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Crossing Boston: A photo essay of the city’s lasting impression

Every visitor takes away a different experience from a trip to a famous city. I first visited Boston when I was 9, and my lingering memories were mostly of tourist attractions. Now, two decades later, I decided to wander through the city to rediscover it in my own way. Every day I would choose a different destination, and then weave my path through the streets, alleys, and parks, going where my eye and interest took me. Meeting the city in this spontaneous way helped me find a new and different appreciation for Boston.

The Zakim Bridge, with traffic zooming, as seen from Bunker Hill Community College pedestrian walkway.
The Zakim Bridge, with traffic zooming, as seen from Bunker Hill Community College pedestrian walkway.Paulina Sanchez-Navarro for Globe Opinion
A view skyward from under the Zakim Bridge.
A view skyward from under the Zakim Bridge.Paulina Sanchez-Navarro for Globe Opinion
North Point Park on the Charlestown side of the Charles River.
North Point Park on the Charlestown side of the Charles River.Paulina Sanchez-Navarro for Globe Opinion
The Zakim Bridge, taken from near the Museum of Science.
The Zakim Bridge, taken from near the Museum of Science.Paulina Sanchez-Navarro for Globe Opinion
On Beacon Hill, even the window boxes are lush and well-tended.
On Beacon Hill, even the window boxes are lush and well-tended.Paulina Sanchez-Navarro for Globe Opinion
A hidden gem, the Gibson House Museum in the Back Bay, gives a glimpse of life during the Victorian Era.
A hidden gem, the Gibson House Museum in the Back Bay, gives a glimpse of life during the Victorian Era.Paulina Sanchez-Navarro for Globe Opinion
The entrance hall to the Gibson House Museum presents the same view a visitor would have seen in the 19th century.
The entrance hall to the Gibson House Museum presents the same view a visitor would have seen in the 19th century.Paulina Sanchez-Navarro for Globe Opinion
A grand Weeping Willow in the Public Garden.
A grand Weeping Willow in the Public Garden.Paulina Sanchez-Navarro for Globe Opinion
The Public Garden is a haven of peace in the heart of Boston.
The Public Garden is a haven of peace in the heart of Boston.Paulina Sanchez-Navarro for Globe Opinion
The willows in the Public Garden filter light and shadow in beguiling ways.
The willows in the Public Garden filter light and shadow in beguiling ways.Paulina Sanchez-Navarro for Globe Opinion
One of the many small fountains hidden away in the Public Garden.
One of the many small fountains hidden away in the Public Garden.Paulina Sanchez-Navarro for Globe Opinion
The Winthrop Building, the first steel-framed skyscraper in Boston, is distinguished by its curving side.
The Winthrop Building, the first steel-framed skyscraper in Boston, is distinguished by its curving side.Paulina Sanchez-Navarro for Globe Opinion
An explosion of beautiful blooms at the new Boston Public Market.
An explosion of beautiful blooms at the new Boston Public Market.Paulina Sanchez-Navarro for Globe Opinion
The Longfellow Bridge is under renovation — and a good thing, too, since it’s starting to show its age.
The Longfellow Bridge is under renovation — and a good thing, too, since it’s starting to show its age.Paulina Sanchez-Navarro for Globe Opinion
Boston is lucky to have the Esplanade, a paradise of trees and water.
Boston is lucky to have the Esplanade, a paradise of trees and water.Paulina Sanchez-Navarro for Globe Opinion
The Charles River was full of intrepid water sports enthusiasts.
The Charles River was full of intrepid water sports enthusiasts.Paulina Sanchez-Navarro for Globe Opinion
Art sits sentry at the entrance to the Boston Public Library.
Art sits sentry at the entrance to the Boston Public Library.Paulina Sanchez-Navarro for Globe Opinion
South Boston has the feel of a small waterfront community where you can relax — and enjoy looking at the planes land every few minutes.
South Boston has the feel of a small waterfront community where you can relax — and enjoy looking at the planes land every few minutes.Paulina Sanchez-Navarro for Globe Opinion
The Christian Science Plaza fountain, a play of geometric patterns.
The Christian Science Plaza fountain, a play of geometric patterns.Paulina Sanchez-Navarro for Globe Opinion
The sound of the water in the Christian Science Plaza makes it an ideal place to block out the traffic of the city.
The sound of the water in the Christian Science Plaza makes it an ideal place to block out the traffic of the city.Paulina Sanchez-Navarro for Globe Opinion
A bicycle — and its cargo — caught the spirit of the North End.
A bicycle — and its cargo — caught the spirit of the North End.Paulina Sanchez-Navarro for Globe Opinion
The North End flower store on the Freedom Trail.
The North End flower store on the Freedom Trail.Paulina Sanchez-Navarro for Globe Opinion
An evocative tribute to fallen American soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan brought reflection in the North End.
An evocative tribute to fallen American soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan brought reflection in the North End.Paulina Sanchez-Navarro for Globe Opinion
“Don’t fire until you see the whites of their eyes!” was the brave urging of the American revolutionaries, and at the Bunker Hill Monument, a Colonial is still ready to face the British.
“Don’t fire until you see the whites of their eyes!” was the brave urging of the American revolutionaries, and at the Bunker Hill Monument, a Colonial is still ready to face the British.Paulina Sanchez-Navarro for Globe Opinion
A fire station in Charlestown blends with the surrounding houses, becoming part of the spirit of the neighborhood.
A fire station in Charlestown blends with the surrounding houses, becoming part of the spirit of the neighborhood.Paulina Sanchez-Navarro for Globe Opinion
The Harvest supermoon eclipse as seen from Charlestown.
The Harvest supermoon eclipse as seen from Charlestown.Paulina Sanchez-Navarro for Globe Opinion
Lederman Park, like most other spots on the Esplanade, is a wonderful place to watch the day wane.
Lederman Park, like most other spots on the Esplanade, is a wonderful place to watch the day wane.Paulina Sanchez-Navarro for Globe Opinion

Paulina Sanchez-Navarro is a Mexico City-based photographer affiliated with Galería Motsakki. Recently, her photograph of the Abu Dhabi Mosque was chosen for inclusion in a book of architectural photography and featured at an artists' award reception at the Louvre. She can be reached at paulina.sancheznavarro.keller@gmail.com. Follow her on Instagram @paulinasancheznavarro.

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