Recently, we ventured up to the Boston Metropolitan area; more specifically, Cambridge. Most visitors only travel to the bustling city of Boston, but Cambridge should not be overlooked. Our trip was unrelated to Anthology, but that didn’t stop us from sprinkling in a few spots to take pictures. There was a lot of rushing around, but we definitely made the most of it. All in all, we spent 24 hours in Cambridge, but we recommend a longer visit.
If you are anything like us, you must start your day with a coffee, and brunch is a welcomed bonus. We headed to the closest Tatte Bakery & Cafe, on Third Street. It is one of 16 in the metro area. They opened their first brick-and-mortar bakery back in January of 2018, and have since opened some in D.C. What makes this bakery great for photos is the atmosphere. The inside is very light with an industrial modern theme. You may order off their brunch menu or choose amongst their many pastries. We opted for the French Toast and the Heirloom Tomato Tartine.
Once you finished eating, or maybe you picked up a coffee to go, you may head south for a quick four-minute drive towards the Charles River. Along the river you will find the Dr. Paul Dudley White Bike Path. This mixed-use path runs on both sides of the river, with a loop of 27.5 km. We parked near the MIT Sailing Pavilion, but there are many access points to the path. We recommend getting shots of Boston, sailboats or Longfellow Bridge. Just be mindful of your surroundings. You can catch many motivated locals running and biking on the path. If you’d rather have Cambridge in the background, the Charles River Esplanade is a beautiful park on the Boston side.
One thing that makes Cambridge so special is that it is home to two world class universities. If you parked near the Pavilion, then you are already at MIT. We took a stroll into the McDermott Court to gaze up at the 40 ft tall painted steel sculpture. La Grande Voile, also known as The Big Sail, was created by sculptor, Alexander Calder, in 1965. Just down the road is MIT’s Great Dome. This neoclassical building is home to a library and lecture hall. It was built in 1916 and was an imitation of the Pantheon in Rome.
The day is coming to an end, so you head to the local Trattoria for a delicious meal. We had reservations at Pammy’s in Riverside. This chic restaurant offers indoor and outdoor dining. At the table, while figuring out which fun cocktail to order, they deliver fresh bread and oil. Their menu offers a selection of plates to which each dinner guest is allotted three. Some highlights from our table were the Mesclun Greens, Octopus, Lumache and the Pork Milanese. Overall, we enjoyed the food, company, and the ambiance.
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Get out and bring your camera (or your smartphone) and capture the world around you. Happy exploring!
Want some additional location inspo? Here are some other places we've visited in the area!