THE IN­SID­ERS LIT­ER­ARY BOS­TON

The Weekend Australian - Travel - - TRAVEL & INDULGENCE - PETER ROSE ED­I­TOR, AUS­TRALIAN BOOK RE­VIEW

GO: Bos­ton is one of the great US cities, with an amaz­ing his­tory at the heart of the Amer­i­can Rev­o­lu­tion, fan­tas­tic art col­lec­tions, mag­nif­i­cent ur­ban plan­ning and ar­chi­tec­ture, and a unique lit­er­ary tra­di­tion. The his­toric parts are best ex­pe­ri­enced on foot. North of the city, across the Charles River, lies Cam­bridge, which is home to Har­vard Univer­sity and Mas­sachusetts In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy; bos­ton.gov/vis­it­ing-bos­ton.

LEARN: Cam­bridge His­tor­i­cal Tours of­fers in­tel­li­gent and in­for­ma­tive his­tor­i­cal and cul­tural walk­ing tours of Cam­bridge and Bos­ton. They also go fur­ther afield to the rev­o­lu­tion­ary bat­tle sites of Con­cord and Lex­ing­ton, well worth vis­it­ing to un­der­stand this dra­matic part of his­tory; cam­bridge­his­tor­i­cal­tours.org.

ART: Not to be missed is Bos­ton’s Mu­seum of Fine Arts, which has one of the world’s great col­lec­tions, daz­zlingly pre­sented in a mag­nif­i­cent build­ing. The Har­vard Art Mu­se­ums in Cam­bridge has one of the US’s finest univer­sity col­lec­tions; mfa.org; har­var­dart­mu­se­ums.org.

AR­CHI­TEC­TURE: Har­vard Yard, at the cen­tre of the univer­sity, Cam­bridge and Bos­ton all have won­der­ful his­tor­i­cal build­ings. Not to be missed are the in­te­ri­ors of the Bos­ton Pub­lic Li­brary and Trin­ity Church, both in Co­p­ley Square, and the over-the-top Bos­ton Opera House, orig­i­nally a 1920s movie palace.

EX­PLORE: Visit the Bos­ton Athenaeum, founded in 1807 and one of the old­est in­de­pen­dent li­braries in the US. At Cam­bridge Ceme­tery find au­thor Henry James’s grave. If you have an in­ter­est in US pres­i­dents, head for the John F. Kennedy Pres­i­den­tial Li­brary and Mu­seum and recre­ate his time in the White House; bosto­na­thenaeum.org; jfk­li­brary.org.

EN­JOY: Cam­bridge is a great place to stay when vis­it­ing Bos­ton. There are lots of restau­rants and bars within walk­ing dis­tance or a short taxi ride. One of the nicest places to dine is Oleana, which serves a mod­ern take on Mid­dle East­ern food in a great at­mos­phere. For a night out, head to Bos­ton’s Con­gress Street. There are su­perla­tive oys­ters at Row 34; also try nearby bar Drink for ex­cel­lent cock­tails; oleanarestau­rant.com; row34.com.

Peter Rose is the ed­i­tor of Aus­tralian Book Re­view. His own pub­li­ca­tions in­clude a fam­ily mem­oir, Rose Boys (Text Clas­sic). He re­cently led an ABR Tour to the US. Next year, a nine-day ABR tour to Britain will be Shake­speare themed. More: aus­tralian­bookre­view.com.au; acade­my­travel.com.au.

In­sid­ers ed­i­tor:

Gra­ham Er­bacher Gra­ham.Er­bacher@news.com.au

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