It was wonderful seeing my "we're not technically Bostonian" chums as my gf and I took a Labor Day weekend vacation--our only real vacation this summer, crammed into the last possible weekend--to Boston. Apparently our Legal Seafoods waiter also thought it was wonderful because he wouldn't leave us alone all night. Every three to four minutes he came back to the table to make sure everything was okay. I don't know which one of us he had a crush on, but I have it on good authority he's been texting pgtremblay ever since.
Because my gf has celiac disease and can only eat gluten-free foods--making my gf truly gf--we pretty much set up camp at two of Boston's finest restaurants that offer gluten-free menus, Legal Seafoods and Magianno's Little Italy, both of which quickly became favorites. (We made the mistake of trying to get into the Union Oyster House, which also has a gluten-free menu, and quickly gave up.) We also walked so much it felt like our feet touched each and every street in the city. We wound up not taking the T very much at all, but instead hoofing it and enjoying the nice weather.
Friday we walked all over Newbury and Boylston streets (Newbury Comics was having a used horror DVD blowout sale! HOLY SHIT!*) as well as the Public Gardens and some of Beacon Hill. Saturday was the Freedom Trail (Quincy Market is a giant food court--feel the history!) and the Aquarium, Sunday was the Science Museum, and today, having only half a day in town before heading home, we hit the Esplanade and went back to Newbury for some strolling. That's quite a bit of walking, but A) I'm used to it as a New Yorker, and B) Boston is an extremely compact city. The maps make it look much larger than it actually is. Especially the subway maps, until you realize each stop on the T is about fifteen steps past the last one.
Our hotel room had a gorgeous view of Back Bay and the Charles River. Also, our hotel had a pool! We got the room for a pretty hefty discount. I seriously recommend Hotwire.com for anyone traveling abroad. Awesome hotels--ours was 3.5 stars--for cheap.
There will be many fond memories from this trip, but of course getting to see Jack and Paul again was among the highest of the highlights. They even gave me goodies: a copy of Paul's The Harlequin and the Train and Jack's Dead Reckonings #5! I hope we get to do it again soon. Thank goodness for the Fung Wah bus--New York to Boston (and vice-versa) for $15!
I miss Boston already and hate that my vacation is over, but hopefully we'll go back soon. In the meantime, I'll contact the appropriate authorities about making the photos available.
*I was good and only bought three discs: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (the original, of course), Slither and Cigarette Burns (the John Carpenter entry from the mostly absymal Masters of Horror series). I would have bought more, but living on a budget and all...