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Old November 10th, 2011, 10:24 PM   #261
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I love Boston, my friend will be visiting his family around Spring of 2012, I may just tag along with him. I would love to explore the city once again.
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Old November 11th, 2011, 03:28 AM   #262
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I love Boston, my friend will be visiting his family around Spring of 2012, I may just tag along with him. I would love to explore the city once again.
You should if you can.
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Old November 11th, 2011, 03:29 AM   #263
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I stayed at the sheraton near boston common back in 2003 and loved the city. I think it has a very good mix of old and new architecture and has a certain buzz about the place.
Thanks for your nice comment!
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Old November 11th, 2011, 03:32 AM   #264
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Somerville, MA, on T's red-line subway (and maybe some other lines?), commuter rail, and multiple local bus lines. This area has become popular with young people because it is near Cambridge/Harvard Square but not as expensive.

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Old November 11th, 2011, 03:34 AM   #265
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Old November 11th, 2011, 03:35 AM   #266
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Somerville:

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Old November 11th, 2011, 03:37 AM   #267
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Old November 11th, 2011, 03:38 AM   #268
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Somerville continued:

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Old November 11th, 2011, 03:39 AM   #269
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Views from Prospect Hill in Somerville:

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Old November 11th, 2011, 03:40 AM   #270
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Views from Prospect Hill in Somerville:

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Old November 11th, 2011, 12:15 PM   #272
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Somerville looks like a buzzy & vibrant suburb - very mixed and metropolitan.

I really like the tram car restaurant, and that incredible looking church.

One thing we noticed and were shocked by in San Francisco was the number of homeless people; pushing shopping trolleys around full of their 'possessions'.

I noticed two such people in your pictures.
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Old November 11th, 2011, 02:04 PM   #273
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Somerville looks like a buzzy & vibrant suburb - very mixed and metropolitan.

I really like the tram car restaurant, and that incredible looking church.

One thing we noticed and were shocked by in San Francisco was the number of homeless people; pushing shopping trolleys around full of their 'possessions'.

I noticed two such people in your pictures.
When Ronald Reagan cut funding for mental hospitals in the 1980s, the streets were filled with homeless people overnight. Before that, it was rare to see homeless people & beggars, except for the occasional town drunk.
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Old November 12th, 2011, 06:39 AM   #274
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We took a quick day trip to Amherst & Northampton today. I didn't have time for a thorough tour or take as many pictures as I would have liked.

Amherst & Northampton are about 100 miles west of downtown Boston and very close to each other. Amherst is a primarily a college town with Amherst College, University of Massachusetts & Hampshire College. Northampton is a county seat and home of Smith College. Northampton is known for it's large LGBT community, especially for such a small town.

Like I said, this is not a complete tour, just a few pictures I managed to snap:

Downtown Amherst:
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Birthplace & lifelong home of Emily Dickinson:

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Statue of Noah Webster (known as man behind the dictionary) on grounds of Amherst College. He was a co-founder of the college. It seems that he had unusally large hands & feet:

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Old November 12th, 2011, 06:41 AM   #275
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I am calling this one "Losing Autumnal Grasp As Winter Approaches".:haha:

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This is Robert Frost. He taught at the Amherst College:

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The rainbow flies all over Amherst & Northampton:

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Old November 12th, 2011, 06:43 AM   #276
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Old November 12th, 2011, 06:44 AM   #277
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Now in downtown Northampton:

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Old November 12th, 2011, 06:45 AM   #278
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My dad had a car like this when I was a wee lad in the 1960s. It was white with light-blue interior:

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A glimpse of new houses along the highway:

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Crossing the Zakim Bridge means we are almost back home:

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Old November 12th, 2011, 01:47 PM   #280
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I really appreciated that little tour.

It was good to see Emily Dickinson's home: I finished reading, not too long ago, a biography entitled 'Lives Like Loaded Guns', and the house featured heavily, since she was self-confined within it for most of her life.

'Urban Outfitters', in Northampton, certainly has an impressive building as their store.

Where do people work in such communities? American settlements are so far apart, and often many miles from big cities.
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