Monday, November 12, 2012

Quincy Market, Faneuil Hall, Durgin Park & Newbury Street

I think I'm going to wrap up our walking tour of Boston with this post.
Again, we had such a great time last month getting together with our girls in the city. October is the perfect month for doing this kind of walk (especially if the high humidity and temps of the summer just drain you, as they do me!)
After leaving King's Chapel we headed toward Quincy Market.

Here are the girls standing in front of a statue of Samuel Adams.
The old Faneuil Hall meeting house, in the background, dates back to 1742.

The whole Quincy Market area is a feast for the eyes. I love the blend of old and new architecture.
And you never know who you'll see walking by!
We decided to stop and grab a bite to eat...
... and when I spotted Durgin Park I was very excited as I hadn't eaten there since the 70's.
Can anything live up to past, nostalgic memories?
Probably not.
I enjoyed our time at Durgin Park more for spending time with my family than our actual meals. We're really pinching pennies these days so we opted for the least expensive items on the menu. I got a simple fish sandwich which was good, but nothing spectacular.
Back in the 70's the dining area had communal tables and the wait staff was not known for making you feel welcome (that was a part of the charm - it was a no-nonsense place to get great food).
On this day, parties were all seated at their own separate tables. No more shared conversations with people from other states or countries. And our young waiter was charming, which one should never complain about (although, admittedly, I did long for an older, curmudgeonly waitress to make it seem more like old times!)
Amanda with the almost life-size mural downstairs of some of the original employees. Clearly their brusque ways were a put on as they all look delightful in this photograph!
Unfortunately lunch took a bit longer than expected, and since Court had plans to go to a corn maze later that afternoon, we quickly headed back to Newbury Street so she could meet up with her friends.
We said our goodbyes to Court and then headed back up Newbury St. to the parking garage...
... with me taking pictures all along the way.
It was such a fantastic way to spend this spectacular autumn day, with the bluest of skies and not a cloud in sight.
I think if I lived in the city, having an apartment above a shop on Newbury Street would be one of my top 3 locations!
Maybe in any one of these!! A girl can dream, right?
I hope you enjoyed this little 3-part tour through Boston.
I feel so fortunate to live so close to this beautiful city!
Wishing you all a beautiful week!


Susan said...

Hi Donna...I definitely loved the tour. I LOVE Quincy Market, too! Such fun.

And we ate at that EXACT restaurant this past summer. I had "lobstah."

Thanks for sharing all your great photos, too! Susan

Vicki @ lifeinmyemptynest said...

I enjoyed your tour of Boston and the happy smiles from your girls. Boston is so fun to explore and it looks like you had perfect weather :-)

Melanie said...

I've never been to Boston - looks like a beautiful city!

Manuela@A Cultivated Nest said...

That was a fun tour! I've never been to Boston and it looks like a fun place to visit.