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 at: http://www.worldmusic.org
Jan, New Hampshire, USA
Welcome to 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 brass
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
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
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
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
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
Ed. note: 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
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
P.S. A 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 suburb, USA
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