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My Wishlist 5.0 – Five Places I Want To See In Boston

Posted by Yoshita Singh on July 26, 2010

As I explored the off-the-beaten-path Boston, I learnt about some really fun places to see and fun things to do in and around Beantown. Clearly, Boston has lots to offer. All you need to spare is some time and money. Here are the 5 addresses I want to go to:

Tango Society of Boston

I’m a little biased on this one. I love anything and everything that is associated with the word ‘Tango’ – be it the movie ‘Tango and Cash’ or the dance Tango. You wanna know why? Tango was my pet Pomeranian. He passed away four years ago. Tango was with me for 13 years. The memories I have of him are priceless, to say the least. I remember him everyday and will miss him all my life. And so I put the Tango Society of Boston on top of my Boston itinerary.

The society is a non-profit organization that conducts weekly Argentine Tango dance classes. I particularly liked the idea of ‘Tango by Moonlight,’ an event where people do the Tango under the light of a full moon on the Weeks Memorial Footbridge near Harvard Square. That’s romantic. And also free. You can join in the dance or just sit and watch.

The Hall of Ideas at the Mary Baker Eddy Library

This one sounds really cool. Thanks to hi-tech computer programming, words and ideas literally float around in the Hall of Ideas at the Mary Baker Eddy Library. Quotes are projected on a fountain in the room, on the floor and up the walls before they disappear into thin air. I have got to see this. Am curious to know if I can get one of my ideas float around the hall too. Will ask for sure.

Canoeing and Kayaking on the Charles River

I have never tried my hand at canoeing or kayaking. One of these days I am thinking of picking up a paddle and canoeing in the Charles River. I hear the views that one gets of the city while sailing down the river are breathtaking. Plus canoeing should be fun too.

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

I have heard a lot about the picturesque courtyard at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Its ‘After Hours’ sounds like a great way to spend an evening. You can enjoy art, live music and some great cocktails.

 

Boston Movie Tours

I didn’t know 400 movies and TV shows have been shot in Boston. Want to know all about Hollywood’s love for Boston, then go on a Movie Mile Walking Tour. You’ll get to see the bench Matt Damon and Robin Williams sat on in the movie ‘Good Will Hunting’ as well as the law offices of ‘Ally McBeal’ and ‘Boston Legal.’ The 1½-hour Boston Movie Tour costs $21 for adults, $11 for children and $18 for senior/teens/students.

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Cheers!!!

Posted by Yoshita Singh on July 25, 2010

I am not a beer person. Don’t like the taste of it. I prefer to use it as a conditioner to get silky and shiny hair. (I hope you know beer works wonders for your hair. Read more about beer’s alternate use here).

Anyways. Even though I don’t drink beer, I was interested in seeing how it’s made. So I headed to Harpoon Brewery at 306 Northern Avenue. Harpoon offers guided tours of its brewery on weekends. The one-hour, $5 tour takes you past huge machines, conveyor belts and warehouses. Guides tell you about the entire beer-making process. You even get to taste some raw beer.

At the end of the tour, I bought a bottle of beer. No, I didn’t develop a taste for it during my time at the brewery. I’ll use it for another purpose. The one that I mentioned earlier. But it was still nice to see how the drink is made.

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Presidential Retreat

Posted by Yoshita Singh on July 24, 2010

When I moved to Boston over a month ago, the one place my friends said I should go and see is Martha’s Vineyard. They said the island off the south of Cape Cod is beautiful, a perfect getaway and a great place to relax. Looks like my friends are not the only ones who find the Vineyard a great holiday destination.

The buzz is that President Barack Obama and his family will be vacationing in Martha’s Vineyard.

The White House announced that the First Family will arrive on the Massachusetts island on August 19 for a 10-day holiday. This will be the second year in a row that the Obamas are vacationing in Martha’s Vineyard. They had spent their last summer vacation at the Blue Heron Farm, Chilmark.

It looks like Martha’s Vineyard has been a favorite holiday destination for Presidents. Former US President Bill Clinton regularly went to the island for his vacations.

May be I should take the advice of my friends and go on a vacation to Martha’s Vineyard too.

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Cricket In Boston

Posted by Yoshita Singh on July 23, 2010

Cricket is one of the most popular sports in the world. In America however, the game is yet to gain popularity. That hasn’t stopped immigrants here from cricket-crazy countries like India, Pakistan and England, to play the sport.

Cricketing conditions may be far from ideal – lack of proper pitches, funds and support. But for the players, their passion for the game overshadows these imperfections. Take a look.

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Making The Most Of Boston Summers

Posted by Yoshita Singh on July 22, 2010

We wait throughout the year for these few months of sun. And there is so much to do in such less time. Don’t you wish we could get more sunny days and less of the cold winters.

Boston Globe provides a great list of “Things to do” while the summer lasts. Check it out and have a great summer.

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