Luxurious Back Bay

Walk in Boston # 12, luxurious Back Bay, is a 1.5 miles self-guided tour to explore the wealth of the city, take a coffee at the Taj, see the French Cultural Center and stroll along Commonwealth Ave.

This walk is now only available on Payhip in pdf format with a clickable map and updated descriptions.

In this pdf you will also find:

  • the list of Highlights.
  • the Metro stops to get there and back and info for Cars.
  • tips about restrooms, places to sit and eat.
  • details about a particular place you will find on your route.

You can download it (or just the map of the walk) to your phone to help you in your discoveries.

This will allow you to live a unique experience of the city far from what you might find elsewhere.

If you purchased the Boston NYC book, this download will be free for you, just send me a note for an access code for this walk if you don’t have it already.

The description below, incomplete and with cropped photos, gives you an idea of this walk before you decide to buy it.

A & B:  Like in Walk in Boston # 13, shopping & culture in Back Bay, this walk begins at …

Instead of entering .., go to the left of the … to see the …. Then, if you wish, buy a ticket to visit the ….

Listed as an historic monument, it’s also on the list of the 10 most architecturally important buildings in the US. Its murals and stained-glass windows are remarkable.

It reflects itself in the … whose modern, minimalist structure, is composed of blue glass panels. Since the 1970’s, this tower, designed by.., is the tallest one  in the city. Its Observatory, though, has been closed since the 09/11 attacks in NYC.

C: Next, go to … a postmodern building with an impressive entrance.

It houses shopping arcades so its marbled hallways are free to roam. If you turn left once inside, you’ll find .. one of the few shoe shine still active.

Further and on the first floor, there’s a winter garden. It will be an oasis of calm where you can relax next to a fountain if it’s still open to the public.

D & E: Once back to …, walk toward …. Take it on your left toward  …

On your way, you’ll see a imposing building in the middle of a small square. It was a … when ..was in Boston. Then it became the…. It’s now a contemporary furniture store. Enter it if only to admire its interior architecture.

Nearly across the street on …, the …h has been decorated by Tiffany’s and is well worth a look. Next to it, don’t miss the …, specialized in New England contemporary art.

There are many other contemporary art galleries on …t. when you go toward …. You’ll have the opportunity to visit them as well as it is where you go now. And if the big Haute Couture names attract you, you’ll also find their showrooms in this part of the city.

At the end, on the left and in front of the public garden, you’ll find the…and its bar. It will offer you another chance to relax in style while having a drink and contemplating the traffic on …

Built in 1927, this …has the charm of classic, cozy, opulent hotels of this era.

G & H: Next, follow …e, and take the … tree-lined and adorned with life size sculptures. It’s part of the …, a series of green spaces that connects various parks of Boston.

At…, turn right to …

For an overview of …, find its cultural center at … You can consult there its books and newspapers and visit its art gallery for free.

Then, resume your walk to admire the classical brick houses of the neighborhood and their tiny gardens, often meticulously kept.

Your goal is to reach… but no route is better than any other. Each street will bring you small discoveries; let your fancy guide you!

Once at …, you are at the end of this walk but if you want to keep exploring, Walk in Boston # 13, shopping & culture in Back Bay, starts here.

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