Wednesday, September 26, 2012


The day after Labor Day, Brandon and I headed to Boston for a little trip to celebrate my 30th birthday. Brandon’s been there for work several times, but I’d never been and I wanted to get in on the action! Paul Revere, This Old House, fresh seafood! Boston just seemed like the place I needed to see.

I’ve got a few things to post about our trip, so to start, here were some of the highlights. :)

in Boston Common
We rented bikes one day and took this picture on a bench in Boston Common, the oldest park in the US.  Since we live so close to Chicago, and my last city trip was to NYC, I loved that Boston was busy, but not-so-crowded, smaller, and bike friendly! It made for great touring.

Victoria at a real card catalog!
We went to the Boston Public Library, the first publicly funded library in the US, where I was pretty excited to find a real, working card catalog.  I was and am absolutely in love with Boston’s history!  The Midwest is comparatively new, so as a history-buff, I adored everything that was “America’s first…” or “America’s oldest…”

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We stayed near the Craigie Bridge on Monsignor O’Brien Highway, which opens and closes, and whose control panel Brandon helped build and start-up. He’s pointing at the part that opens :) and standing in front of the control tower where the panel is operated. He pretty much hated that I was taking this picture, but he played nice and smiled. :)

Victoria and an original WWII Duck Boat
I was pretty excited to take a Duck Boat tour!! Brandon had talked about them when he was working on the Craigie Bridge (the Duck Boats are amphibious and go underneath it!), then I saw them featured on This Old House. I love an informative and historical tour, so I was sold.

To commemorate the trip, I made a photo book on Shutterfly with a coupon code I got from TravelZoo for a free book! (I am signed up for a LOT of email lists…and I never unsubscribe from them because of little gems like that one that come along occasionally! I am an email hoarder!) Even without that coupon code, though, Shutterfly is always running specials on photo books. They’re great quality and a great way to remember an occasion, a year, or special people in your life.

Shutterfly Photo Book
(I wasn’t paid for that endorsement! I just love these books for capturing memories. I put a lot of work into them, but for me, it still is easier than traditional scrapbooking.)

All in all, we had a pretty good time on our Boston trip. :)

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Have you been on a fun trip lately?


  1. This is why you and I are siamese twins... The reason I love Boston is because of all the history. I would always say to Michael, "You know Chicago is old, but nothing like the east coast! Boston literally has things like the first library and oldest wooden frame house, etc."

    I went in college, but my memory of the trip is very blurry and I know we didn't do nearly enough touristy/historic things as I wanted. (Instead there was a lot of sneaking into bars, sleeping in and a random bus trip to NYC...)

    I've already told Michael that I want our summer vacation trips with Lincoln to be all historic/classic American sites like the Grand Canyon, Washington DC, Yellowstone, and definitely Boston! So glad you had a fun trip!

  2. PS, I love that the library has a working card catalog. I remember being SO excited in elementary school to learn how to use the Dewey decimal system and card catalog and now it's all sad... Do I sound super old right now? Yearning for the days before everything was computerized? Apparently 29 years old = 79 years old :)

  3. Yes to everything! I love historical trips! I want to do all of that you listed above, too :) And apparently our love of history includes the card catalog :) I do like computerized catalogs for lots of reasons, but since most libraries have removed their card catalogs for floor space, it's nice to see a real one! I wonder if one will still be around for us to show Lincoln when he's older! Then he'll think we're crazy old ladies... :)


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