The Oldest City Park in the United States | Boston, Massachusetts

17 June 2017

Since its founding in 1634 the Boston Common has had many different uses. What started as a cow pasture became a campsite for British troops before the Battle of Lexington and Concord. Sometime later, the Common became a public hanging site until a gallows was introduced. Years later it would become a garden, a cemetery, and even the location of riots and protests. As the oldest city park in the United States, the Boston Common is a unique place where nature and history coexist. 

I was lucky that my trip to Boston coincided with some of the most beautiful weather Boston had seen this Spring. Tourist and locals alike were setting up places in the shade to sit and relax. I found myself wondering the park at a snails pace, just enjoying the serenity. Boston Common is a haven in the center of busy Boston. 


Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum | Boston, Massachusetts

03 June 2017

Museums are a way to showcase the true character of a city. From natural sciences to arts, all museums hold artifacts that tell a unique tale of the place you're visiting and the people who helped make it possible. 

The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is just as unique as it is telling. From the outside this modern art museum fits in well with its Boston surroundings. However as soon as you step foot inside you know you are about to be transported back in time. 

Isabella Stewart Gardner was one of America's leading art collectors at the start of the 20th century. By 1903 she had built a museum designed to look like a Venetian palace right in the heart of Boston. Her goal was for visitors to be immersed in Renaissance art and architecture, making the Isabella Stewart Gardner museum one of a kind. Around every corner you are greeted with some of the greatest pieces from the Renaissance including works by Botticelli, Matisse, and Degas. It is undoubtably one of the greatest collection on the Eastern seaboard. 

The museum has a dark history as well. It is the location of the worlds greatest property theft in history. In 1990 two men stole 13 pieces valuing $500 million. The robbery remains unsolved and the pieces are still missing to this day. The museum keeps the empty frames on the walls in hopes of their return. There is a $10 million reward. 

There is no shortage of history and art in the city of Boston. As one of America's oldest cities, Boston is rich in culture. However, I highly suggest getting lost in the hallways of the Isabella Stewart Gardner museum for an afternoon. You will not be disappointed. 


A Solo Weekend in Boston

26 May 2017

I developed a strong sense of independence in the two years I was living abroad. I was fearless about exploring the world with nothing but myself and a camera. Once I moved back to the States, I found it difficult to explore places on my own. I always wanted the company of friends and family. As enjoyable as a travel buddy is, sometimes it can limit you to do the things you really want to. I'm not sure why it took me SO long, but I finally went on my first solo trip within the United States. 

Boston, of course, was the most obvious choice for my first solo vacation. A city rich with history and culture, I had only been once before. I was eager to explore this city on my own! I ate where I wanted, visited the museums I wanted to visit, and no one was rolling there eyes at me while I stopped to take the perfect Instagram shots! Although short, my trip was full of adventure. It was just what I needed. 

I know I have been neglecting this blog. The truth is 2017 has not been the year of travel for me. I spent so much time traveling in 2016 that I wasn't paying attention to my own personal success. So, I've put traveling on hold to pursue a career in teaching! While I focus on work, school, family and friends, please bear with me! But for now, I have so much to share from my Boston trip. Stay tuned!

(Also, new camera! About time, right?)