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Blanketed in Snow

Last Sunday, Boston was blanketed in snow. Despite frigid temps and a bit of wind, people were out enjoying the day, yours truly included.

Under the Trolley Bridge

Tram Bridge-3

This is the other HDR image that I made. The structure has that HDR feel to it. I wish I could have made it so that the sections on either side showing the space outside the bridge were not so bright. Perhaps if I had bracketed further out. I think this bridge was built around 1900 for the elevated street car line and is still in use today. It is one of the few elevated lines left in Boston. I’ll show another view of it in an upcoming post.

Boston’s ‘Skinny House’

The Skinny House

So odd that I should focus on ‘skinny’ the day after our Thanksgiving Feast. Perhaps I feel a bit self-conscious. But here is an image of The Skinny House – The narrowest house in all of Boston. According to vrbo.com:

Legend says that in Colonial times Joseph Euestus and his brother inherited land the house sits on from their father. While Joseph was away, his brother built a grand house on the part of the land away from Hull Street leaving little for his brother. But it was Joseph who had the last laugh. He built the skinny house on the narrow lot in front of his brother’s home and at four stories it was enough to cut off his brother’s view of the harbor. The legend persists and today the house at 44 Hull Street is still often referred to as the ‘Spite House’.

You can stay in The Skinny House if you ever visit Boston. It rents for around $2,000 per week. Here are the details: http://www.vrbo.com/247506

Le Plateau Montreal

The Watchful Eyes

On previous trips to Montreal, we’d always spent our time downtown or perhaps up on Mount Royal or along the canal path. Planning for our recent visit, I was reading about some of the neighborhoods in other parts of Montreal. The Plateau neighborhood seemed particularly intriguing being described by Wikipedia as “characterized by brightly coloured houses, cafés, book shops, and a laissez-faire attitude.” We were also given to understand that there is some amazing murals and other wall art. Off we went on a rainy Friday morning to explore.

Town Houses

Mustard Colored Door

Chez Jose

Cycling in the Rain

Row Houses

Blue Door and Chair

Window Box