Introduction to Boston
So, while there is an astonishing number of Dunkin' Donuts in Boston (the company is Massachusetts-based - right next door to Boston in Quincy, there’s also quite a bit more that was born in Boston – take America’s independence for one! When you’re doing the famous Freedom Trail walk (which you no doubt will), you’ll see The Old State House. Built in 1713, it is the oldest surviving public building in Boston and after the American Revolution the building served as the seat of the Massachusetts state government. You’ll learn all the history of the United States and more in Boston. You are, after all, in Boston so you can’t miss the City on the Hill, the Cradle of Liberty, and so on - there's no point in trying to avoiding historic landmarks here.
A place for thinkers and home to one of the country’s most prestigious institutions, Harvard, Boston cultivates a certain academic air about the place. The largest city in New England is compact, clean and easily navigated. With a population of only 600,000, Boston is esteemed as a small city with a hyper-educated community.
With intellect also comes art – Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts is a must-see, but don’t forget to check out the Institute of Contemporary Art if only for its architectural prowess alone. The Esplanade along the Charles River is a charming 5-kilometre leafy path that is well suited to the work/life balance Boston offers – get your morning jog along here or rent a sailboat and swill lemonade as you sail by the city.
The Irish will also feel at home here. Having migrated to Boston since the 1700s, the Irish-American population has indeed flourished and you won’t be short of Irish pubs to sit back and enjoy a Guinness. Irish food, culture and heritage have played a huge part in shaping the history of Boston.