One afternoon we decided to head over to Cambridge and check out Harvard. I have to say, I wasn’t that impressed with the Harvard grounds but it was still pretty neat to see. We walked around and then grabbed some ice cream at Churn, a little ice-cream truck that makes fresh ice-cream daily! They were offering two flavors, strawberry and mint chocolate chip. I went with strawberry. It reminded me of our first year of marriage when we would make home made strawberry ice-cream at least once a week and eat it with home made popcorn while watching Murder She Wrote. Good times!
While Harvard was nice, we were a little disappointed that a Church built in the mid 1700s had been converted into a cafeteria…I snapped a picture of it when we peaked inside.After walking around the grounds, we settled on a quaint French restaurant for dinner, Sandrines Bistro. This was by far, my favorite meal of our trip! Maybe it was the romantic window seat, or the fact that I had a glass of wine for the first time in over a year, whatever it was, it was delicious and we really enjoyed it.
After a co-worker told me about the Boston Duck Tours, a bus that takes you all around the city and into the water, we decided to take the tour our first day together so that we could get a nice overview of the city. That morning we woke up to some pretty cold weather (at least for us Floridians!) The temperature had dropped into the 40’s and 50’s and it was drizzling. Not the best day to take a duck tour but despite the weather conditions, we still had a fun time. The tour guide was really great and gave us all sorts of fun historical info and riding a bus into the water was pretty cool! Because of the weather, everyone closed the windows on the bus, so I wasn’t able to get too many pictures. I managed to take one of the Massachusetts State House (with real gold on top!) and one of another bus in the water. We were on a yellow duck, which I found really fitting 🙂
After the tour we headed over to Wichit, a sandwich shop that had gluten free bread, and then we meandered around a little bit before I had to head back for another session. We found a Farmer’s Market right outside of Trinity Church and one of the stands, White Lion Baking Company, had gluten free goodies…so I bought a cupcake. Yum!Later that evening we had dinner at a Mexican Restaurant, Zocalo…and it was delish! The guacamole was so yummy! We found a mirrored building on the walk home and took a selfie or a couple-ie? 🙂
Last month I had an opportunity to take a trip to Boston to attend the HOW Design Live Conference. My company flew myself and a co-worker there to spend a week getting our creative juices flowing. I was also able to attend this conference last year in San Francisco. I feel really blessed that my company encourages us to attend at least a couple conferences a year and I was super excited that this particular conference was taking place in Boston this year. I hadn’t been to Boston since I was a teen so I was looking forward to exploring the city in my down time. Luke didn’t want to miss out so he joined me and we had a blast!
We stayed at the Marriot Copley Place and it was a great location. We were really within walking distance of everything! The hotel was even connected to the convention center so I didn’t even have to leave our hotel to get there.
I flew up on Sunday evening and Luke joined me Monday evening. It wasn’t until we had been there a couple days that Luke said he was going to look for St. Francis Chapel. He had heard it was close to where we were staying. So as Luke was walking me to the convention center one morning, he simultaneously had the GPS pulled up on his phone so he could see how close it was to St. Francis Chapel. We got to the center and Luke said “It looks like it’s really close to here!” and that’s when we noticed it was literally right next door to the convention center. How funny! I went to a conference session and Luke went to Mass. When I returned from my session Luke had run into some friends from Franciscan University at Mass who are now FOCUS missionaries at MIT and Boston College. Small world!
Below is the view from out hotel room. We had an awesome corner room with two huge windows! I’ve also included some pictures as I explored the area near our hotel before Luke joined me the next day.