Continuing with the photography journey in one day, this week it is time for the East Coast of United States, and I will start with a city richer in history and beauty: Boston.
I started my day in Cambridge area, very famous because of the well-known universities but did you know that Boston has 27 colleges and universities inside its city limits and the surrounding areas have 40 more, educating more that 100,000 students. With a lot of universities in the area, I went to the most famous (according to me): Harvard.
Harvard, established in 1636 across the Charles River in Cambridge, is respected world wide as an outstanding institution of learning. Eight signatories of the Declaration of Independence and six presidents were educated here. Harvard is different in that its campus is actually Harvard Square, which is a colourful meeting place with coffee shops, boutiques, book stores and sidewalk performers.
To get into Harvard Square, you can either drive or use public transport. I would recommend to use public transport to go there since parking is very limited and expensive
Now, it is time to go to Boston downtown and my first stop will be Boston Common with over 50 acres of green lawns (although they weren’t green since spring it was just kicking out and after a really tough winter), magnificent trees and serene waterways, is America’s oldest public park.
In this public park, you can also find the New State House, completed in 1798 and it is the oldest building in Beacon Hill and it serves as the seat of Massachusetts state government, and is regarded as one of most beautiful and well-situated buildings in the country.
You can also find the equestrian statue of George Washington in the Boston common as well a bronze statue of Mrs. Mallard and her eight ducklings from the famous children’s picture book: Make Way for Ducklings. Both statues normally get dressed according to the occasion or sports/weather season.
Then I walked through the city to the harbour side and I noticed an interesting curved building, it was the South Station building which a lot of people use for commuting at morning and evening times.
A few photos of the city skyline can be taken from South Boston where you can see also part of the Boston Harbour.
I saved the best for the end of my day, I drove to Hyatt Harbourside hotel near to the airport to get some photos of the Boston skyline at sunset. You can also take a ferry from Boston harbour to the Hyatt Harbourside hotel. My tip will be if you are driving, get there just before sunset and park on the car parking of the hotel since you have 1 hour free for parking. It also sometimes could be really windy area so try to have a steady and good tripod for the long exposure photos.
Travel & Photograph Tips
- To get into Harvard Square use public transport from Boston downtown
- There is a 1-hour free parking on Hyatt Harbourside hotel so you can get Boston Skyline photos.
- It could be very windy at night so I would recommend to have a good tripod for long exposure photos.
The Boston photography journey map