I met Mike and his two friends, Peter and Paul, in Boston after a work trip one weekend. Paul had a beautiful penthouse apartment right near the Boston Common park. We walked through the park, which is so green for being in the middle of the city, and people can rent paddle boats, fish, hang out on the docks; it’s really cute.
We made it to a baseball game at Fenway, but getting to the park was pretty crazy. The city has the craziest roads that are not in a grid pattern, and there are many loops and turns; I would not want to have to drive in Boston. At Fenway, we were lucky enough to have great really seats. We had to get some ballpark hot dogs, and they were delicious!
Boston is known for having a strong Irish presence. We went out on a mini Irish Pub crawl, and you could really hear the strong Boston accents come out at night.
Scituate / Cape Cod
Scituate is a little sea town south east of Boston, before Cape Cod. My friends parents have a boat in Scituate, and we took it out for the day and went to the Cape Cod Bay. There is something about feeling the fresh saltwater breeze when taking a boat ride in the Atlantic Ocean / Cape Cod Bay that makes you so happy. While we on the boat ride, there were so many lobster traps all over the place in the water; I had never seen anything like it before.
We also went to Mike’s friend Peters wedding in Scituate. It was so beautiful. The ceremony was at St. Catherine Greek Orthodox Church, and the reception was at The Barker Tavern downtown Scituate right near the harbor.
We stopped by Cambridge, MA to visit Harvard University’s campus for a few hours and explore the campus that so many intelligent people and ideas flourished. It was a very easy campus to navigate, and extremely beautiful with all of the fall colors.
John Harvard Statute
The John Harvard Statute is called the statute of three lies because 1) the statute is not actually John Harvard, 2) John Harvard was not the founder of Harvard University, and 3) the statute says it was founded in 1638, however, it was founded in 1636. Rumor has it that you do not want to touch the foot that so many people touch because the freshman on campus “bless” it.
The Harvard Yard was a beautiful area of campus with sidewalks that crossed all over the place to make the most efficient walking routes between buildings.
The Henry Elkins Widener Memorial Library
The Henry Elkins Widner Memorial Library was beautiful on the outside. We tried to go inside to explore but you have to be a student to get inside.
The Memorial Church was also nice to look at on the outside, but we could not get in as well. I still really enjoyed walking around the campus to think about how many incredible and intelligent people have walked on the same sidewalks and looked at the same buildings as we were.
Harvard Book Store
We stopped by the Harvard Book Store to pick up some Harvard gear as well. There are many shops in a row that sell books, t-shirts, mugs, and all of the typical touristy items. I had to indulge and get myself a t-shirt as a keepsake.
Tatte Bakery and Cafe
Last but not least, we stopped by this cute little cafe called Tatte, and had the most amazing hot chocolate and coffee and little treats. After walking around the campus on a chilly cold day, it was the perfect way to end our Harvard experience.