May 2008

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Intro

Of all the cities on the US East Coast, Boston just might be my favorite — only Charleston and New York have the potential to rival it.  The brownstones of Back Bay, and the great shops and restaurants of Newbury Street;  the incredible history behind its magnificent buildings and world-class universities;  its plethora of modern architecture, including Boston’s controversial City Hall and Cambridge’s Strata Center – all of this left me with a lingering feeling, like I could live here someday.  If I was literally forced out of the West Coast, that is.

So, when the opportunity arose for me to attend the 2008 AIA National Convention, I jumped at the excuse to swing a few days off work and re-enjoy some of my favorite things about Boston.  After several architecture tours, seminars, galas and dinners, as well as some quality time spent with family in Cambridge, I got ‘on the road again’ to explore some of New England’s famous charm in the northern states of Maine, Vermont and New Hampshire.

Maine’s largest city, Portland, is hands-down one of the most charming “largest cities” I’ve visited in the States.  Its walkable red-brick historic center was lively, uncrowded, and downright, well… charming.

Journey Map

    LocationArrivalDeparture
    1Manchester, United StatesMay 13, 2008May 13, 2008
    2Portland, United StatesMay 13, 2008May 14, 2008
    3Yarmouth, United StatesMay 14, 2008May 14, 2008
    4Freeport, United StatesMay 14, 2008May 14, 2008
    5Brunswick, United StatesMay 14, 2008May 14, 2008
    6Augusta, United StatesMay 14, 2008May 14, 2008
    7Lewiston, United StatesMay 14, 2008May 14, 2008
    8Auburn, United StatesMay 14, 2008May 14, 2008
    9Kennebunkport, United StatesMay 14, 2008May 14, 2008
    10Ogunquit, United StatesMay 14, 2008May 14, 2008
    11Boston, United StatesMay 14, 2008May 17, 2008
    12Cambridge, United StatesMay 17, 2008May 17, 2008
    13Concord, United StatesMay 17, 2008May 17, 2008
    14Lexington, United StatesMay 17, 2008May 17, 2008
    15Boston, United StatesMay 17, 2008May 18, 2008
    16Leominster, United StatesMay 18, 2008May 18, 2008
    17Deerfield, United StatesMay 18, 2008May 18, 2008
    18Shelburne Falls, United StatesMay 18, 2008May 18, 2008
    19Brattleboro, United StatesMay 18, 2008May 18, 2008
    20Newfane, United StatesMay 18, 2008May 18, 2008
    21Grafton, United StatesMay 18, 2008May 18, 2008
    22Bellows Falls, United StatesMay 18, 2008May 18, 2008
    23Walpole, United StatesMay 18, 2008May 18, 2008
    24Concord, United StatesMay 18, 2008May 18, 2008
    25Manchester, United StatesMay 18, 2008May 18, 2008

    Featured Image

    State House, Concord, USA

    In front of the New Hampshire State House in Concord, proud of its status as “the nation’s oldest State House in which the legislature still occupies its original chambers”, per an insciption carved into the stone in 1969 for its 150th anniversary. This designation still stands today as its bicentennial anniversary quickly approaches.

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