Grand Entrance Stairway in the McKim Building of the Boston Public Library

The McKim Building of the Boston Public Library doesn’t fail to grab your attention whenever you are in Copley Square.

But there are more surprises and treasures inside. Let me just focus on one for now, the grand entrance stairway.

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Aside from the marble floors and walls, it is a gallery in itself, with murals done by the French artist, Pierre Puvis de Chavannes.

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It is easy to miss the works of art on the walls.

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Oftentimes in our daily rush we fail to notice the beauty around us.

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Boston State Street and Old State House

State Street is one of the oldest streets in the city.

Though it is now part of the Financial District it retains some of its oldest landmarks, including the Old State House.

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It is also adjacent to the downtown shopping area, and a short walk to other historic sites.

One thing I like about Boston is that many of the city’s sights are walkable. Probably the best way to enjoy it too — except in the winter. 🙂

Graffiti Alley at Cambridge, MA

Graffiti Alley can be easily missed by the casual passerby. It connects Massachusetts Avenue to a parking lot near Central station between Harvard and MIT.

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It invites anyone to express their emotions in spray paint form, and indeed artists of all levels come to join in, including well known artists in the Boston area. It is always changing.

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“Art is an evolutionary act. The shape of art and its role in society is constantly changing. At no point is art static. There are no rules.”
– Raymond Salvatore Harmon

Regardless of one’s view on graffiti as art, it is quite a colourful, if hidden, spot around Boston and tells a story of its own.

A Roman Garden With Bellflowers

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An ancient Roman sculpture garden is recreated at the Courtyard of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.

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At this time of year, chimney bellflowers (Campanula pyramidalis) appear in the courtyard. The flowers are grown from seed and take two years to reach their six-foot height!

Quite an impressive work of horticulture.

“Isn’t it enough to see that a garden is beautiful without having to believe that there are fairies at the bottom of it too?”
– Douglas Adams

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