First of all excuse the OVERLOAD of photos, but I just couldn't stop. We took so many pictures and loved Boston SO much that I feel obligated to share every bit of our experience. Adam had Friday off and with Monday being President's day we figured it was the perfect opportunity to visit Boston, MA. After checking into our hotel, we made our way to Fenway park, home of the Boston Red Sox. Unfortunately it's not baseball season so we weren't able to catch a game but we got a pretty sweet tour of the stadium.
After our tour we headed back to our hotel room at the Omni Parker Houseto catch a quick nap. Our flight left DC at 6:30am, we were both pretty tired. Right as my head hit the pillow, there was a knock on our door. I answered it and found a tray with a Boston Cream Pie and a basket of Parker House rolls on it. Complementary for Adam's birthday. It was cute. We loved the hotel we stayed at. Both Boston Cream Pie and Parker House rolls were invented in the kitchen there, and JFK proposed to Jackie in the dining room. Those were my favorite bits of Parker House Hotel trivia. Oh, and just so you know this was the first of MANY Boston cream pies we ate over the course of the weekend. I'm not sorry.
After our sweet treat and a short nap we were feeling refreshed and were in the mood for some Italian food. We were in luck because we had both received recommendations from different people to try out Giacomo's Ristorante in the North End of Boston. And holy cow do I owe those folks who gave us the recommendation. Not even kidding, best Italian food I've ever eaten. Adam got the butternut squash ravioli (pictured bottom right) and I got the penne in a garlic cream sauce (pictured top left). We also ordered the fried mozzarella and loved it so much that I literally didn't want to stop eating it so that I could take a picture. No time could be wasted when dealing with such amazing food. If you ever are in the Boston area, you MUST go to Giacomo's. It's not optional. You will thank me. Go. After our glorious dinner we headed over to an improv club in the area and laughed our butts off.
The next morning we rolled out of bed and chowed down on some Boston cream pie doughnuts ( told you, many, many Boston cream treats). I could cry these were so good. Hence the look on my face.
The city of Boston really has it figured out when it comes to the tourism department. They make it so easy for out-of-towners to get around the city, and see all of the wonderful landmarks. They put together a little thing called the Freedom Trail. It's basically a red brick line in the sidewalk that you follow to 15 historic sites. The first 11 can be visited with a tour guide dressed in 18th-century garb and knows everything there is to know about the history of Boston. The last 4 stops are self-guided. It was such a great way of seeing everything we wanted to see. These pictures are at an old burial ground in the city where Paul Revere, Samuel Adams, and John Hancock are buried
along with several other big names in history.
These pictures are taken along the Freedom Trail, and include the Old North Church where Paul Revere hung the lanterns warning the people of Boston that the British regulars were coming. "1 if by land, 2 if by sea..."
We walked across a bridge in Boston Harbor on our way over to Bunker Hill.
Bunker Hill was cool. The memorial is slightly reminiscent of the Washington Monument. I suppose creativity runs out eventually. It was a great experience to be there and imagine what it must have been like to have witnessed the battle that happened there.
These pictures are taken in Faneuil hall, basically an old meeting place for Bostonians.
Our tour guide was so great, we loved him. These were also sites on the Freedom Trail: the Boston Massacre site, and the building where the Declaration of Independence was read for the first time in Boston. This is also the place where in 1976 for the bicentennial anniversary of the Declaration of Independence being read the Queen of England was invited here to listen to the Declaration being read to her face. She also drank the only remaining tea that was saved from the Boston tea party. The US government then presented the Queen with a check for $33,000 to repay for the tea that was thrown into the harbor. "She was so classy," said our tour guide.
Here are a few more highlights of the trip. There's Adam shaking hands with Benjamin Franklin, a "Smaaht" (see license plate) car with a mustache, and the best corned beef that has ever existed. Thank you Boston for being so freakin cool.
This is in Quincy Market, it's a fun hustle and bustle area in the city. Street performers are always out, including this drummer who impressed us with his incredible skills on a few 5-gallon buckets and some tin pans.
We ventured out to Harvard, to magnify Adam's inferiority complex.
Here Adam is doing what we do best: picking out delicious treats in Quincy Market. Again we order a Boston Cream Pie and to mix things up we also ordered a canoli.
These last photos are at the long wharf in Boston Harbor. Where we took a nice long walk and pondered the mysteries of life. Like why we don't live in Boston.
Whew, that's it! You made it to the end! We had so much fun in Boston and are already looking forward to going back soon. Maybe to stay for good. Who knows.