One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things. – Henry Miller
My airport standby surprise resulted in flying to a city that stays close to my heart, Boston, MA. I have visited this city numerous times with my family over the past few years.
With our rich history, diverse neighborhoods, and legacy of arts, culture, and education, Boston has something for everyone. – boston.gov/visiting-boston
Boston as a city is unique; having visited many cities in the US, to this day, it ranks top of my ‘favourites list’. I tend to find many US cities ‘concrete jungles’, whereas Boston with it’s heritage and contrast between old and new makes it an exciting place to explore.
Breakfast – Charlie’s Sandwich Shoppe
As I had a full day to explore, I decided to start with a proper breakfast. From Back Bay we had a short walk to a famous diner to get our hands on some classic American breakfast. Charlie’s Sandwich Shoppe has been described as “equal parts old-school diner and neighborhood coffee shop” but among the locals, it is known for its breakfasts…Boy are they right! Getting a seat was hard enough, be prepared to wait…if you’re British bring your humour, they like to tease us a little.
French Toast, Bagels and Coffee…YUM.
The thing I love a lot about Boston, is that everything is in walking distance. There is the option to ride the T (Boston underground) all over the city, however with the amount there is to explore, you do not want to miss out being underground on a train. Best way to see the city is to follow the Freedom Trail. This takes you to all the prominent history points and there are free tours too, which is a bonus.
The beautiful contrast between old and new, right in the heart of the City. Above is Trinity Church a short walk from Back Bay.
Boston Public Gardens
Continue walking past Trinity Church you will come across Boston Public Gardens. We were heading towards Quincy Market and had the opportunity to walk through this quaint park. Boston Public Gardens is adjacent to Boston Common. We did have a little wander through Boston Common, but came upon a large rally, so we were advised to divert by the police for our own safety.
Quincy Market / Faneuil Hall / Freedom Trail
Quincy Market is a shopping district in Boston made up of 3 historic market buildings and a promenade. If you are looking for food and shopping, look no further. We walked though the main market hall (middle photo) and safe to say, it was food heaven! Offering local foods famous to Massachusetts such as: Boston Cream Pies, Clam Chowder and Maine Lobster Rolls – every kind of food your heart desires. After visting Quincy Market, we were back onto the Freedom Trail onto our next location.
Christopher Colombus Waterfront Park / Harbour
Down to the waterfront to the historic harbour where the famous Boston Tea Party happened. The New England aquarium is also situated at the harbour front.
North End – Little Italy
As mentioned before, Boston is easily accessible by foot. From the harbour, we walked slightly back on ourselves and ended up in North End, Boston’s Italian neighbourhood. It is a maze of narrow streets with some of the city’s oldest buildings. On the Freedom Trail, you will pass historic sites like the 1680 Paul Revere House and the Old North Church, which played a key role at the beginning of the Revolutionary War.
Italian restaurants, coffee shops, pastry shops and delis pack the area, especially on Hanover Street. We stopped off at Caffe Vittoria, the first Italian coffee shop in Boston. Just a few stores up the road you will find the famous Mike’s Pastry shop. You can get your cannoli fix there, just be prepared to queue up… it’s super busy!
- Harvard University – Especially if you’re a Legally Blonde fan
- Boston Trolley Tours
- Boston Duck Tours – On Land and Water tour
- Fenway Park
- TD Garden
- Salem – If you have time, get on a 35 min train to learn about the historic witch trials
- Gilette Stadium – Home of the best NFL team, The New England Patriots of course!
- Prudential Center Boston Skywalk
Hope you enjoy exploring Boston.
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