We’ve been to Boston many time, but it is fitting that we were in Boston this week as we celebrated our country’s birthday. After all, it was the scene of so many events of the revolutionary era—and home to so many of the main players.
But this trip was a bit different. It was the inaugural education tour trip offered by the organization my husband works for. So we got a bit of fun—doing the touring—while also working—hosting the participants.
What made our time even more memorable was that my parents came along, too! And we got to spend some time with our daughter.
After a day with Elizabeth taking my parents to see her home and showing them our favorite museum in Boston—the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum—we started the actual tour with a dinner cruise on the Charles River, including fireworks.
We attended historic Park Street Church on Sunday morning, toured North Church, and ate amazing Italian food in the North End.
We spent Monday on the Freedom Trail—led by a professor—with lunch at Quincy Market. Then we went over to Cambridge to see the Harvard campus, explore Cambridge, and have dinner there.
The private tour of Fenway Park was my husband’s favorite—followed by attending the Boston Red Sox vs. Texas Rangers ball game! What a treat not only to go to a game there but to get to root for our hometown team. After a two-hour rain delay in the 8th inning (we didn’t stick around!), the Rangers brought home the win, 6-2. We finished the day with another great Italian dinner with my parents and Elizabeth before heading to the top of the hotel to watch fireworks.
Today we are finishing up with a trip to the Boston Museum of Fine Art before we celebrate our final dinner together as a tour group.
Of course we’ve also done so much more, including eating lobster rolls and cannoli (Mike’s Pastry is our favorite!), taking my parents to our favorite used bookstore (You knew there had to be a bookstore in there, right?), and enjoying conversations with the other tour participants.
It’s been a fun week, but now that we’re at the end, I’m peopled out! I’m looking forward to putting my earbuds in and shutting out the world during that three hour flight home Thursday.
Have you been to Boston? What is your favorite thing to do there? Or what do you remember most?