plus solo-friendly activities...
Her foodie's walking tour
In the North End Italian
neighbourhood there is a terrific culinary walking tour given
by Michele Topor. This savvy woman takes a group around the
neighborhood, fills you in on the history of this colorful
part of town, you visit produce markets, the local fishmonger,
bakery, etc. Of course, everybody gets the opportunity to
sample goodies as they move from place to place. Highly recommended.
Debbie, Corte Madera, Europe
Ed. note: We've heard
about Michele, as well -- she just happens to be part of our
Journeywoman Network. You can e-mail her directly at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Be sure to tell her that you are a Journeywoman, too.
She walks the Esplanade
If you're going to Boston
I want to recommend a section of the Back Bay area that is
truly beautiful.. Just two blocks from Newbury Street (the
main shopping avenue) is Marlborough Street, the prettiest
residential street in the city. Walk across Dartmouth Street
to Marlborough, turn left and stroll two blocks down to Fairfield
- then, turn right and walk across Beacon St. to the bridge
leading to the lagoons on the Charles River. This is the Esplanade,
a huge stretch of green next to the river, where people picnic
and sun and stroll. You'll see the skyline of Cambridge, too.
This lovely park is one of the great features in Boston. (I've
been in California for two and a half years, and still miss
the warm sun's glow on the brick townhouses and the lovely
trees on Marlborough where I lived for thirteen years.) Then
back across the bridge, across Fairfield to Newbury to resume
your shopping and dining.
Bonnie Bell, Irvine, California
She tours the library
Also nice (and free) is
the Saturday morning tour of the Boston Public Library. The
interior murals and sculpture are fabulous, and the ongoing
restorations make everything shine. The volunteer docents
are usually very enthusiastic about their subject and have
wonderful anecdotes to share.
Erika, Somerville (across the river
from Boston), USA
Her picnic in the park
My recommendation is to
walk beside the Charles river in the morning when the university
crew teams are practicing their sculling. Then, for lunch
with a difference, pick up a mini bottle of red wine, brie
cheese, and a bit of fruit and sit by the pond in 'the commons'
(the central park of Boston). This is quite nice and relaxing
whether you are travelling solo or with a buddy.
Robin, Boston, USA
Ed. note: Journeywoman
hates to be a spoil sport however we'd suggest if you are
picnicking in the park solo that you avoid the wine (as lovely
as it sounds). Alcohol relaxes and before you know it you
are no longer practicing big city attitudes. We'd say a cafe
latte would be great in this situation and you'll still have
your wits about you if the situation warrants it. Then you
can enjoy your wine at dinner in one of the restaurants listed
on the previous page.
She shops, shops, shops
One of the reasons
I go to Boston is to visit Filene's Basement. It is the best
shopping in North America - best prices, best products - think
Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue at 90% off, and an incredible
selection of clothing, shoes, fur coats, etc. Located right
in downtown Boston at 426 Washington Street - make sure you
go to the basement level - upstairs has a high end department
store ring to it. But do not be fooled - the basement is the
place to be! Happy shopping.
Sylvia, Toronto, Canada
She visits the museum
I recently moved to Israel
from Boston after living in the area for many years. Whenever
friends from abroad came to visit, I always had a few places
that I considered a 'must see'. One spot I always suggest
is the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. This former home was
built as an Italian style palace specifically to house Mrs.
Gardner's extensive art collection. Site of the largest art
theft in history (in March of 1990) the museum is brimming
with Renaissance art and has an exquisite indoor garden. Special
Recommendation: Concerts in the music room on Sundays (when
available).Worth noting: The Gardner is in walking distance
from the MFA (Boston's Museum of Fine Art)
Yael, Ramat Gan Israel
Added note from another Journeywoman:
You must check out the Isabella Stewart Gardner
museum and take a tour with a docent who will tell you about
her history. Isabella was quite the character and world traveler.
She built her "Italian villa" on the Fens because she was
angry with the Boston bluebloods. She was influential enough
that when she moved from Beacon St. she forced the city of
Boston to permanently remove her street number, so there is
now a gap in numbers on that block. Her house was left as
a museum with an endowment to care for it, with the stipulation
that the collection would be left just as she had arranged
it. The juxtapositions are wild!
Erika, Somerville (across the river
from Boston), USA
She's an art lover
Berenberg Gallery at 4 Clarendon Street is a small,
interesting gallery of "outsider" art in a new upcoming area
of Boston. It's near other small shops and boutiques, in an
area that is very strollable. I walked there easily from the
Westin Hotel. For further info, call: 617-536-0800
Karen Frerichs, San Francisco, USA
She meets and mingles
Museum of Fine Arts on
Friday nights offers a social atmosphere for the after-work
single crowd. I love this city!
Tracy, Marlborough, USA (25 minutes
west of Boston)
Ed. note: This is what
the museum's website says about 'MFA Fridays.' 'First Fridays'
began in 1996 as a once-a-month gathering featuring refreshments,
live music and galleries open for viewing. Now expanded to
take place weekly, 'MFA Fridays' are open to the public and
have become one of Boston's hottest Friday-night tickets,
drawing capacity crowds of up to 1,000 people. Tickets are
available at the door for $10, with complimentary admission
for MFA members.
Her beads and baubles
For a hands-on project,
Beadworks (23 Church Street, Cambridge) is a great bead store
with helpful people to serve you.
Jenny, Miami, USA
She gets physical
If you are interested in working
out, Patricia Walden is a wonderful yoga teacher who runs
the Iyengar Center in Somerville about one block from the
T stop (Red line).
Susan, Los Angeles, USA