Boston in the Spring

We had out-of-state guests here for the last few days. Mostly, it rained, so we ate, drove around looking at misty landscapes and lakes, hung out at coffee shops, watched videos, and talked.

On Saturday, we had a sunny, breezy, mid-50s day, perfect for touristing with our guests in Boston. We drove to an out-lying T stop (Wellington), where we found it very easy to park and get the subway (Orange Line) into Jamaica Plain, to meet a friend at her house for a stroll through the Arnold Arboretum: white and pink fruit trees (prunus) in high bloom; maples, birches, dogwoods and other deciduous trees leafing out; and shrubs including witch hazel, azaleas, Japanese spicebush, vibernum, and pieris japonica coming in and out of leaf and flower.

Near entrance to Arnold Arboretum, 10 April 2010

White blossoms, Arnold Arboretum, 10 April 2010

Pink and white fruit trees, Arnold Arboretum, 10 April 2010

Pond, Arnold Arboretum, 10 April 2010

We followed our time in the garden with a buffet lunch at Bukhara, an Indian restaurant on Centre Street in JP.  About half of the 12 or so dishes were vegetarian (others included chicken, shrimp and goat), and two of those contained okra (including shahi bhindi), something I hadn’t come across at other Indian places. Another unusual offering was a potato and onion crepe made to order (masala dosa). There were also standbys like saag paneer, chicken tandoori, naan bread, spicy vegetable samosas,  and a chana dish.

After a leisurely lunch, we said goodbye to my friend around 1:30 or 2 and the five of us took the T from Green Street to Downtown Crossing, from which we walked to Boston Common and the public gardens and pond. Tulips were blooming!

Boston Common gardens, 10 April 2010

More strolling here, then a walk over to Chinatown to look around,

Chinatown, Boston, 10 April 2010

and then we started on the Freedom Trail, stops 2-12, which included  the State House; Park Street Church and the Granary Burying Ground; …

Boston, burying grounds, 10 April 2010

… King’s Chapel and Burying Ground; Boston Latin School; Old South Meeting House; the Old State House (site of the Boston Massacre) — ending up at 4 p.m. at  Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market, where we watched street performers …

Street performer, Quincy Market, Boston, 10 April 2010

… and split up to shop for a half-hour. We met at 5 and sat in the warm late afternoon sun beside the Sam Adams statue for a few minutes, soaking in the ambiance, before we caught the T from the State House back to Wellington for our drive home.

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