11.08.2010 - 11.08.2010 20 °C
After chilling and sorting myself out, at about 2pm I decide to go investigate.
There doesnt seem to be many cars around and its quite quiet, not really sure I know what this place wants to be.
My hotel is opposite the Charles river basin. You can can boat trips and I might do one at some point if I have time. I cross over the bridge from Cambridge into Boston and head towards some of the historic buildings and the Waterfront.
Again, the weather is good and clear skies, it was cooler when I first arrived,but seems to be hotting up now, I've been very lucky so far and I think I might go home with a bit of a tan, but its not unbearable, just need to carry a drink round all the time, but thats not too difficult.
I pass a lady with a stroller of 6 kids (must be a nanny) and a couple of people on rickshaws, except its people walking/running pulling people instead of a bike, they must be knackered!
I realise I havnt eaten today so stop at a bagel type mexican type thing. I don't know what to have and have difficulty reading the menu. I opt for a jalapeno bagel with fried egg, avocado, tomato, black bean and cheese. It sounds and looks pretty odd, but actually tastes really good.
I cross over as there is a market on the other side. Just a small one with people selling local produce and jewellery. Everyone seems so relaxed and friendly. I buy a chocolate snail which is a rolled danish pastry with chocolate in the middle, it is sooo yummy!
From the City Hall, I walk past the Old State house, where the Boston massacre took place and on towards what seems a main shopping street. There are a few shops, but not much of any interest. There is a huge section being re-built which is the very first Filenes (which from what I can tell is like a TK Maxx type shop) and a Macys. There are a lot more people around here and its much more busy. There was some street entertainment towards the harbour that I walked past so I back over on myself to go see what it was all about.
There are a few different street theatre performances going on so I stop to watch for a little while.
There are two shopping streets (which are padestrianised) and a kind of market hall (Quincey market) in the middle (which is mainly and food court). The Cheers bar is here too. It used to be called the Bull and Finch, but was recreated for the tv series and it looks pretty much the same bar, but thats where the similarities end. I guess they changed the name at some point to atract the tourists.
I have a wander round the shops and buy a few goodies, My guide book mentions a jewellery shop which sells locally designed and made things, so I search for it. It is really good and cheap too. I am still searching for a ring, I find one I quite like, but they dont have one that fits, damn my chunky fingers!
Times getting on so I decide to head for the harbourfront to see what the boat ride situation is. Its really busy and the one I want to do is finished for the day so I sit by the water for a while and watch the waves go by.
The harbour has a few attractions, so I decide to walk along before cutting through the town to Granary burial ground, Boston Common and Public park. It seems the further I go, the busier it gets. I suppose its about rush hour now, but there are cars and people everywhere, a massive contrast to when I first set off from the hotel.
The parks are very lovely. Much smaller than Central Park, you could probably walk the whole thing in 15 minutes, but its very chilled and there are singing beggars and people playing instruments, just a really nice place to be and there are lots soaking up the atmosphere.
By now the sun is starting to go down. I head towards the Prudential building, wich has a skywalk on top so you can take views of the city, I decide not to do this and continue to the public library and Copley square. Copley square is where the Boston marathon finishes, marked by a monument in the square.
Somehow I realise I have missed the Boston tea party out of my wanderings, so head pack to South station on the metro. There is supposed to be a museum etc, but it doesnt seemto be there anymore. There are a few information points, but thats about it.
I had hoped to get everything done today, so that I could have a lie in tomorrow before heading to the airport, but its starting to get too dark to take pictures, so I decide to head back to the hotel for an early nightand do it tomorrow.
My hotel seems to be between stations, so I stay on past Science park to lechmere as it is possib ly a little closer. I cut throught to where there is a canal which runs by my hotel and find a shopping centre. I decide to have a look in. It is really good.
I buy a box (to send some stuff I don't need home) and think about getting some shampoo and conditioner, but it is sooo expensive, just have to use hotel stuff for now me thinks!
I find an amazing shop called Sephora. I think its a US chain and sells all sorts of nice toiletries, make up and smellies, I could have spent a fortune. It has tons of Urban Decay stuff, Di would love it. I manage to buy myself two things (although I could have bought half the shop) and think I will check out the online store (its worth shipping out the good stuff!!!)! http://www.sephora.com/
I could also have spent a fortune in the Pink and Victorias Secrets shops, they had some pretty nice stuff, but I manage not to, plus its 9.50 and they shut at 10 so I decide to head home.
...until I find a cheesecake factory. OMG!!! I had looked this up months ago before my trip and thought I would go, but had forgotton all about it! Now anyone who knows me, knows I have a weakness for lots of things, but especially cheesecake, now this is heaven. I decide I should definitely stop to have a drink and a slice. When I walk in the place is massive and I get a table. The waitress is gorgeous and funny. She is chatting to me loads. I didn't realise it was a restaurant too. I'm not that hungry, but get some bread to nibble on and an Ichiban. Its so good and I cant decide which cake to have. I soak in the atmosphere and people watch, the food also looks really good, if only I was hungry! There is so much choice, I cant decide what to have! http://www.thecheesecakefactory.com/menu/Cheesecake/chocolate_tuxedo_cream_cheesecake
Eventually I decide on Chocolate Tuxedo Cream to go as Im too full from beer and bread. Feeling quite tipsy (premium lager has a lot to answer for) and cake in hand, I head back to the hotel. I eat my cake in bed and fall asleep totally worn out!