Train ride to Boston
Trip Start Oct 08, 2013
31Trip End Nov 18, 2013
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Girls left at 6.50am in the morning for their trip back to Montreal.
Typical that on our last morning in NYC, we find the best coffee we've had in town is less than 5 minutes away from the apartment! Go figure.
We then packed and tidied up the apartment and started our trek to Penn Station.
On our way, we stopped at Schmackarys and just had to have another maple bacon cookie as well as a red velvet cookie.....the paper bags they come in have the words....'because cupcakes can't handle the truth'...As someone would say...Hilarious
Train ride took about 3.5 hours through some lovely New England countryside. The trees are just starting to turn in colour which is great. Further north, some areas are already peaking....fingers crossed that we are not too late.
We are staying at North End in Boston...across the road from the famous Old North Church....here comes today's piece of trivia for you!
Did you know that this was where two lanterns were displayed in the steeple to let the americans know the 'english were coming by sea' back in 1775? Put that one in the memory banks..and read the Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's poem 'Paul Revere's Ride'. More on Paul Revere tomorrow.
Well, more good luck than by good planning, we seem to have landed right smack in the middle of Boston's Little Italy and restaurant strip-Hanover Street. Lots of restaurants, cafes along narrow cobble stoned streets and old stone buildings. As we wandered around we noticed a couple of places with long queues. A couple of hours later, those queues were still there
We googled the names of the shops to see what the fuss was about....yep....according to the various food review websites and Zagats, these were all well known and obviously well patronised places. I must admit, I'd think twice about waiting for an hour or more out on the footpath on a cold Boston night for a table at an italian restaurant or just to get some cannoli....but apparently, a meal at Giacomo's or cannoli from Mike's Pastry are worth the wait.
However, we may have found coffee nirvana after the desert that was New York. Will let you know after tomorrow when we head down to Caffe Vittoria in the morning-one of a couple. It looks promisng and the reviews give us hope!