The next leg of our tour saw us take a quick plane ride over to Boston. Bizarrely you actually go through US customs in Canada - work that one out!
We stayed at a Hilton in the Boston Back Bay area. Definitely nothing special but clean and tidy. As we arrived mid-afternoon we took a stroll down Newbury Street, a long, long, long road of shopping and picked up on the Nike Huraches search for the son (mentioned here last time). Convinced the Nike store would have them we headed over there and of course they didn't.
However I did find a fab shop called Marshalls, a similar set up to TK Maxx. A quick sweep of the clothes yielded nothing of interest but they had some great bargains in the shoes section. Ralph Lauren leather flip flops $30 (reduced from $90), Sam Edelman sandals ($39.99) to name but two. And if you factor in the excellent exchange rate they are excellent value. Men's Calvin Klein boxer shorts for instance worked out at £3.30 a pair - that's a bargain.
Was I tempted? Yes a little but given I had packed 8 pairs of shoes plus 1 flip flop (the other was still in my wardrobe at home), I decided against it. If truth be known, I don't need any more summer shoes. Mind you that other flip flop would have been handy.
Our first full day in Boston and we became 'proper' tourists by purchasing tickets for the hop-on hop-off trolly bus. A great way to see the city and hear about it's history from the tour guides. It was sweltering hot though - a lightweight dress was needed. Very old but very appropriate.
I love the mix of old and new buildings. There's so much history in Boston and of course Bostonians are very proud of their city.
That evening we had tickets to watch the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. The previous day we asked a barman to explain the rules of the game. I kind of 'got' it- I think.
Rounders it isn't folks! It's far more complicated and there's lots of secret messages being passed between pitcher and catcher plus cat and mouse shenanigans between the pitcher and batter (are they the right terms?).
Not just pie and chips here. Mind you at $10 for a small beer, it ain't cheap.
Love how the son insisted on wearing our local football team shirt to a baseball game.
We booked our tickets in February and these were the best seats left. Worth it to see that sky though.
And of course they won but only just, and on the last run - thrilling!
I tried and failed to look as if I belonged there in a mango t-shirt, denim cut offs and trainers (trainers what the bloody hell was I thinking of, I looked a total geek).
The following day was spent down at the harbour where we ate at the infamous James Hook & Co, really it's a shack of a place but the best lobster roll I have ever eaten.
We visited the USS Constitution which the navy are rightly proud of.
I thought my Breton striped dress was very fitting for the occasion.
We managed to fit in a little more shopping in the afternoon and resume the search for the trainers which by now was becoming particularly irritating. But the husband will never be beaten and in the very last sports shop in the whole of Boston, we found them.
A grand saving of £20 - that's 20 flippin pounds for all the stress. He should have gone to Foot Locker at The Trafford Centre before we left.
I managed to slip off for an hour to a shop called Loft, I've never heard of it before but they had some lovely pieces. And I bought!
Nothing that will set the world on fire but good basic pieces in lovely light fabrics. I've worn the chambray denim playsuit today. It's probably not the most flattering on me as there's a heck of a lot of fabric around the waist but it felt cool on such a hot day.
The sizing is all over the place though. This is a small and I'm long bodied. The tops are a mixture of small, mediums and large. It's definitely try on territory and has sadly put me off ordering as I see they are now shipping to the UK.
Another dress for shopping - I think I counted 7 in total, all worn so my plan was a good 'un.
Our last full day in Boston was spent over on Cape Cod at Provincetown. It's a 90 minute journey on the fast ferry and is located on the extreme tip of Cape Cod. I'll let the pictures do the talking, it is truly a magical place.
Although I'm not so sure about the shopping opportunities!!
Though I did spot this gorgeous vintage shop.
That evening back in Boston, we ate at a sports bar called Whiskeys, well there really was no choice as Red Sox were playing and we wanted to watch the game!!! Great ribs and salads and a pitcher of beer. Go-me!! It was one of those lovely warm and windy nights, perfect for jeans, back in my comfort zone.
So back to the hotel to pack up again. Actually not strictly true as so far we hadn't unpacked. With cases zipped up ready for an early start, we climbed into our bed with dreams of sun, sand and cocktails. And that my friends is another story.