Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Tourist in my own town- a trip to Quincy Market Boston


The vacation continues and I decided it would be fun to be a tourist in my own town. On Saturday, I took a trip to Quincy Market in Boston. Actually I live just north of Boston but I still call Boston my home.

I took the subway into the city, we call our public transport the T.  It was a great place to people watch. The young woman sitting across from me had a huge bag from the Gingerbread Construction Company, a muffin shop just 5 minutes from my home. The two couples next to me and across the aisle were taking photos of each other. The two young women had numerous visible tattoos but their boyfriends did not. An overweight boy wore a T shirt that stated body by corned beef. Just about 5 stops later  I was at the Haymarket station and within a stone's throw of Quincy Market.


Street performers are on every corner around the Market. The first group was very entertaining. These guys should try out for Cirque de Soleil. Amazing dancers and jumpers. They liked audience participation for sure as they pulled people from the crowd into the performance. This boy did not know what he was getting into.


As you can see, this guy jumped right over his head! It was very impressive.


Then they lined up 6 people and one of the performers was to jump over all of them.


These are the crazy volunteers.
 
 
And of course someone moved right in front of me. You can see that he did actually jump over everyone. Amazing!
 
 
This guy was trying to drum up business for a walking tour. Freedom Trail perhaps?
 
 
The weather was perfect. Not humid or too warm so everyone was out on this Saturday afternoon.
 
 
The balloon man did a fantastic business.
 
 
Bob at Large juggled while balancing on cylinders.
 

I started looking for people to photograph for a post about Quincy Market chic. What does make one chic anyway? In my book, it's people who stand out from the crowd.

 
These people are casual chic.
 
 
For the younger set, it's an outfit and hat that coordinates.
 
 
Quincy Market chic is a dress that matches your handbag paired with a cool necklace.
 
 
Back to the performers, this kilted man balanced a unicycle and a bagpipe on his face.
 

This man makes tips as a living statue. He gave out fortunes.

 
A smiling girl played with her group. Clearly, she enjoyed performing for the crowd.
 
 
Yes, this young boy was playing the piano without looking at it. Can you see that his head is under the piano?

 
He is upright here.
 

Onto the food, junk food abounded. You can get anything here. Fried dough?

 
 Lobster rolls?

 
Fruity drinks from the Monkey Bar?
 
 
Ice cream for four?
 
 
You can eat inside at one of the many restaurants or outside.
 
 
Such a nice day for dining al fresco!
 

I left Quincy Market and headed back to the T station. Haymarket was in full swing on this Saturday afternoon. I bought a container each of blackberries and strawberries and the total cost was $2.00!


Time to go home. It's great to be a tourist in your own town. I might have to do it again sometime.






 

4 comments:

Jane Franks said...

What a great stroll through Boston! Thanks for the mini-hoiday to my hometown! It all looked familiar, yet updated! Fun!!

Blondie's Journal said...

Elaine...this was such a great post! What a neat day and you weren't lacking for entertainment! I've never seen so much activity in a downtown area before! And the weather looked gorgeous. Did you go alone? That's something I'm not used to doing...just venturing off to downtown Chicago by myself. With someone else, sure, I would lead the way! lol!

Enjoy the rest of your vacay! :)

Jane xx

Chatelaine said...

@blondie'sjournal Yes I did go alone. It was kind of a spontaneous trip. I called a few friends but everyone already had plans.

Belinda Ch said...

Thanks so much!! In Boston right now!! So much FUN things to do. Looking now for a good close restaurant within walking distance from Embassy Suites at Boston Logan. Great blog entry.

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