GART | Boston, MA

So much has happened since the last time I updated this space… Where do I even begin?

Well, firstly B and I spent two weeks traipsing across America. Literally from coast to coast. We refer to it affectionately as GART, aka Great American Rail Trip. We started out in Boston, flew to Chicago (there wasn’t enough time for a train ride there unfortunately), took the Amtrak across to Glenwood Springs in Colorado and then onwards to San Francisco. Guys, the Amtrak is a game-changer – although I have to caveat this by saying that this only works if you have time to spare, because the timetable is really a rough estimate. Chugging through cornfields, mountains, deserts, and skirting through rivers and the sea and chatting with locals was such an incredible experience.

In the meantime, movers were coming to my flat in London and moving my stuff to my new flat. You can imagine the days leading up to GART! Nights of packing after knocking off from the office, weekends scrubbing the flat clean. You get the picture. Imagine my relief when I finally boarded the plane.

Once I landed in Boston and reunited with B, we made a beeline for some…

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Lobster roll and corn chowder at Luke’s Lobster. The chowder was forgettable, but the lobster roll was impressive. Fresh chunks lobster with just the right amount of seasoning (not covered in mayo or vegetables and other unidentified lumps) on a buttery bread. YUM.
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Bellies full, we headed off to Brattle book shop, which spills out into the neighbouring car park.
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We crossed the Boston Public Garden, where many people were having a picnic or simply just basking under the afternoon sun…
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To get to the tree-lined, hilly streets of Beacon Hill…
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which is very much like Kensington & Chelsea in London.
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Of course you can’t go to Beacon Hill without having a look at the cobblestone streets of Acorn Street, where merchant & tradesman used to live in the 19th century. You can see the indents in the cobblestone made by horse carriages! 
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We explored Copley Square…
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where some really old buildings were dwarfed by modern skyscrapers.
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Needing a respite from the blazing summer heat, we ducked into the Boston Public Library, which could easily have been a building in Vienna.
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Students from the many universities in Boston can be seen mugging at the Reading room.
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 I am so glad I got over my aversion for raw oysters before this trip, because then I got to slurp fresh oysters from Massachusetts and Maine at the Island Creek Oyster Bar.
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We walked the Freedom Trail and visited many historic sites, including some in Little Italy. Of course, we couldn’t leave without trying the cannoli with vanilla cream from Maria’s Pastry Shop, an unassuming local bakery that was recommended by my cousin who studied in Boston.

 

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Overheard at the Connah Store, “Don’t tell nobody nuthin'”
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These buildings remind me so much of the sets at Universal Studios.
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We took another detour off the Freedom trail to enjoy some time by the marina…
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Watching the yachts bob along the calm waters.

 

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Faneuil Hall – a marketplace that’s been around since 1742.

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Other highlights that weren’t pictured – free tour of the Massachusetts State House, by an incredibly articulate high school intern, and a trip across the Charles River to visit Harvard (best bit was probably the amazing mushroom burger from Tasty Burger).

Up next – Chicago!

 

 

 

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