After a well deserved rest, we started the morning with continental breakfast at our hotel.
Then started walking in the direction of the Boston Public Library, knowing we’d make multiple stops along the way.
I was so pleased we walked by the Steaming Kettle in front of Starbucks, which has been operational since 1875! We saw it on the Duck Boat Tour the day before, but I couldn’t get a decent photo. This go round, we played with optical illusions.
Arlington Street Church
We visited the Arlington Street Church, which has the largest collection of Tiffany stained glass depicting the life of Jesus. The windows are breathtaking!
If you look closely, you can see Tiffany’s signature.
One of the community ministers was decorating the building for Pride Week the following week. (While Arlington Street Church started out as a Christian church, it is now Universalist. Universalists believe in absolute inclusion and this organization has embraced the LGBTQ community in Boston wholeheartedly.) She threw in a little humor with Ruth Bader Ginsburg at the pulpit.
The building is absolutely gorgeous! The organ is played everyday to keep it in tune.
Boston Public Library
We enjoyed the sights and sounds of the city as we continued to make our way toward the Boston Public Library.
The Boston Public Library is one of the most Instagrammable spots in Boston, and this reading room is the reason why. Oh those ceilings!!
We enjoyed a leisurely lunch in the courtyard.
We couldn’t leave before supporting the book sale. Can you believe we hauled around 10 pounds of books for the rest of the day?!
Skywalk Observatory at the Prudential Center
Next it was off to the Skywalk Observatory at the Prudential Center. From the 50th floor, we had sweeping views of the city.
Our next stop should have been Fenway Park. But we got sidetracked with a former police station turned bar…
… and a community garden.
Eventually we made it! We’re not huge baseball fans, but we figured you can’t go to Boston and not tour Fenway Park. We’re so glad we did! The tour focused on the history of Fenway as it related to the history of Boston. Of course, there were baseball facts for die hard fans, which tied in well to the legacy of the owners.
The Green Monster is a large, green wall one of the early owners erected to stop people from standing atop cars in the neighboring car lot to watch the game for free. Now, its premium seating and part of Fenway’s history.
We decided to take the subway back since we had plans that evening. That’s when we discovered this bridge near the back of the park. So dreamy! Can’t you just imagine engagement or wedding photo shoots here?
Boston Ballet at the Opera House
The reason we had to race back is because we had tickets to the Boston Ballet to see Cinderella. This was my Mother’s Day present. 💓 We could not take photos during the performance, but I did get to document the grandeur of the Citizen’s Bank Opera House.
And that ended a perfect Day 2. Be sure to check back for details on our final day.
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