I've lived in the City practically my whole life and I don't recall ever having a "nightmare" crossing the street, but all bone-chilling events aside, a cross-town walk between the two stations would be ideal for someone with some time to kill that isn't lugging heavy bags. You could get a nice mini-tour of the City in that walk with a lot of the flavor of Boston packed in that mile. Coming out of South Station, go directly into Chinatown for either great Americanized or authentic Chinese food. ("Cold tea" means beer.) Walk up Essex to the Essex Deli and pack a great sandwich for the ride later on. Further on up Boylston, drop into the USO and make a donation, cross Tremont into the Common and sit and people watch. Divert slightly and walk over to the Public Garden. Take a ride on the Swan Boats. They have a cathartic effect on your soul. Pick up some great Boston-made cigars in Park Square. (You can smoke them anywhere you go.) Drop into Boston Music on Boylston, where you may find a young Arthur Fiedler ordering a new conductor's baton. (Offer Mr. Fiedler one of your cigars - you may wind up with his autographed old baton.) Check out the myriad of theatres on Tremont, walk up Tremont perhaps stopping in a specialty store or two. You'll wind up right in the middle of Scollay Square, so drop into the Old Howard, grab a beer and watch the burlesque show starring Ann Corio. With a few beers in you, plunk a few bucks down for a tatoo in one of the local parlors. (Put "3rdrail" on your arm in red, white, and blue.) Walk through the West End. Admire the gothic buildings in all their splendor - they're not going to be around for long. Pop out into the North End. If all that walking has made you hungry again, grab a delicioso Italian dinner at one of the best Italian restarantes this side of Sicily. (If you ask for vino in one of them, you're going to get it in a Coca-Cola glass - no license.) Save dessert, because as you walk down Hanover Street, you're going to pass some of the best bakeries in America. A few more steps and you're there. Grab a nice hi-ball at the Iron Horse at North Station for the upcoming trip. You're there ! You've just sampled a small slice of Boston and undoubtably have a few stories to tell !
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