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Explore Boston - Government Center

Global Immersions Recruiting - Friday, August 05, 2011

Boston’s Government Center is one of the most visited and recognized places in all of Boston. Home to Boston City Hall and directly across from Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market, Government Center is a popular destination for locals and tourists alike to shop, eat, and enjoy the outdoor entertainment.


Boston Quincy Market and Faneuil Hall

Located in the heart of downtown Boston, Government Center provides a space for many outdoor events at both City Hall Plaza and Faneuil Hall. Throughout the summer months thousands of people come together to attend festivals, plays, circuses, or other happenings that often take place on the Plaza. Street performers also add to the fun of the setting, providing free entertainment all day long throughout the warmer months.

Government Center is also a well-known location for some of the best food and shops around Boston. At Quincy Market and Faneuil Hall, visitors can explore one of the oldest festival marketplaces in the United States. As
www.faneuilhallmarketplace.com states about the area, “[it is] alive today as it was in 1742 when our nation's fathers proclaimed it ‘The Cradle of Liberty,’ it combines the glories of Boston's past with the urban sophistication of the city today.”

If you are a Global Immersions Homestay visitor or host, please join Global Immersions for our Explore Boston Summer Event on August 18th, 2011 for the Boston Greenfest in Government Center! Learn the many ways we can create a better world by greening our lives and our communities, and enjoy the interactive exhibits, presentations, and continuous live entertainment all night long!


Sources:
http://www.cityofboston.gov/freedomtrail/faneuilhall.asp
www.faneuilhallmarketplace.com 

Explore Boston- Beacon Hill

Global Immersions Recruiting - Monday, July 18, 2011
Next up on the Explore Boston series is the renowned neighborhood of Beacon Hill, what boston.com calls, “the most historic neighborhood in America’s most historic city”. Located in the heart of Boston, Beacon Hill is home to not only the Massachusetts State House, but also to some of the most picturesque locations throughout the city. Known for its iconic brick row houses, historical background, and beautiful landscapes, Beacon Hill is the model for a Boston neighborhood.


Massachusetts State House

Home to Boston Common and the Public Gardens, Beacon Hill boasts the world’s first public urban park. Throughout the year, Bostonians and tourists alike flock to the Common in order to enjoy the weather and take part in events such as concerts, softball games, or splashing in the Frog Pond! At the nearby Public Gardens, you can enjoy the delightful scenery as well as take a ride on Boston’s famous attraction, the Swan Boats.

Only a short walk away from the Gardens, you can find a number of quaint little antique shops, cafes, and restaurants on Charles Street and the rest Beacon Hill. A few of our insider picks include the famous DeLuca’s Market, Upper Crust, Lala Rokh, and Cheers. Further wandering will bring you to the Charles River and esplanade, a great location to relax by the water or enjoy one of the many free summer concerts at the Hatch Shell.

Summer is the perfect season to explore Beacon Hill! Free tours and concerts happen every week, and the many parks and gardens are in full bloom. Beacon Hill is the perfect location to walk around and experience Boston’s historical past, and colorful future!

Have you gone for a ride on the Swan Boats, or “hung out” at the Boston Common? If so, send us pictures or suggestions, we’d love to hear from you!


Sources:
http://www.beaconhillonline.com/cgi-bin/index.cgi  
http://www.boston.com/travel/boston/neighborhoods/beacon_hill/

Explore Boston - Kenmore Square

Global Immersions Recruiting - Friday, June 03, 2011

One of Boston’s most beloved squares, Kenmore Square, is home to Fenway Park and many other Bostonian institutions such as Boston University, the Museum of Fine Arts, the Isabella Stuart Gardner Museum and the always exciting Lansdowne Street.  The area is also known for its dense population of hospitals in the Longwood Area. 

The Citgo sign has stood high above Boston since 1940 and was replaced in 1965 with the current iconic Citgo sign which was updated in 2010. The Citgo sign is not only a landmark of Kenmore Square but of the Boston skyline.

 
Citgo sign in Kenmore Square

Kenmore Square is Boston’s area for education and enjoyment! If you are looking for a night out or a place to watch a sports game Lansdowne Street is the spot!  From the famous House of Blues, sports bars, pubs and discos and even a bar with a view into Fenway Park!  

As important as Kenmore Square is to Boston’s identity it did not become part of the city until 1900.  Previously it had been overtaken by the Charles River and marsh land.  By 1915 it was part of Boston Public Transportation as a stop on the Green “B” line.  Today it is part of the Fenway/Kenmore neighborhood with a stop on the Green line – Kenmore Square. 

Our insider tips to explore and experience Kenmore Square are to take a tour of Fenway Park and if you can get a ticket to attend a Boston Red Sox game!  If you are in Boston during baseball season and do not get to experience all the excitement of a live baseball game in Fenway Park you are missing out on a true Bostonian experience!   Another not to miss exhibit is the colorful and breathtaking Chihuly at the Museum of Fine Arts now to August 7, 2011.  

If you have a favorite restaurant or not to miss locale for our visitors to explore in Kenmore Square we'd love to hear from you!

Sources:


http://www.wikipedia.org
http://boston.about.com/od/neighborhoods/ss/KenmoreWalk.htm
http://www.mfa.org/exhibitions/chihuly

Tour Boston by Foot!

Global Immersions - Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Boston has recently been ranked the safest U.S. city for pedestrians by the Transportation for America organization.   Spring is finally here and summer is soon to follow so it is the perfect time to travel the city by foot! 
  

Boston Public Gardens

The advantage of Boston is that you can easily walk through the Boston Common and Public Gardens to Beacon Hill or along the Freedom Trail to stores and boutiques on Newbury and Boylston Streets.   You can take in the beautiful landscapes of historic North End, Quincy Market or Boston waterfronts without needing a car!  Boston is accessible by foot just make sure to wear comfortable shoes on the old cobblestone streets.  Get out and explore or rediscover all our city has to offer!

Source:  Boston.com

Explore Boston – Neighborhoods Around Town!

Global Immersions Recruiting - Friday, May 06, 2011

The Explore BostonNeighborhoods Around Town series will explore different neighborhoods and areas in Boston and give you tips of places to see, eat and checkout! 

 

First up….Harvard Square in Cambridge.  Until 1638, Cambridge was known as the small village of NewTowne until Harvard College (the oldest college in America) transformed the area.  The gates of Harvard College opened into the village’s center and soon transformed the small village into Harvard Square.  Harvard Square was home to the first American printing press and the first published American author Anne Bradstreet.  Today, it is synonymous with Harvard University, shopping, good eats, museums, theatre, street entertainment and truly a must see for all visitors and residents of Boston!

 

Boston.com described Harvard Square as “the crossroads between funk and philosophy, of idealism and consumerism, of red brick and green politics.”  It is a place where people of all ages, of all backgrounds, and of all walks of life merge to create Harvard Square’s charismatic, one of a kind atmosphere!

 
Harvard Square - Red Line Entrance

Depending on your taste you can always find something! From a place to grab a cup of coffee or quick bite to a fine dining experience in Harvard Square.  Here are a few insider picks – Algiers Coffee House; Charlie’s Kitchen; Grendel’s Den and Border Café.  For a list check out this Harvard Square site - Harvard Square Restaurants.
 

Summer is a great time in Harvard Square.  There are street festivals and events, live music and more!   You can spend a day walking around the area listening to music or even take in a game of chess with the locals.  Do you have a favorite place to eat or hangout in Harvard Square?  Let us know your insider tips about Harvard Square!

 

Our Explore Boston program is designed to help our visitors learn more about U.S. culture and Boston while attending a local event or activity with our staff.   Each Explore Boston event is researched and determined based on maximized cultural learning, time of year and cost.   The goal is for our visitors to explore the great city of Boston and all that it has to offer with insiders and attend events they might not know exist!  We welcome hosts and their families to join their visitors for each Explore Boston event.  Do you have suggestions, ideas or local happenings our visitors would like?  Check out the calendar for upcoming Explore Boston events.


Sources:

http://www.boston.com/travel/
http://www.harvardsquare.com/default.aspx

www.wikipedia.com


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