Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Boston in Review

We’re just back from a fast and fun five days in Boston. I say this so that the people whose blogs I read and comment on regularly will understand that I have been incommunicado for a reason. Like family, sightseeing, and eating. (We visited our older son, dil, and granddaughter who celebrated her second birthday!)

But you know me, never short on opinions, so I will give you my rapid rundown on Boston in a nutshell.

Three great things about Boston: great architecture, amazing historic sites, and fantastic seafood.

Three awful things about Boston: terrible traffic, horrible drivers, crazy roads.

And, Boston, I have to tell you something: What you call ‘North Square’ is actually a triangle. Really. Did you miss Sesame Street the day they explained that a triangle has three sides, and a square has four? I think maybe that’s what happened to you. I guess you’re not going to change all the signs now, but maybe you could put a footnote in to indicate that you know the difference.

Oh yes, one more thing. How could you take Faneuil Hall, the great historic meeting place built in 1740, and turn it into an open market of stalls with the worst kind of tourist kitschy krap ever seen? Did anyone think we needed more vendors of keychains, t-shirts and mugs? No, they did not. Bad idea; poor form. Could someone there just click a giant ‘undo’ key?

But thanks for the spectacular weather while we were there. It permitted us to walk our little legs off, day after day. I even got a little sunburn on my neck, which, like Nora Ephron, I feel bad about. We walked the Freedom Trail, visited Paul Revere’s house, ate on the waterfront. (No sign of Marlon Brando, though.)

I’m going to be a little scarce again till next Tuesday, as two of the other kids are coming in town for the weekend! There’s going to be a bridal shower for the Daffodil, (you remember: De Facto Daughter-in-Law), so she and my son are coming in, and my daughter and 3 year-old grandson are coming in, too. It’s going to be organized chaos around here, and all of it good. Except for the parts that are extremely good and great! I’m so excited I can’t stand it! See you Tuesday!


  1. Come to think of it...I don't think I've ever been to Boston. Maybe a trip is in order this summer.
    Enjoy your family chaos!

  2. I've never been to Boston. It's a place I'd love to visit. Have a great time with your family this weekend!

  3. I would love to head up to that area of the US one day. It all sounds so awesome! Have a super wonderful delicious time with your fam!

  4. That's a really good point about Faneuil Hall. Those of us who live around here just know it the way it is. The food is good. Glad you waked the Freedom Trail and had a good time.

  5. Hey Leah, sad to hear they made a pig's ear of the market. A similar one at the old Ferry Building in San Francisco fits the character of the place perfectly, and another in Cleveland looks amazing. Indigo

  6. I went to Boston to visit a friend about 10 years ago. I thought the same thing about the roads... it was like the state just threw down a bunch of random pavement and the cars drive wherever they please. Crazy!

    Enjoy your time with family, it sounds like a lovely weekend.

  7. Have a great time at the shower! I'm working on planning one for a niece-in-law...