North End

Trip Start Nov 09, 2012
Trip End Nov 12, 2012

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Friday, November 9, 2012

This fall I made my first trip to Boston.  Being an strong and independent woman (when I have to be), I decided to drive up from DC, and it was surprisingly civilized.  The only stressful part was the fuel rationing in New Jersey after Hurricane Sandy, so I had to be strategic about when I filled up.  This strategery didn't pan out so well on the way back, but more on that later.

Everyone I've meet has effusively told me that Boston was a such great city, so I was apprehensive at first that all of the praise would set unrealistically high expectations.  However, between the amazing history, delicious food, and excellent company (a couple of my best buddies from college), it was such a great trip.

After the long drive, my friends picked me up from the T stop and took me to the North End.  While we were waiting for a table, we quickly popped over to the Paul Revere statue, which offered a noble view of Old North Church.  The steeple of this church is where the famous "one by land, two by sea" lanterns where famously hung.

After our daily dose of history, we had an excellent dinner at Cafe Florentine--I loved the mural of Ponte Vecchio they had on the wall, and had fun swapping Italy stories with Lizzie and Eric over dinner.  We capped the night off with cannoli at Mike's--my chocolate ricotta was soo good, and apparently there are other even awesome-r bakeries nearby.  I probably could've spent the whole weekend eating in the North End, but we had a date with history on the morrow and called it an early night.

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