Since we have impending storms for the day and I’m sick again, I’m wasting one of my last two day off stretches being lazy and not traveling! Womp womp. Feeling a little guilty about that, but I have about 0 motivation (I am still going to make myself go to the gym right after this, though).
Back to a quick weekend of my girls’ weekend! I must say, it really was fantastic to have my friends in Boston with me! I got off work at 9 on Friday night and went to pick them up at the airport. We came back to Plymouth and spent the night where I live. We stayed up talking about the high school reunion and telling stories and it was totally a fun little sleepover.
We got up early on Saturday and drove around Plymouth a bit (they loved it here) before heading to Boston! We checked into our hotel and then ended up driving back down to the train station. We got into Boston around 1pm and went straight for the Public Garden and Boston Commons (the oldest park in the US). This is by far one of my favorite areas in Boston (followed by the Charles River). It is just beautiful!
We spent quite a bit of time in the parks and I think I could have sat down and spent an entire afternoon there. I’m secretly hoping for a gorgeous fall day before I leave so that I can head back to Boston and just sit at the park for an entire afternoon. I am going to miss Boston a ton when I leave!
After exploring for a bit, we settled on Parish Cafe for lunch since somebody had recommended it to Kass! Hands down, the best food I’ve had since I’ve been in New England (we all know I’m not a big fan of the food here though)! I had some turkey and brie sandwich with a cranberry sauce. It was heavenly. I wish it was more convenient to me because I would eat there again every day if I could! This even beat The Skinny Pancake from Vermont!
We spent the majority of our afternoon walking along the Freedom Trail. You can download an app on your phone and then you follow a brick path that takes you by historical landmarks! This building was where the Declaration of Independence was first read and also the site of the Boston Massacre. One of the things I love about Boston is the historical aspect mixed in with new buildings (see the tall building peeking out overhead?). Atlanta doesn’t have much history because of the fire and I really think it’s just so awesome being surrounded by some of the most historical stuff in the US, as well as insanely tall glass buildings!
We went in search of famous cannolis for quite awhile! The whole North End is basically Little Italy, but it was insanely crowded there! So much that I didn’t enjoy it at all! We stood in line for about 20-30 minutes to get our cannolis from Mike’s Pastry and then sat by the water to enjoy them. Unfortunately, I found that I’m not a huge cannoli person, but they did have a really awesome amaretto one. I would recommend trying it if you’re in the area. We asked a guy to take the photo above of us and were so happy a good one came out! It’s the only good one we have of the entire weekend! (By the way, left to right is me, Gina, Kassie.)
Our night ended at the Harpoon Brewery, where we enjoyed plenty of beer! Well, I enjoyed one big one and two little ones since I had to drive home later that night! I was pleased to see that it was not nearly as busy late at night as when Jon and I went last time! We were close to the last to leave there and then headed back to our hotel room for the night!
Sunday morning we ended up wandering around Cambridge since it was also recommended to Kassie. I don’t think we found the right area, but we did enjoy a nice little breakfast and then crossed the Charles River. Unfortunately, it was really humid out and kind of miserable in the morning! Once we crossed the river, we ended up going in and out of shops for awhile to cool off! Kassie’s goal for the day was to find Chinatown, which we eventually made it to!
Bubble tea was huge in China (Kass and Gina lived in China for 4 months teaching English, and Laura and I went for a 2.5 week visit a few years back while they were there!) so they were so excited to see an authentic bubble tea place! I got a coconut one that was seriously delicious! I have no idea what it was called (probably a Chinese symbol since everything was in Chinese), but I’d definitely go back! (Also, I skip the bubbles because they’re disgusting.)
We ended up walking around the shopping streets in Boston and going to look at random articles of clothing. I bought a really plain sweater from H&M and then talked myself out of spending any money on clothes! We went to UNO for dinner and enjoyed some air conditioning since we weren’t sure when the rain was supposed to start! They had awesome pizza and a really awesome salad with goat cheese and walnuts! I’m not a big salad person but I loved it (and later got it in Providence too).
After dinner, we decided to head to the Top of the Hub so they could enjoy some scenery from above the city. They enjoyed drinks and I enjoyed an espresso creme brûlée! So good!
Kass really wanted to go out for drinks afterwards and get a taste of the Boston nightlife! I was so ready for bed, and on our walk to the train station we got poured on! So we called it a night and headed back to the hotel, where we all crashed before having to wake up at 5:45 to take Kass and Gina back to the airport after way too short of a weekend!