Wowza this weekend is just one big blur.
It was a busy, busy weekend. My mom and our family friend B were up visiting. It was my mom’s first time in Boston, the first time that she met Barley, and the first time we had all seen each other in almost a year since our wedding in November! We had plans to squeeze in plenty of Barley snuggles, city sights and catching up in just a few days. Like I said, it was busy.
My mom and B arrived on Thursday and we all got caught up over dinner. Friday is a bit hazy, but we saw Quincy Market, walked around Back Bay and Barley finally got to meet her grandma! She was a happy little girl.
On Saturday, we met up for lunch at Shake Shack in Back Bay, one of our favorites from when we lived in NYC. We were so full from lunch that we needed a break/nap and then we finished up the night with dinner at Precint and a duck boat tour.
Chris and I had been wanting to do a duck boat tour because our knowledge and history of Boston is lacking, and the duck tour with mom and B was perfect! We learned so much and were able to see more than we do on any normal (or abnormal) day. It definitely made me feel even more grateful and thankful for the city that we live in.
The weather all weekend was a bit temperamental and of course rain was predicted for the entire weekend, so it was cloudy and muggy almost every day. Sunday was the rainiest day, with a constant drizzle all morning and afternoon. Despite the bad hair, Sunday was my favorite day because it was filled to the brim with good food and history. We started out the morning with brunch at The Gallows in the South End, an area that I love but that we don’t often get to explore. Brunch was amazing and Chris and I cannot wait to go back another day. Then as anyone would, we followed up brunch with doughnuts from Blackbird Doughnuts because duh. Delicious.
The next stop on our tour for the day was a visit to the Paul Revere House in the North End (did you know he had 16 kids?). Followed by a visit to the Old North Church, Boston’s oldest church and the site that signaled to Paul Revere with two lanterns that the British were coming by sea. I can be kind of a snob about churches (St. Paul’s is my absolute favorite) so I wasn’t expecting much, but the Old North Church surprised me because it was so neat and unlike anything I had seen before. It is well worth the visit.
We ended the day by filling our bellies with delicious and decadent Italian food in the North End at Panza. We drank too much prosecco and I personally had too many lobster raviolis. It was delightful. Plus, mom really wanted to try an authentic Boston cream pie, so we topped the night off with dessert at the Omni Parker House hotel where the dessert originated, and also where JFK proposed to Jackie.
Overall, it was a really wonderful weekend. I’m so happy that we finally had the chance to show my mom the city and let her see why we love it here so much (yes, even if it snows like crazy). We had a great time catching up and laughing, eating way too much and exploring. Plus, it was a great excuse to pretend to be a tourist and learn more about the places I walk by every single day. Thanks for the great weekend!