Today I watched the Memorial for MIT police officer Sean Collier on New England Cable News (necn.com), and I would highly recommend going to the website and listening to Joe Biden’s speech. So moving. And James Taylor singing. And the bagpipers playing Amazing Grace. It was very cathartic for me, and I believe it was a very important part of the recovery of the many people there or watching on TV.
Okay, I really do have other things to talk about, I promise.
|Jeff and Sean on the right.|
On Sunday, after the Lacrosse game we made our way to the giant food court that is Quincy Market. I took some pictures, but I really didn’t do the offerings justice. I don’t know how many vendors there are, but I bet it could be 50.
You walk right down a central aisle with counters on both sides. There are deli-style offerings, various international cuisines including sushi, Indian cuisine, Mexican, Italian, traditional New England seafood, fruity smoothies and ice cream, delectable pastries, pizza, barbecue, I can’t remember it all. .
We were overwhelmed, and hungry as we were, it took a long time to make decisions. We wanted one of everything. I took a couple of pictures, but they came out quite unappetizing. I really wish I had taken pastry pictures. At one of the counters, I got (to take home) a box containing a fruit éclair, a red velvet cupcake, an Oreo cannoli, and the best thing was a really decadent item called a lobster tail. I had never seen one, and I’m going to see if I can find a recipe or something to help me describe it to you. I’m pretty sure that that is all they serve in heaven.
In the middle of the building are 2 levels of seating/standing for diners. There were families everywhere, chattering away in languages from all over.
By the time we finished eating it was well after 6 pm and apparently that is
when most of the vendors close up shop on Sundays. One vendor told me he was staying open a little longer to make up for Friday’s lost business building, running the length of it, are add-on glass enclosures. Therein are vendor carts full of art, gift items, and other engaging novelties, but they were when the city was under a “shelter-in-place” request. On each side of the almost all closed, so we couldn’t browse.
I tried to capture the message around the edge of the mezzanine, but if you can’t read it, it says: “This building has served the people of Boston as the central market since its dedication in August 1826.” Why didn’t I take a picture of the rotunda?
The back of Faneuil Hall.
Quincy Market is directly behind Faneuil Hall, an important historic building.
As you can see, I had fun taking (too many) pics of Samuel Adams’ statue in front of FH (in inadequate light). There is a museum housed there, also closed at the time of our visit. I provided a link for those of you interested in learning more about Samuel Adams. Hint: his legacy had nothing whatsoever to do with beer.
We strolled around the building enjoying the atmosphere in the waning daylight. There are benches everywhere, and you can imagine the scene on a sunny weekday at midday, when lunchers ranging from tourists to workers in the nearby Financial District and Government Center are enjoying their selections from the Market.
This drummer was dripping with sweat, as he gave an amazing performance to passersby.
He was very friendly and didn’t mind having his picture taken. That is a frying pan sticking up out of the traffic cone, and was one of his improvised percussion instruments.
It’s been ages since I’ve been to the area, so the huge statue of Kevin White (mayor of Boston 1970-1984) was new to me. You can see it behind the drummer above. When I first saw it, I assumed it was a Kennedy, but then I found the plaque on the ground identifying him.
I hope you enjoyed this little visit to a popular Boston landmark.