Today, my son Peter & I took a tour of South Station, a continuing education for members of Boston By Foot (one of the reasons why you should become a member). I love railroad stations so it was fun to poke around and see old artifacts, granite pilings, and even the exclusive Acela waiting room.
Unfortunately, railway stations are crowded, noisy places so I didn’t learn much to report back. South Station is also difficult to photograph. There are so many people and iPod ads in the way. The highlight of the tour for me was a story from a BBF docent who remembers riding in his friend’s aunt’s private train to go to New York for Mets’ games (the aunt of course was Joan Payson). There’s a good history of the building online at the South Station website.
I thought about catching the commuter train to Forest Hills, but just missed it. Instead we walked along the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway and enjoyed the Greenway’s ignagural event. It strikes me that the Greenway makes an excellent location for a street fair, so I hope other events like this will be held in the future. Peter enjoyed boogieing in the grass to the Jewish-Cuban sounds of Odessa Havana. After that we went home for a nap.