Frank and I just returned from a wonderful 'babymoon' to Boston and Nantucket. It was a much needed vacation for both of us and we are both so grateful for the time away, together, before our new little blessing graces us with his presence :-) We are, obviously, already parents to Miss Bunny, and so we don't get much time away as just the two of us, so this little trip was very special.
We chose Boston because Frank, who really loves history, had always wanted to see this historical city. I really wanted to go somewhere on the Eastern coast and so we chose Nantucket over Martha's Vineyard, based on recommendations from family. I couldn't be happier with what we saw and experienced. It was all together replenishing!
I have a gagillion photos, so I'm going to break this down into little chewable pieces ;-)
I seriously 'ooohed' and 'aahhed', the whole time, over all the wonderful Colonial architecture, which is one of my favorite periods for architecture and design.
We wanted to stay in a historic building, so we chose the Omni Parker House for this reason and for it's central location and proximity to lots of touristy sightseeing downtown. Above is the beautiful entrance to our hotel.
I ate a cookie the size of my head from a cute little marketplace behind Faneuil Hall.
We LOVED the North End. I thought my head was going to pop off when we had to pick a restaurant for dinner. Literally, door front after door front, for as far as I could see, was completely charming. We finally just picked one and settled down at Florentine Café. I have no idea if the locals consider this a good one or not, but it was delicious! Frank had the Gnocchi and I had the Filette Balsamico with truffle risotto. It was really good! Our waiter was from Italy, and we had a nice little chat about where my father is from in Italy and how the waiter likes the states.
While we were in the North End we picked up a box of Mike's Pastries and I ate a cream puff in bed for breakfast the next morning. Oink oink. My Zio, also from Italy, is an amazing chef and used to run a really yummy restaurant in Dallas. He used to make cream puffs like these and this was the closest thing to those that I've ever had. So unbelievably good.
Speaking of sweets, this adorable bakery was just down and across the street from our hotel. Isn't this one of the most adorable store fronts you've ever seen?!
Had a beer here...well, Frank had a beer and I had an iced tea, but I really wanted a beer.
Cutest raw oyster bar I've seen!
Grabbed a bite here.
It was right across from the cemetery that Frank wanted to see that had a lot of old, important, historical guys buried in it ;-P
Baby bump appearance :-)
I might have eaten Mike's Pastries again from bed the next day. Hazelnut Cannoli this time. No shame.
We peeked inside the public library and I'm sure glad we did! Stunning!
Just incredible! It reminded me so much of wandering through the architectural gems of Italy.
We grabbed a delicious lunch on the patio at Stephanie's on Newbury. I had the lobstah roll. YUM!!! For you mommies out there, you know how very special it is to have a meal ALONE with your husband. Just sitting in the sunshine, without anywhere really to be, and no one needing me for anything was pure bliss. We indulged.
My date and my dinner at No 9 Park. Delicious, delicious!!!
We loved Boston!!!!
We'd love to go back and see more. We know we only saw a very tiny slice of this incredible city!
Next we headed over to Cambridge...