Just the two of us...June 27, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C
Our final full day in Boston and sadly Tony and Betsy leave this morning. Their flight is quite early so we said our fond goodbyes the night before. Today, we check out of the Hampton Inn and we glam it up a bit for our last night at the downtown boutique hotel Fifteen Beacon. We got a good deal from Amex who also throw in early check in, late check out (very important), free breakfast, wifi and $100 credit.
Crossing on the Charles River Bridge, we passed through some of the quaint Beacon Hill district which we promised to return to after we had checked in. No chance of an upgrade but our room was pleasant enough even if it did face onto office buildings rather than towards the park. This area of Boston was heaving and you felt that we had picked the most popular time to visit, the pavements sprawled with tour groups, familes and precarious segway riders following the historical freedom trail cleverly picked out in redbrick along the ground.
We walked back to the quaint Beacon Hill area and had a look in some of the cosy antique stores that lined each side of the tree lined avenue. We also walked back some way over the Charles River Bridge to take a picture of the old Beacon Hill area crowned by the skyscrapers that sit behind in the financial district.
We decided to go to the much lauded Museum of Fine Art which quite frankly was one of the finest and certainly largest art museums we have ever visited. It is quite impossible to see all the highlights in a day but we made a good attempt to. Botticellis sit across the corridor from Monets and there seemed to be no art period or style that wasn't covered. As you would imagine there was a huge amount of American art which covered painting, sculpture and design. Interestingly we saw a number of Turners which we had never seen before including a terrifying and sickening depiction of slaves being tossed over the side of slave ships to the awaiting mouths of fantastical sea creatures. Presumably they were ill or rebellious in some way. It reminded us again of the solemn history that we had learnt during our time in the southern states. The US really does art galleries so well and we were blown away by the organisation, selection and hanging. Thoroughly worn out we skipped our idea of going to a second art museum nearby and wandered instead through the Fenway Park enjoying the peace and tranquility before hitting the downtown area again and back to the hotel.
We had an early dinner at the hotel restaurant which was a steak joint. The $100 credit was swallowed up almost immediately in cocktails and we battled through a rather tender though tasteless steak which had been ruined by the addition of far to much salt. It seems to be something we are experiencing a lot in US restaurants. Too much sugar or too much salt. I did like the cheese and bacon Tatertots though!
We planned to head to the roof garden on top of the hotel but it was closed for the evening so we headed to nearby Boston Common but were beaten back by a sudden downpour. I grabbed a bag of M&M's to try and combat the saltiness on my tongue to no avail. Heading back to the hotel we slept deeply and immediately both looking forward to heading home tomorrow.Read more