5.19.2014

Boston

It's been two weeks since our little Boston trip, so I suppose I should finally recap it! We took a red eye on Thursday night, got about three hours of sleep on the plane, and landed just in time to eat breakfast and start sightseeing. We kicked it off with a tour of Fenway Park. I would have loved to see a game, but Jacob isn't a big baseball fan and the cheap seats are pretty expensive. I guess that's what happens when you have one of the smallest stadiums for one of the most popular teams. The stadium was really cool and super old. 102 years old to be exact, the oldest one in baseball.


After the tour, we made our way to Copley Square to walk through the park and stroll down Boylston, and checked out Dear Boston, the marathon memorial at the Boston Public Library. It was heartbreaking.


Then we drove down to Dorchester to visit the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library. It was pretty cool! I loved the introduction video which showed such a thoughtful side to Kennedy. I also really enjoyed the family photos and snippets of his speeches. The architecture and location of the building were amazing, especially the view of Old Harbor and the Boston skyline.


Finally, it was time for dinner at the restaurant I was most anticipating: Wahlburgers! We ordered a burger, a patty melt, fries, onion rings, and frappes, and it was all so good. Unfortunately there were no Wahlberg sightings, not even Paul or Alma. 


We were full and exhausted from lack of sleep on the flight, so we checked into the hotel and took a nap. We didn't wake up until 9:00 pm so instead of going out, Jacob ran to the store for food and drinks and we hung out in the hotel room. The next morning we started walking The Freedom Trail from Boston Common to Faneuil Hall. 


At The Black Rose, Jacob had a traditional Irish breakfast and I enjoyed an American omelet, but took a few bites of his. Black and white pudding? No. Just no.


With full stomachs and a little buzz, we walked back to the Public Gardens.


Then we drove to the North End to experience more of The Freedom Trail and got some tasty treats from Mike's Pastry. I fell in love with this neighborhood, with it's tiny streets and alleys and cobblestone pathways. So cute! After our stroll, we visited the Bunker Hill Monument.


After our feet hurt from all the walking, we drove to Salem. It was raining and chilly and everything closed at 5:00 pm, so we took a trolley tour and didn't get to experience much else. I didn't take many pictures through the window either. But it was a really cute town and I loved the Salem Witch Trials Memorial. This is the exact place the nineteen victims were executed and there's a bench memorializing each one. The saddest thing is that Salem was embarrassed of this part of it's history and didn't dedicate this park until 1992, 300 years later.


After the trolley tour, we drove to Cambridge and walked through Harvard Yard. I wasn't that impressed. I feel like my little state college campus was much prettier, but what do I know. My school is a baby, at 121 years old. Harvard is 378. Plus, we didn't walk through the entire campus, just the yard, which is the oldest part of the school, and the grass was undergoing some major repair. I'm sure the rest is beautiful and modern and awesome.


We walked across the street and grabbed dinner at Mr. Bartley's Gourmet Burgers. You might recognize it from Good Will Hunting or The Social Network. It was good food. Not amazing, but good. We called it a night after dinner.


On our final morning, we drove to Cape Cod and wandered through the little town of Falmouth and Woods Hole. It was a beautiful day, but so frickin' windy we didn't stay outside for longer than five minutes at each stop. 


Plymouth Rock was next on our drive. Plymouth is also a super cute small town, but the rock was not much to look at. 


We drove back into Boston and grabbed a late lunch at Quincy Market then killed some time wandering around Boston Navy Yard. Our flight had to take a detour through Canada because of the wind so our flight was extra long, but at least it was a smooth ride. When we landed we heard there were four injured because of turbulence on a flight out of Philadelphia at the same time. Yikes!  


It was a pretty great, quick trip! Boston is such a cool city with tons of history. Thank you to Jodi, Leeann, Tiffany, and Jamie for all your tips and recommendations! I love that after thirteen years of togetherness, Jacob is still my favorite travel companion. I wish we were able to get more alone time like this to relax and recharge, but that probably won't happen until the kids are a little older. I'm definitely thankful that we at least get this time together. 

8 comments:

Johannah said...

Ah Boston! We are HUGE Red Sox fans, and Fenway is the coolest park ever. It's too bad you didn't get to see a game. The prices of the tickets really sky rocketed after they won the 2004 World Series and they really haven't gone down in price since then. Boston is such an awesome little city and it looks like you guys had a great time!!!!

Nicole B. said...

My favorite city in the whole wide world! You sure saw a lot of the city (and surrounding areas! Love the Cape, too. It's better in the summer though ;) ) in such a short period of time! Hope you had fun!!

Leeann @ Join the Gossip said...

Most importantly, did you like the city?! You def hot a lot of great places. I wish Salem had been better weather, I enjoyed it so much. Aside from that, I think just hanging out a Quincy Market was one of my favorite things. Ah I wanna go back SO bad!

Thanks for linking up! :)

Misty, Handbags + Handguns said...

I've only been to Boston once and was only there for about 4 hours. Thankfully, I had an awesome guide and was able to see a lot. I love it there!

Kelly @ turned UP to ELEVEN! said...

What a fun and busy trip - kudos to you guys for being such troopers!!!

I've always wanted to go to Salem. It's sad it took so long to give those victims a memorial but who can blame the community for being so embarrassed that it happened there, you know? I've always been really intrigued about the entire thing.

I've always wanted to go to Boston - it's a must see on my list of places to visit. You already live in my #1 area I want to see... :)

Jo said...

Your post just makes me want to visit Boston even more!
So glad you two had such a great weekend!

Karen M. Peterson said...

That looks like such a fun trip! I really want to go to Boston, but now I want to go even more!

Kimberlee VDW said...

haha great recap! I would definitely stop by Wahlburgers :p

Thanks for linking up!