Harvard Cambridge Waterfront walk
Harvard to the Waterfront
The day began with a walk from our hotel on Boylston Street, going east through Boston Common to catch a tube from Park Street station. This part of the walk involved a great view of Mass. State House, which is on the Freedom Trail.
We caught the tube and got off at the Harvard stop, this is four stops along the red line. The great thing about the Boston tube system is that it looks like it would have done about 50 years ago! There was a lot of renovation work on the stations when we were there but they definitely have more character than those in London, New York or Glasgow!
In Harvard we started by getting a bit lost round the windy streets, lined with sun drenched cafes, bookshops and student residences. The main attraction of the Harvard area we could see was the University gardens, just like in the movies these tree lined, grass filled areas are picture perfect with literary and historical statues throughout. After a wander through the University grounds and a cup of coffee at a local deli we headed down the straight towards Cambridge. Mass. Avenue takes you all the way to Boston Centre if you follow it all the way but we walked as far as the Main Street junction where we veered onto Main Street to the left. The contrast in areas between the affluent University area of Harvard to the more affordable Cambridge is gradual but obvious. Cambridge has a nice feel and it's good to see more of the city than the areas suggested in the guide books!
We continued down Main Street and reached the Longfellow Bridge, where we had to break the law to cross on the side with a view because of construction work closing the sidewalk! Thankfully there were no police patrolling and the part of the road we walked on resembled a sidewalk of some sort (and there were others crossing here too).
Back on the city side of the water we walked up through the pretty streets of Beacon Hill and over towards Faneuil Hall Marketplace. This crossed over the Freedom Trail walk we had done the day before and it was nice to be back on familiar ground. Now in the heart of the Financial district, full of banker types and extremely busy people we were glad to reach the Waterfront and walk down Atlantic Avenue, crossing at the bridge with the Boston Tea Party ship. Our lunch destination, The Barking Crab, was just over the water and we were looking forward to a well deserved beer when we got there. Unfortunately we had only brought our UK driving licences as ID and the waitress was extremely adamant that they couldn't accept this and we would need our Passport. This spoiled the mood for a little while, but once we got stuck into our lobster and corn on the cob this was all forgotten!< Back to United States page for links to other stories