Bostin ay it?

Dear Boston, how wonderful you are! From leafy suburbs to your bustling city nightlife you have charmed us and now we leave head over heels in love with you! Cheers!

A city of many firsts (first American Public park; first public school; first subway system to name a few) we wanted to thank you for playing host to some firsts of our own: first taste of long sought after WhistlePig whiskey (Hank’s boss drinks this in Breaking Bad, it turns out it’s from Vermont and carries a hefty price tag); first Boston Cream Pie (ironically quite hard to find); first Man vs Food restaurant visited on this trip (hopefully not the last!).

Let’s talk about David

I don’t think we’ll have another host quite as eccentric as David. As soon as we pulled up he rather unexpectedly sat us down in the yard to initially sound us out but he went off on a tangent about the history of Boston, the US, his barn, carrier pigeons, HIV – you name it! A scientist, mathematician, explorer and ex politician, this septuagenarian has seen a lot. I guess with so many experiences, reflections and theories he needs to have an outlet!

The guesthouse is nevertheless lovely, feels homely and is a great location for getting around Boston: just a couple of blocks away from the T (subway) and less than 30mins walk from Harvard. 

Also nearby is a branch of our favourite burger chain: Shake Shack. We celebrated our reunion with burgers, cheese and bacon fries, malted marshmallow milk chocolate flavoured frozen custard and beer!

After spending a day out of the city visiting Rockport and Salem, we stayed in the bustle of Boston and went to see the crazy architecture of the Ray and Maria Stata Center at MIT and the old elegant Boston Public Library. If you visit, make sure you hit the skywalk above the prudential centre for killer views of the city. Not quite as breathtaking as NYC but worth the ascent. You can even see the Red Sox stadium (Fenway Park) from there. 

All the walking made us so hungry, and we visited Eagles Deli for one of their ‘challenge’ burgers. The ‘Godzilla’ was 1lb of meat, 4 slices of cheese, salad and fries. A nap on Boston Common afterwards was much needed! If you don’t want to travel so far out of town then we can recommend hitting up Chinatown. The Gourmet Dumpling offered amazing food in massive portion sizes so long as you don’t mind sharing tables with strangers. By the time we left punters were queuing out the door!

As the sun dropped, we walked along the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway; a long stretch of parkland running along the centre of a dual carriageway most likely designed to offer a bit of peace, but being between roads it did not seem peaceful at all as an ambulance wailed all the latest emergency hits while it queued in the rush hour traffic alongside us! At the end of the Greenway and to our surprise we were rewarded with a sight of Ai Weiwei’s impressive bronze Zodiac Heads encircling a stunning water fountain display.

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​Boston has many drinking establishments to offer and we’ve had many liquid delights during our stay here, including copious versions of local brews from Samuel Adams and Harpoon and sugar cinnamon rimmed pumpkin beer, but a trip to this city would not be complete without a visit to the famous Cheers bar. Sadly we could not get a seat so we mooched around the gift shop instead and headed out into the night in search of pie!!! 

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