Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Boston 2014

Boston was a last minute trip for us. Scott had been getting crushed on a deal that had just wrapped up and I was scheduled to work over the weekend. But when we saw the opportunity to head north and attend a Harvard Business School orientation, I found someone to cover me so I could get some much-needed time with Scotty. We hit up the MegaBus line late Thursday night and arrived in Boston four hours later. We stayed close to campus and got a tour of HBS the next morning. I'd seen Harvard University before but this was my first time visiting the beautiful business school. Scott had toured it a few times beforehand and was familiar with the application process, though he wasn't set on applying just yet. 

We got to catch up with our good friend, Tyler Baldwin. This was definitely a highlight for Scott as we hadn't seen the Baldwins since their big move to San Fransisco a year earlier. They used to live across the street from us in Battery Park City while Scott and Ty survived the banking process together. We miss their family a ton.

We toured around Cambridge, Harvard Square, and historic Harvard Yard. Those stately buildings and brick colonials just speak to me. You just feel more intelligent walking around that campus! We grabbed dinner at nearby Emma's for some yummy pizza and then hit up J.P. Licks for ice cream.

Trinity Church with the John Hancock Tower looming behind. A true reflection of old vs. new in the city.
Beacon Hill

The next day was full of adventure. We went on an 8-mile run along the Charles River Esplanade from Allston to Boston. Everything was in bloom and I remember it being very humid. We saw so much on foot and it really gave me a sense for this city. With more than 100 colleges/universities, Boston feels like one big college town. You can just feel the history. To think this place was bustling in the 1700's amidst the American revolution gives me such a sense of pride for this country. Remnants of that time and statues of our Founding Fathers and other notable influencers are everywhere you look. Our American Heritage-loving hearts were in heaven. #Nerds. I'm so glad we BOTH love history, it would be a tough go on trips like this if one of us wasn't into it. We took a Duck Tour and loved every minute. In my opinion, it's a Boston must! It's about a two hour tour that gives you the lay of the land around all the major sites and then your amphibious vehicle takes you on the Charles River. It's a hoot. They even let us have a turn at the wheel. Captain Mad-ducks at your service!
USS Constitution 
Old State House 

The iconic Boston Public Library

Massachusetts State House - I love how that gold dome shines at night. 

After grabbing dinner at Cheesecake Factory, (so Boston, I know...but we'll take any chance we can to eat that brown bread!) we hit up the North End for a classic cannoli. We'd heard Mike's Pastry and Modern Pastry were the two best places to try. We gave it a solid taste-test and decided we liked Modern better. It didn't seem as decadent and rich. The cannolis were good, but certainly not our first choice when it comes to desserts. That being said, the atmosphere in the North End is still worth experiencing. 
The Boston Common
Granary Burying Ground 

The next day, we followed the Freedom Trail on bike. Boston has a great bike-sharing system called Hubway and we covered so much ground. From Bunker Hill to Boston Common we saw it all. My favorite neighborhood in the city is Beacon Hill. It just doesn't get better for me than those cobblestone streets, lined with gas lamps and blossoming trees, amidst the classic brick town home with navy shutters, red doors, and window boxes. If we ever build a home one day - it will be a classic colonial with an American flag in front. 

I call this one, "Bricks and Blossoms in Boston's Beacon Hill".
Those window boxes get me every time! So colorful and charming. 

Swan Boats in the Public Garden

We ended our day with a ride to the waterfront. I really fell hard for Boston on this weekend getaway.  The history. The charm. The sports. The wicked smaht culture. Boston, you are the quintessential New England city to me. We would be lucky to call you home one day.

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