I had dragged the girls around to all of our Red Sox DestiNations stuff and hadn’t left much for them in terms of exploring Boston, so Sunday was our day to get all that in before they headed to camp on Monday. We still had the final game of the series in the afternoon, but we started the day off with a Duck Boat tour in the morning. A lot of cities offer these tours in old boats/busses that can run on land and in water, but I think it’s the best way to see the biggest chunk of what the city has to offer in one shot. Plus, the drivers dress up and you get to quack at random passersby on the street. It was a little chilly (the whole weekend was), but I think the girls enjoyed it and Joel definitely did- the history teacher in him was geeking out. These don’t run in the winter (since they go in the water) so it was his first time too. Fun fact learned on this particular tour- they used to feed prisoners in Boston crab and lobster, which were considered the bottom feeders of the ocean and not desirable at all. How times have changed.
We gave the girls the season ticket holders tickets for this game and I spent an absurd amount of money on the best seats we have ever sat in- two rows up right above the Red Sox dugout. And I will tell you, it was worth every damn penny. First of all, I got to see and hear up close and personal all of these guys I follow and watch day in and day out. That alone would have probably been worth it for me. But this was also the first time I got to watch David Price pitch live, and he hurled a gem- shutout the Rays for a win. Every inning, he would walk back to the dugout RIGHT AT US! But by far the best part was finally getting my wish. David Ortiz homered and I was in my seat watching the whole thing: the at-bat, the swing, running the bases, touching home plate and pointing to the sky, and celebrating with his boy Hanley afterwards. Obviously I cried in that moment but not obviously enough for the people around me to see and think I was a total phsycho, so pretty much this whole game was perfect. It was tough to leave after it was over, but we had more of Boston to explore!
We had breakfast at the AirBnB and had reservations for dinner at another one of my favorite Boston spots, Scampo. It’s an Italian restaurant in the Liberty Hotel, which is actually an old jail that they renovated into a place for people not accused of crimes (and who have a lot of money) to stay. The whole restaurant décor is a play on the old jail theme, and the food is delicious. Or at least I thought so. The girls got spaghetti, which they liked, and I got a gnocchi dish, which was amazing. Joel is more of the sports bar type, so he struggled a bit, but he at least tried it. Afterwards, we went to Mike’s Pastry. If you’ve been to Boston, you’ve probably seen the boxes they pack their goodies in at some point- the closer you get to North End, the higher percentage of people who have them. It was packed when we were there, but they got us through fairly quick. The girls got some cupcakes and each tried a cannoli, while I went the double cannoli route. The have soooooo many flavors to choose from, and each I’ve tried has been absolutely delicious. Plus you get to fit in with the crowd with your cool Mike’s Pastry box!
Joel and I still had another week in the city, but the girls were off to camp in beautiful New Hampshire. It was a bit of a trek off the Subway to the place we ate dinner this day, but if you're wanting a glimpse of those quintessential Boston homes, you'll get your fair share. The girls had fun taking pictures in front of some. My only regret was that I wore sandals and the cobblestone road and sidewalks in that area does not make walking particularly easy. But the girls and Joel were troopers and didn't complain. They all said afterwards that they loved Boston, so I think it was mission accomplished for me!
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