Sunday, October 25, 2009
Tea, Autumn and Waiting for Obama in Boston
I had a vacation day on Friday, an eagerly awaited vacation day.
I awoke to the colors of Autumn right outside my window. Fabulous! I knew it would be a good day.
I was meeting friends at the Boston Public Library for afternoon tea. Luckily, the night before, I saw the news,so I knew that President Obama was attending a fundraiser at the Weston Copley which is right across the street from the Boston
I knew there would be lots of commotion, roads blocked off, protesters, etc. So I took public transportation versus driving in to the city. I headed in after the morning rush hour so it was an easy commute and the Library was a short walk from the T station (that's what we call public transportation in Boston, the T).
Everyone was waiting for Obama. I have to admit I had the camera ready myself. The wind chill was, well, very cold but everyone waited patiently. The protesters were shouting out their causes, End the war, help the mentally challenged, I'm sure there were a few less vocal groups as well.
I started a conversation with some young men and we all agreed that Mr Obama would not be coming out of the hotel to the crowds and a four way intersection. We were sure the Secret Service would not want to worry about all the buildings surrounding the intersection. So I headed up the Library steps, leaving the commotion behind.
I had to stop to take a photo of the Edward Scissorhands lanterns outside the Library and to shout a warning to the pigeons. Careful, you don't want to get impaled!
A hot cuppa was just the remedy for my windchilled hands. I joined my friends for tea and conversation. We had lovely tea sandwiches, scones and desserts and the service was excellent.
Yes, I did have 4 desserts. They were miniature. Really!
This pretty courtyard reminded me of England. The arches were so beautiful.
It would be nice to sit here but not with Friday's wind chill.
I rounded the corner to see what was there and there was an invasion of... Witches Hats! They were really cool.
Some of them were really elegant with buckles and all.
I was fascinated by these hats. They were in a most unexpected place. I thought the scene looked like something out of a Harry Potter movie.
I know, enough with the Witches Hats!
I forgot to take a picture of the area where we had tea. I remembered when I was outside so here's my feable attempt to take a decent photo of the tea area.
The building is absolutely gorgeous. So grand and so much history. I could have told you about the history if I attended the tour of the Library instead of standing outside waiting for a glimpse of Obama's motorcade.
Guess I'll just have to go back to the Library.