The Best of Beantown (in March)

Last month, I traveled to Boston with my trusty Nikon d60 for a weekend of being a tourist. When I first started planning the trip, I immediately began listing the things I wanted to do: whale watching, ghost tours, Freedom Trail, the aquarium, and anything else I could find. Unfortunately, whale watching and ghost tours didn’t start until April, and the weekend was sunny but absolutely freezing. This did not stymie my need to take my camera out and about, and although I didn’t do everything I wanted, it was definitely an awesome weekend (if not freezing cold).

My boyfriend and I stayed at the Berkley Hostel which we had found through It was perfect for what we needed, a home base to store our things safely and sleep at night with the best inclusive breakfast ever. They also sold many tickets to events around Boston for much cheaper than the price you would pay at the door. One thing to keep in mind is it’s a YWCA, so if dorm style bathrooms aren’t what you crave, it may not be the right place for you.

Despite how chilly the weekend turned out, we made a point of walking from place to place. One of those places was the New England Aquarium. The one thing I like visiting more than zoos is aquariums. There were penguins and turtles and fish and sharks and jellyfish and sea stars…. You get the picture 🙂 Photographing indoors is always a little tricky, but photographing moving animals indoors takes the cake. Unlike people, you don’t always know where they’re going to go. Fish flit back and forth, and quickly. I have a lot more blurry pictures than clear despite the f/1.4 and ISO 400 I used to keep the shutter speed up.

The Aquarium wasn’t the only thing I pulled out my camera for. More than once, we found ourselves inadvertently following the Freedom Trail. We didn’t follow the entire thing, but we made stops at:

  • Boston Common
  • Massachusetts State House
  • Old South Meeting House
  • Granary Burying Ground
  • Old City Hall
  • Old State House
  • Faneuil Hall
  • Old North Church

On our walks through Boston Commons, we passed people walking their dogs, kids on skateboards, and the most unusual sight of all: college students on broomsticks. Quidditch has leapt off the pages of Harry Potter and onto fields around the world. I took the opportunity to photograph a few moments here, but have just learned, thanks to the International Quidditch Association, that the Empire Classic will be taking place at Hofstra University on May 1st, and I may just have to photograph some more…

Enjoy! 🙂


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