We just finished up a weekend in Boston, and I have tons to share! So many pictures in fact that I decided to divide them into two posts. Since it was December and averaged about 20 degrees, we did plenty of indoor stuff, but we wanted to get our dose of cold weather too before we headed back to Florida. This post is all about the outdoor stuff we did!
Everyone warned us about how cold it would be, but nothing really prepares you for 8 degrees, ya know? I grew up in Northeast Ohio, so I was used to it once upon a time, but being in Atlanta and the South Florida for the last 14 years can make you forget about snow and cold weather pretty quickly.
Still, I was well-prepared with a down coat, waterproof boots, scarf, mittens, and lots of warm clothes. I arrived late Friday night, and by Saturday morning, I looked out the hotel window to a fresh snowfall!
We stayed at the Boston Marriott Long Wharf, which is right next to Christopher Columbus Waterfront Park. We could see all of the people and dogs meeting up around 9, the dogs just playing in the snow and the people just standing around talking like the cold was no big deal. I piled on every warm item of clothing I had, and we ventured out into the snowy morning.
We walked to breakfast, about 10 minutes or so, and I could not stop taking pictures of snow-covered balconies and buildings, and even my feet in the snow. For someone who hates the cold and moved thousands of miles away to escape it, I have to admit, the snow was pretty enchanting. We saw the Paul Revere statue and a nativity scene, and a lot of pretty Christmas trees in people’s windows.
Brunch was at Mike’s Pastries, a tiny little spot with delicious cannoli. Oh my goodness, so delicious. We couldn’t decide and ordered three different pastries to share.
The rest of our afternoon included a few more outdoor activities. We saw Faneuil Hall, which looked so picturesque with wreaths hung on the windows and snow falling all around. It has been a meeting hall since 1743. Can you believe that? They still have meetings and even graduations there sometimes!
The last of our outdoor activities on Saturday was a walk through the Boston Public Garden. It was still covered in snow, and Husband and I had a quick snowball fight while we were walking through it. We saw the “Make Way for Ducklings” statue and the statue of Washington, which were neat to see in person.
Finally, I decided that we had to make a snowman before we left. I rolled up the snowballs and built the body, and Husband helped with the eyes and mouth, since he didn’t have any gloves. (Who goes to Boston in December without gloves? Oh, just my husband.) I think our snowman turned out pretty cute!
On Sunday we managed a quick trip out to Harvard and Cambridge in the morning. We had a delicious breakfast at a little breakfast spot called The Friendly Toast, where I made my own omelette: goat cheese, mushrooms, and bacon. Yummmmm. It was starting to drizzle, so we walked onto the campus, took a few photos, and took refuge in the Harvard Book Store. I thought it might have some good gifts, like sweatshirts or coffee mugs or whatnot, but it only had … books. Even the book store at Harvard was overly serious! Geez! We decided that we would like to go back in September or October, when we could actually enjoy walking around a little more.
Stay tuned for all the indoor things we did, including our main reason for going to Boston: a bucket-list-worthy concert!