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 😉 We sure did.

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!
^^^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’s 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.
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.
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!

Legal Seafood
558 Washington Street
Boston, MA 02111
*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
CambridgeMA 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
BostonMA 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 – the Old State House, Paul Revere’s 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’s I’ve ever had. Their other stuff looks amazing too! Even wowed my Grandpa 😉

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


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

Waffletown USA
2113 Pleasure House Rd
Virginia BeachVA 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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