We woke up SUPER early to catch our 7am flight, which we barely made. But so glad we left that early because that meant we had the entire afternoon to spend getting acquainted with the city. Super cute, see for yourself:
|View from our hotel|
Then we walked back to the hotel and discovered Boston Commons, where the Frog Pond is - so cute. Its a huge wading pool and there were a ton of kids playing and swimming in it. They freeze it during the winter and turn it into an ice skating rink.
We decided to do a Boston Duck Tour that afternoon as a way to find out where some of the cool things were that we could go check out later in the trip - a "duck" is one of those vehicles that is able to drive on land, then go straight into the water.
|Waiting to get on the duck|
|Super excited to start the duck tour!|
|Going into the water!|
|Officially in the Charles River. Wowzer.|
|So many delicious sounding choices!|
|Super excited for dinner|
|Boston Clam Chowda, duh|
The next day was lovely in the morning, so we decided to walk to Fenway Park since it wasn't that far. Here's a cute little bridge we saw on the way there.
And then we turned a corner, and TA DA! We were there!
We decided to take the tour, which, I know, Nikki on a baseball tour? That's like an oxymoron, but I really enjoyed it. I told Tyler later it was one of my favorite things that we did!
|Tyler got a Red Sox hat. He's super excited here to start the tour|
|I'm super excited too!|
|Tyler on the Green Monster - apparently that's what they call the big green wall. The Yawnkey guy's wife picked out the green color. :)|
|Me on the Green Monster. Seats up here have been voted the best seats in baseball. Look at that view!|
|Green Monster. The green is made by Benjamin Moore and is licensed by the Red Sox. To purchase rights to use it costs $9 million.|
All that baseball trivia worked up an appetite so we headed inbound (per subway speak) to Sam LaGrassa's. You may have seen it on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. Super yummy.
|Tyler's roast beef|
|Nom nom nom nom...|
|Corned beef for me, please.|
Oh, and we learned about how to taste beer. There are four steps - smelling, clarity, tasting - and there's one that I'm missing. I must have been just drinking the beer when our tour guide was talking about it. Oops. Four free beer tastings! And we got to keep our glasses!
|The iPhone came in handy as we tried to navigate the city. That's the Government Center behind him.|
|The old Italian men that we made friends with took this picture for us. They also rattled off four different Italian restaurant recommendations that their cousins, uncles, and brother's nephews owned.|
|Spaghetti and meatballs - the angel hair was fresh and might be the best pasta I've ever eaten.|
My next mission was to get cannolis. There are three places that kept coming up in my searches - Mike's, Modern Pastry, and Maria's. The first night we tried Mike's - here are some pics:
The next day we went on a Boston Freedom Trail walking tour - it was free! Have I mentioned that all the tour guides we had were great? I mean, these people are super knowledgable and all obviously love what they do. I overheard some Bostonians saying that tour guide jobs are super hard to get, because everyone wants to be one - sounds like its a pretty desirable job.
One of the stops on our tour was at this cemetery. I think cemeteries are super scary, and this one was no different, but there were some pretty cool dead people buried here. Back in the day you had to have money for a proper burial, or else you were just plopped in the ground and covered in dirt, unmarked. The tour guide said that when they went to build the first subway station at Park Street, the hole they dug up had over 900 bodies in it - I mean, that's so gross!!! Imagine how many people you're walking on, all over Boston. Eeek.
|Sammy Adams - he sounded like he was a pretty cool guy, always starting trouble! :)|
Here are a few more pics from our tour:
|Democratic Donkey - I just liked him because he was cute. Politics are dumb.|
|This hotel is super haunted. My boy JFK proposed to Jackie in the dining room here, and he also had his bachelor party here.|
|Fun at the Science Center on campus|
|Trying to be smart and have intellectual conversations like the rest of the kids hanging out on the lawn.|
We headed back to Boston and decided to check out the Boston Public Library that was right across the street from our hotel. This place was pretty impressive.
Dinner time! I really wanted to go to Giacomo's (ja-kim-o's) but the line was WRAPPED AROUND THE CORNER. Tyler said no, hmph. We went to this place across the street, Panza, and it was really good!
Then we went to Modern Pastry for another cannoli - Tyler went all out with a chocolate covered shell, dipped in chocolate chips.
I just got a plain shell dipped in chocolate chips. Yum.
We woke up early on our last day to take a whale watching tour. The entire tour was about 4 hours. It was overcast, and COLD. I whined the whole way out to where the whales were. Next time I'm wearing my Uggs, ear muffs, and 3 sweaters. I thought my maxi dress and jean jacket would do the trick, but lesson learned.
|Heading out to sea|
|We're on a boat|
|Tyler excited to see some whales|
|Tail shot, thanks to my 200mm zoom lens that I brought with me|
|Tyler scanning the Atlantic for whales|
|Two humpback friends|
|Back to land|
Pretty successful whale watching trip. We saw a total of 7 humpbacks, some hole blowing, lots of dorsal fins, and some tail. We were headed back to the hotel and saw that Maria's was open! Maria's was closed during the evenings, so we stopped for one more cannoli. Don't worry - I'm starting up spinning class again first thing Wednesday morning.
|Tyler enjoying his last cannoli|