Church Trip 2016

Boston

Day 4

Today was our second (and unfortunately last) day in Boston. This blog post will be very short because I’m writing it very late at night for reasons that I’ll explain shortly.

Flour Bakery

We began our day by driving to the MIT area to eat breakfast at a bakery called Flour that was ranked the #3 bakery in America by USA Today. It has multiple locations across the city, but the MIT location provided convenient parking, so we went there. I think it definitely lived up to its reputation. We ordered coconut pie, a croissant, and Boston cream pie, which were all wonderful.

Boston Commons // Public Garden

After the bakery, we headed to the Alewife train station, parked the car, and hopped on the Red Line inbound to downtown. We got off the train at State Street and walked around Boston Commons and Boston Botanical Public Garden.

We knew we had a lot to see and were limited on time, so we opted to take a brief tour bus loop around the city. It turned out to be a wise decision. Our tour took us past a variety of sights, including (but not limited to) Trinity Church, the Boston Public Library, the original Cheers, Boston Symphony Hall, Harvard, and much more.

Lunch - Legal Sea Foods

Around 12:30pm, we hopped off the bus at a different part of MIT to grab some lunch at Legal Sea Foods, a seafood restaurant with its origins dating back to 1904. We knew we wouldn’t be able to eat much else the rest of the day, so we ordered an appetizer as well.

We all ordered the same thing: a lunch seafood casserole with shrimp, sea scallops, whitefish, cheese, and breadcrumbs (with a cup of clam chowder and steamed broccoli). For an appetizer, Dad and I split Oysters Legal (which is essentially Oysters Rockefeller). All the food was great.

After lunch, we got back on the tour bus and saw a variety of other sights in Boston, including the Boston Tea Party site, the Old North Church, Paul Revere’s House, the USS Constitution (nicknamed ‘Old Ironsides’ during the War of 1812), Beacon Hill, the Omni Parker House, the Bunker Hill Monument, Chinatown, and more.

The tour concluded, and we walked down Washington Street to get back on the Red Line train out of the city and back to our car. From the Alewife Station, we headed back to the Back Bay for the most exciting part of our day!

FEnway Park

We parked a few blocks away from Fenway Park and walked over for the game: Red Sox vs Yankees. Seeing a game in Fenway has been on Dad’s (and my) bucket lists for years, but seeing a BOS/NYY game was beyond what we could have hoped for. After we made it through the gate and to our seats, Mom sat down while Dad and I explored the stadium, including going on top of the Green Monster and taking quite a few pictures.

We ordered some hot dogs and a sweet Italian sausage for a lite dinner, and headed to our seats to enjoy the game.

I won’t bore you with too many details, but the game was fantastic. The Red Sox won, the benches cleared because there was almost a fight because a Yankees player was being stupid, we got to hear everyone heckle A-Rod, there were plenty of exciting plays, and we got to sing ‘Take Me Out to the Ball Game’ in the 7th Inning Stretch and ‘Sweet Caroline’ in the middle of the 8th.

Conclusion

After the game, we left the city and headed north to our 11th and 12th states, New Hampshire and Maine. We arrived at our hotel in Portland, ME just shy of 1:00am, so I’m just now wrapping up this post around 2:30am. Since it’s so late, I’m not going to include a I.A./Bonus section. Tomorrow, we’ll explore the coastal area of Maine near Portland!

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