Boston Strong

There’s no doubt last week was one of the most horrifying, sad and intense weeks in the history of Boston, Mass.

If there was any doubt before, last week proved that Boston is one of the strongest, compassionate and dedicated cities in the world. The million of folks who make up the city came together to defeat terrorism, and move forward – chins and pride held high.

Just a week before the horrific events that took place at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, my mom and I were visiting Boston as part of our Mother/Daughter weekend. We visited Copley Square, and were just steps from the finish line as hundreds of volunteers set up the course.

Just a few photos from our trip to Boston, a city that if you haven’t visited yet, you really should.

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Words of wisdom found at a pub in the North End

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Beautiful cathedral lining Copley Square

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Lunching at one of the North End’s 79 Italian restaurants (79 Italian restaurants in a six block radius – omg!)

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Highly recommend doing a “Duck Boat Tour.” Had a blast – great way to see the city – by land and sea. Yes, it goes into the water too.

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Entering the water! And yes, the driver is dressed up like a leprechaun.

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 My momma, Paul Revere’s home and the Freedom Trail

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A touch of spring near Copley Square

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And finally, my favorite photo of the trip. Very appropriate – Cheers to Boston, one of the greatest cities in America.

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An Afternoon in Beantown (Boston, Mass)

So it’s no secret I love a good adventure – and it’s no secret I love Boston. So with “Beantown” a little over an hour away from where I live in CT, my friend and I decided to take a trip to Boston.

The weather was perfect – sunny but with a crisp breeze. After arriving to the city, first stop: Cheers for lunch and of course, beers.

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You know, Cheers, “where everybody knows your name.”

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The original Boston pub inspired the setting of the hit tv show “Cheers.”

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We lunched on the Fenway Special – chili dogs and Sam Adams Boston Brick Red beers (it only seemed appropriate). By the way, Sam Adams is based in Mass – need to do that tour one day for sure!

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Next stop, a walk around the city’s urban park – Boston’s Public Gardens – including a quick stop at the bench from Good Will Hunting:

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One thing I love about Boston more than anything is the beautiful architecture.

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Boston Public Library: Founded in 1848, the BPL was the first large free municipal library in the United States.

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Love the stone and iron detail of the library’s main entrance.

A stroll through Newbury Street with plenty of window shopping!

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And a Georgetown Cupcake. Yum!

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My friend was in heaven – she loves DC, so to her, this was a little (delicious) piece of home.

And we topped off the day with a ride around the town on this bike cart thing. So hilarious – but so worth it!

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This dude was our “driver/tour guide.”

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Also, here’s a fun fact, the building in the photo above with the American Flag is the Old State House…The Old State House was the center of all political life and debate in colonial Boston. On July 18, 1776, citizens gathered in the street to hear the Declaration of Independence read from the building’s balcony, the first public reading in Massachusetts. Pretty cool!

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Also, speaking of history, if you’re in Boston, be sure to checkout the Freedom Trail – totally worth it! My friend and I did a handful of the stops, including Paul Revere home and the Old North Church (think “one if by land, two if  by sea”). Also reminds me of this hilarious SportsCenter spot.

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Loved the beautiful interior of the Old North Church as well. The pews were very different – they were esentally little cubbies where families would huddle together to stay warm. Very cool.

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Overall a great day in one of my favorite New England cities!

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Looking forward to more adventures and trips to Boston!

Whale Watching in Boston, Mass: A Whale of a Time

logoA few years ago I made a bucket list. One of the top things I wanted to do was see a whale in the wild. As a true PR practitioner I made sure the messaging was clear – not whale watching, because there’s no guarantee with that…but rather, see a whale in the wild. By positioning it this way, Sea World wouldn’t count.

So this last fall, my best friend from home, Rachael, made the hike to the northeast to visit me. We had a full weekend filled with trips to Mass, NYC, and exploring the Connecticut shoreline. One of my favorite things we did was go whale watching. Boston is so close to where I live in CT, so after a quick train ride, we were there in no time.

There are several companies that offer whale watching tours lining the Boston Harbor. We took the tour out of the New England Aquarium.

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Here we go!

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Beautiful – we were out Labor Day weekend, boats were everywhere.

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After about a 90 minute ride out to the middle of the Atlantic, we found them!

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Amazing!

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Absolutely amazing experience. We saw a handful of whales.

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Such a cool lighthouse we passed on the way back inland.

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All photos credit: Rachael Bowman

Needless to say, I can cross off one thing from my list. I officially saw a whale in the wild.