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Boston Bake

28 Jun

Greetings my winged pretties!  Having spent most of the week away with a broken phone charger, I’ve come back to a veritable tsunami of messages, emails and the like so please bear with me as I catch up with those and your blogs as well.  There’s so much to do I feel like I need another holiday already and I am tempted…

anyway, first to this trip!

Arriving after the usual long odyssey – which included a flight over Boston to NY to get a connecting flight back because we will do anything to save a little money – arriving was fantastic until confronted by a room that distinctly lacked air con, just a fan that sounded like an aeroplane ready to take off (a feature of many holidays it seems).  The only redeeming features were the courtesy bag of pretzels from Delta airlines which I found from the beginning of the day with the phrase ‘one salty snack for one sweet ride’ and a bed, a glorious bunk bed.

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Boston is a pleasant city, very laid back because of the heat 30C (86F) to start our holidays, which was overly hot for this pasty skinned European.  Yet the inverse is true for the traffic which takes every opportunity to hurry each other along and I even spied a lone car presumably pipping itself on an empty stretch of road, honesty it was like being in a different country or something!

It’s also a small city which is great as it was only 2.5 Kilometres from our hostel through the city centre and out to the coast.  In between were plenty of restful places to relax and refresh and many places to eat as well.  As a consequence, there was much to see and do within easy walking distance and not once did we need to take transport apart from the torrid day we did the Freedom Trail.

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The trail was the first major activity of the holiday and my, was it hot, hardly a breeze to speak of but we decided to wander the trail ourselves rather than go for the guided tour bit.  It has its good and bad points, I enjoyed seeing various bits of the city I never would have been to plus venturing into some places of historical value but that was outdone by the busy nature of the trail on a lot of narrow streets, gruelling heat and nowhere for a drink after the first half.  It was more of a trial than a trail.

We got to the end though and even forked out for the obligatory overpriced bottles of juice at the USS Constitution Museum (the ship being launched in 1797 and famously fighting the British in what was effectively another front in the Napoleonic Wars) before magically finding a taxi and begging a lift back to Boston common for a massive lemonade with real lemons and everything!  We were to spend plenty of time around the parks fending off the heat with shady trees.

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Food wise, I never got the hotdog from a vendor that I so coveted but due to my inability to queue or my fullness after hogging the majority of a bag of popcorn through The Conjuring 2 (a film set in England which we chose to watch over there, the irony wasn’t lost on us) I failed miserably but it is an excuse to go back, one of many I hasten to add.

Other food highlights included a $47 dollar steak which was absolutely fantastic and well worth every penny.  We had Sushi as well, which was served in massive portions and was a challenge for my first time, one day I will try it again in a more manageable dose.  To offset that challenge, we found a pub with nice staff, to call a local and spent much time on the Jukebox putting on plenty of good music including Led Zeppelin, Nirvana, David Bowie and so forth for which we were complimented.

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We did some of the tourist traps which is something that is always begrudgingly done but as Cheers had beer, it was bearable (beerable), I even sat in Norm’s chair but I was saddened to find out that nobody knew my name and wasn’t really bothered that I came, I tried not to seem too disappointed by this.  There was a Good balance between the tourist and non touristy bits and plenty of local businesses thriving, it seems to be a healthy city.

I was extremely happy to see steam coming from grates as that is really American to me, thanks to Hollywood,  Sadly I missed a great swathe of the football which culminated in falling asleep to England’s loss last night to Iceland, before a massive eleven and a half hours sleep.  Typical!  I did stare at Baseball with uncomprehending eyes for a bit but it was all a bit slow and people watching always intrigues me, especially when in a different culture.

SAM_2842There was a strange aversion to our accents, on reflection it could just be our pace of speaking and obscure colloquialisms that pepper our every day chatter, which admittedly confused anybody we spent more than half a minute talking to and utterly bamboozled fellow blogger Morgan whom we shared a couple of days with, more of which in a further post.

It’s been a fascinating trip as ever with many varied delights,  other highlights yet to come include plenty of books and buildings, some places outside Boston and with any luck a little insight into this small part of the US.  For now though, I shall wander outside and enjoy the rain for a time before it becomes too much of a crushing weather habit as it inevitably will!

SAM_2841Plenty of use water wisely signs were liberally dotted about, usually next to water features which seemed like a bit of a mockery to this good advice but there you go.

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Posted by on 28/06/2016 in Boston, History, Travel

 

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63 responses to “Boston Bake

  1. renxkyoko

    28/06/2016 at 19:12

    Whoaaaaa ! ! You’re here ! ! ! Welcome , Ste J ! !

    You find 86 F hot ? Good thing you’re not in California right now We’ve been suffering 3 digit temperature for weeks now Yesterday it was 108 F, ( about 42 C ), today it will be 106 F. Take note of that if you plan to visit Ca in the future. Ugh.

    Boston Cream …… I watched a show on Travel Channel where a diner somewhere in Boston serves the most delicious burger, ( and huge, too ! ! ) , and one serves one of the best fried chicken. lol

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    • Ste J

      28/06/2016 at 19:24

      Made it, enjoyed a week and returned yesterday!

      77 F is usually my limit, I would love to be able to tolerate heat a little more. I would still like to go to San Francisco for a while though, namely so we could high five of course!

      There are more eating places in Boston than I could hake a massive stick at, to me all burgers are big so when Americans think they are huge, I know I would never be able to finish it.

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  2. Jessica

    28/06/2016 at 19:40

    I was in Boston earlier this month, and it was only 46 F – it’s so funny how the weather can change so quickly. It looks like you had a lovely time! Welcome back, though, we’ve missed you! I look forward to reading more about your Boston trip. I also walked the Freedom Trail, but sadly a lot of the history went over my head!

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    • Ste J

      28/06/2016 at 19:46

      We got grumpy because of the heat but it was a good walk. I have missed blogging, I was going to try doing it on my phone, which I never usually do but then my charger stopped and so I was only going on for ten minutes a day to save battery. It’s a week of rain back home now so I get to ‘enjoy’ that again. 46 F that is crazy, it says it all that we still can’t predict what is going to happen which is why I carried a jacket in my back pack all week.

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  3. Asha Seth

    28/06/2016 at 19:51

    Fantastic trip with lots and do and lots of places to go to. Hope you enjoyed much despite the heat. We should speak soon. I’ve missed hearing your voice. J ❤ 🙂

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    • Ste J

      28/06/2016 at 19:56

      Yes my friend, when are you about? Always happy for a natter! The heat was bearable just about but there was so much to do that it was just nice to be able to do some of the things on offer and have a good time.

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      • Asha Seth

        28/06/2016 at 20:06

        Now waiting for you to be here. In India. Hope you come soon and delight me. :

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        • Ste J

          28/06/2016 at 20:16

          India is on my list of places to travel in the future, it does hold a fascination for me and your company would be be a delight as well.

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          • Asha Seth

            28/06/2016 at 20:22

            Yes, and I could then go bookshopping with you and do lots of other stuff. I’d cook you something Indian. And get you to read me something meanwhile. Wow, what plans already!😉

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            • Ste J

              28/06/2016 at 20:28

              I was just saying I fancied and Indian meal the other day so will definitely take you up on that and books, just yes! I think somebody caught me skipping in one of the shops in Boston but I didn’t care because I had just found a Nabakov book I have been looking for for ages, the one involving Chess.

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              • Asha Seth

                29/06/2016 at 18:28

                Perfect. Anything on chess is just worth it all. I’ve done a lot myself since you weren’t around. For starters, I changed the theme and customised the whole thing. I so love it. Tell.me what you think of it. You’ve joined work?

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                • Ste J

                  29/06/2016 at 21:55

                  I shall be over tomorrow my friend, I have been trying to get through so much to catch up and I am almost there but time is running on and I will approach your blog with a clear head tomorrow. It’ll be great to catch up.

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  4. Morgan

    28/06/2016 at 20:09

    It was indeed a great trip and Im glad to hear to decided on the steak rather than the hotdog. I scoff at bamboozled though! 😉

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    • Ste J

      28/06/2016 at 20:13

      I think we threw you plenty of curveballs though and sometimes you just zoned out lol. I wanted the hotdog too but the vendors weren’t around when we were on Sunday sadly.

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      • Morgan

        28/06/2016 at 20:21

        you did, and the rate of speech played a part.

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        • Ste J

          28/06/2016 at 20:22

          Twozzled was a made up word by the way! Should have toned our rapid fire speech down for you, sorry! You understand me online so I didn’t really think to slow down…

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  5. Liz

    28/06/2016 at 21:37

    Visiting Boston is very much on my and my sister’s list of things to do and your post serves only to reinforce this ambition. It looks fabulous – so glad you had such a great time, despite the lack of air con!

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    • Ste J

      29/06/2016 at 18:57

      It’s really good, it has a nice mix of things to do and so many places to eat and relax. The architecture is wonderful as there are so many places we walked by oblivious until we really looked. I’m sure we missed a ton of places and next time I would definitely check the air con situation but other than that it is well worth it.

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      • Liz

        29/06/2016 at 21:03

        Sounds fabulous – just my kind of place.

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  6. Jill Weatherholt

    28/06/2016 at 22:18

    Welcome home, Ste J! Sorry to hear about the flood of emails…I can only imagine.
    Thanks for taking us on a tour of Boston. I loved all of your photos as well as the commentary. I’m happy you had a nice trip.

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    • Ste J

      29/06/2016 at 18:25

      Plenty more photos to come your way yet, I have another four or five posts planned. I am getting down the backlog quite nicely, once I hit 90 odd blogs tonight I should be back on top of things. It’s good to be back!

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  7. gargoylebruce

    28/06/2016 at 22:45

    Did your own bit of Brexiting, did you? Looks like fun!

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    • Ste J

      29/06/2016 at 18:16

      At least we could go back, the indecisiveness of this country is a bane. It was good to finally have my first holiday in two and half years to boot.

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      • gargoylebruce

        30/06/2016 at 00:48

        It does seem to have been a bit of a bizarre rush job (the vote I mean, not your holiday), made all the worse by Donald Trump showing up to throw ignorance around like fairy glitter. People, hey? What can you do?!

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        • Ste J

          30/06/2016 at 10:14

          I thought he had people to brief him on the basic facts, he is such a liability. The vote was built up for so long that apathy started to set in followed by general lies and all that and now there is a petition to parliament asking for politics to be taught in schools. Not as you would imagine would be better critical thinking but a subject revolving around, lies, spin and u-turns…genius!

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          • gargoylebruce

            30/06/2016 at 10:43

            How on earth would one “teach” politics, I wonder?! It would be almost impossible to design an unbiased curriculum for one thing.

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            • Ste J

              30/06/2016 at 10:44

              It’s a fair point, maybe its just a lesson in avoiding answering any questions asked and trying to make oneself look less incompetent whilst pocketing money.

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  8. Sarah

    28/06/2016 at 23:14

    Great post – Boston sounds fab and you couldn’t have picked a better week to be out of the UK!

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    • Ste J

      29/06/2016 at 18:07

      I expected to see Burning cities when I came back…but I was landing in Manchester so it was to be expected really! It’s a wonderful city with lots of old, old books to drool over.

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  9. clarepooley33

    28/06/2016 at 23:53

    Very enjoyable! A room with no AC must have been uncomfortable to say the least. Glad you’re back. What fun you’ve missed! (heavy irony)

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    • Ste J

      29/06/2016 at 18:13

      It was a hot topic over in the U.S. most generally supportive of the brexit camp so we never got away from it. The air con was grim but once I got used to it, it wasn’t so bad. Being in the fourth floor, there was at least a modicum of a breeze.

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      • clarepooley33

        29/06/2016 at 19:39

        After a while I find I acclimatize to the temperature anyway…well – to a certain extent!

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  10. Alastair Savage

    29/06/2016 at 07:11

    Were you able to get a decent cuppa, though? I just worry because the citizens of that fine city are famous for chucking all our fine tea into the harbour…

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    • Ste J

      29/06/2016 at 22:11

      I didn’t try any tea there, it would inevitably have tasted salty methinks. The coffee shops were everywhere, it was a coffee junkie’s dream!

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      • Alastair Savage

        29/06/2016 at 22:25

        A coffee is all well and good, but sometimes a gentleman needs his tea.

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        • Ste J

          29/06/2016 at 22:27

          That is true, now I have returned I am going to pursue that with reckless abandonment.

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  11. shadowoperator

    29/06/2016 at 11:10

    Hi, Ste J! Welcome home to the blogosphere. So glad you enjoyed yourself over here across the pond. Tell us more about it, and we like too to hear all the insights about ourselves–it’s always interesting to know how we appear to others.

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    • Ste J

      29/06/2016 at 18:23

      I find the city more settled than Berlin was, I am afraid my insights may not be insightful enough but I will endeavour to do so on my further posts. I missed visiting, it’s good to be back!

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  12. cricketmuse

    29/06/2016 at 14:27

    No comments on Boston accents, which are considerably distinctive. And no stops to bookstores or libraries?

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    • Ste J

      29/06/2016 at 18:04

      The bookstores and libraries will each get their own post in the coming days, I couldn’t leave without getting my notes on those. The Boston accent was distinctive but I didn’t get the sense of it as needed as my ears never finally popped after landing, despite my best efforts. I’m still ear bunged up after all this time!

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      • cricketmuse

        29/06/2016 at 19:06

        I suffer that condition all that time. Maddening. Look forward to the book post.

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  13. Letizia

    29/06/2016 at 14:54

    Sounds like a good trip and I look forward to hearing more. Must have been tough not to have air conditioning.

    I look forward to hearing more about your adventures!

    p.s. “beerable” That made me laugh more than it should have.

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    • Ste J

      29/06/2016 at 18:53

      I got used to it, I think I just gave up at nights and looked forward to the mornings and coffee. There’s another five or so planned posts, I tried to cram a lot in around my resting because of the heat. I should start mixing up all my words to see if you can keep your coffee steady whilst you read.

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  14. LuAnn

    29/06/2016 at 20:13

    Temps in the high 80’s don’t appeal much to be anymore either. Too bad it wasn’t a wee bit cooler for your visit. I haven’t been to Boston for many years so I anxiously await your next post.

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    • Ste J

      29/06/2016 at 21:59

      It shall be real soon and I will be around your blog tomorrow, sorry for the long delay, I am catching up though, which is a relief. I do like a bit of coolness but I near the winter is torrid so we can’t really win either way!

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  15. Andrea Stephenson

    05/07/2016 at 07:46

    Sounds great Ste, one of the places I’d love to go to. You made me smile with the steam, when we went to New York that’s we saw steam coming out of the pavements and were jumping up and down with delight 🙂

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  16. Maniparna Sengupta Majumder

    06/07/2016 at 20:12

    OH, you should visit this part of the world where the average temperature is well above 86 F 😀 The pictures are great and thanks for taking me to a virtual tour… 🙂

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    • Ste J

      07/07/2016 at 20:08

      India is a place I have wanted to go for a long while, I would even brave the temperatures with as much dignity as possible…so I would probably be a pathetic mess but would love every minute!

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  17. macjam47

    07/07/2016 at 01:26

    I love Boston, and really 86 degrees isn’t all that hot. Come to Cincinnati and add off the chart humidity to that with little if any breeze. That’s hot.
    Boston is a fantastic city to visit. I’m glad you got to do the Freedom Trail and the Constitution museum. Did you go to Quincy Market?
    The food in Boston never disappoints. I hope you enjoyed a lot of its samplings while there.
    Baseball? yes, I would have fallen asleep or daydreamed through the whole game. It’s not my cup of tea. We watched plenty of soccer on the TV.
    Well, all good things must come to an end, but at least you have plenty of memories and a stack of new books.

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    • Ste J

      07/07/2016 at 20:33

      I would like to tackle hotter places at some point, air con is my friend! Our summer is nothing compared to so many of my blogger friends but as I want to visit warmer places, I will have to develop a better sense of coping.

      Quincy market was great! Lots of people seemed to be queueing up near the entrance but there was so many other good places further down. As we decided to look at everything before deciding what to have it became difficult to pick, it’s a place I could have stayed in all day…and then got severe indigestion.

      I would have hated to be the person asking what the rules of Baseball were, maybe I should watch some and give it a go another time, ah another thing to steal my time from me!

      I made sure I took loads of photos although I find I remember things with a lot of accuracy, experiences and books I remember, the rest of life not so much. The books, well they will stay on my shelves for a long, long time.

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  18. macjam47

    08/07/2016 at 13:01

    Quincy is definitely a gastronomic delight! Baseball just is not my cup of tea. I’m more American football and, of course soccer, and basketball. Both of my grandmothers and my dad were baseball fanatics. When my dad’s mom was young in the early 1900’s she played for a woman’s baseball team and pitched in a game with the Cincinnati Reds (Red Stockings at the time).

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    • Ste J

      08/07/2016 at 20:15

      So there is history there! That is awesome, my dad says a footballer Gordon Cowans was good enough to get into his team when they were kids…Cowans went on to win the league and European cup with Aston Villa before having a decent spell in Italy and playing for the England national team. Funny how life works out. If I had the time I would try to get into more sports, alas there is so little time to do everything!

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  19. macjam47

    09/07/2016 at 00:59

    Tell me about it. With the normal day-to-day of running a household, to spending time with grandchildren, tending my flower garden, exercise, catching a game now and again, needlecraft, it’s a wonder I have time to read. What we need is longer days and more of them, my friend. Have a wonderful weekend, Steve.

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    • Ste J

      09/07/2016 at 19:34

      Longer days and more of them but only for leisure purposes of course! Have a great one yourself, work will make sure mine is a thrill a minute lol.

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  20. writersideup

    13/08/2016 at 16:59

    Your photos are just fantastic, Ste J, and your accounts made me feel like I took a bit of the trip with you 😀 By the way, I love Brit accents, but it’s possible the terms you were using threw us more “bland” Americans 😉 Though I won’t compare us New Yorkers (though now I’m in New Jersey) with Bostoners!

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    • Ste J

      14/08/2016 at 15:36

      I suppose when employing rhyming slang it does confuse…such as ‘you’re having a giraffe (laugh)’. It was a very good city to photograph in and I am sure there was a lot more I didn’t get around to but another visit would be great. I’m always happy to have you along as company on my wanderings.

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      • writersideup

        14/08/2016 at 21:16

        From what I gathered, you have an aunt and uncle who live near Boston? Great incentive to revisit 😀

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        • Ste J

          15/08/2016 at 12:36

          I do, they live about forty minutes away from the city, it is one handy reason to go back!

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          • writersideup

            16/08/2016 at 05:06

            Definitely 😀 My daughter-in-law’s sister and her husband and kids live just outside Boston, too 🙂

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