Touring the Boston Mapparium

This past weekend I was fortunate enough to have a friend and my boyfriend in town. Yay for summer visitors!

We had to drive my friend to the airport super early, so the boyfriend and I decided to head to the beach in Nahant to see the sunrise.  Not much was open so early for breakfast, so we headed back towards Boston. After a stop at Twin Do-Nuts in Brighton/Allston, I had a full-on sugar rush and forgot all about my early wake up call.  

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Next, we got stuck in a giant downpour, so we ducked inside the Mapparium at the Mary Baker Eddy Library. Mapparium?  I know, sounds weird, but it was actually really cool. It involves stepping inside of a giant globe made of individually painted stained glass panels. For a $6 admission fee ($4 for students) the guided tour was about 15 minutes and included a sound and light presentation. We weren't allowed to take pictures inside, so that was disappointing. It was a unique place to visit and that's what I love - discovering new places in a city where I already think I've seen everything.

Marie Frei

One Carry-On is a blog managed by Marie Frei, a travel expert and photographer with a passion for exploring off the beaten path locations. The blog covers honest and personal stories about living and traveling as an American abroad, shares her global appreciation for culture and design, and promotes traveling to far-flung destinations with a carry-on as fun, affordable, and easy.