We almost got off to a bad start…
Roger is a last minute packer, but I talked him into getting a head start since we needed to get going by 4:00 a.m. to be at the airport to catch our 7:00 a.m flight. He was packed and ready to go mid day so we could relax the evening before and get an early nights sleep before heading out. Everything went like clock work, we were out the door and at the airside with time to spare.
A daunting queue had formed at security, but we had express check in and were ushered over to a line just behind a couple with two carryons and a baby in a stroller. Mom made it through security leaving dad, and baby to answer questions about what was in the two carryons, which dad decided would be best answered by displaying their contents, pulling out handfuls of tech gear which he began putting in scanning trays. Oh, jeez, I thought…
Luckily we were waived through leaving dad, now fussy baby and the two carryons to be sorted out while mom cooled her heals on a bench nearby.
We found our seats on the plane with ease and settled in for our three hour flight, thrilled by how smoothly everything had gone. Only fussy baby had morphed into screaming baby and as luck would have it, the family was seated directly behind us. Mom and dad must have had their ear buds in as the baby thrashed and kicked our seats and head rests; because the two never uttered a sound to comfort their distressed child. The flight attendants tried the full repertoire of coaxing and cookies with no success. The baby full on screamed for all but twenty minutes of the flight.
Back on land, our magic bubble reappeared, and we floated with ease to pick up our rental car, then on to meet family, enjoying a short stop off at Barnes and Nobel where we sipped cups of tea and magazine reading before meeting up with family for a lovely father’s day luncheon.
I hope I’ve paid my dues to the crying baby Gods for a while; we’ve had crying babies directly behind us on two of the last four flights we’ve taken. Thankfully, on the way home, we got a reprieve. Not a baby in sight.
After two days of visiting family, we dropped off our rental car and were on our own in Boston.
I love starting a visit to a new city by taking a “hop on, hop off tour” bus or trolly tour. We usually do it the very first day so we can just chill out, get the lay of the land and make notes of where we want to circle back to for further exploration.
In Boston there is plenty to see and do, and most of it is in walking distance of a variety of good to great hotels. More good news, there is next to no need for a car. In fact, a car is a hinderance. Traffic is horrendous, parking costs an arm and a leg, if you can find a parking space at all.
After dropping off our rental car, we took the water taxi from the airport to our hotel and back again. The rest of our visit, aside from the city hop on hop off bus tour, we made on foot.
I know you want to know all about the food, and of course there are many amazing restaurants. We ate at two: Legal Sea Food, and The Union Oyster Bar. Both were to die for.
Deciding what to wear for the trip was a bit of a challenge. Florida has been in full summer mode, (90 degrees and humid) for most of May. The Eastern Seaboard, however has been unseasonably cool and rainy. As always, before a trip, I begin checking the weather a week or so ahead. We were supposed to see 80 degree temperatures and sun so naturally, my favorite blue and white sundress was first on my mind.
I always take jeans and a sweater just in case it’s cooler than expected. I wore the jeans and sweaters for two of the tree days. I love having a light jacket, and this mini trench was perfect. It took a basic look up a notch.
As the days drew closer, it began to become clear that it would be cool and rainy, making it challenging to do much in the way of fashion oriented photography.
As the trip played out, by the time we got to Boston, we were tired! Taking the bus tour was a great option because we got to see the city in a nutshell without a huge expenditure of energy. I was hopeful we would hit our second day with sun and gusto.
After breakfast at the hotel, we struck out on foot to explore the Boston Commons, take a few photos and get a nice lunch before heading home later in the day. We are left with many happy memories, and a list of places we want to visit when we return. Boston is a beautiful city even on a cloudy day.
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