Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Around Boston

Just for the record, I did NOT go into Tiffany & Co. It was closed and I was sad ;)

Cape Cod

Darryl and I took a trip down to Cape Cod while we were in the Boston Area. It was stunning with white sand beaches, beautiful weather, and quaint, charming towns all along the seashore. Definitely a place you could while away some time if you were inclined to do so!

USS Constitution

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Mike's Pastry and the Italian Quarter

Flag on the Harbor Hotel - probably 100 feet high

Boston's Finest


Yes, this was the line for Mike's Pastry. It was worth it.

Bostonians have a small obsession with Paul Revere...

Freedom Trail
Darryl and I hit up the Italian quarter the other night. It is conveniently located off of the harbor and is absolutely FULL of beautiful restaurants, bakeries, and bustling people, even late at night. We waited in line for Mike's Pastry, which serves up authentic-style Italian cannoli and other truly Italian treats. It was absolute chaos with the line stretching all the way down the block and what would be a claustrophobic's worst nightmare inside. But oh, man, was it worth it.

Fenway Night

We exited the train to the smell of roasting peanuts and beer. The buzz of people gathering on the streets surrounding Fenway hung in the air much like the humidity of the day. Street vendors hawked their wares, children clung to their parents, and everywhere you looked the camaraderie of people who believed in something bigger than themselves was evident. This is baseball in America.

Big Papi Hits a Homer

Sunday, September 5, 2010

The Sparlings Do Harvard

John Harvard

Darryl: Admittance Denied.

We went this morning to the historic Harvard Campus and walked the grounds. We also went to Harvard Square where we had lunch in an Italian Bistro. It was really neat to see all the students arriving back for this year's classes as well as all the worried moms and dads following them around ;)

Welcome to Boston

We checked into our hotel (Wyndam Chelsea) and then headed into Boston to Legal Seafoods for supper. Darryl had fish and chips and I had sea scallops and it was amazing! I don't think I have had seafood that fresh in my life - I totally recommend Legal Seafoods if you're ever in the Boston area!

Vermont and New Hampshire

On our way to Boston we drove through Vermont and New Hampshire. Vermont specifically was absolutely breathtaking. It was so heavily treed on the interstate we were driving on that I couldn't even tell there were towns to the right or left the entire time we were in the state. The hills were rolling and there were lush valleys everywhere you looked - I think this is definitely a place I would like to return some day and get better acquainted with!


Our Car Stella. (I named her :)

Poutine with Bacon
Downtown Montreal from the Wharf

Vieux Montreal

Expo Centre

After a long night of travel (we very nearly missed our connection in Toronto because of delays), we arrived in the beautiful city of Montreal in the wee hours of Friday morning. Check in at University Bed and Breakfast went smoothly and after a short sleep we hit the town on Friday.

We started with a walk through the McGill Campus with the destination of Old Montreal. I'm not going to lie to you, it was a long walk. The four kilometers seemed like about ten because with the humidex, the temperature felt like 43 degrees celsius. It was like breathing in water it was so muggy and we had to change throughout the day because we sweated so much!

Old Montreal is so fabulous. It has a distinctly european feel with narrow cobbled streets and cafes on every corner. The waterfront is lovely with a view of the Expo centre and downtown Montreal.

We returned to our B&B in the afternoon to cool down for a bit and then went to Patati Patata, a local hole-in-the-wall poutine shop for lunch, a stereotypical french canadian dish. After some more wandering and sightseeing, we ended up on the waterfront for a nice dinner and were serenaded by buskers who did covers of the Beatles amongst others.

We sadly had to leave Montreal the next morning to head to Boston, but getting the rental car made it feel a bit better. We're driving a cherry red 5.0 Ford Mustang, and it's going to be hard to go back to driving our Kia, that's for sure!