Shortly after posting about my less than desirable experience with New York City, I had many ask me about our time in Boston. I have expressed, probably more times than necessary, that I loved every minute I spent walking the historic streets of Boston, but I never really articulated what, specifically, stole my heart.
Honestly, before going, I was absolutely terrified I wouldn’t like Boston. I felt a sense of pressure because it is somewhere I’ve wanted to visit for years and had created this dreamy painting in my head. Plus, being committed Bruins fans, to cheer for the team, but not for the city would surely be a shame.
We arrived in town mid-afternoon and big beautiful snowflakes were softly falling from the sky. As the cab drove us from the airport to our hotel I craned my neck to look out at the brownstone buildings as they blurred past the taxi cab’s windows. Our first view was already promising.
Knowing we were touring a walking city, we planned to explore much of it by foot. We walked the Freedom Trail, soaking in the history throughout the cobble stone streets. We wandered in and out of quaint little stores and planned our lunches around the sandwich shops close by.
Speaking of sandwiches, we’re big fans of a great sandwich and Boston takes the trophy on this one. If you’re in the neighbourhood, grab lunch at Sam Lagrassa’s. I’ll pay for your sandwich if it isn’t one of the best things you’ve ever tasted. Trust me, it’s that good.
This sequence of photos makes me nose-snort-laugh every time I view it!
Ok, so after sandwiches, the next thing you need while in Boston, is beer. My recommendation is to take the bus out to Harpoon Brewery, grab a seat at one of the long wooden tables, and order a pretzel and a flight. Also, once the pretzel shows up you’ll quickly realize you won’t want to share, so don’t (aka – ensure everyone has one of their own). Your relationship with your travel mates will be saved by this tip.
Aside from delicious sandwiches and great local beer, Boston has many other incredible things to offer.
The brownstone buildings filled the frames of many of the images I took and I loved getting lost among the headstones in the burial grounds behind nearly every church. The organ music we were greeted with while touring Trinity Church still causes goose bumps to cluster on my arms when I think about it, and the boats gently swaying on the waves made me want to stay, never to return to my prairie home. If they would have allowed it, I would have set up camp in the Boston Public Library, and offered to work for free for the remainder of my life in exchange for a permanent space under the green glass lamps. The people were kind and helpful, the city inspiring, and the experience, unforgettable. It is a vibrant old city with all of the big city highlights and small-town charm. I’m still on a high from our time there and Boston has earned a well-deserved and permanent spot at the top of ‘favorite cities visited’ list!