Tuesday, October 18


Well I guess by now you know the Valium worked & the plane didn't crash.
Once my feet were on the safe, firm ground, I had a wonderful time.
Kevin planned the whole Boston trip without my knowledge.
He took care of every detail, from hotels to kid handling.

We stayed at the Parker Omni Hotel.
It's a pretty famous place.

It's the longest continuously running hotel in America,
the first Boston hotel to offer hot & cold running water,
the Boston cream pie & parker house rolls were created there,
John Kennedy proposed to Jackie there in 1953,
& last but not least.....
it's haunted!

The great thing about Boston is that you can walk everywhere.
And trust me, with all of the scrumptious food you need to walk!

Since it was our first visit to Boston we had to walk the
Freedom Trail.

So much of our country's history happened right here.
Seeing the Old State House, Kings Chapel & Paul Revere's house
was surreal.

Freaky ghost picture.

 We walked through many neighborhoods,

China Town,

North End & Little Italy.

Pushcart Cafe & Lo Conte's were amazing!!!
And after dinner you must have pastry. Everyone seemed to be carrying little boxes tied neatly with red & white twine.
The lines for these shops were a block long!
I asked someone 'is it worth it?'
Needless to say, every single morsel was worth the wait.
We sampled half the menu at Modern Pastry.
No, we didn't witness a horrible accident.

We stumbled upon a movie set.
It was really exciting, we got to watch a crash scene.

The movie is called R.I.P.D.
(rest in peace department)
It stars Kevin Bacon, Jeff Bridges & Ryan Reynolds.
No, I didn't get to see them.
This is as close as I got.

One degree of Kevin Bacon!

 The director looked bored.

Love the sign.

The aftermath.

Boston was awesome,
 but my favorite part of the trip was our day in Salem.

We took the ferry early in the morning.
It was a beautiful ride.

I love coastal villages, little seaports.
Again you could walk everywhere.
The ferry dropped us off just a couple of blocks from the
House Of Seven Gables.

Cobblestone streets, window boxes, charming shops & restaurants.

This was one cool bookstore!

I don't know what they do if someone wants a book
from the bottom row.

Can't remember the name of this cafe but the seafood chowder & lobster rolls were delicious.

How to humiliate your husband:
Take pictures of your food at restaurants!

More sights,

more cemeteries.
I love to read old tombstones.

I can spend hours looking at the stones of families. Seeing the ages, wondering how they lived & died.

The witch trail memorial was very sad.
I studied John Proctor in school, to see his tombstone was sobering.

It was so nice spending time alone with my husband.
This was our first trip alone in 6 years.
We need to do it more often.


artbywendy said...

Your trip looks like to was fun!the book store looked dangerous but really cool.. and the food looked wonderful!great pictures! I like to live vicariously through other people! :)

oldecrow said...

Thanks so much for sharing your trip with us! I really want to see Boston too! Looks like an awesome place to visit. I too love looking at old cemetary headstones.Love your "Freaky" ghost picture too! lol
Have a great day!
Olde Crow Mercantile

Dorthe said...

Hi dear Lisa, welcome home-
and thanks for taking me on this wonderful tour to Boston-
you looks so sophisticated in the photo on the ferry :)- beautiful.
And all you have seen -from wonderful buildings, special places and corners...and great meals you have eaten- what a most gorgeous tour your husbond gifted you with, lucky you.
Hugs and smiles,

Aunt Kristin_Texas said...

Love that bookstore!


Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

Welcome home...I would love to visit there....the history! Looks like it was a fabulous trip (and food!)

Beth Leintz said...

I'm so glad you had fun in Boston- it looks like you had great walking weather. Love your pictures- I am so craving a lobster roll now.

Carol said...

We spent time in Boston and Salem back in May. It was a girls antiquing trip to Brimfield, but so much more. The bookstore was closed both days we were there, but we sure wanted to get inside. I loved the books stacked right on top of each other. We spent Mother's Day in Little Italy, and ate more than I share of Mike's Pastry.

We've already started planning and saving for next year's trip. Thanks for sharing your trip with me today. I think we'll put Chinatown on next year's list of things to do.

I did a few posts on our trip, if you'd like to visit.



Ivy and Elephants said...

What a sweet romantic surprise! I'm so glad you went and had such a marvelous trip. I love history, food and books, ... I have to make this trip!!!
Thanks for sharing the pics.

Lori @ Katies Rose Cottage Designs said...

Lisa ~ Oh girl that looks like you had a wonderful time!! I love Boston ~ I have family there and haven't been there near enough ~
I am glad too that you survived the flight!!


June said...

You guys had a great trip! I am so happy for you Lisa. I loved every photo (esp. the ones with you in them) You couldn't tempt me with the food pics though, because I am not a fan of seafood (can we still be friends?) You and I have cemeteries in common...I love them too. I could spend hours in them.
I hope you guys make a regular habit of this!
hugs from here...

Julia - "Vintage with Laces" said...

Hi Lisa, How sweet of Kevin to plan such a wonderful trip and I'm glad you had so much fun! It must have been cool to watch the movie set. What a shame that the actors hadn't shown up. It's many years ago that I had been in Boston and Salem. So, even if we'll never meet, we had at least walked through the same streets, just not at the same time :-).
I love your Halloween decoration. I was wondering what happened to last year's rat but then I discovered it sitting on the top hat in your open fire place. Obviously it had escaped from the cage, LOL.

Marie Lost Bird Studio said...

Hi dear Lisa,
how very sweet of your husband to surprise you with this trip!!
Looks like you had a wonderful time. Don't you just love Boston?
Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful photos.Next time I'm in Boston I'll think of you:)
Have a great week.

trash talk said...

Law...I think I gained 10 lbs. just looking at the photos.
I don't know if I'd been able to leave the hotel...it's gorgeous.
I do believe you got yourself a true cat daddy there girl. Hang onto him. He's a keeper...and so are the memories y'all made.


Love these Boston pictures - thanks!

Anne Lorys - Fiona and Twig said...

What a great trip!
And wonderful pics too, you guys really did it up right.

Passionate for White said...

Wow, looks like you both thoroughly enjoyed your trip to Boston. I live here so I loved hearing an "outsiders" view!

A Cottage Muse said...

So happy you had fun!
I live here and have never done the freedom trail or been to Salem!

Shopgirl said...

Thank you for taking me along with you on this trip.Your photos are magic. The food looked so good too. I will probably come back and look again because I will never see it is person. Happy Fall, Mary

Erica said...

Looks like a great trip! We loved Salem, too. Next time, get out to Plymouth - that's a wonderful town too. And it has some great antique shops.

Charlene said...

WOW!!! What a wonderful time you must have had! I want to go back to Boston. I flew in there once but, saw NOTHING! We rented a van & took off for Brimfield Antique Show(a friend & I) so nothing touristy. You made me curious. Thanks for sharing.

suziqu's thread works said...

Hi Lisa
How very gorgeous of Kevin to take you on that amazing trip to Boston.
Boy I think anyone with 3 little triplets needs such a treat. Boston
looks pretty interesting and loved the place you stayed. What is about tombestones that fascinate us? I would have loved to visit that book shop too. It was great being taken along the tour!

Thank you for loving my new little paper and lace journal and your sweet comment.

Love and hugs,

vicki said...

Oh Lisa- I can see you had a fabulous trip!! Your photos are just wonderful! Boston is such a fun place! I'm so so proud of you for not giving in to your fears! Now tgat you have done this- you can go anyplace!! Plan a trip to Europe baby!!

So glad you got to make this trip- fabulous photos!!

Rebecca said...

How wonderful to get away like that and you did so much! I am so glad you had a fabulous trip and took us along for part of it

Cindy said...

What a lovely trip! Thanks for all the great photos and wonderful descriptions! Makes me want to go to Boston

Anonymous said...

Dear girl, we really are soul sisters! First, we married men that plan trips for us...then there's all that other stuff/people *cough* we love, and now we share SALEM love! Isn't it an amazing place? Love your photos! Wanting to go back now, thankyouverymuch!! (BTW, please check your FB personal messages...xo)

Nancy said...

I found your blog through another's, which led me to your Etsy, which led me here. First, a fellow The Borrowers lover! Those are MY favorite childhood stories - I remember making diaramas for school. Time for a re-read, I'm thinking... Second, your trip to Salem & Boston - I'm to be there in a few days, had my first visit to Salem this past July. Your photos are wonderful! I, too, love the area - someday, I'll be able to wiggle my nose & live in New England. Finally - your art! I love your creations!! Hopefully, when I'm back from my trip, I'll have $ left to get a kit. (lol)