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Walk #2: The Paths of Famous Artists


Trail of the Artists:
Start in
Boston Common and walk through the flowered and tree-lined paths of the Boston Public Garden, famed for the swan boats and spring flowers.  This walk will take you west on Newbury Street and its glitzy boutiques, fine art galleries and sidewalk cafés.

The Copley Society, America's oldest art association, sponsors exhibits that once included the work of John Singer Sargent, Claude Monet, Winslow Homer and
One block to the south, the fountain and gardens of
Copley Square rim the Gothic Trinity Church, which reflects in the mirrored 62-story John Hancock Building.

A half block west, J
ohn Singer Sargent celebrated religion with a huge 1890's mural project at the Boston Public Library. Half a block to the south the entrance to the Westin Hotel leads to a mile of glassed-in atrium housing fine shops hotels and restaurants. Within the walkway, the Marriott Hotel offers a brunch where the chef will cook your omelet to-order. Or try the fish at the Legal Seafood Restaurant, both consistently ranked the best dining in Boston. Option: the Sushi Bar on the second-floor atrium of the Marriott.

Enter the
Prudential Building's glass-enclosed mall, which leads to the 50th-story Skywalk observation deck and a great view of the city.

soon you are at the foot of Beacon Hill  where antique shops, old bookstores, bakeries and coffee shops might slow your progress south on Charles Street towards Boston Common.  You could make a right at the corner of Charles and Beacon and go a half block to visit Cheers Pub for a nostalgic brew at the bar amid all the memorabilia from the famed TV comedy.

Boston's subway system provides transportation to places inaccessible from the city center to walkers.  The subway makes Cambridge and its art museums near Harvard Square, the House of Blues and its Gospel lunches, ethnic restaurants and the
glass-flower collection at Harvard University's Natural History Museum available from the station at Harvard Square. The Red Line serves the Kennedy Memorial Library, and the Green Line the long-time home of baseball's Red Sox at Fenway Park.

To depart from the art theme board the island shuttle at the
Aquarium and take a day of island-hopping in Boston Harbor. Fort Warren, the first of five stops, dates to the Civil War and once held prisoner Alexander Stephens, the Vice President of the Confederacy. Each island has walking trails, history and, of course, a resident ghost.
photographers to the Boston Public Garden

Coply Society painters set up and paint the swan boats and flowering trees.
April 14 tulips
The south exit of the Prudential Mall leads to the 14-acre plaza of the Christian Science Church's World Headquarters. Beyond the fountain and reflecting pool, the church offers free tours of the cathedral interior and
Four blocks west, on Huntington Avenue, you'll find Boston's
Museum of Fine Art housing the largest group of Monets outside of Paris" complemented by some of the best in Medieval, Renaissance, Impressionist and Modern paintings. You'll even find Ancient Egyptian, South American, Chinese and Near Eastern artifacts, a huge collection of Japanese art and another monumental Sargent mural, started in 1910.

Just a short walk west, the
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum offers Sunday concerts amidst Mrs. Gardner's collection of Renaissance art displayed just the way she left it in her four-story Venetian-style villa. Lavish turn-of-the-century dinner parties at the mansion attracted cultural luminaries including Sargent, Whistler, Julia Ward Howe and Henry James, the guests chatting amidst Mrs. Gardner's collection of Rembrandts, Botticellis and de la Robias.

Back south on Massachusetts Avenue past Kingdom Fine Art, a B&B dedicated to art and Epicurean delights, and then east on Boylston Street

East three blocks to Fairfield Street and then north four blocks to the footbridge over the highway will take you for a walk along the banks of the Charles River. A mile east, visit
Community Boating, where experienced sailors can pay a membership fee and rent a 19-foot Rhodes for a sail the Charles River.
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Copley Square
Boston Public Garden Make way For Ducklings and Swan Boats
Start in Boston Common and and walk through the  Boston Public Garden to see  the Swan Boats and spring flowers.  Go west on Newbury Street for the fine art galleries and sidewalk cafés.
Boston Public Garden
Boston Art Walk is a Walk of Artists along Newbury Street to The Copley Society, America's oldest art association.
The Boston Art walk continues to museums exhibiting the work of John Singer Sargent, Claude Monet, Winslow Homer and James McNeil Whistler.
Boston Art Walk goes through the Boston Public Garden to Newbury Street and galleries such as The Copley Society and the New England Watercolor Society.   
Boston Art Walk follows Newbury Street west to Private galleries and then continues west on Huntington Avenue to the Museum of Fine Arts  where you find the work of John Singer Sargent, Claude Monet, Winslow Homer ,James McNeil Whistler and many others.  Continue a short walk to the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, a 15th century-style Italian mansion where a private collection that occupies three floors is open to the public.  
Boston artist painting in the Public Garden
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