DAYS 1 & 2 – BOSTON
O ur journey over the pond to Boston was efficient and pleasant- a good film, a bit of stitching and in no time we were settled in at our hotel. Boston did not fail to delight everyone, the historic district, downtown and Boston common were all within walking distance ready for discovering. Our bus tour and guide (who had a lovely Irish lilt) were brilliant. We stopped by the statue of Wendell Phillips, champion of the slave, and then to the Harriet Tubman square. I found revisiting this statue very emotional, I have been telling Harriet’s story in the form of a quilt for over ten years so it’s very dear to my heart. We happened upon the caretaker of this square and he filled us in on the statue and area which was an added bonus!
We stopped for lunch at Quincy market and Faneuil hall , Bostons famous landmarks but of course sites of anti slavery speeches and debates . Lunch was good , clam chowder and ice cream!
The next stop on our Boston tour was the museum of fine arts. This I think took us all by surprise. The museum is huge and the building has a new extension which was very impressive. The statue outside is thought provoking (Appeal to the great spirit), but it was our wonderful guide and volunteer, Martinique , who stole the show. Her passion and knowledge taught us all how to look and read the wonderful works of art she had sought out for us, they were not traditional textile related so slightly off piste but just wonderful. Two Bostonian painters 150 years apart, Copley and Sargent. She showed us a Peruvian shroud 2000 years old which from afar looked like a simple printed block, but up close the fine woven detail was unbelievable.
An Egyptian beaded dress also had us in awe of such fine work.
Now to finish this wonderful day off we booked tickets to see…Gypsy, really brilliant in an unusual theatre on the first floor of a hotel!