Boston, and Why I’m So Glad

This summer, our family took a trip to Boston. If you’d asked me two years ago if I thought making a trip with the kids to Boston was a good idea, I would have said no. And that was before the pandemic travel measures. I am praising my Heavenly Father and thanking Him that I’ve experienced such a difference in my ability to function since I learned about the impact of healthy keto chemistry. Our trip was not only possible but enjoyable and memorable.

Three years ago, we made a family trip to D.C. We loved D.C. (even though I dealt with vertigo the whole time). And now we love Boston. We soaked in the history and were as touristy as you please.

Blogs abound with advice and tips on how to experience Boston. Guess what! I have my own experience to share. First, I’ll tell you what the experts say to do, then I’ll tell you what we did.

Use the Boston Transit System The MBTA is highly recommended because of traffic in the city. So… we rented a car. I am so glad we rented a car! The plan was to spend two days in the city itself, so we had very little time to bebop around town.

My tips for Parking in Boston

  • Search discount apps, like Groupon, for vouchers that give you all-day parking for the two-hour price. Parking is ridiculously high, but not using public transportation easily cut our travel time in half.
  • We are not used to big cities and parking protocol. We almost learned the hard way the necessity of keeping a picture of our parking pass upon leaving the garage. There is no internet reception in the bowels of those parking garages. You have to scan that barcode to drive in and to reenter the garage.

Stay in the City “Stay in Boston if you can, especially the North End, because you can walk anywhere from there.” I looked and looked for a place I thought would be comfortable for us to stay in the city. The apartments were astronomical to rent in town. Five grown people sandwiched in a hotel room is not in a family’s best interest if they wish to remain a loving family.

My tips for Accommodations

  • Find a rental away from the city. We stayed in a suburb. I’m so glad we did! I really hope the hotel industry does not kill VRBO and AirBNB. (I think that was attempted during the pandemic.) We need those cute, renovated old houses right in a residential area. They give you a taste of local living. Realm made walks around the neighborhood, finding great local food options that we wouldn’t have known about if we’d just searched for online eats.
  • Some rental owners are gracious enough to allow you to drop off your luggage before check-in. Because our rental contact was so accommodating, we were able to see the beach, eat at the Original Kelly’s Roast Beef, visit the Marblehead Tower, and see Carcassonne Castle on the day we arrived.

Follow, follow, follow, follow… Follow the Freedom Trail! The consensus online for tourists is to go in numerical order along the trail, first to last, leaving the last sites, the Bunker Hill Monument and U.S.S. Constitution, for another day.

My tips for the Freedom Trail

  • Visit the sites in the opposite order. We started with the U.S.S. Constitution, then made our way over to the Battle of Bunker Hill Monument and museum. Then we drove into the city and walked to the Old North Church and Paul Revere house. This put us in Little Italy around lunch time. The Old North Church and Paul Revere House are, I’m convinced, essential to grasping the importance of what happened in Boston and in Lexington.
  • Visit Concord/Lexington before Boston. We spent the first full day of our stay in Concord and Lexington to immerse ourselves in the history of what occurred before the Battle of Bunker Hill. (We also toured Louisa May Alcott’s house, Orchard House, which I loved!) The Battle of Lexington happened before Bunker Hill. The Battle Green tour, the Hancock-Clarke House, and the Buckman Tavern really put you in the moment of what happened during that confrontation (or “skirmish”).

Additional Tip for Lexington

  • Use Lexington By Foot & Phone. The Lexington Historical Society has an amazingly informative tour by phone as you walk the green at your leisure. It’s free (donations appreciated) and we were able to take our time and pick and choose. Some of us were a bit teary-eyed on listening to what happened to those brave men and their families.

Eat at Little Italy Per the advice of many articles I read on Pinterest, we saved our tummies for the North End. There were tons of Italian places to eat. (Actually, most of the region around Boston is this way. Turn a corner, and there will be a little shop with “Somebody’s First Name’s Pizzeria and Roast Beef.”)

My tips for Eating in Little Italy

  • Having bipolar disorder, I wanted to sleep well, have plenty of energy, and avoid anxiety and mood swings on this trip by staying in keto chemistry. I was willing to be flexible with a few carbs, but pizza crust is not worth my trouble. I thought about just ordering a pizza and eating the toppings off, but—honestly—the abundance of pizza places made the thought of pizza a bit meh. So, while some of the family ate pizza, the rest of us waited and happened upon a place with mouth-watering, authentic Mexican food. I have never had salsa like I had at Villa Mexico Cafe. It was a beautiful blend of flavors. Momma King fed us and saw to everything like we were her children. So, I guess my tip is that you don’t have to eat in Little Italy. There are so many good places to eat in Boston! (I’m also a fan of B.Good now. Fresh avocado slices on a juicy, bunless burger? Yes. Just yes.)

Visit the Boston Tea Party Ship & Museum I knew the Tea Party was going to be crowded and highly commercialized. It was the most crowded place we chose to go on our trip, and it was such a highlight! If my obsession with tea has been insufficiently expressed to my dear reader, let me just inform you that Abigail’s Tea Room lets one buy the cup to taste five different teas that were popular during that time period. It’s lovely.

My tips for the Tea Party Attraction

  • Save the tea party for last. The museum presentation circles round to what happened at Lexington. My three kids, as they watched the ending film, were able to piece together the events and solidify the purpose of what went on in Boston and Lexington, and how that changed the future of our country. Another teary-eyed moment followed. So, my evil plan as a homeschool mom succeeded! Muwahahaha.

There’s a possibility that this is our last family trip. This was our last senior trip. My babies are growing up. As they embark on other academic journeys and interests, I will no longer get to be their educational guide. I’m so glad I spent these years of my life teaching them and being to them

A voice in the darkness, a knock at the door,

A word that shall echo forevermore!

Paul Revere’s Ride

Author: Rilla Z

I'm a scribbler. I'm genuine. My topics of interest are: this world, the worlds inside my head, and the world to come. Oh, and cups of tea. Yes, I write about my cups of tea.

8 thoughts on “Boston, and Why I’m So Glad”

  1. Thank you for writing this! Now I have a great overview of your visit there without bugging you all with questions! Love that you had such fun together. It was obvious from the photos but your words paint the rest of the picture. I still have questions but am content to wait until we have time to talk later.

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  2. You referred to photos. This post has only one image, so you must be talking about pictures Realm sent to you personally. Pearl has all our Boston phone pics now and is compiling them into a video. Soon we’ll get to share the presentation, like the old films of family vacays that people used to make their friends watch. Technology may change but people and their vacation photos never die! 😄

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  3. Are you finding it difficult to control your blog these days? I have had both my blogs locked down at various times and even now, after finding another way to log in, I still have difficulties posting or finding all my articles.

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    1. I’ve had a couple of problems posting. During that time, there was an upgrade notice, so I just chalked it up to upgrading glitches. The new layout for writing posts has been useful but pickier about my content, and my old posts have stayed in the classic layout. I find the new layout allows for more types of content usage, but, like any format that tries to please all blog purposes, its specificity hampers simple cut and paste or a basic code touch up.
      I hope you find your content—and find your articles still intact!

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      1. I have revived the two blogs, but now I wonder if I should combine them in some way to save that trouble again. Even though I have been blogging over 10 years, I am completely in the dark as to how to use the new updates.

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