Anywhere where the sun comes out every day during the summer I’m going to love obviously living in Scotland but Boston was just an amazing city. So laid back! I’d been once before when I travelled round America back in 2007 but I didn’t really remember it too well. We were staying in the North End which was a great place to fan out from each day. There are some great restaurants and bars around that area too.
Each area of Boston had something different to see and offer. Following the walking route up to the Bunker Hill monument then down to the navy yard and getting a taxi boat back to the harbour was a great way to see it. Boston Common is great to chill out in and has beautiful gardens on the far side. Fenway park was awesome. We went to see the Red Sox play and they won.
We took a trip to Cape Cod when it was a really hot humid day which was a great way of getting some cool sea air. The beaches are beautiful and there is lots of cycling and walking to do around the area. In the town itself there are plenty of shops to keep you occupied.
Back in Boston we took a trip up to Harvard university and around their sports facilities, then down to MIT and along the Charles River. There are some great walking routes around Boston.
Boston has some great brewery’s too. Samuel Adam’s which is a little out of the city centre is definitely worth a visit. There is a free tour and tasting, who doesn’t like free beer! and you get to keep your glass as a souvenir. The Harpoon brewery is within walking distance of the centre of the city and is just awesome. Get there early on the weekend because it gets really busy. They have a bar which sells all of their beer and freshly baked pretzels. From there if you walk back along Seaport Blvd you should stop at James Hook & Co and get a lobster roll. So good!
After 7 days in Boston we headed to New York. From the laid back atmosphere of Boston, New York has a shock. It is packed, noisy are really busy, but we were there in the high of summer. We got a 2 day bus tour pass which let us hop on and off around the city. It was interesting listening to the history of the city and what is happening to it currently.
We stayed in a great hotel that had a roof garden, which was really nice to sit in in the evenings just looking at the never ending buildings. You look up so much in New York, everything is built so tall.
It was great to see all the sights of New York but it is such a busy city that it was hard to relax.