Sunday, October 2, 2011

Boston!

After my birthday trip to Boston and Boston College this past weekend, I couldn't be more sure that BC is the grad school for me! My mom and I headed up to the area Thursday and stayed in Newtown Centre with a family friend. The weather wasn't the best, but luckily the rain stayed away long enough for us to walk around the gorgeous BC campus:



 The architecture is beautiful. I wish I took more pictures of the flowers everywhere!


It was unseasonably warm, but the rain left a chill in the air, so I decided it was a good day for tights and boots.

Shirt: from Christina's, Ltd. in Watch Hill RI. XS
Belt: Forever 21, XS/S
Corduroy Skirt: American Eagle, sz. 0
Tights: Simply Vera by Vera Wang ***note: they look black, but
they're actually a dark patterned brown!**
Boots: Franco Sarto, sz. 5
Bag: Dooney & Bourke


Lucky for us, the sunny, hot weather on Friday was a big improvement from Thursday's rain. I spent my birthday walking around Boston, absorbing all the sights and sounds:

Sam Adams: Founding father, beer legacy.


A statue honoring the Irish immigrants (my ancestors among them) who sought a new start in America after being devastated by famine. There's a famine statue alongside it, but I thought this one would make for a less depressing photo.

Mmm...New England, Kennedy-kitchen style! 


The famous Boston Duck Tours...on a vehicle that drives right into the water. I went on one of these with my family as a kid. 

My mother in front of Quincy Market, a famous historical marketplace now known mostly as a good food spot for hungry tourists. I picked up some saltwater taffy.

Jack Rogers were not the best choice for walking on cobblestones- I nearly tripped twice!


We ate lunch at the Salty Dog, and had a seriously fresh-tasting seafood meal. New England clam chowder, seafood salad sandwich, and raw littleneck clams:


Yum! They taste better than they look.

As a newly turned-21 year old, I had to buy a beer of course. It would've been more exciting if I had actually gotten carded!


Inside Fanueil Hall. 

The city is full of history; everywhere you turn there's a historically significant building. I love how the city is bustling and busy without being as cold and overwhelming as Manhattan. Thankfully, it has a great public transportation system, because I definitely don't want to have to navigate by car through the disorganized streets- unfortunately, it lacks the neatly-laid out grid system of New York.

I wish I would've had more time to explore the downtown city area, but I only had a few hours before I had to return home in time for our dinner reservations. No matter- hopefully I'll be a MA resident in a year, and then I'll have all the time in the world to explore!

Your future New Englander,
*ShortBlonde*

7 comments:

Pink and Green Moms said...

BC is a great choice! That campus is so beautiful. I went to Boston for Spring Break one year and had so much fun exploring the city for a week. Hope everything works out for you and you are there next year! -e

el.vi. said...

<3 the college campus! I just love everything about campuses! Maybe I just miss college! love love love your striped shirt outfit! I never would have combined khaki with black but it looks sooo good!

Michelle said...

Love the stripes!

The Duck tour! They have those in Downtown Seattle, too!

They did not card you?! That is insane!

Thanks for sharing!!

soanthro said...

I'm a Boston girl and couldn't be happier in this city :) BC is such a gorgeous campus and fun place to live. LOVE your preppy outfit, and wishing you the best of luck in your application process!!

Sarah said...

Just found your blog, and it's adorable! I want to go to Boston so bad, it looks like your trip went great!

beachside cottage Linda said...

Hi - have to say hello - My Dad was a BC alum!
Glad you had such a lovely time - am Your Newest Follower!

Best Wishes,

Linda
beachside cottage

PS-I'm five feet, so I appreciate the "petite"!!!

R.L. said...

How exciting! BC looks like such a pretty campus and I actually want to end up in Boston as soon as I'm done with grad school in a few years. Good luck with everything!