Saturday, September 12, 2009
So What Did I Love About Boston?
Last month Chuck and I had the pleasure of flying to Boston to attend our daughter Tara's graduation from grad school.
Wait a minute. That sentence makes is sound like the flying was the pleasure. Let me be straight - going to Boston to attend our daughter's graduation was the pleasure part. I wanted to take a train but I was out-voted.
We had never been to Boston before and we packed much activity into our four days there. Here are some of the things I loved particularly.
♥ The Freedom Trail - a must for anyone who ever goes to Boston. We spent one whole day following the red brick road and we enjoyed every minute of it. So much history to learn and so much pride in our forefathers. It was truly amazing.
♥ The T - otherwise known as the public transportation system. We don't have any of those out here where I'm from. We either walk or jump in a car. Or ride a bike or a horse. There are some taxi's at the airport for city folk who fly in - but I've never used one.
♥ Ice Cream! Tara took us to all her favorite ice cream shops from Northhampton to Boston. And I promise that ice cream cone wasn't as big as my head - the picture just makes it look that way. Really. I promise.
♥ The North District - in the Italian section of town. My. Word. I thought I was actually in Italy most of the time we were there. They don't even speak much english. We happened to be there on a major day of celebration for - well, I actually don't know what they were celebrating - but it included lots of confetti, lots of people, lots of food being given away in the street, lots of atmosphere and a parade that just kept circling around and around. We just soaked it in. After dinner I was even serenaded by two Italian grandpa's in the street. It was delightful!
♥ Italian sausages with grilled onions sold by street vendors. Oh. My. Goodness. Happiness on a bun.
♥ Touring the U.S. Constitution. Brought a lump to my throat.
♥ Visiting the Old State House and realizing that 225 years ago men and women used town hall meetings as the means of spreading democracy. Even all these years later with all our technology, it seems that is how democracy is still being practiced today. Amazing.
♥ The clam chowder. And I don't even like clam chowder. I ordered some because I was in well, you know, Boston and all. It was delicious!
♥ The policemen and women. My word they were so nice! The would ask us where we were from and tell us places we should see. One even offered to take pictures of us with our camera. They truly are Boston's finest.
♥ We had a blast finding the donut shops all over the place. Go figure!
♥ The part we enjoyed the most of course was just spending time with our Tara. Laying in bed one night Tara mentioned that this was the first time in her life she had ever spent this much time with us alone. I was surprised to hear that but it makes sense considering she is daughter #2 out of 4. We had a wonderful time together and she was a fabulous tour guide through the city she has spent the last couple of years in.