Sunday, October 12, 2008

Boston Trip

I had always wanted to go Boston but have postponed the plan due to many reasons. Finally last couple weeks I had 2 days off on the weekeday, so Jon took days off too and we went to Boston. I made 6 pages personalised Boston guide which consists of map, where to go, addresses and what to eat. (It was nothing compared to 100 pages personalised Sydney & Gold Coast guide I made for my sisters).

We stayed at the Fairmont hotel, it is a beautiful old hotel located in Copley Square. Copley Square is well known for its architectural of old and new buildings. The hotel lobby is absolutely exquisite, and the staff were friendly and welcoming.

There is farmers' market every Tuesday and Friday in Copley Square. We were there on Tuesday and the market was just opposite the hotel. I almost couldn't resist buying those beautiful and fresh vegetables. I had to be crazy if I bought vegetables in Boston and put in hotel room! NY has farmers' market too but I never get to go because Jon is lazy.

Look at the colorful broccolis, different shapes of pumpkins, beautiful flowers.

Fresh apples, heirloom tomatoes, colorful bell peppers, green zebra tomatoes. I was so excited like a kid in a candy store.

Boston is a small, beautiful and clean city. It is not as diverse as in NY, I didn't see many African American and Hispanic. Boston is so easy to navigate, just walk The Freedom Trail, red brick path which leads to 16 significant historic sites.

We started walking at 11:30 am. We started from Trinity Church which is just opposite the hotel. Trinity Church is well known for its architechture: clay roof, huge arches, and tall tower.We then walked around Copley Square.

We continued to Boston Common, central public park in Boston. There were so many cute squirrels running around. Can you spot them?

King Fish Hall, one of the celebrity chef Todd English restaurants in Quincy Market, downtown Boston.

Notice the red brick path? The Freedom Trail leads to North End's Little Italy.

By the end of North End, Jon complained legs pain and wanted to go back hotel. I didn't let him because I still wanted to visit The Union Oyster House, which is the oldest restaurant in USA. We got there early at 5:30 pm for dinner.

The food there was nice. We ordered UNION GRILLED OYSTER, 1/2 doz for $13.50. It was one of the best oysters I had eaten in US, but still cannot beat my love to Oyster Kilpatrick. We had a bowl of BOSTON CLASSIC CLAM CHOWDER $6.95, it was the best clam chowder we ever had, it was hearty, creamy and delicious.

Jon had BROILED FRESH BOSTON SCROD — A NEW ENGLAND TRADITION which is a cut of fresh filet of scrod topped with seasoned crumbs and 1 baked potato $20.95. It was nice but it was pricey for just a fish fillet and potato. I had MUSHROOM RAVIOLI, served with sauteed wild mushrooms, herbs and a lite cream sauce $19.95. The ravioli was fresh and delicious, half way the meal, I was so full I struggled to finish it.

We took subway back to the hotel. The subway in Boston consists of only 2 cars, the subway is more like a bus on rail. I've never seen something like this before, the platform and the rail track are on the same level. To board the subway, commuters have to climb up a few step of stairs, just like boarding on a bus.

It was quite cold at night, we were lazy to go out, we stayed in the hotel room watching "Fringe". I craved for Clam Chowder the whole night.

The second day we went to The Prudential shopping mall. It was a nice but also an expensive shopping mall.

We had lunch at Legal Seafood in Prudential Centre. To my surprised, Jon said he wanted to order New England Clam Chowder. Lol, we both were craving for clam chowder. The clam chowder here is as nice as the clam chowder at Union Oyster House. Jon order fish menu on today's special which was broiled fish in soup with Callenilli beans and vegetables. The fish was so flavorful, the soup was mild so it didn't overpower the fish. I ordered THREE DOUBLE STUFFED BAKED SHRIMP $36.95. I didn't know it came with a small piece of steak, I couldn't finish my meal.

After lunch, we headed to Harvard University, it was raining heavily. Luckily the rained stopped when we arrived. We walked around Harvard University, we felt so weird walking among the students. We were embarrassed to take out our Nikon DSLR until we saw a group of tourist busy taking photos as well.

The visit to Harvard ended our Boston trip. You can view full collection of Boston photos here.


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