For Memorial Day, Josh and I decided to spend part of our Memorial Day in Boston heading down to Boston Common to see the flags there. We’d had a pretty low-key weekend, so we decided to go out and get some fresh air–and at a cool 70 degrees and only 30% humidity, the day was absolutely gorgeous! I took my camera along for the ride, since I realized I’ve never really shown you all where I live!
TaaaahDaaaahh!! This is the red-brick building I mentioned in my Initial Art project post. Josh and I will be living here again during the next year. It’s not the most beautiful building in the world, but the location is absolutely perfect for us. Just a short walk to Porter Square or Harvard Square, two grocery stores and a Michaels nearby, across the street from the law school, and about three miles from where I work.
This is Wasserstein Hall, the building where Josh had most of his 1L classes this year. There is a lot of leather inside, and even a pub! The meeting rooms on the fourth and fifth floor have multiple projectors and surround sound, making for excellent movie rooms ;) Three projectors = three times as much Game of Thrones!
This is one of my favorite buildings on the law school campus: Langdell Library. I’ve only ever been inside once since you have to have a Harvard ID to enter past the lobby, but the inside is quite nice and exactly how you would expect a law library should look. You can take a peek here.
After walking through the law school, we came to Harvard Yard. We didn’t stay, but here are a couple pictures. Above is Harvard Hall, which originally was a library that contained books donated by John Harvard. The building was built, burned down, and rebuilt anew again in 1766.
Harvard Yard! The yard is amazing in the fall! Left of center in the photo is the John Harvard statue, surrounded by tourists paying homage. This statue is supposed to be the third-most photographed statue in the US. It is also called the “Statue of Three Lies,” which are as follows: 1) John Harvard died young and there was no record of what he looked like, so when the statue was made in the 1880s, the sculptor modeled the statue after a Harvard student of New England descent. John Harvard himself is not depicted in the statue. 2) The statue labels John the “founder” of Harvard; in fact, he was only one of several benefactors. 3) The statue is engraved with the year 1638; Harvard was actually founded in 1636. Interesting stuff, huh?
This is a shot of the clock on Massachusetts Hall. I love this clock. Built between 1718 and 1720, Massachusetts Hall is the oldest surviving building at Harvard. During the Revolutionary War, it about 650 soldiers despite the fact that it was designed to accommodate 64 students. John Adams, John Hancock, and Samuel Adams all lived here at one point.
The statue above is of Charles Sumner, an American senator from Massachusetts in the early 1800s. That’s about all I know about him. But I thought this was a cool picture, so I’m posting it anyway :) Sumner sits in Harvard Square, right outside Harvard Yard.
After passing through Harvard, Josh and I took the T (which is what they call the subway here) to Charles/MGH and took a walk along the esplanade to check out the Charles!
Downtown Boston is in this (above) general direction. The gold-domed building is the Massachusetts State House.
And while we were checking out the Charles, we met up with this guy! He was pretty far away, but it was nothing a little 42x zoom couldn’t handle!
More of the Charles and Boston, from closer to Kendall/MIT. We ended up walking back to Kendall/MIT and taking the T to Park Street.
This is Park Street, and Park Street Church. The church was finished in 1810 and is next to a burial ground that is the resting place of three signers of the Declaration of Independence (including Samuel Adams and John Hancock), Paul Revere, members of Benjamin Franklin’s family, and the victims of the Boston Massacre. Park Street Church was the tallest building in the US from 1810-1846.
Park Street is right next to Boston Common, where Josh and I stopped next (after getting an ice-cream cone, of course). The gold-domed building is the State House I mentioned before.
It was a PERFECT day out! Apparently people here sun-bathe even when there is no pool around. Not a lot of pools here (today’s low will be 46, so…that makes sense).
More of Boston Common! This was a cool memorial, but I’m not positive about what it commemorates–I believe nurses who cared for soldiers during various wars but I could be wrong. The group of African-American gentleman were having a freestyle rap battle (is that what they are called? Battles?) when I took this picture :)
And how could I forget the SQUEEL!!! This little guy (or girl?) couldn’t have posed more perfectly for this photo. The squirrels in Boston Common are massive compared to the ones back home and they let you get pretty close because they think you have food. See how nicely they ask for it? Sorry little squeel. No food for you :(
And this is what Josh and I came to see in Boston Common: the flags. Each year on memorial day the Massachusetts Military Heroes Fund erects a flag in memory of every fallen Massachusetts service member from the Civil War to present. There were 33,000 flags. The picture below shows only about half of them.
How did you spend your Memorial Day Weekend? I would love to hear! Feel free to leave a comment below if you would like to share :) I love reading your comments!