Wednesday, December 14, 2011

It's Christmas Time in the City

Stroll with me through Boston's magical holiday lights! I recommend listening to "Father Christmas," a lovely song from the Narnia soundtrack, at the same time.

Two years ago, when I first moved to Boston, I posted holiday photos of the Boston Common, Boylston Street, and my then-hometown of Somerville. This year, I thought I'd post photos that are closer to my current home--the North End. They were all taken on my phone on a recent walk home, and I hardly had to go out of my way at all.

Fanueil Hall (as seen from Government Center Plaza)

Lambert's at Fanueil Hall

Seasonal Painting on Lambert's Windows

Entering Faneuil Hall Marketplace...and Catching a Glimpse of the Tree!

Getting Closer to the Tree...

The Fanueil Hall Tree

Going Past Fanueil Hall, toward the North End, and Looking Back at the Customs House & Fanueil Hall Tree

The Greenway on the Edge of the North End
The walkway gets lit up specially for the holidays, and this picture does not do it justice! Every time I walk through that area, I think to myself how wonderful it is that people will do something just because it's beautiful, and that these beautiful things can still brighten people's days, no matter how busy and stressed out they are.

Christopher Columbus Waterfront Park - right by the Harbor and the North End

North End Tree (by the Greenway and Hanover Street)

Hanover Street, the Main Street of the North End

Urban Italian Kitchen on Hanover Street

Modern Pastry Shop on Hanover Street

North Square - One of My Absolute Favorite Places in the North End

And while we're on the subject, New York is also a fantastic place to be around this time of year. I was recently at a conference there (Social Media for Pharmaceutical Companies) and got to see the famous Rockefeller Center tree and Fifth Avenue shops decorated for Christmas. If you're looking to change your soundtrack for your perusal of this blog post, I'd recommend this performance of "New York at Christmas" by the Radio City Rockettes (whom I saw in Boston last week--they were so fun!).

Rockefeller Center Tree

And This is Me, with the Tree, Wishing All of Thee a Merry Christmas from NYC!