Alan got done with his Harvard review course Friday afternoon and told me to plan out whatever I wanted to do for the rest of the day. We’d already visited theivy-covered walls of Harvard, where my dad went to grad. school almost 80 years ago, and I’d savored an evening listening to the Boston Pops play in the Boston Commons with my parents some 45 years before. We’d walked the Freedom Trail with out kids when they were little, and while my oldest son, Aaron, lived inBoston, I visited a couple of times and enjoyed some of Boston’s marvelous museums (my personal favorite—so far— is the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, although I haven’t seen too many of them yet). And, I can definitely recommend all of these activities. However, one thing we’d never done was takeone of their 2-hour Trolley Tours that gives a running commentary on most of the major cultural centers, famous skyscrapers, gardens, churches, statues, historical buildings squares, monuments, ritzy homes hot spots for hanging out, quiet places for reading upscale areas for shopping,sports arenas,harbors,
ships,architectural wonders for traveling,world-famous university hospitals if you get in an accident or need help,and landmark cemeteries if you don’t survive.Thankfully we survived and were able to enjoy three more treats:#3. A seafood fest at “Legal’s” (best in Boston: “If it isn’t fresh, it isn’t Legal”),#2. A romantic evening stroll past the fountains and quiet reflecting pools beside the Christian Science Center, which leads you to the door of Boston’s #1 attraction (according to Trip Adviser, but I concur): The Boston SymphonyOrchestra. The night we attended, world-famous Charles Dutoit conducted a charming duo of lyric tales: Stravinsky’s “The Nightengale” and Ravel’s “L’Enfant et les sortileges,” which kept us on the edge of our seats smiling until 10:30 pm.
And even so, after all of that, there was so much left to see! If you ever want to visit and can spare the time, I’d get a 2-day pass ($26 for one day; $36 for 2) and take advantage of the free walking tours, museum tours, and cruise. It’s a great way to see the city!BTW, it occurred to me that a great city is too complex to ever really understand well, even if I had a year or a lifetime. How much more the mind of God, which is infinite and eternal? It’s fun to explore our world, but it’s even more exhilarating to attempt to learn something of the mind of God!
“O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!” (Romans 11:33)