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A Quick Guide to... Boston

History Boston

The father of American jurist Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. (Dr. Oliver Wendell Holmes) once called the Boston statehouse "the hub of the solar system", but common usage has expanded to the now-current Hub of the Universe. (According to wikipedia)From this very statement this can be deduced that Boston holds a very important position in America's history. Boston has been the centre for USA's social aristocrats for centuries. It was around the 12th century that the city lost its prominence mainly to some other rising cities like New York, Chicago and San Francisco. The city of Boston was founded in 1630 by members of the Massachusetts Bay colony. These people were Puritan religious dissidents and they had fled England to seek for freedom in a 'New World'.

Boston was equipped with an easily-defended harbour and as it is situated to the closest harbour to Europe- the city rapidly grew and achieved a leading role in the New England region. Boston even then had a booming economy resulting from trade with the Caribbean and Europe. The devastating Fire of 1760 destroyed much of the town, but within a few years the city had bounced back. Boston's nicknames include "Bean-town", "The City of Higher Learning" (due to the presence of universities and colleges in the city) and The Athens of America.


Boston's weather can be termed as unpredictable, and if you don?t like the weather when you are in Boston, don?t worry it can change at the next minute as well. Generally, it is very cold during the winters and very hot during the summers. Also unexpected rain in spring is normal

Best Boston

Boston has a lot to offer to the travellers. With a rich range of museums, art galleries, parks and happening events- a visit to Boston is pure fun!Boston museum of Fine Arts is the mini Bostonian version of the Met. It boasts on its largest art collection in the western hemisphere- this museum is also one of the priciest museums in the country. The Harvard Museum of Nation History has been famous for more than a hundred years for its exclusive collection of 'glass flowers'. If you are interested in science and inventions the MIT museum or the Science Museum of Boston is there to quench the thirst for your knowledge. While you are in Boston do not forget to visit Mapparium- which houses a three story globe room where visitors can view a stained-glass map of the world from inside the center.

In the Boston Harbor Islands State park you will get to see the Fort Warren- the invincible fortress that has made Boston the most defensible throughout the history. A visit to Boston Common and Public Garden is a must for all visitors during the warmer months. This is the oldest public park in America. A ride in the famous Swan Boats, a walk across the world's shortest suspension bridge will certainly make your holidays.

Exploring Boston

Getting around Boston is not that easy. The roads are unplanned and complicated as they are the paved versions of the 17th century dirty roads and cattle trails. Driving around Boston is really not that good an idea. The roads are arranged haphazardly enough to get you totally confused. What you can do is take the subways- this is quite famous among the tourists as well as the Bostonians. The public transports in Boston are quite famous for being inexpensive and exclusively effective. The transportation system in Boston or the 'T' is good enough for you to take you to all the places of interest. While you are planning to travel the towns outside the city you can go for the commuter rails.

Though it has limited frequency compared to the subway and it's not recommended for travel within the city itself. While exploring Boston you must remember that the north and south stations are not inter-connected. So you just can't mix up the trains and expect to reach your destiny. A trip to the down town can be enjoyable on foot. But if you are thinking of a late night travel do consider hiring taxis. Besides, there are also water shuttles available for travelling around the city. This might make an interesting experience.

Eating drinking Boston

Boston is famous for seafood nearby the New England Coast. The local cuisine of Boston includes specialities like: baked beans, cod, and clam chowder. And about desserts- needless to say it should be ice-cream. Boston is one of the highest consuming regions in the world.For the finger licking seafood go to Legal Seafoods where you can have affordable dinner equipped with Bostonian delicacies. Similar tasty foods can also be found at the Barking Crab and the bonus feature is you can dine in an outdoor clam shack atmosphere. The oldest of the seafood restaurants is the Union Oyster House which still holds its unique position in providing amazingly delicious dishes.

Boston offers a huge range of Italian food corners. Pizzas and pastas are quite famous here; people love them as handy take-away. Marliave a 124 year old Italian restaurant serves real delicacies. The place also offers nice interior overlooking the streets of Boston. Maurizio's is a three time Boston's Best award winner restaurant. If you are looking for places those are cheap and can hang out with your friends you can check the following places- Bob's Southern Bistro, Eagles Deli, South Street Diner, Durgin-Park etc.

Shopping Boston

Boston might not be the ultimate shoppers' paradise but shopping here is fun. The biggest shopping areas in the city are the Back Bay and the Down-town Crossing. There are also two large malls in the city. There are house department stores, clothing stores, book-stores, up-scale shopping, a food court, many restaurants, and connect to several large hotels. At the Newbury Street you will find a wonderfully dense avenue coloured by historic brownstones and lots of shops and restaurants. Things are a little dear near Boston Common but as you start nearing Massachusetts you will be relieved to find reasonable price ranges.

This place is called the 'Rodeo drive of the east' as here excellent collections of trendy and classic goodies. The Down-town Crossing near the Boston Common is extremely famous for the Filene's Basement. This place was actually an underground store but due to its sky scrapping demands the authorities have started to renovate it into a two-story shopping house. For surprisingly bargain goods hit the Bargain Alley where you can get stuffs at prices as cheap as 25% of the market price.