20 August 2017


everyone said i had to go to mike's for canoli --- hmph ---  

old north church memorial, each blank dog tag representing one of the 4,000 + american lives wasted in afghanistan and iraq



brattle book shop was just around the corner in the same block as the hotel --- they still do great book stores in boston --- a short walk across the common to beacon hill, which is just awash in picturesqueness, and steep streets

18 August 2017

yin yu tang

the single most spectacular thing i saw, a 200-hundred-year-old merchants' house from a village in southeastern china, with historic furnishings and decoration, reconstructed at the peabody essex in salem --- i don't usually like moved and reconstructed buildings, but whoa howdy, this one was good

boston-02 and salem

had a little time to kill waiting on the commuter t to salem, so saw a little of the north end, aka little italy

salem is a fine little town, over-run by witch-seeking tourists, but still a fine town --- for whatever reason i failed to take images along the waterfront

so of course i downloaded some hawthorne right away ---


five days and 65 or so miles walked and a bunch more riding subway, bus, and trolley ---
godfrey hotel on washington st, next door to a t stop and a block or so from the common ---

yeah, yeah, another library --- hmph --- i had seen mckim's boston public library building (1895) from the outside, but the inside, oh, my --- a magnificent place --- sargent's "the triumph of religion" was overwhelming

arlington church (1861), trinitarian universalist, and site of first state-sanctioned same-sex wedding in the country --- spectacular tiffany glass

trinity was half covered with scaffolding, but any part of it is a visual feast

the fens (1879), an urban wild by f.l. olmsted --- purty great park ---
i could not drag myself off the streets long enough to work in the mfa --- next time