Boston & The Great Emptiness

I can’t say I ever considered what Boston would look like with no tourists, few commuters, and most of its inhabitants staying indoors. I never had a reason to consider this. Though, I’d be lying if I didn’t occasionally bemoan the tourists gawking at the Old State House and Boston Massacre Seal as I walked to or from work.

And while I love my 435 sq ft / 40 sq m apartment, I never considered what it would be like to be relegated to this space indefinitely. To keep sane I’ve been going on walks around the city to get fresh air, some exercise, and see life outside of my apartment.

One thing about the city being empty is the opportunity to take photos that I wouldn’t otherwise be able to get. Now, I’m by no means a professional photographer. However, taking my camera out gives me something to do on my own these days. 

Below are some of the pictures from around Boston.

Charles River Esplanade

One of my favorite places to stroll is the along the Charles River Esplanade. I’m a big fan of water, so it’s natural that I’m drawn to this walk. During the summer a beer garden opens up along the path, there are always pretty views of the city, and its a popular area for people to exercise. Now, it’s the only area I’ve seen that is still relatively busy.

Charles River Esplanade

Beacon Hill

Beacon Hill is a largely residential area that is a popular place to explore due to its charming brownstones and old-Boston feel. I see people out for walks, taking their dogs out, but the feeling of life on pause remains.

A beautiful, but empty street in Beacon Hill

Faneuil Hall

Faneuil Hall, an area popular with tourists and generally swarming with people, is completely empty.

A deserted Faneuil Hall

Downtown/Financial District

Normally bustling with people (like me) who work in the area, the Financial District/Downtown is much emptier these days. Most people (myself included) are working from home and not in the offices here.

Downtown/Financial District

Even if it’s not life as normal, Boston is still a beautiful city.



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