Jeffrey’s brother, Tyler, flew in to visit us for the weekend. So we decided to accept the excuse to experience The City in a 100% tourist fashion (even though at the end of the day we came home to a cozy 1930′s abode, instead of a generic hotel room). In discussing the issue with my cousin, Claudia, over dinner earlier tonight, we agreed that it is TOO easy to take a cool city for granted when you actually live in it… and that visitors are the BEST opportunity to go out and enjoy it! So as soon as Tyler arrived, I packed up the camera and we headed out to explore Boston. So let me show you just a few of the reasons why, in a short 3 months, I have already fallen head-over-heels in love with this place. We started our tourist odyssey with a good ol’ Duckboat Tour!
These things are amphibious, so half the tour was on land, and half on water! Yes, these truck/boat things float. Awesoooooome…….
We drove past Boston’s major landmarks, and ended with a sweet float along the Charles River. The best part is that the tour gave us ideas for places to visit on foot the rest of the day…
Such as an old Chocolate Shoppe!
Any chocolates you bought came in a unique, hand-painted chocolate box!
We also visited Acorn Street on Beacon Hill, the “most photographed street in New England.” It was tiny and adorable and smelled of fresh flowers and sounded of fresh piano music. (Really.)
50% of the time, the boys smiled for my photographs. The other 50% of the time…
…they reminded me of how handsome a family I married in to.
I was especially in heaven at the Boston Public Gardens.
Because I totally love animals. Other reasons why I’ve fallen in love with Boston:
We ended the day with delicious pizza from the North End (Boston’s “little Italy”), and cannoli from Mike’s Pastry (BEST ITALIAN DESSERT EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!)
We enjoyed our cannoli at a park overlooking the Boston skyline before heading home for a night of Eddie Izzard and margaritas.
Day #2 with Tyler was equally awesome. Ty’s friend from Rhode Island came in to visit, and we enjoyed the Boston Arts Festival at Christopher Columbus Waterfront Park all day together.
We also met Liz, from Made In Lowell! Her stuff is everything I love about crafts: neat, colorful, pleasing to the eye…
We finished up with a quick walk-through of Harvard, and dinner at Mr. Bartley’s hamburgers (as seen on “The Social Network”).
When you have 50 first cousins (as I do), you have twice as many second cousins and thrice as many third cousins. Therefore, it’s not difficult to fly into any random place in the world and run into family. That said, nothing made me happier than meeting up with my cousin Clau, who happens to be getting her masters at Harvard, for dinner.
And THAT is why you should move to Boston.