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3 Day Itinerary in Boston | Part 3

One of the oldest cities in the United States, Boston offers the perfect mix of new and old - where The Freedom Trail landmarks stand beside cutting edge restaurants. Given its age, Boston’s streets aren’t arranged in a grid or anything remotely resembling an organizational structure. Given that each Boston neighborhood tells its own story - it's the perfect place to get lost. Just be careful when walking on cobblestone!

Part 3:

(1) Sweet start to your day at Flour Bakery

(2) Enjoy much more than classes at MIT & Harvard

(3) Enjoy the most picturesque spread for lunch at Bar Mezzana

(4) Take in the beauty of the Boston Public Garden

(5) Do some damage to your wallet on Newbury St. / Boylston St / Copley Place

(6) Delicious end to the weekend at Coppa Enoteca

Sweet start to your day at Flour Bakery

Have you ever thought about quitting your job and starting a bakery? And then you immediately get worried that you wouldn't be successful? Well... Chef Joanne Chang went and did that. The Harvard graduate left management consulting to become a pastry chef, working at some of the best restaurants before opening Flour, which now has seven locations around Boston.

Joanne Chang’s breakfast-and-lunch bakery chain is always bustling and has earned a cult following - particularly for her word-famous sticky buns which will wrap you in a smattering of caramel (see picture below)! But in case you need more than that... this fast-casual cafe and bakery with windows lined with beautiful baked goods and an extensive seasonal menu of sandwiches and saladsalso has savory eats—from “thoughtfully prepared” sandwich to a full lunch menu bursting healthy but never generic salads

In case my words didn't do any of it justice... I'm sure the pictures will!

[Photo credit: Flour Bakery]

Enjoy much more than classes at MIT & Harvard

Aside from college tours, you've probably not spent much time touring college campuses. In most cases, you're probably not missing much... until you're in Boston. Boston has some of the oldest and most beautiful college campuses in the world. There's much more than classes here!

Take in the chapel, pocket gardens and art at MIT

Massachusetts Institute of Technology is a private land-grant research university in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The institute has an urban campus that extends more than a mile alongside the Charles River.

[Photo credit: MIT]

  • If you're into art - there's the galleries and exhibits at the MIT Museum, where art, science, and technology intersect. The MIT List Visual Arts Center is located on the campus of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the heart of Kendall Square. As the contemporary art museum at MIT, visitors encounter a dynamic, changing program of temporary exhibitions located in our galleries, as well as renowned permanent and public art collections located across the Institute. You can also explore public art on campus, including works by Picasso, Calder, and other major artists, or view students’ creative work at the Wiesner Student Art Gallery.

  • Relax and revive in one of MIT's 21 pocket garden spaces tucked around campus. Most of these pocket gardens are open to anyone walking through campus to enjoy—and to learn about the plantings. Some gardens are courtyards inside buildings, such as the Lipchitz Courtyard inside Building 14, adjacent to Hayden Library. The Stata Swale is in a prominent location behind the famously wonky shape of the Ray and Maria Stata Center for Computer, Information, and Intelligence Sciences completed in 2004. The swale, a particularly hard-working garden, is one of the building’s sustainable design elements. Half the site is drained to the biofiltration swale, which was designed to capture and biologically degrade pollutants carried by stormwater runoff, and it serves several nearby buildings. True garden lovers can see the photo-by-photo documentation of the 2006 transplantation of two mighty oaks from the Dibner Building, which was being demolished, to the E32 site. The MIT Grounds Services maintain the gardens and offer periodic garden tours.