Thursday, April 21, 2011

family vacation, day three.

We're home from our trip and I've got the post-fun-trip blues. We had such a nice time in Boston and enjoyed all its flowering-treed glory.  This morning I ventured out for a short run.  I had my Boston map in my hand and I almost got hit by two different cars, so it's not like I was looking like a local or anything, but I did find my way to Newburry street and ran there for a while before landing on Commonwealth Ave and running up and down the tree-lined narrow park that goes for about 6 city blocks.  It is so lovely to run in a new place, especially this place.  I was going through my usual "I want to live here" stage that I always go through when I visit someplace cool.  

I didn't run with my camera but when we drove past the park again on our way to the Boston Commons, I took a few shots out the car window, so these don't really do it justice but you get the idea.
 It was fun to run on parts of the marathon course.  After my run, I met my friend Caitlin for a short but great visit and coffee at a cool book store/ cafe on Newburry Street.  I am so deprived of the urban life, that I am so easily pleased just to window shop at hip boutiques,  visit coffee places that offer soy milk and see women on the street that I don't know and think:  "Wow.  I love her outfit."  Those things don't happen around here.

We spent our last couple hours in the sunshine at Boston Commons and Boston Gardens.

I almost wept for the willows.  They are just so darn green and pretty.

And then we drove home.  We endured the kids' CDs that have songs like "Skidamarink-a-dink-a-doo" and "Puff the Magic Dragon" and even resorted to:  "Whoever stays quiet the longest wins."  Other than that, it was pretty painless. 

I just asked the kids what they liked best about Boston:

Skyler:  "the hotel pool, the aquarium, and the hotel room."
Reed:  "feeding the ducks, seeing the diver in the tank, the creatures, the sharks, and all of it.  Everything."

Me too, Reed.  I liked everything.

Okay, Maine, you can warm up for good now.  I have a big, fat run in the morning and it's pretty chilly out there.


Kirsten said...

I love Boston. I miss it. Every day.

Ms. Duffy said...

I play the "I want to live here" game too!

Emilie said...

Kirsten... move back! And I will visit you ALL THE TIME. :)

Liesel Stevens said...

Great pictures! I love the ones of Reed studying the map. Maybe on one of our next visits we'll fly into Boston, visit the city for a couple days or so, before coming to Maine. good luck on your monster run!

ann said...

Was it my imagination there or is Reed almost as tall as Skyler. Perhaps it was the camera angle??

Glad you had a good time and sorry about those Red Sox. Will they get better?