Last week, J had to go to Boston to interview law students at a job fair, so I tagged along (because free hotel room, duh). Aside from a layover in the Boston airport once, I'd never been, so it was a fun little sightseeing getaway for me.
It was lovely. I think fall is the perfect time to see Boston: the weather really suits the city.
We stayed at a little B&B in Brookline. That first night, we walked around the neighborhood, and J showed me his law school apartment. We had dinner at Zaftig's - I had the open-faced meatloaf sandwich and omg was it ever good.
The next day, J was busy with the afore-mentioned interviews, so I wandered around. I lounged a bit in the hotel and got off to a late start, but then I took the T down to Boston Commons.
It was beautiful and lovely and peaceful there, and I would have been totally happy with my book and my sketchbook and a snack, but I had business to attend to. My mission: the Freedom Trail.
It starts at the Commons, and once I figured it out, it was totally easy - there's a red brick trail winding its way throughout the city and plenty of signs, so it's easy to follow even if you have no idea what you're doing. I also downloaded the free app from the National Park Service, which had some good information on it and was easy to use.
Just across the street from the Commons is the State House, home of the Sacred Cod.
I passed the Old Granary Burying Ground, Fanueil Hall (pictured at the top) and Quincy Market, and the first public school.
All the sightseeing was making me hungry, so I stopped in at Thinking Cup for a latte and a nibble, and ended up with a sandwich twice as big as I needed, but very delicious.
After lunch, I visited the Paul Revere House (would definitely recommend - it's only three bucks to enter and the very helpful and informative staff are stationed on every floor to answer questions and man do they know a lot), the Old North Church (where the one if by sea, two if by land lights were hung), and the Copp's Hill Burying Ground.
Then I crossed the bridge and headed towards the USS Constitution. At that point, the ship was closed for tours, but then J finished his interviews so I headed back at met him at Legal Seafood for happy hour.
Dollar oysters? Don't mind if I do.
We followed that up with dinner at Piattini in the Back Bay, and I could not get over how good that bolognese was.
And that was it. We caught the bus back to New York the next day, and our little Boston vacay - so short it felt like if you blinked you'd miss it - was at an end.