Escape to Boston

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

As some of you know....since my latest post, T & I were lucky enough to escape on a little getaway to Boston. It was so nice to step away for a while and not be constantly consumed with the joy trials and tribulations of building a home. More on that later...While we were in Boston, we had a wonderful time taking in some American history and seeing the sights. An update from my camera roll...

FENWAY. One of the many things on T & I's bucket list is to visit as many Major League Baseball stadiums as we can. Fenway was listed pretty high on that list because of it's age and just general awesomeness. Opening it's doors in 1912, Fenway is the oldest Major League Baseball stadium in use. It has hosted 11 World Series, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It was so much fun to be standing in an original ballpark that some of the greatest baseball players throughout American history have played in. Also fun...watching 8 home runs and a grand slam. The Red Sox ballplayers sure know how to put on a show!

FREEDOM TRAIL & U.S.S. CONSTITUTION. Taking in the sites. We chose to do a guided walking tour of the first half of the Freedom Trail. For anyone planning a visit, I would recommend this, as we learned a lot more about the various points along the trail than we would have on our own. One of the coolest parts of the tour was seeing the site of the Boston Massacre, and the balcony from which the Declaration of Independence was first read.

This is the Old State House - site of the original reading of the Declaration of Independence, and Boston Massacre.

Later, we visited the U.S.S. Constitution, the oldest commissioned Naval vessel afloat. Named by George Washington after the Constitution of The United States of America, the ship was launched in 1797. Nicknamed 'Old Ironsides', the Constitution is most famous for defeating five British warships and capturing many merchant ships in the War of 1812. Today, the Constitution is manned by 60 active-duty Naval officers and sailors and considered a special duty.

Old Ironsides herself!

That's a lot of cannons! Almost 50 are on this ship.

I couldn't resist the chance to get behind the wheel.

QUINCY MARKET & NEWBURY STREET. Shop. Shop. Shop. For any of you planning a trip to Beantown, Quincy Market, located right in the middle of the Freedom Trail, offers lots of fun people watching, quick lunch restaurants, and souvenir shopping. If you prefer a more upscale shopping experience, hop on the train and head to Newbury Street. Shops range from Urban Outfitters to Cartier, and seem to go on for miles - literally all the way from Boston Public Gardens to Fenway. You could easily spend an entire afternoon here.

SUNSET SAIL. T & I love to be close to the water, and knew we couldn't make a trip to Boston without doing a harbor cruise to take in the view. We decided on a sunset cruise on Liberty Tall Ships to cap off a long day of sightseeing before heading to the North End for dinner.

T & I enjoying a relaxing sunset cruise on Boston Harbor.

A view of Boston from the harbor at sunset.

T on the far left being impressed that there was literally a line out the door to get into this restaurant.

Worth the wait - only about 30 minutes in case you were wondering. A wonderful dinner. Can you believe this restaurant only has 11 tables!?! Read my review HERE.

WEDDING BELLS. The main reason for our excursion to Boston was to celebrate the wedding of S & C. They are such a lovely couple, and we were so happy to be able to share their special day.

T & I all ready to go to the rehearsal.

Photo Credit: AMW Studios
The bride and groom. Aren't these two stunning?

The wedding took place at The Cathedral of the Holy Cross (a cathedral that rivals St. Peter's Basilica and seats 5000 people), then off to the reception at The Union Club, a private club situated on Boston Common just down from the State House, and bordered by the Granary Burial Ground. This place was incredible. Original portraits of THE George Washington hang on the walls, and much to T's delight, he could enjoy a Sam Adams beer while standing next to Sam Adams grave. This may or may not have been the highlight of the trip for T.

The cathedral. 

The architecture of this cathedral is beyond amazing.

T giving me his best 'James Bond' look at the reception. Kir Royal was the signature drink. I think the bow-tie is a great look for T!

So happy for the new Dr. and Mrs. P.

The very last picture of the trip. Best Man (T) and Groom (S) enjoying a Sam Adams beer while looking out onto Sam Adams grave. A wonderful end to an wonderful week. For a beautiful slideshow and more pictures from the wedding click HERE.

What have you been up to lately?
Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...