Derby Square in Salem, Massachusetts
Derby Square in Salem, Massachusetts

 

Once a place of horrendous persecution, Salem is now a brick-lined town crammed with new age bookstores, crystal shops and witch museums. Despite its horrible past, the energy here is uniquely mystical.

 

This is Derby Square - the town center dating back to the 1600's.

 

 

 

 

Another shot of Derby Square

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Halloween in Salem - packed with monsters, ghouls and everything that goes bump in the night

 

Massachusetts Map
Halloween in Salem, Massachusetts
Pumpkin patch in Salem, Massachusetts
Salem Common

 

Pumpkins pumpkins everywhere...

 

Salem Common

 

Salem Common 

 

My favorite place in Salem - walkways criss-cross expansive manicured lawns; a stately gazebo stands near center. The walkways seem to follow ley lines, though I don't know for sure

 

 

 

 

A look inside...

 

 

 

 

 

 

Crow Haven Corner 

 

The occult store formerly owned by Salem's Official Witch, Laurie Cabot.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Salem Witch Museum

 

A fascinating museum - eerie lighting on wax figures illustrates the witch 
trials of 1692. Unforgettable...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Salem Witch Museum

 

This a postcard of one of the trial scenes

 

 

 

 

Salem Witch Museum 

 

Lit up on the floor is this haunting spiral displaying the names of those persecuted (postcard)

 

 

 

 

The Witch House

Another fascinating museum which re-enacts the trials. Underground 
are the actual prison cells of the accused. Many have reported ghost 
sightings; a figure in a cloak is commonly seen. I never spotted any 
ghosts, but the place definitely gives you the chills...

 

 

Salem

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Boston

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Crow Haven Corner in Salem, Massachusetts
The Witch House in Salem, Massachusetts
Salem Witch Museum
Salem Witch Museum

 

Boston Skyline

It's amazing to think that back in the 1700's most of this land was 
underwater. Ground was somehow stacked upon ground to bring the area above sea level.

 

 

 

 

View of Boston from the John Hancock Tower in Copley Square. You can see the Mass Ave Bridge crossing the Charles River

 

The Boston Skyline
View from the John Hancock Tower
View from the John Hancock Tower

 

..and looking to the right. You can see the Longfellow Bridge and MIT across the River. The Charles River Park extends along the lower left, and in the lower right is the hatch shell where the Boston Pops performs for the 4th of July.

View of the Boston Common from the John Hancock Tower
View from the Longfellow Bridge in Boston

 

View of the Boston Common

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Crossing the Mass Ave Bridge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

View of the Charles River from the Longfellow Bridge

 

 

 

 

 

 

MIT's entrance to Killian Court. 

One of my favorite places to relax - this manicured courtyard is beautiful and peaceful

 

 

 

 

 

Charles River Park in early autumn. 

On any sunny day you'll see cyclists, runners, rollerbladers, walkers, etc enjoying this stretch of land.

 

 

 

 

 

Foot Bridge leading to the Charles River.

One of my favorite aspects of Boston is it's walkable - footbridges and walkways make the city a pedestrian's heaven.

 

 

 

 

Christian Science Center

A must-see for any visitor to Boston. Smooth planes and repeating architecural patterns stand aside a long reflecting pool. Very peaceful and mystical - truly a haven in the center of the city.

 

 

 

 

Christian Science Center

View from the other side of the reflecting pool. The site is so large, it's hard to capture all of it in one camera shot.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Christian Science Center

Looking in the other direction

 

 

 

 

 

 

A view of the church

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Such beautiful architectural detail...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Looking through to the publishing house

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Boston Public Gardens

One of the most beautiful places in downtown Boston, especially in the Spring when the manicured lawns are decorated with every fragrant flower imaginable. The statue is of George Washington.

 

 

 

 

Boston Public Gardens

View of the pond framed by weeping willows.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Boston Public Gardens

The pond from another angle. The colors of the surrounding shrubbery are beautiful.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Boston Skyline in autumn's vibrant splendor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Western Massachusetts from the air

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Boston's lovely skyline

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Boston's lovely skyline at sunset...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

..and even better after a light shower

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Walking across the Mass Ave Bridge on a summer day...

 

Killian Court at MIT
Charles River pathway
Halloween in Salem, Massachusetts
The Mass Ave Bridge
Charles River Footbridge
Christian Science Center in Boston
Christian Science Center in Boston
Christian Science Center in Boston
Boston Public Gardens
Boston Public Gardens
Boston Public Gardens
The Boston Skyline
The Boston Skyline
The Boston Skyline
Salem Witch Museum

View of Hamilton Bay looking south

Aerial View of Western Massachusetts
The Boston Skyline
Massachusetts photos including Boston and Salem

Massachusetts was my home for over 20 years (was it really that long?) 

You can never be bored in Massachusetts - every one of its many quaint town tells a fascinating story. Massachusetts is ever old with its history, ever new with its style and culture, and ever changing with every season.

 

Of the literally countless magical places in this great state, I've covered 2 of my favorite below: the city of Boston and the town of Salem.

The Boston Skyline
Christian Science Center in Boston
Christian Science Center in Boston
Christian Science Center in Boston