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6.04.2009

Part One: THE BOSTON

I tried to make this one post, but it was epically long, even by my standards. So I'll post Part Two: THE LEAKYCON next! The whole trip is already a blur (and you don't want to hear me blah-blah-blah all day anyway), so consider this a highlight reel.


OMG! Gnomes! And spoons!


This was the window display of MY NEW FAVORITE-EST STORE, Black Ink. Amazingly cool (and affordable) thingies, with an emphasis on Japanese and French imports. Including . . . the previously mentioned panda-shaped cups! Which I'd planned on taking a picture of, though I'd forgotten one crucial thing.

I'M LAZY.

Thankfully, there's one on their website. Wheeeee!




Aren't they cute? And OF COURSE I got the frog cup, too. And little saucers to match.

The store was in Beacon Hill, which was as beautiful as everyone says:


I am so sure these homes are in my price range.



Even the flowers looked wealthy.


But this was the REAL reason I liked the neighborhood:


Eek! WHERE CAN I BUY???


Then there was the costumed Freedom Trail tour:


See the teeny one next to the big one? That's Paul Revere's original gravestone. Amazing what a single poem can do for your popularity.


I'm pretty sure it's illegal not to do this on your first trip to Boston. Luckily for me, I'm a history geek, and this is my favorite era! So I was totally down for the tour. And when our guide announced he was a history teacher and not an actor (unlike most of the guides), I was like, WOO HOOOOO!!! A HISTORY TEACHER!

I hope I've just alleviated any concerns about my status as a nerd.

Anyway, I was genuinely excited to explore buildings like this:


Well, hello, beautiful old thing!


And THIS made me extremely giddy, though I am not at liberty to say why:


A few of you can probably guess! For the rest of you, I'm sorry to be secretive. I realize it's, like, totally rude.


Then there was THE FOOD. Whenever I travel, the first thing I research is THE FOOD. So we dined on lobster rolls and multiple bowls of clam chowder — of course some of it was from Legal Sea Foods! — and I also made two separate trips to Chinatown for bubble tea.

(Why can't I find bubble tea here in Asheville? You're supposed to be hip, hometown.)

I was also told ricotta cannolis at Modern Pastry were a must:


YUM.


Since we were already there, we also picked up this peanut butter cup. Jarrod's body is made up of 50% chocolate/50% peanut butter, and he needed refueling.


For reals.


Because my husband had several band practices (for LeakyCon), I also spent a lot of time walking around on my own. So I pretty much did what I do anyway.

Bought books.

The most incredible were the two Commonwealth shops. Er, yes. I went to BOTH locations. Here's the description from their website:


"You will find a diverse selection of books, with particular emphasis on the arts, architecture, history, literature, philosophy, and religion. We also have a large selection of antique prints and maps. We strive to maintain an interesting and affordable collection of hard-to-find books and prints for both the scholar and the collector."


I actually had to divide my antiquarian treasures between our suitcases, because the total weight of the books was too heavy for me to carry home by myself!

(Sorry, Jarrod.)

I also spent many hours writing and reading on the lawns of the Boston Common, which was across the street from our hotel:




It really is one of the prettiest parks in the country. Gorgeous trees and swan boats and flowers everywhere. I felt like Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens!

And, um, speaking of little boys . . .


WHAT IS THE DEAL WITH THIS STATUE???


Also, is it kind of weird that the only evidence I have of myself in Boston is with the Robert McCloskey ducks? I am so kidlit.


I'm relieved to be posing with the ducks and not the naked boys.


I think I just spotted Johnny Depp.


The only other place we had time for was the Museum of Fine Arts. Thank you, Free Wednesday Nights! I basically go to art museums for one reason — to look at European portraiture.

I'm not sure why. I just like it.

And though the paintings here were lovely, it wasn't my favorite collection. But I was oddly taken by this silver chandelier:


Though it'd totally be a pain to polish.


And — AND! — the museum had a FANTASTIC selection of books inside their store.

MORE BOOKS! YIPPEE!!!

Seriously, whoever buys their collection has impeccable taste. It was a combination of stuff that I already knew was quality (and not just art books, I'm talking fiction, graphic novels, poetry, history, etc.) and stuff that I'd never seen before. I picked up two teeny ones, completely irresistible to me:




A book JUST about OK Computer! And I've often said I could write an entire book about why I'm so passionate about the movie Trainspotting, but it turns out someone already wrote it for me!

And then . . . there was this:


I KNOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Which I totally $6.95 loved, but did not $12.95 love (actual retail value).

Except now I'm kind of wishing I'd bought it anyway.

But enough of this slide show. Stay tuned for: PEOPLE DRESSED LIKE WIZARDS!

21 comments:

  1. I stayed in Beacon Hill last year and totally frigging LOVED IT. Can't wait to go back!

    Also, may I say, your hair is so fantastic I can't stand it. Do you get a stylist to do the blue?

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  2. SO COOL!!! I've never been to Boston but totally want to go now.

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  3. Oooh, I loved this post - I so want to go to Boston someday. Now I can follow around in your footsteps.

    Lisa

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  4. All those pics were awesome, but I about died at the Geeky Dreamboats! Why didn't you BUY that?!?! WHY?

    Oh, and French AND Japanese imports? Did they make that store for me? Man, I need to go to Boston apparently.

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  5. Ack! Sounds like much fun! Why oh why did you not buy the geeky dreamboats!? FLIGHT OF THE CONCHORDS is on the cover!!!

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  6. What fun! I want to go to Boston!!! One of these days! I would LOVE all those old geeky buildings and the books and the food! It all looks to die for.

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  7. That's it. I'm going to buy the Geeky Dreamboats RIGHT NOW.

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  8. Amy — Thank you!! I DO have a stylist. She bleaches the sections first, then dyes it (lately, just regular ol' Manic Panic), and then cuts it. The whole process takes FOUR HOURS and is expensive, so I only go when I have to. (Which is about every 2 1/2 months.) But it's worth it, because she does a much better job than I could ever do!

    Natalie & Lexi & Carrie — I truly am kicking myself for not buying it. It had EVERYONE in it. (Demetri Martin! Wes Anderson!) Be still my heart!

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  9. I love Boston! have the same pic of the boy fountain :)

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  10. Seriously, why don't we have bubble tea in Asheville? I asked if they served it at one of our favorite sushi places in town and got the don't-go-there death glare. We stopped at a bubble tea shop in Raleigh earlier this week, so now I know I'm not crazy. What's with that?!

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  11. What a fantastic post!!!!!!!! I wanna go!!!

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  12. I'm going there next month and these pics made me even more excited. The McCloskey ducks are definitely on my must-see list!

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  13. What a fun trip! LOVE that panda mug (and the frog) and you are so cute with the R.M. ducks!

    Now I want to visit Boston.

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  14. I adore your caption underneath the photo of you and Jarrod. You are the funny, Steph. :-D

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  15. I also experience peanut butter cup withdraw.

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  16. Shelli — HA! (I felt so dirty taking it!)

    Alexa — I've gotten the don't-go-there death glare too! WHY? Is there, like, a tapioca pearl mafia making life difficult for our local Asian restaurants?

    Jay — I hope you have a fun trip!! But be prepared to wait in line for the ducks. There's always a steady line of kids, moms, and cameras.

    Alyssa & Min — Thank you :)

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  17. How fun. That sounds like the best trip ever. Every single picture and commentary I was like, 'okay, I'm going to comment on that.' Like the adorable cups. And then I'd get to the next one and think, 'no, I have to say something about that.' Pretty soon, my comment was going to be as long as your post (maybe longer) so I'll just say, "geeky dreamboats" ??? Awesome!" :)

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  18. Tammy Silver6:46 PM GMT-5

    Sugar Momma's Cookies in the basement of the Jackson Building on Pack Square has bubble tea. Or they used to - I haven't been there in a while. It's still on their website: http://www.sugarmommascookies.com/menu.html

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  19. This looks AWESOME!! Can't wait for part 2.

    And, I'm all over the Black Ink website!

    sf

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  20. Tammy — EEEEEEK! Thank you!

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