John & Anne Wiley

2011/05/10

Boston Up & Down

We started out exploring the downtown core of Boston, and realized that by riding the convenient subways so much we’ve missed a lot of street views. Like this one that dazzled us soon after popping up from the “T” (for trains I guess) underworld.

9629 Downtown Boston

9629 Downtown Boston

There are several areas with tall buildings, and like most this one has many other attractions. The tall stacks of glass cubes on the left just past the red brick building is a moving freedom walk remembrance of the holocaust. Just beyond is an art area, and the massive Quincy Market(s).

9645 Quincy Market Area

9645 Quincy Market Area

There’s also a selection of charming Irish pubs. But we couldn’t explore those because of what came next.

9678 Boston Aerial

9678 Boston Aerial

We took Zubair and his delightful son on a flight from the suburbs toward Boston. It was less hazy than our last flight here, but we were able to get much closer. Alas, we couldn’t fly right over due to restricted airspace over a sporting event and although it was sunny nearby there were dark clouds and even light rain over nearly all of the metro area.

9701 Charles Bridge Highlight

9701 Charles Bridge Highlight

By slowly circling just beyond the invisible fence around downtown I was able to catch this break in the clouds that highlights the new Charles bridge. We talked about lingering to see if the sun reached downtown, but decided instead to find Zubair’s house where his wife and daughter heard us and ran out to wave even though we could barely see them. In all, another glorious day on our MerriTimes adventure. Tomorrow we hope to dodge clouds and reach Bar Harbor, ME. Hopefully we’ll at least get an hour’s flight North and closer to Newfoundland where we can wait for weather good enough to fly there in a few hours.

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