Boston, MA - Day 1
On early Thursday morning I woke up early and headed to RDU International Airport to hit the friendly skies towards Boston. I'm not a big flier and have only been on an airplane once before yet thankfully this was only an hour and a half flight. Packing my bags and carrying my favorite magazine MC1R (which you can find me in the latest issue).
The first big obstacle was understanding the public transportation system. Everything in the city is reachable by the underground train system. We first headed to Boston's Historic North End of the city. This is where the Freedom Trail is located, a 1.5 mile trail that hits the most historical parts of the city. Although 1.5 miles doesn't seem very long, it took us almost 4 hours to complete the while trail.
We walked through the Granary Burial Ground one of the oldest cemeteries in Boston, which displayed some hand drawn grave markers.
Located around the corner was Old State House which was the site of the Boston Massacre. My favorite part about this place was the large unicorn on the top of the house.
Already in the North End of Boston we found ourselves at lunchtime in the heart of Little Italy. We found a table at the tiniest restaurant called The Daily Catch.
This Italian seafood restaurant was basically a small kitchen with a few tables that allows patrons to eat side by side. This cash only restaurant was delicious. I choose the shrimp scampi which came out in the dish they cooked it in. This family owned restaurant is a MUST TRY - but be warned there may be a wait.
Directly across the street is Mike's Pastry - another MUST TRY spot!
The cannolis are as big as your hands and come in a variety of flavors. This Italian style bakery has a variety of pastries including cannoli, cream puff, lobster tails, gelato, and more. I choose a variety of cookies. We knew this place was going to be great even before reading about it due to the line that is constantly out the door. Even as we walked through the city we noticed everywhere we went someone was holding a Mike's Pastry box.
After lunch we continued on the Freedom trail and made our way to the New England Holocaust Memorial and a small greenway park - the perfect place to see the Boston skyline.
We said hello to the Samuel Adams statue outside of the Faneuil Hall before making our way to the Benjamin Franklin statue outside of Boston's old Latin school.
Finally we found our way to Boston Common's - the central park of Boston. This large, open area is outside of the State House. This park was home to college students sun bathing, children playing, and quite a few tour groups.
We needed a caffeine boost and being big coffee buffs we were having a difficult time finding a satisfying cup of joe - especially that serves almond milk. We stumbled upon Thinking Cup near Emerson believing that college students have to good coffee. I'd give it a 3 star out of 5 but in the Boston cold anything warm was satisfying.
Making our way back through the city we traveled through the Theater District and into Chinatown.
Finally feeling a bit peckish we stumbled into a old style bar and eatery named Stoddard's. While I think I choose the wrong dish, Andrew's meal was delicious. They also served vintage cocktails - which was a perfect way to end the evening.