It was 2008, I had graduated the year before and was five months into my first full-time job when Phill and I had our best ever holiday. We spent two weeks in Boston during June/July and we still talk about our memories of the city.
We probably never would have dreamt of going to Boston for a holiday but circumstance led us there and we are so glad they did. The company I was working for at the time planned to send me to Boston for six months to research the market in which they were hoping to launch a range of products. I, of course, was petrified at the prospect. I was only 23 and the company weren’t exactly what you would call dependable. Thankfully my trip was pulled at the last minute (credit crunch and all that) but they allowed me to keep my plane ticket. Phill quickly booked his own ticket and off to Boston we went a few weeks later.
The inspiration behind this post was a challenge set by Travel Supermarket. They’ve asked bloggers to talk about their favourite holiday and why. As I am off on my hols soon, I thought reminiscing about my most memorable holiday would be very fitting.
So what made Boston so memorable for us?
No. 1 – Our first ‘big holiday’ as a couple
Phill and I had been going out together a few years and this was our first big holiday together. We weren’t living together at this point so I think we were probably both apprehensive about how we would get along. We needn’t have worried. Whilst of course we squabbled over things (I get narky when I’m tired and hungry – a bit like a child) we loved every minute of our trip together.
Phill and I whale watching along Boston Harbour
No. 2 – Where we stayed
I really struck it lucky when I booked Aisling B&B a few weeks before we left for Boston. The location was fantastic and the accommodation was beautiful. We stayed in the South End, also known as the restaurant district. Amazing restaurants were dotted around the place and they had the best take-out pizza place in Boston! B&Bs are not very common in The States so it was no surprise to find out the owners were a married Irish couple who have been living in Boston for many years. Every morning we ate the most delicious breakfast – sometimes home-made muffins, other times luxurious granola. Always a feast.
No. 3 – Great exchange rate
The exchange rate was amazing – $1 to 50p. We spent up a storm. We came home with a ton of CDs and records and of course some clothing. We ate like kings every night at great restaurants. We did loads of day trips and basically really enjoyed ourselves. We would go back to Boston in a heartbeat if the exchange rate was what it was like five years ago. Unfortunately it would just be too expensive for us to return now. As a big city Boston isn’t exactly the cheapest destination and accommodation especially has really gone up in price.
Phill at Boston Park
No. 4 – So much to do and see
Boston is a beautiful city packed with loads to do. You’ll never be bored. You can shop to you drop on Newbry Street (we did). You can take a boat trip to Salem or Cape Cod. Whale watching is also a must-do (although I was sea-sick for most of that day!). I’ve already mentioned about the great dining experiences we had. Definitely make a visit to the North End for your fix of very reasonably priced Italian food. Yum!
The city is full of beautiful town houses and tree-lined streets.
The Boston Library is the oldest library in The States. It makes me sad to think the recent Boston Bombings took place right here.
If you go to Boston I’d recommend renting a bike for a day or two as you really get to cover a lot of the city. It’s fun too!
We spent a lovely day exploring Harvard University in Cambridge.
Waiting on the Salem ferry to take us back to the mainland.
You can’t go to Boston and not visit Provincetown (in Cape Cod) – it’s a riot!
Hopefully someday we will return to Boston and take in a ball game – something we never managed to do when we visited.