We rented a car and drove from Jersey to Boston. We were originally going to take the train, but liked the idea of having the option to stop whenever and wherever we wanted, it seemed like such a good idea. But we didn't think about the face that it was Friday afternoon and there was major traffic. Ugh!
But we did stop at Yale to walk around and see what it was all about. I have a (another) cousin that is about to graduate from Yale and I was hoping we could see her and she could show us around, but she was actually back in California for a sailing regatta. Another bummer, what re the odds that the one weekend we're there, is the one weekend she's back at home? So we wandered around aimlessly as the sky turned dark, not knowing what we were really looking at or looking for.
We finally arrived in Boston sometime around midnight, got our new rental, and drove through the city on our way to Danvers. We stayed with Eric's extended family (which was a great money saver) outside of the city in the suburbs.
On Saturday we walked along the Freedom Trail and saw all sorts of historical Bostonian sights. Some of my favorites being the North Church and the U.S.S. Constitution. That night we hit up Cheers, just for fun and good measure. After that I had quite the sweet tooth. All day we had seen people walking around with these white boxes marked "Mike's Pastry's," so obviously we had to try it, best cannoli ever! All in all a great first day exploring the city and leaving me with very tired feetsies. Maybe boots were a bad choice...especially after walking all over Philly two days before.
the freedom trail. old north church. the franklins' grave. paul revere.
the old north church. one if by land, two if by sea.
the uss constitution.
cheers! (norm's seat)
Sunday, we went to the Chihuly: Through the Looking Glass exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts. It was truly breathtaking. There was one room with a clear ceiling and all the glass pieces were lit up behind it. All I wanted to do was lay on the ground and bask in its beauty, but they did not allow me to lay on the ground. After grabbing lunch and coffee we headed off to Harvard Square for the May Fair, a fun outdoor event with lots of bands and delicious smelling food carts everywhere. We also saw Harvard, and peeked into a few college parties secretly wishing that I was as carefree now as I was when I was in college. A quick change into warmer clothes before heading out into the night and it was back to Harvard Square for a yummy seafood dinner and drinks. I had crab and lobster cakes that melted in my mouth, I think I would eat them every day if I could. Our waitress recommended a little dive bar down the street for some live music and I swear we were the youngest people there by 15 years. The music was great and I could've stayed all night, but I wanted some more late night cannolis and pastries.
the amazing ceiling at the chihuly exhibit.
too many late night pastries. cannolis, tiramisu, red velvet pies, so good.
late night subway rides.
Monday we toured Fenway Park before going to see the Red Sox vs. Angels game. This was definitely a highlight for me, seeing as I'm a big Angels and baseball fan. We went to the Bleacher Bar before the game and watched batting practice through the window, ate fenway franks, and made friends with some locals.
All in all it was a great trip and I had so much fun! Seven days worth of walking and sightseeing and enjoying myself.