Bella Vida by Letty

Photos of Boston From Above

Photos of Boston from Above


Every civilization I’ve ever studied has built pyramids, towers, monuments and buildings reaching for the sky.  During my travels I’ve climbed pyramids and shot up over one hundred stories in elevators to view the world from above.  There are many lessons learned through traveling.  I truly enjoy learning and one of the things I get from traveling and in particular from climbing skyscrapers is a shift of perspective.  I wanted to view Boston from above to get a different perspective of the city.  I revisited the fact that possibilites and human capabilities are endless by asking the question: Why build tall buildings?  The answer is because we can.  Each of us has the power to manifest.

As I look down and see the Charles River in the distance I realize what a tremendous task it must have been to set up the rivers boundaries and keep the water back.  Many of the hundreds and hundreds of housing units I was gazing down upon are presently on locations previously under water.  It took more than just imagination to create a city like Boston.  It took thought, planning, mobilizing, creating, managing and lots of work to manifest what was imagined by daring thinkers, architects and business men and women.  Men and women who dared to imagine but even greater followed through despite any objections or setbacks.

When I look at the photos I took of Boston from above I am inspired to manifest my own skyscrapers.  Not in the literal sense but in the creative.  It helps me to meditate and shape ideas that I will later manifest.  Viewing the different types of structures put my doubts at ease because if someone could build a 52 story building so I can enjoy this view I’m sure I will be able to create and manifest my daring ideas.  I hope you are inspired too.


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During my research of Massachusetts I discovered the Prudential Tower is the second tallest skyscraper in the City of Boston and it has an observatory, known as Skywalk with 360 degree views.  The 52 story building designed by Charles Luckman and Associates for the Prudential Insurance company was built in back in 1964 when it was one of the tallest around.  Today you can hang out on the 50th floor of the Prudential Tower to capture amazing photos of Boston from above.  From this fabulous vantage point enjoy fantastic views of the city of Boston and its famous landmarks like the Charles River, Fenway Park, Boston Harbor and more.  While there you can take an audio tour, check out the Dreams of Freedom Museum with its creepy doll display and check out the multimedia theater featuring Wings Over Boston.  It was Friday late in the afternoon when I visited and there were only a few people there.  It felt like I had the place to myself.

Also in the building are many swank contemporary shops, trendy restaurants and of course there’s a Starbucks and Barnes & Noble too.  There is also a parking garage.  You can validate your parking ticket for a discount.  I took the Boston subway, MBTA, there.


From up above the first thing that stood out to me were all of the brown brick buildings.  The Pru, as the building is affectionately known to locals, is located in Back Bay, a neighborhood famous for its rows and rows of Victorian brownstones.  It is said  American architect and designer of many Boston Neighborhoods, Arthur Gilman, was influenced by Haussmann’s renovation of Paris and can be seen in its wide parallel tree lined avenues.  One of the things I like so much about the city are its many parks and tree lined streets.  Today it is one of Boston’s most expensive neighborhoods. It’s interesting to see the old blending with the new, the different architectural styles of churches, museums, libraries and schools.  Boston does a great job of conserving its history.  A history which has shaped how US government runs today.

Fenway Park


There’s a wonderful view of historic Fenway Park, the oldest ballpark in major league baseball.  It has been home to the Boston Red Sox since 1912.  The ballpark was named after the Fenway Kenmore neighborhood.  This energetic neighborhood is known for its educational and cultural institutions but really comes alive when there are baseball games going on.  I was lucky and there was  a game going on the afternoon of my visit.  I got to sit back and watch the players as the blimp flew over Fenway.  As the sun began to set the view did become a bit hazy which happens in the hot summer.




I spent some time watching the sailboats glide across the Charles River.  Being able to see so many islands in Boston Harbor Bay really took my breathe away.   The harbor is not only a beautiful sight but an important port in American history.  It was the site of the Boston Tea Party.  Prior to European contact Native American Indians lived on the islands fishing in the harbor and creating planting fields.  As more colonial settlements were built many Native American Indians were displaced to villages and towns.  Some remained in British colonial settlements while others continued in their traditional native communities.

After enjoying myself photographing Boston from above, I left Skywalk taking the quick elevator ride downstairs and walked around the shops later having dinner at one of the restaurants there before hopping back on the MBTA. If the weather is great and the Skywalk is open I recommend you go take in the view.

Have you been to the Skywalk in the Prudential tower in Boston?

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