grew up in Boston and thought that this would
be a good tip for women travellers going to Boston.
World Music sponsors cultural arts events around
town, typically in some beautiful old theaters.
Their concerts and educational programs strive
to foster an atmosphere of cultural discovery
and exploration of music and dance from all corners
of the globe. It's worth checking out their schedule
Jan, New Hampshire, USA
my hometown. There are lots of free concerts in
local churches -- try Fridays at 12:15 at Trinity
Church in Copley Square (or come to the 11:15
service on Sundays and hear the choirs and the
Marilyn, Boston, USA
I want to
suggest Ryles on Hampshire street in Cambridge
-- a comfortable place to hear Brazilian music,
a place where a woman on her own would not feel
out of place. There are two levels to Ryles, the
lower level usually providing meals and jazz and
the upper level Brazilian music and a dance floor.
Teresa, Cambridge, USA
goes to Harvard...
Square is a nice stop to roam around in the afternoon.
Cambridge in general has lots of opportunities
for unique shops, people watching and exploring
the museums connected with Harvard University.
I consider the main squares in Cambridge fairly
safe, I go there all the time alone at night.
Taking the 'T' is your best bet. If you are driving,
Harvard square can be difficult to find reasonable
parking. Park on the side of the street in Porter
Square, and take the 'T' one stop, or park in
the parking garage at Alewife, if you are coming
from the North.
Finding public restrooms
is a problem in this area. I'd like to offer women
travellers two suggestions. There are restrooms
in the Harvard Coop bookstore (1256 Massachusettes
Ave), although they are usually not very clean.
Both are on the third floor, one in the annex
and one in the main bookstore area. Another option
is to go downstairs in the Science Building of
Harvard. This building is just outside the square,
a concrete, three story building which houses
a library and small cafeteria.
Jan, I live in New Hampshire
but grew up around Boston, USA
cheerful students lead free tours of Harvard campus
from Holyoke Center, 1350 Massachusetts Ave. Many
tours are held during the summer but only 1-2
a day, September - May. (Mini Rough Guide to
There is a
wonderful travel bookstore called The Globe Bookstore
in Harvard Square on 28 Church Street. Definitely
worth a look and browse for the travelling person.
If you like
foreign films, check out Kendall Square Cinema
in Cambridge, metro stop Kendall, near MIT. Movies
from all over the world are shown there. Great
place to meet other cinephiles.
Theresa, Cambridge, USA
If there are JourneyToddlers you are shopping
for, stop in at August Company, 1320 Massachusetts,
Cambridge and pick up a tiny Harvard T-shirt or
sweatshirt. Kiddies might not fully appreciate
them but their adult family will find them great
fun. Little T-shirts under $15.00.
is a day trip from Boston...
you have the time, try and take in a day trip
to Salem -- one of the most beautiful and historical
cities on the East Coast -- people there are wonderfully
nice. It's really not difficult to get there,
you can take the T-line commuter train out. If
you're interested in the occult, there are a wide
array of shops, including Laurie Cabot's shop
and Pyramid Books, both of which have excellent
selections. The town common is large and beautiful.
For literary folks, you can visit Nathaniel Hawthorne's
House of Seven Gables.
There is an inn right off the common,
but my favorite place to stay is right next to
that inn, The Susannah Flint House on 98 Essex
St. It has four wonderful, individually decorated
rooms, and supplies coffee and enormous muffins
post September 11th note to all JourneyWomen.
Let's continue to band together and look after
each other so that we can travel safely and happily
in the future.
Eva Schegulla, New York
Journeywoman adds: I'm a travel journalist that
just returned from Boston -- it's a marvellous
city. I just wanted to mention Salem to your readers.
Besides the witches, it's got a walking tour around
some beautiful old homes. And if you're flying
down, there is a commuter rail service from Boston
that leaves every hour from its North Station.
It takes 1/2 hr. and costs $3.00 (I think). The
pamphlet I picked up is not perfectly clear. You
can get it online through www.mbta.com.
Mary Ann, Vanier, Canada
Boston Globe publishes a special supplement each
Thursday, called the Calendar - where you can
find information about local events, for the coming
week as well as restaurant listings etc. For even
more extensive information, pick up a copy of
the weekly Boston Phoenix.
Yael, Ramat Gan, Israel
adds: Or log on to www.boston.com and
look for the online version of Calendar -- an
events tabloid that comes with the Boston Globe
newspaper on Thursdays -- listings for everything
going on in town.
Marilyn, Boston, USA
in a new city, I check to see if they publish,
WHERE Magazine which I always find extremely helpful
(they bill themselves as 'the best source for
shopping, dining, entertainment & maps'). I was
pleased to find Where Boston at my hotel -- it's
free, informative and the information was right
up to the minute. Bear in mind that this is an
advertisement-driven publication so read the restaurant
and boutique reviews with eyes wide open. I always
benefit most from browsing through their section
called, 'What's On in Boston.' Excellent! (P.S.
Looking for greeting cards at 50% off. 'Where
Boston' directs you to a spot called Boston Sweets
and 1/2 off cards in Copley Square. They say you
always pay half for wrapping paper and cards,
here. 545 Boylston Street (617.266.6882)
Evelyn Hannon, JW Editor
The Mini Rough
Guide to Boston (Fagundes and Grant) is small
enough to fit into your bag and is an ideal guide
for a mini holiday in the city. I used this pocket
handbook when I visited Boston and also referred
to it when researching this article. Don't expect
long write-ups on any one subject but you definitely
get the basics you need to get you started.
Evelyn Hannon, JW Editor
If you stop
at any information center or at South Station
(train station), you can find brochures on all
kinds of activities, tours (walking, bus and water)
and events. Enjoy!
Phyllis, Charlton, USA
I have lived
in the suburbs of Boston all my life - more than
50 years. For restaurants I use Zagats' little
red book with ratings and reviews, also available
on-line - so many fabulous ethnic restaurants
in Boston and over the river in Cambridge for
all price ranges and food preferences.
Susan, Boston, USA