We planned this trip long before last Monday. We planned it before bombs went off in Boston, before terrorists were caught with plans to blow up a train. Are we nervous about taking a train to Boston tomorrow?
Nope. But we are thoughtful about it. I really think Boston is quite safe at the moment, and that we need to not cancel our trip. People need to keep going to Boston, not shun it. So we will. Luckily, we are not staying near Boylston Street, so I think we will have no trouble getting to our hotel, or around from there.
So, tomorrow morning by 5 am we will be headed out the driveway to Portland to catch the morning train. They say it will stop raining here mid-morning, so I hope that means it will stop raining in Boston sooner than that. Looking forward to some good food, good sights, maybe a bit of shopping? And of course, knitting on the train. I finished up the big, bulky cowl last night (pictures when I find some good buttons), and wound the yarn for a pair of socks – a more portable, lighter weight project. Good for a long car/train ride.
We are both really looking forward to the get-away. Sister-in-law L is coming along too, so we will all have a fun time together.
I wrote this last week, but forgot to post it…
We had an absolutely lovely time in Boston playing tourist. Left Thursday at 5 am to catch the 8 o’clock train from Portland. Caught it without a hitch. The train was full, but we had seats together, so that didn’t matter.
We landed in North Station, and immediately boarded the Old Town Trolley. We rode the almost the whole loop, winding up directly in front of our hotel – the Marriott at Long Wharf. Our room was ready, so we dropped our things and headed over to Quincy Market for lunch. So many choices! After lunch, we went over to the aquarium, which was nice, but is under construction, so most of the penguins were gone. We did go to the IMAX theater and saw a short film on polar bears narrated by Meryl Streep, which was fun. After that, we headed back to the room for a rest, and then had dinner at Legal Seafood, again, right out the door of the hotel. It was very delicious, but so noisy, and we were so tired that we just ate our dinner and left.
Yesterday morning we got up early and had breakfast in the hotel, then went over to Quincy Market again for a few cookies for the train ride, and hopped on our trolley again. this time, we rode around through the North End, and then got off at the Public Garden. We wandered through that and then through Beacon Hill, which I had never explored before. Took lots of photos of the beautiful homes and their lovely spring window boxes, before heading down Beacon Street to hop back on the trolley to go over to the Pru shops for lunch at the Cheesecake Factory there. A had spotted it when we drove by, and wanted to eat there. So we did, then rode the trolley back to North Station and waited for our train home.
We were glad we had stumbled upon the trolley. Even though it was an extremely touristy thing to do, it was a good way to see the highlights of the city, and as it seemed to go near everything we wanted to do, and was handy to our hotel it was a nice easy way to get around. I guess if we went to the city often, we would do our transportation differently, but it worked for us. So did splurging on a nice hotel – still haven’t figured out what was going on in the city that made it so hard to find a hotel room with two beds, but glad it led us to our nice hotel.
It was fun to wander around Beacon Hill and see all many of the places LM Alcott lived, given that I was reading Marmee and Louisa on this trip. The history that lives on the streets of Boston is just amazing, it gives me shivers. A doesn’t think about such things very often, and wants to hurry through, but she didn’t mind yesterday, especially as L was also enjoying wandering around looking at all the buildings, and fancy doorways.
The weather was warm and beautiful – breezy enough to keep us cool, but sunny and dry.
We got home around 10 last night, exhausted, but happy. We realized we did little but walk, ride the trolley and eat, but we had a fun time. Could not have asked for a better trip!