MY CITY* BOS­TON

CHRIS­TINE DIANE SHOWS US THE HIGH­LIGHTS OF HER HOME­TOWN IN HER FAVOURITE SEA­SON: FALL

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*There’s no bet­ter way to get to the heart of a city than through the peo­ple who live there. Ev­ery month, we ask some­one, clearly in love with their city, to take us on a per­sonal tour and tell us what makes it so spe­cial. You may feel in­spired to visit one day or to re­dis­cover the charms of a city closer to you, but for now just sit back, re­lax and en­joy some vi­car­i­ous travel.

How long have you lived in Bos­ton?

Bos­ton has al­ways felt like home. I grew up just out­side the city and moved into Bos­ton for col­lege six years ago. I grad­u­ated in 2016 and now share an apart­ment down­town with my best friend. I ab­so­lutely love it!

Tell us what makes your city unique

The en­ergy of the city and the spirit of the peo­ple of Bos­ton is re­ally spe­cial. Just visit Fen­way Park and hear ev­ery­one singing Sweet Caro­line to­gether dur­ing the Red Sox game, or watch the Bos­ton Marathon in April, when the city shuts down and one mil­lion spec­ta­tors line the course to cheer on the run­ners. The many col­leges, uni­ver­si­ties, start-ups and new build­ings that spring up on the sky­line give a youth­ful edge to the city’s well known his­toric land­marks, sights and trails. It’s the best of both worlds.

What’s it like in au­tumn?

Fall is my fa­vorite sea­son in Bos­ton. The air is crisp and the tem­per­a­ture is usu­ally about 16–17C. There’s plenty of fo­liage in the Bos­ton Pub­lic Gar­den and when the leaves start to change, all the or­angey reds are re­flected in the pond. When you stroll past Bos­ton Pub­lic Mar­ket at this time of year, you can smell the fresh cider dough­nuts from the farm stand in­side. Trust me, it’s hard not to stop!

Around Hal­loween, the Bea­con Hill neigh­bour­hood, with its cob­ble­stone streets and brick houses, does a great job dec­o­rat­ing. It’s also ru­moured to have the best candy, mak­ing it a favourite stop for trick or treaters.

What’s the na­ture like?

Bos­ton is on the coast, so many neigh­bour­hoods border the At­lantic. Along the wa­ter­front is the Har­bor­walk path – stretch­ing for al­most 43 miles – where you can take a stroll or sit and watch the com­ings and go­ings of the boats and fer­ries. Bos­ton Har­bor Cruises leave from Long Wharf, op­po­site the Aquar­ium, and run var­i­ous tours in­clud­ing whale watch­ing. These trips are pretty amaz­ing – it’s com­mon to see a few dif­fer­ent types of whales when you go out.

The Charles River, which di­vides Bos­ton from Cam­bridge is an­other hub of en­ergy. You can catch

a col­lege crew team or sail­ing race, or watch the fa­mous Duck Boats – large repli­cas of Sec­ond World War am­phibi­ous ve­hi­cles – as they glide along the river. In early fall, the Charles River is great for kayak­ing. You can rent a kayak at one of the boathouses and go out for a few hours… or un­til your arms get tired from pad­dling. Bos­ton Pub­lic Gar­den is the main green space in the heart of the city – there’s a lit­tle pond in the mid­dle with swan boats, open for rides from spring un­til early Septem­ber.

Where’s your favourite out­door space?

Tough choice! I’d have to go with the Es­planade. It’s a park along the Charles River with fan­tas­tic paths for a scenic walk or run. I did a lot of my train­ing runs for the Bos­ton Marathon along the Es­planade.

Tell us about the colours of your city.

The colours re­ally de­pend on the sea­son. Spring, when the flow­ers are in bloom, is full of pinks and bright greens. Sum­mer­time reads green and blue, but this tran­si­tions to oranges and reds in the fall. After a good snow­fall, white blan­kets ev­ery­thing in sight in win­ter.

What’s your favourite way to get about the city?

Walk­ing. Bos­ton is pretty small, and su­per walk­a­ble. There’s al­ways the T (our un­der­ground and over­ground net­work of sub­way cars) if I’m in a hurry or the weather is bad.

Tell us about the peo­ple who live in your city.

Bos­to­ni­ans are proud to be from Bos­ton – of the city we are now, and of our his­tory. We love our city, we love Dunkin’ Donuts (which was started in a sub­urb of Bos­ton) and we love our sports teams (we’re die-hard fans). We’re ag­gres­sive drivers but friendly peo­ple.

Where are your favourite places to go with friends?

On Fri­day nights we like to meet up and go to the lo­cal bars for a few drinks. If we’re in the mood for danc­ing, which we nor­mally are, we like to go some­where with a live band, like the Lans­downe Pub or the Bell in Hand Tav­ern. We might also ex­plore the Mu­seum of Fine Arts (MFA), which has a great col­lec­tion of Amer­i­can his­tor­i­cal por­traits and stud­ies by John Sin­gle­ton Co­p­ley, or walk around Cas­tle Is­land. You can ex­plore the his­toric fort there, or just watch the planes over­head as they fly in to land at Lo­gan air­port.

Tell us about eat­ing in Bos­ton.

My friends and I love to eat out. We have a run­ning list of all the places we are dy­ing to try, and it feels like for

“For ev­ery new restau­rant I check off, there are three more new ones I want to add to the list”

ev­ery new place we check off, there are three more new ones to add! When you’re vis­it­ing Bos­ton, you have to try a fresh lob­ster roll and a cup of New Eng­land clam chow­der. If you’re in the mood for de­li­cious pas­tas, pizza or pas­tries, then the North End, our Lit­tle Italy neigh­bour­hood, is a must.

What’s the shop­ping like?

New­bury Street is a great place to stroll and shop, or win­dow-shop, as the op­tions there are on the pricy side. There’s a wide range of stores, from bou­tiques to large chain re­tail­ers, all housed in build­ings that look more like homes than stores.

Where do you like to es­cape to?

In the sum­mer, if I have the whole day, I like to go down south of Bos­ton. There are some great beaches, es­pe­cially on Cape Cod. It’s also fun to take a ferry trip to the Bos­ton Har­bor Is­lands.

What has been your best dis­cov­ery about your city?

There’s a Si­cil­ian pizza shop in the North End on Hanover Street called Gal­le­ria Umberto that’s a hid­den gem. Lack­ing a real store­front, it’s only marked by a small sign over the door­way, so you have to keep your eyes open or you’ll walk right by. It’s fam­ily run, so they don’t have set daily open­ing hours. They open when the pizza is ready, and close as soon as it’s sold out – and it’s so good, the line can go out of the door. Just be sure to take cash as they don’t ac­cept credit cards.

What would sur­prise a new­comer to your city?

We don’t all have the fa­mous Bos­ton ac­cents, but we do have some dis­tinctly Bos­ton words. We of­ten use ‘ Wicked’ in place of ‘awe­some’; a ‘bub­bler’ is a wa­ter foun­tain, and a ‘frappé’ is a milk­shake.

If you could change one thing, what would it be?

I’d like fewer cob­ble­stones and brick walk­ways! Don’t get me wrong, I love the char­ac­ter of the streets, but it’s so hard to walk in any type of heel! Trust me, I’ve tried. My closet is full of flats and wedges in­stead.

Where would you rec­om­mend some­body to stay if they were vis­it­ing your city?

The down­town wa­ter­front is a great lo­ca­tion. It’s within walk­ing dis­tance of Fa­neuil Hall, the Free­dom Trail (a 2.5-mile route around some of the city’s key his­toric sights), the North End, and the Sea­port district.

What keeps you in your city and where else would you like to live?

I re­ally love ev­ery­thing about Bos­ton – above all, the peo­ple. I don’t think I could leave, but if I had to, I’d prob­a­bly go to San Diego. I vis­ited once and it re­minded me a lot of Bos­ton, just on the other coast.

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2Fall colour in Bos­ton 1 Pub­lic Gar­den.2 Sun­set re­flec­tions at the Es­planade, Chris­tine’s favourite out­door space.3 Stand­ing the test of time – Cus­tom House clock­tower.4 The ho­ley grail of deep-fried dough: Kane’s Donuts.5 Sea­sonal pro­duce at South End’s SoWa open mar­ket

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4Maple trees in 1 au­tumn: our sec­ond favourite maple after syrup.2 Bos­ton sand­wich clas­sic, the lob­ster roll.3 Bea­con Hill: home of the red­brick and Hal­loween hi­jinks.Blue skies over the 4 fi­nan­cial district.5 Still stall­hold­ing: shop­ping and din­ing hall, Quincy Mar­ket.The vo­lu­mi­nous 6 Bos­ton Pub­lic Li­brary

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