Bosty goes to Mexico

Bosty goes to Mexico by collage artist Megan Coyle

Bosty was getting tired of the daily grind in DC, so he decided to spend a long weekend in Riviera Maya, Mexico. Enjoying the sun on a beach resort? Don’t mind if I do!

Bosty goes to Mexico by collage artist Megan Coyle

He liked taking advantage of room service on the resort. His favorite dish was pretty healthy – a fruit platter.

Bosty goes to Mexico by collage artist Megan Coyle

After snacking, Bosty would go for a quick walk along the beach. Sometimes he would sprawl out on one of the beach chairs and sun bathe.

Bosty goes to Mexico by collage artist Megan Coyle

He loved all the palm trees and the beautiful landscape. We lucked out and had some great weather – so we could take advantage of admiring our surroundings.

Bosty goes to Mexico by collage artist Megan Coyle

When Bosty wasn’t in the mood for sun bathing or strolling down the beach, he did some cloud watching. What do those clouds in the distance look like to you, Bosty?

Bosty goes to Mexico by collage artist Megan Coyle

After our stay, he was disappointed about leaving paradise. But don’t worry Bosty, we’ll have another great adventure sometime soon.

Bosty goes to Chicago (Again!)

Bosty goes to Chicago by Megan Coyle

It’s been a while since Bosty traveled to Chicago, so he thought another visit was long overdue. Time to take in the sights and take plenty of pictures of that Chicago skyline!

Bosty goes to Chicago by Megan Coyle

He started the day off by getting one of the Divvy city bike shares so he could bike around the city.

Bosty goes to Chicago by Megan Coyle

And take a look at some of the area’s art, like the print of Julie Murphy’s Bunny Snail featured on a street station sign.

Bosty goes to Chicago by Megan Coyle

He especially liked Steinunn Thorarinsdottir’s “Borders” sculptures. Looks like he was trying to get between these two.

Bosty goes to Chicago by Megan Coyle

After wandering around the city for a couple of hours, he decided to take a break and savor some local food. We stopped by Eleven City Diner for a quick lunch.

Bosty goes to Chicago by Megan Coyle

Bosty just had to order a pastrami and corned beef sandwich. How about a nice towering sandwich for lunch? Don’t mind if I do!

Bosty goes to Chicago by Megan Coyle

Once we finished our delicious lunch, we headed to the convention center so Bosty could enjoy the wonders of being part of the Comic Expo. He even had his Darth Vader mask handy to wear for the occasion. He liked playing doggy Darth Vader for a while.

Bosty goes to Chicago by Megan Coyle

All the excitement from the convention center, seeing lots of other comic costumes, made Bosty work up another appetite. So we stopped by Blackbird for some arctic char.

Bosty goes to Chicago by Megan Coyle

Next up, we did some more city wandering. Bosty loved checking out the street art. He was amused by this wall art that featured a man with a nervous look on his face while trying to catch pigeons with a net.

Bosty goes to Chicago by Megan Coyle

To complete our day of walking, we checked out the Chicago Riverwalk.

Bosty goes to Chicago by Megan Coyle

And spent some time strolling around the various parks. Bosty pointed out these colorful signs sponsored by the Morton Arboretum. Thanks Morton Arboretum for reminding us that trees surround us in beauty!

Bosty goes to Chicago by Megan Coyle

Bosty was pretty excited about our dinner plans. He felt like one incredibly cultured doggy after experiencing the fine dining cuisine at Alinea. His favorite dish was the dessert they prepped right on the table.

Bosty goes to Chicago by Megan Coyle

With a full belly, we made our way to Buddy Guy’s Legends for some live blues music. Bosty felt like we had one incredible Chicago experience. Although, he had to point out, we made a big mistake by not having any Chicago dogs or deep dish pizza.

Don’t worry Bosty, we’ll do that the next time we visit.

Bosty goes to Boston

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Bosty finally got to go to Boston this weekend. Being a Boston Terrier and all, he’s always wanted to visit Beantown. His first stop was the Public Garden.

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It was a perfect day to stroll in the park.

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How about a ride on one of the swan paddle boats? Bosty thought that sounded like a good idea.

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He even met a feathered friend by the water. “Hey Mrs. Duck!”

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After a while we took a break in the shade under a nearby tree. Bosty liked staring out at the water and counting the ducks.

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He started to get hungry so we stopped by the Butcher Shop for lunch. Bosty is quite the foodie and enjoyed having some charcuterie with fresh bread.

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He also loved the tomato soup he ordered. He said it almost looked too pretty to eat. But then he did eat it.

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Then he completed his meal with a nice, big burger. Yum.

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But then he also ordered a latte to help him wake-up for some more Boston-city-touring.

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Next we headed over to see Frank Gehry’s Ray and Maria Stata Center. Bosty sure loves great architecture.

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He liked Gehry’s building so much that he got closer to it for a better look.

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He also liked all the murals he found when wandering down the neighborhood streets.

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And he decided his day wouldn’t be complete until he popped into Newbury Comics to browse and maybe do some shopping. Bosty is a pretty big fan of comics and superheroes.

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Bosty started having another food craving – although this time he wanted some late afternoon sweets. So we stopped by Puritan and Company so he could get a sugar fix – a nicely presented sugar fix.

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Then off to stroll around the streets during a beautiful, sunny Boston day.

Bosty goes to New Orleans

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It’s been a while since Bosty’s last trip, so he decided to head south before it gets too hot. Bosty isn’t a fan of hot, humid summers.

The first thing he did when he arrived, was visit the Ogden Museum of Southern Art. Actually, he really wanted to go restaurant hopping to eat lots of southern dishes – but I told him we had to make a few museum stops first.

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So up next we visited by the National WWII Museum to get a history lesson.

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Then we walked around before grabbing a bite to eat. We admired all the murals on different buildings.

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Bosty really liked the banners on all the lamp posts. Especially the ones that told bikers to watch out for open car doors. He really appreciates safety signage.

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Finally we made it to a restaurant in the Garden District for dinner. Bosty decided to have chicken. I was surprised he didn’t order gumbo or a po’ boy.

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After dinner we wandered down a few streets in the Garden District and admired the brightly colored homes with high windows and large front porches. All-in-all, Bosty was very satisfied with yet another day out and about in a different city.

Bosty goes to Charleston, SC

Bosty goes to Charleston by collage artist Megan Coyle
Bosty goes to Charleston by Megan Coyle

Bosty decided to head down south to Charleston, South Carolina. Apparently D.C. summers aren’t hot enough for him.

Bosty goes to Charleston by Megan Coyle

He wanted his picture taken by some of the area’s landmarks. Oh no – no lifeguard on duty? Oh well, Bosty decided to go ahead and wade at his own risk…

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After some fountain wading, he strolled along the pathways by the water.

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Occasionally ducking out of the heat for a moment by cooling off in the shaded areas.

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He liked admiring the flowers and beautiful views of the water.

Bosty goes to Charleston by Megan Coyle

Towards the end of the day, he decided to treat himself to some ice cream. “Giant cone of gelato? Don’t mind if I do!”

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Before he ended his day-long excursion of wandering ’round the city, he stopped by the famous City Market in Charleston. Bosty couldn’t believe how big the market was! He hoped to find all sorts of doggy treats there.

Bosty goes to Chicago

Bosty goes to Chicago by collage artist Megan Coyle

Bosty decided to spend his summer vacation in the windy city – Chicago. He was really excited to see Frank Gehry’s Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park. He’s so cultured.

Bosty goes to Chicago by collage artist Megan Coyle

Then he had to stop by the “bean” because he thought it sounded tasty. He was disappointed to see that it wasn’t a real, edible bean.

Bosty goes to Chicago by collage artist Megan Coyle

He spent the afternoon wandering through Millennium Park dog watching and people watching, while admiring some of the park’s sculptures.

Bosty goes to Chicago by collage artist Megan Coyle

For dinner he had to stop by Giordanos for some deep dish pizza.

Bosty goes to Chicago by collage artist Megan Coyle

He even had some leftovers that he boxed up and had for a late night snack and breakfast the next day.

Bosty goes to Chicago by collage artist Megan Coyle

Up next? A visit to the impressive Art Institute of Chicago.

Bosty goes to Chicago by collage artist Megan Coyle

Bosty liked the modern wing – he’s a big fan of the architecture.

Bosty goes to Chicago by collage artist Megan Coyle

He also visited the special exhibit on Roy Lichtenstein. Bosty loves comics so he’s a big fan of Lichtenstein’s style.

Bosty goes to Chicago by collage artist Megan Coyle

Here’s one of his favorites in the exhibit – I think he just liked it because he could recognize Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck.

Bosty goes to Chicago by collage artist Megan Coyle

He was pretty excited to see Edward Hopper’s Nighthawks in person.

Bosty goes to Chicago by collage artist Megan Coyle

That night Bosty decided to live it up and do some fine dining at the famous Charlie Trotter’s restaurant. He heard it was closing soon, so he wanted to make sure he had a fancy multiple course meal there.

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The next day he wanted to check out the view of the city from the Sky Deck at the Willis Tower (formerly known as the Sears Tower).

Bosty goes to Chicago by collage artist Megan Coyle

After pushing through a lot of tourists at the top, he was able to get a few snapshots of himself in front of the view.

Bosty goes to Chicago by collage artist Megan Coyle

Next we wandered around the city – it was such a beautiful, sunny day. Bosty got excited when he saw this parade float drive by – such colorful seahorses!

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Here he is posing for another one of his tourist snapshots.

Bosty goes to Chicago by collage artist Megan Coyle

Later we stumbled upon the Buckingham Fountain – Bosty was very tempted to swim in the water. After all, it was an unusually hot summer day.

Bosty goes to Chicago by collage artist Megan Coyle

The word hot reminds me of…hot dogs! We stopped by Hot Doug’s for lunch.

Bosty goes to Chicago by collage artist Megan Coyle

After waiting in line for about an hour, Bosty tried not to be a piggy while eating several Chicago style hot dogs (he worked up quite an appetite).

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 We ended our visit with a stroll through the city at night.

Bosty goes to San Diego

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Bosty hasn’t been traveling much these days. He’s been hibernating because of the cold weather but now that it’s spring, he doesn’t have any more excuses. So he headed west to wander around San Diego, CA.

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He was a little sad that he was too early for Comic-Con at the convention center. Better luck next year…But he did like the way the building looked at night.

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Since he couldn’t spend the next day reading comic books, he headed over to San Diego Zoo to catch some sunlight. He thought this sign was very misleading – “I didn’t even see one hippo lifeguard!”

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He got to see lots of colorful flamingos.

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And a peacock that got loose on the grounds (Bosty later complained that my picture of the peacock cropped him out too much. He’s such a critic).

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He thought about joining the panda for lunch, but didn’t think bamboo would fill him up enough.

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Although it seemed like the birdies had quite a feast of…well, he wasn’t quite sure what they were eating. So he gave in and stopped by one of the zoo’s cafes for a snack.

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Later, he wanted his picture taken in front of a warthog so he could look all the more handsome.

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And he liked comparing his pointy ears to the hyena’s.

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After San Diego, he decided to drive to the countryside to see all the modern-looking windmills.

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The fields weren’t too bad either.

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Then it was back to San Diego to relax by the water and watch people fly kites in the park before heading home.

Bosty Gets Pancakes at Chapel Hill

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Bosty outdid himself this time – he made the trek all the way to Chapel Hill, NC to get himself a big stack of pancakes at his favorite cafe, Crook’s.

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Then he met me for a stroll around town. He liked getting in the way whenever I took artsy pictures. Or any pictures, really.

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After an hour, Bosty headed back to Crook’s for another helping of pancakes. I joined him for a cup of coffee. Brrr, it gets cold in Carolina in December.

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Later he helped me uninstall my artwork in Lexington, NC from the “Out of the Wild” exhibit. The show had animal artwork and a taxidermy collection. So we decided to pose beside the animals.

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Bosty wasn’t sure if he liked posing around the wildcats. They looked a little too big and fierce.

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And he wasn’t convinced that I looked like I was running when I posed next to the galloping zebra. That Bosty is a tough one to please!

Bosty goes to Chapel Hill

Bosty goes to Chapel Hill

Bosty decided to join us on our trip to Lexington, North Carolina for my “Out of the Wild” group exhibit. He really wanted to check out Chapel Hill – so we were on the road again.

We ran into a bit of traffic getting out of Washington, D.C., which made Bosty a little impatient.

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But eventually we made it to Chapel Hill. First stop? Crook’s Corner for a bite to eat. Bosty really wanted to go there because of the pig on the roof. He thinks they should call it “Bosty’s Corner” with a mini sculpture of him on the top.

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We ordered some good ‘old shrimp and grits. When we weren’t watching our plates, Bosty decided to sample our food. He had quite a few samples by the end of the meal.

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He liked the decor of the courtyard – they had lots of bamboo that made him feel like he was lounging in a jungle.

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The next day we strolled around UNC’s campus. Bosty decided that all my snapshots weren’t picturesque unless he starred in them.

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He got a little too excited when we walked by a construction site. Bosty really wanted to play on all the trucks and machines. We didn’t want him horsing around there, so we decided to call it a day for this dog.

Bosty Meets His Match: Mr. Penguin

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In Louisville, Bosty decided to stay at the 21C Museum Hotel. He met a red penguin in the hallway when he was on his way to see us.

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Bosty realized he had met his match – Mr. Penguin was starring in the photos now. All Bosty could do was get his ears or a small part of his face in each photograph.

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Once Bosty got over the fact that there was a new star for this series of photographs, the two of them let themselves in so they could pay us a visit.

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Mr. Penguin made himself a little too much at home – he started to unpack his bags.

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“Need an extra towel?” Bosty and Mr. Penguin asked as I was blow-drying my hair.

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“Look at that fine-looking guy” Mr. Penguin told his reflection in the mirror.

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What should we do next?

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How about watching some TV? Don’t mind if I do!

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Then Mr. Penguin and Bosty decided to make some long-distance phone calls on our room phone.

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But soon they were bored of calling, so they turned to looking at my fashion magazines.

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Mr. Penguin got a little tuckered out so he took a power-nap on the floor.

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Time to go?

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Ben decided to walk our visitors to their own room before saying good-bye.