6.14.2007

NEW YORK to BOSTON trip: Day 5

Today our vacation together began (no more work for Casey). We had to catch our train to Boston at 11am, so we only had time for a quick morning outing. We checked out Grand Central Station, which is massive and beautiful!
The main hall is just enormous. Very cool.
After seeing one station, we actually headed over to Penn Station with all our luggage to catch the Amtrak. It was interesting walking 7 city blocks with all our luggage, but we packed fairly light (just for that reason) and Casey hauled the bulk of it. So it all worked out. The train was fairly comfortable, roomy seats. It was a 4 ½ hour ride, since we made stops in Connecticut and Rhode Island along the way. Lots of greenery outside and pretty little homes. Here’s a feel for what we saw:
We arrived in Boston!...and again, walked 7 city blocks or so with our luggage to get to the new hotel. We’re staying at the Radisson and it’s actually pretty cool. We’re in a great location, very central in the Theater District, near the Boston Common (kind of a mini Central Park). And we totally scored, because our room is on the 24th/top floor! The room is great size, nice d├ęcor (I know you want to see a shot of the bed and the bathroom, right?)

And the views from the balcony are great! Here’s a daytime and nighttime shot from our balcony:

First thing to do: see the historical sites. We started at the Boston Common and followed the “red line” on the street around town, looking at all sorts of historical sites and buildings. Here’s the Old City Hall building and a statue of Ben Franklin:

Our favorite area was the North End, Little Italy, where Paul Revere’s house is located. There are cool cobblestone roads and lots of charming brick buildings.

And the highlight of our Boston trip was the YUMMY Italian restaurant we ate at, called Giacomo’s. Amy Barrios in our Pasadena ward gave us some great Boston recommends, and this was on her list. I’m not kidding, this was the best Italian food I have ever had. It’s just a small little place, with a constant line out the door. And we got the best seat in the house!
We got to sit at the bar in the corner and had a great view of all the atmosphere. Casey ordered the fussili pasta with lobster and shrimp and loved it. And I ordered the butternut squash ravioli with asparagus and marscapone cream sauce. And I toooootally loved it. Check out the before and after of my food:

I ate every last bit of it. Yuuuuuuum. Good thing there isn’t a Giacomo’s in LA. We’d be spending too much money there.
Exciting to be in Boston!

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