Boston Photo Essay

“The tourist may complain of other tourists, but he would be lost without them.”

Agnes Repplier

“We are all tourists in history, and irony is what we win in wars.”

Anatole Broyard

“The worst thing about being a tourist is having other tourists recognize you as a tourist.”

Russell Baker

I had great designs on tackling the pictorial delights of Boston. I was hampered by a colleague hobbling on crutches, other colleagues who wanted to shop, and the fact that my employers expected us to actually attend the conference.

The hotel we stayed in was so modern, I did not know how to turn on the taps or find the light switch when we first arrived. Turns out I was not the only one who struggled with this, reference was made to it in the opening speech.

I had to go buy a Bosox cap ( so I did shop ) because the first morning I popped out of bed  needing coffee and there was a Starbucks in the lobby,pulled on my wrinkled clothes from the night before and realized my hair was sticking up and I was scaring the other hotel guests. They shrank away from me in the elevator. Even the Starbucks people seemed uneasy.

Oddly enough, although I have worked nights for years, early morning has never been a problem for me. I hate afternoons. Afternoons should just be eliminated as far as I am concerned.

I got up early to take these…






We went to the market area, and while my colleagues went shopping, I took note of the street performers…

Drum Man…..


Statue Lady…..



The Dancing Guys….







Straight Jacket Man…..



A few more….





Conning my colleagues into being subject matter….



The Italian District….




Boat shot…


I hope to go back another time to Boston, and capture some of the historical stuff that I missed, and maybe to drink and chow a bit more with Mass and VC. P will have moved to a new land.

Thanks for looking and please feel free to post any recent or favorite pictures you have taken.


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  1. much of Boston, what I did see made me think it is a pretty cool town.

  2. thanks for sharing ’em….looks like a good time.

    i havent been to boston in years…but ive always had a good time there!  if you decide to wander to philly or its surrounds, let me know 🙂  i actually live in delaware, but i dont ever encourage people to come here 😉

    • H2D on April 26, 2008 at 5:07 am

    I came thisclose to moving to Southie in 2003 or so…

    Boston’s still one of my favorite cities, although I’m kind of pissed that the bar one block from my new apartment is apparently my new neighborhood’s “Red Sox Bar”…


    Cambridge is really cool too, and has a whole bunch of really beautiful old homes and buildings.  If you ever get to spend some serious time in the area, definitely cross the river and check that city out too.

    • RiaD on April 26, 2008 at 6:48 am

    makes me want to…(gasp!) go to see Boston!!

    just like your pics made me want to see (the place you went on vacation…sorry, it’s late, i’m tired)

    never have i ever wanted to go visit big cities…until you & your camera came into my life!

    • OPOL on April 26, 2008 at 6:37 pm

    Thanks much for posting them.  What kind of camera do you use?   (just curious)

  3. and your photos make me homesick.

    Somehow, I have to get out there this summer or fall!

    Thanks for sharing ’em! The pics bring back a lot of memories of places I used to hang out at.

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