an atypical May Day

May 1 was a Saturday this year, and we spent this perfect spring day out exploring. We started at the Christian Science Center Plaza, where we saw lots of people out enjoying the fountains with their adorable and well-behaved puppies (how do busy Bostonians train their dogs so well?).

dogs and the fountain

From there we wandered around the Prudential Center to look at Bundt pans at Williams-Sonoma (steep price, but after reading the online reviews, I'm thinking about it) and happened upon a Boston Pops small brass ensemble performance. It was so sweet to see a few of the older couples swaying along with the music, hand in hand to songs they recognized. We also can't wait until we get to experience the free Boston Pops concerts on the Esplanade this summer. It was a great preview!

boston pops at the pru

We wandered over to Harvard and enjoyed the brightly colored chairs scattered across the lawn, which are surprisingly comfortable. It's a pretty popular location — most seats were filled, and we even saw a couple in a tux and wedding gown getting their photos taken sitting in the chairs. Harvard grads, perhaps?

happy may day

But we didn't stay long — were distracted by a mariachi band performing for Harvard's early Cinco de Mayo celebrations. My favorite was the elderly lady watching front and center, singing along and dancing with a huge smile on her face.

From there, we headed to our final destination (pun intended): Mount Auburn Cemetery. It's the first landscaped cemetery in the country, making this a must-see spot for us. (In addition to being a landscape architect, Ian grew up in a funeral home. Yes. Like My Girl.)

mount auburn cemetery pond

And for me, the English major, we visited Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

longfellow's grave

Wandering around a cemetery might seem creepy to some people, but it was beautiful and peaceful, and everything was bursting with spring colors.

lilacs up close

A perfect way to enjoy May Day in Boston.