Emily and I saved some of our touristy outings until Sarah Jane came the last weekend I was there.
I haven't read the book "Make Way For Ducklings" but this sculpture is a little homage to it.
note: it is super odd to pose with a small duck, no pose seemed right.
We wandered our way to Beacon Street area and found some great things. This tree for example.
lovely cobblestone paths (they say Boston is America's cobblestone capitol)
We saw a group of tourists taking a picture in front of this house and we offered to take the photo. When they were done, we said, "Hey could you take a picture of us too?" We figured the house must have some historical prominence. Turns out they just wanted the hydrangeas for a nice back-drop. But hey good excuse to get a picture of our group.
Our guide book said that Louisa May Alcott lived in this apartment after she published Little Women.
America's first public school! I had to have my two favorite school teachers strike a pose.
On the duck tour. The bus turns into a boat!
Sundays in Boston were great. This particular one Sarah and I stopped at a Unitarian church. I guess during their summer service they have guest speakers/ pastors. But on this Sunday, they didn't have anyone scheduled so the music committee took over and performed a bunch of popular songs that had meaning to them and then gave little talks about how music has influenced their spirituality. It was really great. We got to hear a few songs from Wicked, a couple Bob Dylan, Michael Jackson, and they finished with "Lean on Me."
Later that day we packed a picnic to Walden Pond. It was delicious. Chicken salad, hummus, carrots, apples, peanut m&m's, all the Snyder staples.
We ended up fighting the bugs at Concord River instead, but it was still lovely.
(entirely coincidental that I happen to be licking my lips. Ha, Sarah caught me mid-bite)
I have always wanted to read "Walden" at Walden Pond, but I couldn't get my hands on a copy before we walked out the door. Emily's friend Brian did have a copy of "A Work on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers" so I took it anyway. How perfect that we actually ended up on the Concord River! So I performed a dramatic reading of a few pages and we discussed.
Then we took turns with the reading hat:
Emily, Brian, and I on the bridge.
Background info on these next shots, Sarah and I can never seem to take a normal picture together. There is always something weird with our hands.
We still didn't get a normal one, but Brian sure looks good.
People talk a lot about Trader Joe's when they go on vacations. I had been there a few times, but was able to truly embrace the store in Boston. There are so many and it is so healthy but not ridiculously expensive and so gourmet. It is fabulous for small group cooking. I probably went twice a week.
When Sarah was there, we explored every shelf and found delectable delights in the freezer aisle: mango mochi! These are little balls of mango ice cream covered in gummy-like mochi. It is wonderful, cold, refreshing, and somewhat chewy.
We wanted to go see cute towns and have a coastal adventure. Brian told us that Newport was the place to go. So we headed there on a Monday morning, sure that we would be the only ones there; we were wrong.
We headed to the Cliffwalk first. This is a path that goes around the island at the top of the cliffs. On one side you have a drop off and then the ocean, on the other side you have the most fabulous mansions in the United States. They have mansion tours here for people to browse. There are so many!
(We're not just talkin' oh yeah that's a pretty big house, we're talkin' Elizabeth Bennet wandering through Pemberley with her aunt and uncle. )
So here are the cliffs. That little path is what we walked on.
We didn't realize how hot it would be and we ended up stopping in the shade all the time. See, in the shade- grabbing my sunscreen, again. Don't worry, I am not posting the sweaty pictures.
Here we are at the "Breakers" (the Cornelius Vanderbilt mansion- this is his summer home!). This may be old news to most, but Gloria Vanderbilt is part of this family line. And her son is Anderson Cooper. Fun fact.
Lookin' good SJ.
We decided to take our own mansion tour. I have seen enough movies to know what mansions look like on the inside, so we drove around through Newport and went to a bunch of parking lots. As we drove past this street, Sarah said, "did you see those hydrangeas?!" So we went around the block in our quest to find the these flowers. So fabulous.
Sarah Jane knows how to pose with flowers, I clearly do not.
Thanks Sarah Jane for a great trip, and Emily for being our excellent host and tour-guide!