Before coming to Boston, the city looked so spread out and big on the map. I was worried I’d be spending all my time riding public transit to explore the places I wanted to see. But when I got here and started actually wandering around, I realized how compact it is. It’s so possible to do the whole city by foot!
So that’s exactly what I did! I met up with my friend from Semester at Sea, Meredith, and we headed off. We started walking from my hostel in Chinatown. We went along the waterfront path until we reached Feneuil Hall. This was traditionally a meeting place and town hall; now, it’s home to a myriad of small restaurants and shops. A great place to sample a bunch of local cuisine, you can find just about anything you could imagine. Plus the inside is beautiful.
Next we crossed over to the North End, one of the oldest and most historical parts of the city. Via Hanover Avenue, you’ll pass the Italian quarter, full of restaurants and bakeries. To fuel up, we stopped at Mikes Pastries and had a cupcake. As you continue on, you’ll reach Paul Revere Park, which has two churches on either end. One church is the famous Old North Church, where Paul Revere put up the lanterns to warn of the British coming.
From there we walked to the Boston Common, which is the Boston version of central park. A large park has a beautiful view of the state house as well as several statues of famous historical figures and a lovely pond.
Next on the agenda was Newbury street and the back bay. A popular high end shopping area, you’ll see tons of fashion houses including Chanel and Max Mara. There are a few consignment shops along the way, but the prices were so high so no good purchases to write home about. But the architecture was adorable and the brick sidewalks are so charming. We had lunch nearby and got caffinated to continue on our journey.
Our last area to explore was the south end. Meredith dipped of at this point and I journeyed on, making my way over to Tremont street. Similar to Newbury street, this is great area to explore with tons of restaurants and small shops. I took a few hours here and had dinner before making my way back to the hotel.
All in all, I walked for about 5 hours that day, which may seem like a lot. But with lots of little stops along the way, it doesn’t feel like that much! I felt tired but by no means exhausted, and I had managed to see all the spots that were on my original list of places I wanted to visit. Boston is such a walkable city and I highly recommend for anyone top explore via foot. Stay tuned tomorrow to learn about all the places I ate along my walking tour!