A Week in Massachusettes & Virginia

A few weeks ago, Dan, Grandpa and I traveled to Boston for work. We had the best time exploring the city, eating some amazing food and learning about Boston’s history. Here is a little clip I made… mostly shots of D and me running around town during our time off. After a few days in Boston, Gpa flew back home to CA and Dan and I took a puddle jumper to Shan and Justin in Virginia {my newlywed best friend just moved to Virginia Beach with her Navy hub, where they’ll be stationed for the next 3 years or so}! It was so nice to see our buds and check out their new home. All in all the trip was a blast…

I’ll make a list of places we checked out at the bottom of the post. Hope ya enjoy it ūüėČ We sure did.

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During out time off, D and I bought a day pass for The T¬†and explored Boston and the surrounding cities. We made our way over to Cambridge and checked out Harvard yard. We even sneaked¬†inside one of the student buildings to take a look around. Wow…so cool! Giant fireplaces and fancy old velvet furniture…pretty much Hogwarts. Yes? We grabbed a cup of coffee and chai at Cafe Gato Rojo and moseyed¬†around the school grounds. It was amazing…the trees here are spectacular and the buildings are gorgeous!
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On our way to Faneuil Hall¬†we found the cutest narrow brick street with old houses. The street didn’t even have a name! We thought it was an alley when we walked by — almost missed it. ¬†I loved how dark it was… surrounded by the towering buildings one street over, it felt cozy and I really loved the warm glowing lamps at the end. Oh and those leaves!
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^^^We followed the Freedom Trail around the city and relearned some US history.¬†The Freedom Trail¬†is a 2.5 mile long path (brick line) through¬†downtown¬†Boston,¬†Massachusetts¬†that passes by 16 locations significant to the¬†history of the United States. It winds between¬†Boston Common to the¬†USS¬†Constitution¬†in¬†Charlestown. We saw¬†graveyards, sites of the Boston tea party and massacre, Paul Revere‚Äôs house, churches, buildings, and a historic naval frigate. Interesting, leisurely and cheap! It’s an easy stroll trough the city with interesting things to learn about on the way.
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^^^Dan and Grandpa on the move to catch our morning bus to work. I thought it was cute, so I snapped a picture — the young and young at heart work’n¬†side by side. Love you both.
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After our convention in the city, Dan and I had the option to stay and explore the Boston more or fly to Virginia to see our Shanny! The cost of plane tickets or¬†hotel in Boston were the same so…of course we chose Shan! Awww I miss this girl. We’ve been best buds forever…my newly wed friend moved to VA with her hub Justin who serves in the Navy. We miss them tons, so I was fun to visit and check out their new hood.
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S and J took us to First Landing State Park to explore the magical swampy lands of VA. So gorgeous! I am in love with that Spanish moss!
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Massachusetts
Legal Seafood
558 Washington Street
Boston, MA 02111
617-692-8888
*Fresh seafood! Try the fried oysters and seared sea scallops!

Yankee Lobster Co.
Boston, MA 02210
b/t C st & Trilling Rd
South Boston, Waterfront
*Great place to get lobster rolls and bisque

Harvard University
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 495-1000
*Gorgeous campus! Fun to walk around especially during fall.

Café Gato Rojo
Basement of Dudley Lehman Hall, Harvard Yard
Cambridge, MA 02138
* Student-run Café Gato Rojo is a magical place to imbibe the highest quality specialty coffee or tea. A fun place to sip coffee with students.

Haymarket Farmer’s Market
96 Blackstone St
Boston, MA 02109
*Historic outdoor greenmarket specializing in fruits & vegetables, open Fridays & Saturdays.

The Freedom Trail
*A 2.5-mile-long brick path through¬†downtown¬†Boston,¬†Massachusetts¬†that passes by 16 locations significant to the history of the United States ‚Äď the Old State House,¬†Paul Revere‚Äôs House¬†, the site of the Boston tea party, massacre and bunker hill monument to name a few. A pretty neat way to see and learn about US history.

Boston Common
139 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02116
* Also known as “the Common” is a central¬†public park in¬†downtown
Boston, Massachusetts. Dating from 1634, it is the oldest city park in the United States. The Boston Common consists of 50 acres of land. A great place for walking, jogging or picnics

Jacob Wirth
31 Stuart St, Boston, MA 02116
(617) 338-8586
* Offering German cuisine in the Theatre District since 1868.

Bella Vista
288 Hanover St, Boston, MA 02113
*Yummy Italian Food.

Mike’s Pastry
300 Hanover St, Boston, MA 02113
(617) 742-3050
*Best Cannoli‚Äôs I‚Äôve ever had. Their other stuff looks amazing too! Even wowed my Grandpa ūüėČ

Winsor Dim Sum Café
10 Tyler St
Boston, MA 02111
b/t Beach St & Kneeland St
Chinatown
* Fun place for cheap Dim Sum.

Virginia

Chrysler Museum
1 Memorial Place
Norfolk, Virginia, 23510
Free museum with incredible art!

Waffletown USA
2113 Pleasure House Rd
Virginia Beach, VA 23455 *Small town feel waffle house. Great for breakfast.

First Landing State Park
2500 Shore Dr, Virginia Beach, VA 23451
(757) 412-2300
*Lovely park for walking or jogging.


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