Boston

Porcelain Box from Boston II

I got this box near Quincy Market in March of 2007. It was around St. Patrick’s Day. There was a little shop on the corner that I picked it up from. I was on Spring Break with my school at the time. I don’t remember how much it was but it was probably $8 or $9. The box is of the Boston skyline. The trinket inside is of a lobster, which is super cute! This box is very similar to other ones I have in my collection. You will see them soon.

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Porcelain Box from Boston

I bought this box on my most recent trip to Boston. I believe it was $8 or $9. I bought it at the Old North Church gift shop. I own another pillbox from Boston that I bought in Feb. 2007, which I’ll post soon. This box is obviously of the church and has two images of Paul Revere on it. Old North Church is where he had the lanterns hung to let everyone that the British were coming. The trinket inside is of a lantern.

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Plymouth

We walked over to PF Chang’s from our hotel. This was the meeting point for our bus to Plymouth. My mom and I boarded the bus and sat in the front. The driver seemed nice and told us about a great Cupcake place called Cupcake Charlie’s. We couldn’t wait to try it.

Our first stop was Plimoth Plantation. The first area was about the Native Americans. There were hollowed out canoes and wigwams. They had actors inside that were making blankets and other items. We walked further and came to the wall and entrance to the settlement. It was like immediately stepping back in time. There were all the hatched houses. There were men and women walking around in costume. There were animals wandering around. Some homes you could look around and some had actors completing chores in them. Some of the actors were building a roof for a house. Some were taking care of the animals. Others were farming. The homes were in a long row. It was informative and a lot of fun. You could even see the spot where they originally landed all the way out in the distance. We saw the meeting house and the canons on top of the meeting house. We went into a workshop where the actors were making furniture.

There’s a cafeteria and two gift shops. I did a press a penny and bought several things at the gift stores. We even bought fudge. I enjoyed the stores they were a step above many I have been to. We boarded the bus and were headed to see the Mayflower. The bus driver took us to the town of Plymouth which has the famous Plymouth Rock, the Mayflower II, and a bunch of shops.

We did Cupcake Charlie’s first. Turns out they were about to be on an episode of Cupcake Wars with Duff as the guest judge. I got a cookies n cream one or something similar to that. My mom got a red velvet one. They were amazing! Some of the best cupcakes we’ve ever had. So we bought more to bring back with us. Next we headed to Plymouth Rock. We took pictures and heard a local tell us that the local teen males like to try to pee on the rock at night. Lovely. After that I bought a ticket to go on the Mayflower II. Why II? The first one disappeared and no one knows where it is. So they built a replica of it. I was able to walk around on deck and below deck. Such a tiny space for so many passengers! Glad I wasn’t a Pilgrim. After that we found first street, which is the first street in America. We also found the creek that the pilgrims used to use. We went into several tourist shops and I bought a black and white Mayflower shirt that was on super sale. There were statues commemorating the pilgrims and the Native Americans. We used the public restroom near the Mayflower and got back on the bus.

We then were brought to the National Monument to the Forefathers. It’s 81 ft tall and has the names of the pilgrims on it. It also shows an image of the Mayflower Compact. There’s a section for liberty, morality, law, and education. It was pretty interesting to look at. Once the photo opportunity was over it was back on the bus. The bus driver asked where he could drop everyone back in Boston. We told him we wanted to get off right where he picked us up since we were going to go to Maggiano’s for dinner.

The tour was great and so was dinner. We got fried zucchini and pasta to share. The restaurant wasn’t busy and the waiter offered us a free meal to go. We declined because we didn’t have a fridge at our hotel. We then went to see Make Way for Ducklings and Cheers.

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Boston, Plymouth, and Salem Trip Plan

My mom and I traveled to Boston, Plymouth, and Salem in June of 2010. We had both been to Boston and Salem before. However, this was our first time in Plymouth. To view our trip plan please click below. Unlike my other trip plans the times aren’t exact, but the days are.

Trip Plan

 

Massachusetts Postcards

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Boston, Lexington, and Concord Trip Plan

Please click below to view my trip plan for Boston, Lexington, and Concord. We were away from April 25th-April 29th 2013.

Trip Plan

To learn more about the sites I visited:

Boston Tea Party Museum

Park Street Church

Granary Burying Ground

Museum of Fine Arts

Hancock-Clarke House

Buckman Tavern

Old North Bridge

Old South Meeting House

Old State House

Faneuil Hall

Quincy Market

Bunker Hill

Old North Church

Paul Revere’s House

Boston Common

Make Way for Ducklings

 

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Boston in College

During my freshman year of college I went to Boston with a tour bus full of people from my college. Our original plan was Boston and Salem. Salem didn’t work out because our bus broke down and we had to change buses in the middle of nowhere. My suitcase was broken in this process. When we finally got to Boston it was already dark. We were staying in the outskirts of Boston in Somerville. It was St. Patrick’s Day weekend, which we found out is a big deal in Boston.

My friends drank, danced, and laughed for hours in the hotel room while I watched in amusement. We were warned that the subway shuts down at midnight which we thought was beyond stupid. A small group of us headed out to Quincy Market. On the platform my friends sang and danced on the benches, while I made sure they didn’t end up in the tracks. When we finally got out of the subway my friend Kathleen went into oncoming traffic and almost got hit by a car, but I pulled her back at the last second. The funny thing is that it happened right by the Boston Massacre site.

When we got to Quincy Market Michael left us to catch up with his friends. The girls and I checked out the Cheers gift shop and whatever else was open. We posed with some guys dressed as leprechauns. Molly’s friend joined us. Kathleen and I were standing in the middle of the market (it’s a round open area) when a guy came over to us and hugged us while saying beam me up Scotty. His wife wasn’t too happy with him. Once we left the market it was crazy. Everyone was drunk! One of my friends was running around looking for her glove while the other was making out with random guys. I eventually got us to a 7-11 to pump food into them. Then I dragged them back on the subway to our hotel. There was no way in hell I was missing the last train before midnight. Our friends wound up missing the last train and had a horrible expensive time getting back. Once back in our hotel room a group of drunk guys tried to get into our room, but I wouldn’t let them. They gave up once they realized I was sober.

The next day we all woke up early and went to the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. It was fun and strange at the same time. Lots of weird floats. Afterwards we met up with Molly’s friends who dragged us around for what seemed like hours. Kathleen and I had enough. We were starving, freezing, and tired. We broke away and walked in search of food, comfort, and warmth. We found a Borders. The people at the Borders cafe felt so bad for us. They picked out the biggest m&m Rice Krispie treats and poured lots of whipped cream and chocolate sauce in our hot chocolates. We could have kissed them. We went back to the same 7-11 we were in the night before. We then met up with our group and did the Freedom Trail. We didn’t do Bunker Hill though. We ended at the Old North Church. We took Hanover St. Back down to Quincy Market. All the pastry places looked so good! A bunch of us decided to eat in a seafood place by Quincy Market. I got Mac n cheese. It wasn’t bad. It just wasn’t enough food. Back to our 7-11 and then we headed back to our hotel. Kathleen, Molly, and I rented the movie Bobby.

The next day Kathleen and I took the bus to Cambridge. We walked around for a while using my guidebook. My guidebook said we could go into this old building so we did. We wound up getting yelled at because it was the President’s office and is closed to the public. Stupid guide book. After that we opted for a Harvard history tour. We had a student show us around campus and tell us the history of all the buildings. She did the whole pahk yah cah at hahvad yahd bit. We met up with the whole group for dinner at Uno’s.

The bus ride home was a mixture of sleeping and karaoke. I think we also watched the Simpsons at one point. The trip was short, but fun.

Our karaoke videos (that’s not me singing):

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Boston for my Birthday

April 28 2013

Today is my birthday! So I decided I wanted to stay local and do a bunch of historical sites. I picked many of the sites on the Freedom Trail.

Our first stop was an army store where we bought my dad a Boston shirt. Then we took pictures outside the Old South Meeting House. We passed the location of the old Borders that has a soft spot in my heart because they revived my friend Kathleen and I years ago when we were beyond cold, tired, and hungry. We passed the 7-11 we frequented during my Boston trip with my college. We went into Potbelly Sandwiches looking for the chocolate brownie cookie a friend recommended to me, but they didn’t have it.

We continued on to the Old State House. I’ve always wanted to go inside. We caught a tour of the museum. The tour was informative and it was interesting to hear about the many uses of the building. We then caught the Boston Massacre tour. I learned a couple new things on the tour. I gave all the right answers to the tour guide’s questions so I couldn’t help but be proud of my memory. 🙂 My mom and I went into the gift shop. I bought some postcards. I really wanted to a join or die snake shirt, but didn’t feel like spending $16.

We left and then went to Quincy Market and Faneuil Hall. I went looking for the restaurant my college friends and I ate at. However, it was no longer there. I wanted to go to get the name. We walked through the food area. My mom and I got some free samples. The Greek food looked so good but it was expensive. I really wanted some Mac n cheese from the mac n cheese vendor. There was an entire store for One Direction, which I thought was hilarious. So many of the girls were walking around with life size one direction cut outs. I took a picture in the center of the market to commemorate the stranger that came up to Kathleen and I and said beam me up Scotty. We stopped at the gift shop, but I didn’t buy anything. We left the gift shop and caught the bus to Bunker Hill.

I was really excited to finally do the Bunker Hill Monument (even though it’s really Breed’s Hill). I’ve done the real Bunker Hill before. We got off the bus and walked through a cute quiet neighborhood. The monument looks exactly like the Washington Monument. Unfortunately, the bottom is graffitied. We decided not to walk up. We crossed the street and went to the museum. The museum is two floors and the better part is on the 2nd floor. They have artifacts from the Battle of Bunker Hill and from the Boston Massacre. There’s a button in the back that tells you about the Battle of Bunker Hill. We used the restroom in the basement, bought a postcard, and left.

We decided we were going to walk to Paul Revere’s House. We were going to make sure that on our way we passed the Old North Church. As we crossed the bridge you could see the church sticking out. If the modern buildings weren’t around you easily could have seen lanterns hanging in the church on that famous night. On our way to the sites we passed a bakery that’s open 24/7 everything looked absolutely amazing, but we didn’t have a fridge in our hotel. So we bought cookies. I got chocolate rugelach and it was incredible. We walked down the street to the church. There was a gift shop across the street that was cheap so we got some things in there. We took pictures of the outside of the church. I didn’t pay to go in because I’ve done it before. We went to the official gift shop where I got a pillbox to add to my collection.

We took what was supposed to be a connecting alleyway to Paul Revere’s House. It wasn’t direct. We passed a printer’s press shop. I took a free postcard from there. We finally found Revere’s house. We paid and went right in since there’s no official tour. You only see 4 rooms: the kitchen, living room, and two bedrooms. You have to read the signs to feel like you are on a tour. It was just ok, but my mom liked it. The admission price was super cheap so it was worth seeing.

After that we headed back to the bakery we were at before. I got more rugelach but the woman gave me pieces without much chocolate and were very small. The bag wound up ripping outside of the bakery and they all fell all the floor. The bakery was nice enough to replace them free of charge. We walked down Hanover St. And saw all the famous bakeries with their lines out the door. We walked back to Quincy Market and I bought one oft bosses a pen. We continued on and walked to the Omni Parker Hotel.

The Omni Parker is beautiful and immediately transports you to another time. We went to Parker’s bar. We took a lovely table for two that faced Old City Hall. We ordered the plain pizza and shared it. It was enough for the two of us. It was pricey, but hey it was my birthday and it was good. However, the main reason we came here was for the famous Boston Cream Pie. It was small, but beautiful. It tasted great! The bathroom was huge!!!! 20 stalls. The floor with the bathroom felt haunted. Overall, it was a beautiful yummy historic birthday dinner.

I convince my mom to go with me to Make Way for Ducklings. I loved it when I was a little girl and wanted a picture there on my birthday. Someone had made hats for the ducks. They were so cute!!! We picked up some whoopie pies from 7-11 and went back to our hotel. I don’t want to leave!!!

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Massachusetts Postcards

Added new postcards to Postcards from Massachusetts album

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Modern Day Boston Tea Party

April 26 2013

My mom got me a 7-11 corn muffin to start my day in Boston. We checked out of the Courtyard Marriott and wheeled our suitcases through the streets of Boston to the Hyatt Regency. We had stayed here before so we knew what to expect. We were upgraded to a suite on the top floor because it was my birthday weekend and because we are members. The suite wasn’t ready yet so we had to leave our bags and start our day.

On our walk to the water we passed a bunch of food trunks. My mom stopped at the Cookie Monstah truck and got a red velvet cookie. She asked for one with a lot of chips and they gave her one without any. She asked for a different one. They gave her a different one, but it was burnt. 😦

We walked over to the water to do the Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum. I had read about the museum when they first opened and have been wanting to go ever since. The tickets are expensive, but they are worth it. I bought them online to save $5 total. We arrived right before the 1pm tour. Only one other couple was on our tour. There were several actors in costume that were there to guide us and help recreate the night of the Tea Party. They stayed in character the whole time and were quite funny. The tour starts with a town meeting and everyone gets a card with their identity and feather for their disguise. Then you go on the ship and dump the tea overboard. Afterwards, you explore the ship and can take pictures. After that we learned more about the night and boycott from holograms that looked real. We got to see one of the two remaining tea chests and hear from Sam Adams and King George III (think Hogwarts moving pictures). Then we watched a film about the battle of Lexington and Concord. The tour was about an hour and it was very well done. The tour ends at Abagail’s Tea Room. The tour guides saw me mouthing all the answers so they spoke to me after the tour about my love of history. The gift shop had a wide variety of items. I got several postcards, tea, and a t-shirt. They make you say haazah a lot, which is cute. I really wish I could take my students here.

We got a call from the hotel that our room was ready so we walked back to the hotel. We put our bags in the room and went back out. We stopped at the Old Granary Burying Ground where Samuel Adams, Franklin’s family, Paul Revere, John Hancock, and several others are buried. We took some pictures and left. We got on the train at Park St Station and got very lost inside the station. We eventually got on the right train to the Museum of Fine Arts.

We went to the MFA after 3pm so I could be free (I look like I’m under 18). We visited the Egyptian section first. I enjoyed explaining to my mom what everything was. She actually admired several pieces. The death and burial section also known as the Mummy Room is the best part of the exhibit. I also loved a rare statue of two women. One had her arm around the other. We saw the Greek and Roman statues. We also did a little bit of the Assyrian and Mesopotamian section. We looked at several of Monet’s paintings and saw the famous paintings of Sam Adams, John Hancock, the Washingtons, and Paul Revere. The special exhibit was on the Samurai warriors and we enjoyed that as well. However, we saw several similar artifacts in Les Invalides in Paris. The museum had many great items, but I still think the MET, Louvre, and National Archaeological Museum are better.

We debated about where to go for dinner. We finally settled on Max and Dylan’s. I got a turkey cranberry avocado sandwich with fries to go. My mom picked up a red velvet whoopie pie from 7-11. We took all out food back to the hotel. I had the sandwich and she ate my fries and pie. As we ate we watched a Law and Order SVU marathon. Overall, it was a great first day in Boston.

Courtyard Marriott Lobby

Masonic Temple

Park St Church

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Arriving in Boston

April 25 2013

I left work early to catch a 3:30pm train to Boston. In the train station I was approached by a crazy woman, but she walked away once my mom walked over. I wonder what that lady was up to. We used my free birthday Krispy Kreme coupon for my birthday so my mom could get a free doughnut and coffee. We tried to guess what track the train would pull in on so we could be first. That didn’t work, but we were in the first group to be let in.

The train was coming from DC so it was already packed. We got the only empty two seater left in the quiet car, but there was no window and it was smaller. We felt trapped. A woman got off at the next stop so we moved up to her two seater with a window. So much better!!! I listened to my iPod and watched the scenery. The train took forever to get through Connecticut. I was going crazy. The scenery was beautiful when we got to the Connecticut Rhode Island border. The bathroom absolutely stunk in our car so I went to the first class car to use the restroom.

We finally arrived and surprisingly it was on time despite it feeling like it took forever. We caught the bus to our hotel (Courtyard Marriott Downtown). Everyone outside our hotel looked like hookers and drug dealers. I had read that the neighborhood was considered club district. I was very worried about our hotel because most people hated it. We got it using Priceline’s name your own price tool. We only wanted to pay $100 for that night in Boston since that night was a last minute addition to our trip. The hotel was over $300 a night on their website for that night. People complained of paper thin walls, loud traffic noise, small rooms, and loud music. The lobby was nice and they sent us up to our room. We had requested a high floor, not facing Tremont St, and away from elevators, maids’ room, and the ice machine. They gave us a room next to the elevators, ice machine, and maids’ room. We asked for a different room. The next room was on a lower floor facing Tremont. The room was super small, but the bathroom was large. The shower didn’t have a tub. The TV was very small and only got a dozen channels. There was free wifi though.

We decided to go for a walk because we hadn’t eaten in 12 hrs. The neighborhood wasn’t the best. We found a Panera where my mom got a muffin and we found a 7-11 where I bought a water and corn muffin. We went back to our room and ate our food. We watched a Law and Order SVU marathon and settled in for bed. Tremont St was loud and we had noisy neighbors who didn’t go to bed. Yeah for paper thin walls. The reviews were right about this place.
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