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I was awake so early this morning (2.30am) and couldn’t get back to sleep. This led to not great anxiety levels for the next day...and then less sleep..then higher anxiety...you see how it goes. Anyway! This morning we went out for breakfast to Sorella’s in JP.



Pete had the Dylan.



Doug had blueberry pancakes...



And I had the Texas Toast. $23 inc tip and a very friendly spot.



This is Doug sulking because I wouldn’t let him stand on the train!



The plan for today was to do part of the Freedom Trail. With small boys in tow, we have a morning of doing stuff, downtime in the afternoon and then out again later. First stop was Primark for gloves for me as it was so cold! And the boys somehow managed to get hats and scarves too. Onto the first stop of Boston Common.



Park Street Church. See the beautiful, blue, cold sky!



Granary Burial Ground.



Another Boston bronze animal.



Benjamin Franklin.



First school site.



Old South Meeting house. We went in here for a look around.



The boys did some interesting work sheets and I got a chance to look around too. There was a school talk happening so we had a listen to that. I’m afraid I can’t remember too much! I downloaded the NPS Boston app and there’s loads of details on there.



Next destination was the Old State House to have a good look at the Lion and Unicorn. This is a great museum to have a look around with lots of hands on exhibits for children.



Final stop for today was Fenueil Hall for lunch. We did go upstairs but were so tired and hungry we didn’t take much in.



Lunch was lobster roll and clam chowder and it was so good! Expensive at $24 but still tasted amazing.



Much happier with food and a sit down! From here we went to the Christmas shop for a lobster decoration then to Ghiradelli for a box of squares. And the freebie!



Almost forgot that we picked up cupcakes from Magnolia bakery. So tasty!



We ate these back at the apartment and had a lovely rest and a bit of a nap.



About 5 we got ourselves sorted out for dinner. Another lovely JP street.



Bella Luna tonight. It’s in the old brewery close to Green Street station.






We had a lovely warm welcome and the whole place is very much to my taste (they played lots of indie / Brit pop) and lots of families were in so I could relax!



Apple martini sort of relaxed!



And tablecloth art was produced.



Pete had pizza no mushrooms.



Doug had pasta and meatballs.



And I had the most gorgeous autumn salad - kale, sprouts, hazelnuts, cheese, apple and creamy dressing.



And Doug got carried home.


Elegant Weddings of Orlando


The day began early. 3am early. And no chance of getting back to sleep with a Doug bouncing around. So we read, watched TV, ate breakfast, then second breakfast, showered and finally left the house at 7.30 to get to the Duck Tour. Here are the boys being amazed at a real life fire hydrant!



We were on Red Sox Nathan on the first boat of the day. The trip down was fun as part of the orange line was closed. But the shuttle buses were brilliant! We stepped off a train, onto a bus, then onto the next train. The UK could learn from that rail replacement service! Back to the tour. Not many photos as the windows were down but the tour gave us a great intro to the town and a chance to drive the boat!



Concentrating.



Not concentrating.



Once off the boat we had a wander towards Boston Common as the boys had energy to burn off. Past Copley Square and Trinity Church (I think)



The Library. We’ll be going back to see the Singer-Sargent murals. And I’m a librarian so we have to. It’s the law.



The tortoise and the hare.



More Trinity Church.



And in to the park.



It was the walk through town, the park and the common that made us all start to love Boston! It’s a very lovely, friendly, easy going city and so very pretty.



And they have lots of statues of animals. Watch out for ducks!



Then it was onto the common for a wander to the frog pond and the tadpole playground.



Frog statues.



From here we headed towards Little Italy for lunch. Stopping for a quick photo by the Massachusetts State House.



And to Regina Pizzeria.



Hungry and happy.



Happy and hungry.



Happy.



The special - pulled pork.



Margarita.
Including tip this came to $51.



How many pizzas, Tim?!



We headed back for a rest in the afternoon and picked up a few bits in City Feed and Supply. I managed to confuse and amuse the staff by saying ‘cheers’!
In the evening we headed back out for a wander to Jamaica Plains lantern festival. Here’s a few of the houses around these parts.



This area is very pretty. There’s a plan for a local wander one morning to see a bit more of the area but so far we definitely like it here.






The sun was just setting as we arrived. Lanterns were being lit and the Boston Symphony Orchestra were just starting to play. We drank hot cider and ate popcorn and just took in the surroundings and friendliness of the people in the neighbourhood. Both the boys have already asked to come back soon. Yup, we’ve fallen for Boston!



It’s 3:30am and in the grand tradition of live trip reports I’m awake stupid early so making a start. Day 1 is travel day. Our flight wasn’t until 15:55 so it was a leisurely start to the day. We set off at 10:30 and then immediately got stuck on the M25 - joy! 3 hours later we finally arrive at Heathrow, already a bit late! However we whip through check in and security and get to most important part - the choosing of the flight Lego!



And then obviously onto lunch. Pete had been wanting to go back to Yo Sushi and I’ll never say no to Yo!



We had an array of sushi, tempura, chips, salad, chocolate pudding (the notes on exactly what we had don’t exist!). We did have the Japanese marble drinks that are quite exciting to open! Lots of pressure and sudden pffffzzzzz. This little lot came to about 37 with tip.



It was a really painless boarding experience despite being pulled over for an extra search. We boarded through upper class and got a little glimpse into life at the front. Maybe one day... We quickly got settled in and everything we might need for the flight organised. Then the nagging for the Lego started. Oh joy! They know it’s after take off once we level out.



So this is just as the seatbelt signs went off! They don’t know it yet, but we’ll be heading to the Lego centre this week.



The drinks came around soon after. I’ve had a bit of a packed and anxious year leading up to this holiday so it was nice to finally relax. Building work is finally finished and we’re on holiday! Yay!



Quickly followed by lunch. This is Doug’s child’s meal. Cheese spread, mini cheddars, cheese and tomato pasta, a chocolate pudding and a raspberry fruit lace thing. They played this meal just right for Doug!



The choice for the grown ups (and Pete) was chicken curry, sausage and mash or cheese and tomato pasta. I went for the pasta which was pretty good, although I was starving by now. It came with red wine, Boursin and crackers and a passion fruit gu pot.



Pete went for the chicken curry but didn’t really enjoy it. Or the gu pot. Not really a success for him! But he’d had massed at lunch. I didn’t get any photos of the afternoon tea as I might have been a bit tired and I might have been a bit arsy at this point! But it was a not bad cheese sandwich, chocolate square and crisps. I forgot to ask for tea which didn’t help my mood.



Are the runways quite short at Boston as the braking was super hard on the way in?! We all had our hands on the seat in front! Doug fell asleep 15 minutes before landing so I had to carry him through but Immigration was super fast too and quite pleasant really. I’d booked a taxi service a few days ago and I’m so glad I did! We landed at 6.30 and at the apartment by 7.45. Where we mostly fell onto the sofa and then into bed.


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