Archive | April, 2011

Revisiting the Freedom Trail 10 Years Later

22 Apr

Happy Easter! Happy Passover!

Sorry I have been gone so long (you probably didn’t even notice). The end of the semester is always crazy and even though this year is supposed to be easier it is still full of projects. And the projects are still going strong so this is going to be a shorter post.

Last weekend, my best friend and I decided to do the freedom trail. We had done it in 6th grade when we came on a field trip to Boston. When we came to Boston we thought it was too touristy, too cliché. Plus we aren’t known for long walks (though we do walk a lot, but we are lazy).

But it is senior year and we are graduating in a month (from today!). Plus we thought it was a great excuse to explore Charlestown (and it was).

But because we had never been to Charlestown before, and have done the “beginning” of the Freedom Trail around Park Street and Downtown Crossing, we decided to start at the USS Constitution. However, instead of walking there, taking a bus or the orange line, we took the ferry from Aquarium. I highly suggest this. The boat comes every 20 minutes on Sundays and costs $1.70. It is an amazing deal for such a gorgeous view of the city, the perfect view of the city.

Once we got to Charlestown we immediately started the trail and hopped aboard the USS Constitution. Every half hour there are free tours, which are informative and fun. From there we went to the Bunker Hill Monument and climbed to the top, where we saw more amazing views of the city. That was free as well.

As we continued along the trail we passed through many beautiful parks and by some gorgeous buildings. We even saw the skinniest house again! Although my friend and I explore Boston all the time, we still saw areas that we have never seen, adorable areas I now frequent.

I do suggest doing what we did: Starting in Charlestown so if you do get tired you can take the T home and the only thing you’ll miss will be what you have probably seen before.

Free Cupcakes: Cupcake Camp Boston 2011

12 Apr
 One of my best friends/roommates has to do this huge project on bakeries. Sounds weird, I know, but there is a lot more that goes into it than we all know. Anyway, she (well her group because she has class) is going to this thing that she stumbled upon a few weeks ago. It is called Cupcake Camp Boston 2011. How freakin’ cool does that sounds?!

Cupcake Camp Boston is April 13th, so tomorrow. It is at 7 p.m. at The Center for Arts at the Armory at 191 Highland Ave. in Somerville. So what is Cupcake Camp you ask? Basically, it is a gathering of bakers, chefs, wannabe bakers and wannabe chefs all giving out cupcakes to you. For free. Yup, that’s right, for free. Honestly, you show up, you can give a suggested donation but you don’t have to and you eat cupcakes. As many as you want.

Also, if you are one of those people who love baking and want to participate, or you want to get noticed, you can fill out a registration form and bring your own cupcakes to give away. That form, and a lot of other information including interviews with bakers and a list of bakeries participating, can be found on Cupcake Camp Boston’s blog.

I have never been and won’t be able to go this year (stupid class) but this sounds amazing. And yummy. Let me know if any of you check it out, and make sure you eat a cupcake for me!

How to get to Cupcake Camp, The Center for Arts at the Armory: This truly depends on where you are coming from. It looks like the easiest way would be to take the Red Line to Davis Square. From there you can take the 90 bus or the 88 bus toward Lechemere (about 4 minute ride) or you could walk if it is nice out. Also, you could take the Green Line to Lechemere and then the 88 bus. I would Google Map it.

Chestnut Hill

4 Apr

Class projects are officially taking over my life. That means that this past weekend I wasn’t able to do too much, though I did walk the long way home after a few meetings because it was so nice out. (And how nice was it?! Love it!). However, on Saturday my best friend/roommate decided to visit a wine shop in Chestnut Hill again (she had been during the summer). So, naturally, I decided to go with.

We took the T to Chestnut Hill and wandered around a little (not a lot because, once again, we had work. But if you go I suggest wandering around a lot). I had been to the area once before because I attended a BC football game last September with my parents and Chestnut Hill was the closest stop. It is very residential but very beautiful; perfect suburbia.

But we followed the signs for the shopping center and ended up on Boylston Street (yup, the same Boylston Street as the one by the Common). The wine store we went into is called The Urban Grape. It is very classy, yet not ridiculous. And the people who work there are so knowledgeable. They can tell you the back story of any wine and make it the most interesting thing you will hear all week. There is free wine tasting everyday as well. It is an unbelievable place.

Also in the same plaza is Rosie’s, a darling bakery as well as The Container Store, which sells every type of container and gadget imaginable. There are also a ton of other stores (Verizon, At&T, Star Market, Angora Cafe). Right behind this plaza is Hammond Pond as well. Also, although we did not get down that way, there is also the Mall at Chestnut Hill a couple blocks down. This is a high-end mall, complete with a Barneys New York and the only Bloomingdale’s in Massachusetts.

The Chestnut Hill area is a village in Brookline, Newton, Boston, West Roxbury and Brighton. Other than BC, one of the main things it houses in the Reservoir, which seems like a peaceful and beautiful place to run or walk (or sit if you’re me).

How to get to Chestnut Hill: Green Line, D Line to Chestnut Hill or Reservoir. I say Chestnut Hill for BC, The Urban Grape and The Mall at Chestnut Hill. Plus the walk to the reservoir isn’t that far.

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