I wanted to share all of my honeymoon memories and recommendations with you so I’m bringing you a few less Stop what you’re doing and look at this posts over the next couple of weeks so we can fit them all in!
We arrived in Boston on Monday night about 7pm – we stayed in a beautiful AirBnb apartment in the heart of Charlestown, just 2 streets from the Bunker Hill Monument. It was such a quaint, gorgeous neighbourhood (and so close to Whole Foods!) and it was brilliant to be surrounded by real Bostonians rather than other tourists!
We spent a lot of time exploring the gorgeous, quaint Charlestown and climbed up the Bunker Hill Monument (almost 300 steps!). Phew – that thing is not for the faint-hearted! But the view from the top is breathtaking. Look at all of the roof decks – amazing! It was soo hot when we were there (30 degrees) and a hot tub would have been a great way to cool off!
I wasn’t prepared for just how old Boston feels – it reminds me at times of a British, French or German city. Of course, it’s one of the oldest in America and with it’s meandering non-grid streets, doesn’t feel at all like a typical American city! It’s very quaint and pretty indeed.
Our biggest impression of Boston was what a friendly, helpful, great city it is. Motorists routinely stop to let you cross the road, there are parks everywhere full of benches (including plugs and wifi!) and splash areas to help kids (and some adults!) cool down. And everyone is just so nice!
We loved exploring the North End with it’s Italian restaurants and ice cream parlours. We spent about fifteen minutes just watching dogs and pups play in a park near the harbour – they were having the time of their lives! Everyone else around us was eating, drinking, jogging or yoga-ing too and it seemed that Bostonians have very much got their work life balance down.
We also headed to Salem and visited the witch museum (okay but not amazing – I’d recommend trying one of the others if you visit!) and Salem Beer Works (great craft beers brewed on site!). It’s a quaint town but there’s not loads to do. I did however, discover english chocolates (Crunchies and Hob Nobs! on sale in a shop in Salem which was funny). Later that day we also headed to Cambridge to check out Harvard university.
It’s strange to think that these students are going to university in a place that’s inundated by tourists, but it’s a beautiful campus.
But let’s talk about food! Lee became addicted to iced coffee, the pizza at Whole Food was the best we had in our whole time in America (despite trying some of the ‘best’ pizza places in New York!) and the number of Ben & Jerrys flavours available there are ridiculous (Cinnamon Buns, S’mores, Vermonster!). Chubby Hubby is SO GOOD!
Next we headed on the Amtrak to Providence, a large college town in Rhode Island that’s home to Brown University as well as a couple of smaller schools. We had a lovely relaxing time reading (and eating ice creams the size of my head!).
And the best chaser to Ice cream? Pizza of course! We headed to Providence Coal-Fired Pizza and ordered up two massive (and very tasty) pizzas – which we managed to finish! I will never know how, but Lee seemed to take it on as a personal challenge. When we paid, the waitress actually came over and expressed disbelief that we’d (ahem, mainly Lee!) eaten it all!
Have you ever been to Boston/New England?