Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Boston: Part 2

After finishing the freedom trail we walked to a nearby mall to check out another Apple Store (as we love to do.)  Mall ones are pretty generic, but Jimmy never minds getting his hands on some new aluminum.
We had a late lunch at a popular seafood spot near our hotel, The Barking Crab.
We knew there would be at least one lobster roll on our trip and I quickly decided this would be our splurge meal for the weekend and I got a whole lobster.  I can't think of a much better place to get a whole fresh lobster than siting on Boston harbor.
It was a very fun experiance and very delicious, but I probably won't get it again.  The roll was crazy tasty too!
We went back to our room for an afternoon nap (it was glorious.)  We grabbed a quick dinner snack before heading out to our night walking tour.  We visited 7-11 a lot for pop since we didn't have a fridge in our hotel.  The walking tour was a combination of historical and paranormal stories.  Even the guide admitted he was skeptical, but it was very fun.  One of the victims of the Boston Massacre alledgedly made some appearances for a few years while the intersection was under construction and the original owner of the Omni Parker House Hotel is known to hang around to keep an eye on things.  The Parker House is the one place our guide truly believes is haunted.
My favorite story was about the Falafel King.  This building used to house William Mumler's photo studio.  He was a highly sought after spirit photographer.  Hundreds of patrons sat for pictures in the hopes of seeing deceased loved ones appear.  This only occurred about 20% of the time, but people still paid $5 for a chance. That equals about $150 today. 
Old State House at night.
We hit up another great breakfast spot on Saturday morning.  Scali Cafe had great reviews and seemed to be popular with the locals.  We split the Local 2222 with 2 eggs, 2 sausage, 2 bacon 2 pancakes and home fries.
We then took the subway out to Cambridge to walk around Harvard and MIT.
The Harvard Coop was a cute little bookstore we cooled off in.
Public transit was pretty robust and easy to take.  The city itself is very walker friendly too, so we found ourselves on foot a lot.
From MIT, we took the bus towards the Prudential Tower to go in the observatory.  On our walk we came across a Tesla showroom.  Jimmy's eyes lit up so bright!  We've seen them driving around town, but have never had an up close look.
Just across the street was our second Apple Store stop, Boylston Street.
The Skywalk Observatory is on the 50th floor of the Prudential tower.  It's in the Back Bay neighborhood with 360 degree views of Boston and the surrounding communities.  It's hard to see, but the finish line of the Boston marathon is on the street in the lower portion of the photo below.
Fenway from the west side.
We walked to Fenway for an initial look at the park before heading back to our hotel for a break.  We grabbed a late lunch at Shake Shack and it was one of the best burgers I've ever had!  The Shack Stack is a cheeseburger topped with a muenster stuffed deep fried portobello mushroom!  We have a Shake Shake near home now, so this will be happening again soon!
Up Next: Fenway and sailing on Boston Harbor

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