true dinning destination of choice.
Today is going to be an extremely interesting and eventfull day. We go outside the city to the area offering serene walks through picturesque parks and fascinating tours of unique museums.
Trident Booksellers & Cafe offers necessary opportunities to encourage and boost the morale of residents, students and tourists. Here you can meet friends, take a brunch and enjoy it while reading a book or magazine. Wi-Fi is free. There's been a lot of times the restaurant has been praised by various magazines and newspapers. The Trident menu, including fresh juices and smoothies, traditional dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner, deserved special attention.
Most people send old cars to a junkyard, but not the Anderson family, founded a whole fleet of old vehicles on this site in 1927. The Veteran Motor Car Club of America (VMCCA) later opened the Larz Anderson Auto Museum in October 1949. From that moment, a lot of people have proudly demonstrated their vintage cars here. The exhibition also features fifteen cars of Larz Anderson. Over time, this museum has become a large non-profit educational institution in New England, where social events, lectures, children's programs, walking tours of Anderson Park are held, and the exposition is constantly updated.
Feel the natural beauty of Massachusetts just a few miles from Boston. Blue Hills Nature Reserve covers more than 7,000 acres, including Quincy, Braintree, Canton, Dedham, Milton, and Randolph. There are about 125 miles of trails to explore the scenic forests and wetlands, hills, and more. A map of the park is located at the entrance. Inside the reserve, only a 10 minute parking is allowed at each stop, so you can leave the car at the entrance or plan your stops.
Nantucket Beach is a popular summer vacation destination for Boston residents. The coastline of the Atlantic Ocean stretches over a mile. The area is suitable for beach vacations, walking and cycling.
Ichiban is a quite cozy and comfortable restaurant. Authentic Asian atmosphere coupled with tactful and professional staff sets the tone for the rest of the day. The menu contains traditional dishes from Japan and China, such as sushi, sashimi, and a number of dishes familiar to Americans, such as meat stewed with vegetables, fried pork and beef.
The Arnold Arboretum is an international center for studying plants. The Arboretum collection, which is 281 acres of trees, shrubs and woody vines, is recognized as one of the most complete and most documented in the world. Research focused on studying the diversity of plants, their genome, development, evolution and ecosystems is being carried out here on an ongoing basis. So anyone can enjoy both walks and nature-based exploration there.
Castle Island is located on the north side of a 3-mile area of southern Boston beaches overlooking Dorchester Bay. There is also the historic Fort Independence, which offers magnificent views of the nearby islands, and a walk in these places is usually accompanied by a cool sea breeze. If you have enough time, walk along the Pleasure Bay, or just around the Fort.
Capo Restaurant is located on West Broadway in South Boston. It is a cozy facility serving gourmet Italian dishes and strong drinks in an authentic Italian setting. The kitchen, led by chef Nicholas P. Dixon, offers a carefully thought-out menu consisting of fresh homemade pastas, delicious wood-fired pizza and a wide selection of classic Italian dishes.
Our trip comes to an end, and the final step in Boston before your moving back home is a tour of a unique cultural site, Boston Museum of Fine Art.
Eastern Standard is a lively restaurant in the heart of Kenmore Square in Boston. The atmosphere here is genuinely welcoming. The menu is extensive and contains many breakfast dishes. For example, an entire column is devoted to egg dishes, the highlights are omelette with cheddar cheese, fruit dishes such as grapefruit brulee and honey yogurt with fresh berries.
Boston Museum of Fine Arts is indeed a global cultural gem. The variety of exhibitions and exhibits is so great that it will take a lot of time to list everything. The museum contains exhibits related to the art of America, Asia, Europe, Oceania and even Africa. There are collections devoted to contemporary art, photography, musical instruments, fashion, history, jewelry and much more interesting, almost any area of activity is somehow presented in this museum. In addition, you can purchase souvenirs and gifts in stores in the gallery.